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Old 04-29-2009, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so im looking for a new video camera. sadly i have come to realize that the one i have now sucks. and i want a high quality camera to enhance my videos
so for all you camera guys out there please help me
heres what i need

to import to a macbook pro easily preferably via firewire (i have heard mini DV camcorders are best at this)

a decent form of HD recording like 1280 by 1080 (i think?)

to import in a format thats good to edit with final cut express

long battery life in the cold

good settings for night time shooting

and is there such thing as HD mini DV tapes or can you record HD footage on normal mini DV tapes


my budget is around $1000 Im only 16 but i just got a job so i should be able to save up to at least that pretty soon


I know there is probably a better forum to ask this on so if anyone knows one i will ask on there too
thanks in advance for all your help

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Old 04-29-2009, 10:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know but i'm in the same price market.I do know that I want a fisheye lens, the shots are night and different with one.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know but i'm in the same price market.I do know that I want a fisheye lens, the shots are night and different with one.
both of ya-get a canon hv30 or an hv20. i have one and i love it. heres a sample.

hv30 test on Vimeo

no color correction on that clip. compression isnt that good cos i wanted to keep the file size down. you should be able to get an hv30 for about 500 now new. prolly cheaper used. also, for a fisheye, get this lense:

Amazon.com: Opteka Platinum Series 0.3X HD Ultra Fisheye Lens for Panasonic SDR H80, G90, S26, S79, S25, H200, H18, D50, D310, D230, D220, & D210 Digital Video Camcorders: Camera & Photo

its exactly like a century baby death. i cant see a difference and ive used both. only difference is the opteka is 99 instead of 390 for a century.
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'll second on a HV-20 or 30.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i have a JVC GZ-HD7 works great for riding

check out my videos

YouTube - skylerhughesfilms's Channel
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i have a JVC GZ-HD7 works great for riding

check out my videos

YouTube - skylerhughesfilms's Channel
i looked that camera up and that looks like the perfect camera
not too expensive but it still has some of those professional features i wanted
thanks a lot
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah no problem great it helped...
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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just something to consider: how big is your hard drive?
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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external drive 500 gigs for around $130 or cheaper no need for the hard drive on the computer
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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o ya i have a macbook pro
and i think the hard drive is 180 gigs
but i have an external hard drive with about another 180 gigs (im not sure exactly how much)
i have totally filled up my internal and external hard drives with just standard video


i have been looking to bigger external hard drives i found some 500 GB and 1 TB for around $100 on the apple website
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