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Canon GL2 or Sony HD camcorder for web video project

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Christopher Meinck Calculating status...
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Dec 29, 2006 9:37 AM
I'm about to start a web video project and need to make my year end purchases for tax purposes. The videos will be edited in Final Cut for use on the web - YouTube. They will be shot outside and range from 3-5 minutes edited. I'll want to shoot 16x9. What camera is best for this purpose and yield the best results. Workflow is also important as I want the process to be easy enough to facilitate the daily upload of new videos.

Thanks
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  • Jerry Hofmann Level 9 Level 9 (53,940 points)
    Shooting HDV isn't my favorite workflow... read the article about editing HDV in the current issue of the Creative COW magazine: http://magazine.creativecow.net/index.html

    Shooting 16X9 DV would be faster to do IMHO...

    That said, all compression is sort of a garbage in/garbage out situation. The better the picture, the better the end product, so it's a tough call in that price range... if you could jump up a bit to a P2 camera, things would be good all around workflow wise... but it's a bit of a jump... the HVX200 is selling for about $5200 or so... plus recording media... but it would more than compete with HDV (in fact it's much better looking to my old eyes) and it renders almost as fast as DV does...

    Jerry
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  • Jerry Hofmann Level 9 Level 9 (53,940 points)
    A decent fluid head tripod, and a good carring case for the camera... start with just that and see how it goes. Lighting is another story for sure... depends on what and where you're going to shoot.

    If you click on the link and register (It's free and you'll never be spammed by the COW) you can download a PDF of the magazine right away.... they'll send you an email to the link for the download.

    Jerry
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  • Jerry Hofmann Level 9 Level 9 (53,940 points)
    Oh, and then there's the audio recording... Don't use the camera's mic.. You need to have a microphone setup appropriate for what you intend to shoot.

    Jerry
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  • LuckyMan Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    Could Chris skip over the hard-to-edit HD stuff, staying in SD with a Teranex uprez, until the P2 stuff is in his budget? Shane used Teranex to bring in lowrez stuff into his Blood Diamonds show on History Channel (Dec. 30). The Teranex would continue to be useful after P2.
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  • Jerry Hofmann Level 9 Level 9 (53,940 points)
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    Dec 29, 2006 12:45 PM (in response to LuckyMan)
    Sure... but of course that depends on some budget for the Teranex transfers...

    Jerry
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  • LuckyMan Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    I thought that the Teranex device would be less costly that the HDV camera, thus saving money. Perhaps I am wrong. Shane and Danny Boy did have their Teranex work done outside, so I think.
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  • stickman_dj Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    You may want to consider and XL2 instead of the GL2. I don't shoot for the web but have heard that 30p produces the best results. The XL2 shoots 30p and also has native 16:9 chips and with the release of the new HD cameras is coming down in price all the time.
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  • LuckyMan Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    Ah, but will you get great web video from HDV? It has it's Achilles heel, as was said recently by an expert on this forum recently. Hard to edit, 4-1-1, with not much color space, and does not handle motion well.


    Why not make do, with DV and a good uprez scheme, until you can afford a good HD, with a 4-2-2 profile?

    Of course, I might be wrong.
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  • LuckyMan Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    My bad. Yes, I do believe you are right. The Panasonic DVX100 is a DV camera.

    My mistake. Sorry about that.
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