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Old 04-04-2009, 02:25 PM
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Considering Buying A Video Camera

We are looking at getting a new video camera & they have DV, HDV, Mini-DV, Flash!!!
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Anybody have thier favourites or advice?
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:50 PM
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Re: Considering Buying A Video Camera

You're going to buy a video camera?... But then what will you watch the videos on brother?

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Old 04-04-2009, 08:22 PM
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You're going to buy a video camera?... But then what will you watch the videos on brother?

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Old 04-04-2009, 02:55 PM
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Re: Considering Buying A Video Camera

Depends on your needs. If it's for home use with basic editing needs, then hard drive or flash are very convenient. They automatically create mpeg files which are highly compressed and ready for distribution right away.

If you plan to use it for higher-end productions, I'd still recommend DV tape which records in a more lossless format - but requires capturing through Firewire to a computer.

What I don't like are dvd cameras. Highly compressed and small capacity.
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Depends on your needs. If it's for home use with basic editing needs, then hard drive or flash are very convenient. They automatically create mpeg files which are highly compressed and ready for distribution right away.

If you plan to use it for higher-end productions, I'd still recommend DV tape which records in a more lossless format - but requires capturing through Firewire to a computer.

What I don't like are dvd cameras. Highly compressed and small capacity.
Or a capture device that uses USB...BTW doesn't it also take longer to get the video from tape to your PC?
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Old 04-04-2009, 05:42 PM
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Re: Considering Buying A Video Camera

Also - regarding HD or SD. Depends on how you plan to use it. It's always good to start with a higher resolution no matter what you plan to do, so HD is always my preference. But, it may not be worth the extra cost to you.
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Fritz, actually manufacturers are making better AVCHD camcorders that record to SD or CF cards. If the MBPS is high enough then the more efficicient encoding of MPEG4 in these cameras vs. the MPEG2 coding for HDV makes up the difference in quality.

Ron are you wanting to go standard definition or high definition? Once you see High Def you won't want to go back but that will only benefit you if you have a high def Tv...er....monitor.

I have about a two year old Canon HV30 HDV camera that records high def to DV tape in the MPEG2 format and then two Sony V1U professional cameras of the same format for Wedding & Event videography. I bought the V1's just over a year ago and if I were going to buy today I would probably buy the new Pansonic HMC-150 that records MPEG4 to secure digital cards. That is the prosumer version of the AVCHD format but there are consumer versions just out that are also very good quality and incredibly convenient for editing since you just pop the SD card into your computer's card reader and transfer the files at a high speed rather than having to play a tape back at real speed to transfer to a computer editing system.
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Fritz, actually manufacturers are making better AVCHD camcorders that record to SD or CF cards. If the MBPS is high enough then the more efficicient encoding of MPEG4 in these cameras vs. the MPEG2 coding for HDV makes up the difference in quality.

Ron are you wanting to go standard definition or high definition? Once you see High Def you won't want to go back but that will only benefit you if you have a high def Tv...er....monitor.

I have about a two year old Canon HV30 HDV camera that records high def to DV tape in the MPEG2 format and then two Sony V1U professional cameras of the same format for Wedding & Event videography. I bought the V1's just over a year ago and if I were going to buy today I would probably buy the new Pansonic HMC-150 that records MPEG4 to secure digital cards. That is the prosumer version of the AVCHD format but there are consumer versions just out that are also very good quality and incredibly convenient for editing since you just pop the SD card into your computer's card reader and transfer the files at a high speed rather than having to play a tape back at real speed to transfer to a computer editing system.
I don't think I have anything that is HI DEF, I am hard of hearing at times!
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Re: Considering Buying A Video Camera

The Canon VIXIA HF20 would be a good choice of a High Def AVCHD camcorder that has both a 32 gig built in hard drive and records to SDHC cards.

I think Panasonic also recently came out with some very good AVCHD consumer camcorders. The key in AVCHD HD is to look for MBPS around 24. The older cameras were only 13-17 MBPS max and had some artifacting because they were not fast enough.
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"It was not until long after, when former Holiness preachers had become part of us, that strict plainness of dress began to be taught.

"Although Entire Sanctification was preached at the beginning of the Movement, it was from a Wesleyan viewpoint, and had in it very little of the later Holiness Movement characteristics. Nothing was ever said about apparel, for everyone was so taken up with the Lord that mode of dress seemingly never occurred to any of us."

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