What kind of VIDEO(not film) camera should my studio use?
Posted 27 June 2007 - 05:13 PM
I'm a Co-CEO of a production studio called Stickmen Sudios, and I'm the resident DOP there. We currently use 2 MiniDV cameras which seems to be working for now, but if there is anything higher quality and is affordable to rent or is able to be borrowed, we would like to know. I know that there are TONS of video systems out there, but please don't include ones like VHS and Betamax. We are forced to use video because the stock is reletively cheap (even 8mm film is too much for us ) We often work on low or no budget films so the stock HAS TO BE CHEAP!
Thanks in advanced for helping out.
Posted 27 June 2007 - 05:25 PM
ps Not my place really but sooner or later one of the moderators will ask you to use your real name when posting on this forum.
Edited by David Bradley, 27 June 2007 - 05:27 PM.
Posted 27 June 2007 - 09:50 PM
Posted 28 June 2007 - 05:05 AM
There's a lot of very good stuff out there at the moment for very little money; assuming you're convinced that you need to buy rather than rent, which is a question I have a personal policy of always asking, then I'd look into something HDV.
I have had quite extensive contact with P2 and, despite the fact that I'm entirely comfortable around IT, I have never had anything other than a horrible experience with it. Even if you use Panasonic's prescribed software (and you can realistically use no other, which is a big downer) it is generally a nightmare of intricate file copying and directory rearrangement.
No production I have ever worked with using P2 has ever got away without having to actually write software to make it happen - usually batch files to process things and generate extra metadata.
P2 is a complete bear. Avoid like the plague. It's a great, forward-looking idea, but the implementation is awful.
Posted 28 June 2007 - 09:53 AM
Here is a pretty good list and pricing information:
(In UK pounds that is)
They may not be 1080, but atleast they are 720 progressive.
And if you are shooting in a studio, then you could probably get a HD-SDI card for your computer and hook the camera straight up, and record uncompressed. You would probably need to implement a Raid 0 system, to make sure the hard drives are fast enough to burn that amount of information. But it's certainly do'able.
Edited by Daniel Ashley-Smith, 28 June 2007 - 09:56 AM.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 08:57 PM
but look around and buy what you like.