HDD Camera Recommendation? Help!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by lstdonsldr, May 5, 2009.

  1. lstdonsldr macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2007
    Yukon, OK
    Hey guys, I'm on staff at a church in charge of our Video/Production Ministry. I am purely a Mac guy. Like most of us here. I have a JVC-HD100U with a FireStore I use for all of our video stuff. Works great. No complaints

    Our Childrens Minister and our Small Groups pastor are both wanting to get small portable cameras for each ministry. I would like to get one that has a Built in Hard Drive or records to a memory card (SDHC), but am wondering which cameras out there work well with Final Cut Pro. I know one of the canons i looked at records to a memory card, but in MPEG2 format, so thats a problem. I want something that everytime i Bring it it, I dont have to Render all the footage to even look at it.

    Our budget is $500 per camera.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. RatVega macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Southern California
    Probably the best solution is to just get the camera you feel is best suited and meets your budget criteria and just pre-process the footage using DVDxDV
    or MPEG Streamclip to "rip" the MPEG-2 back to .mov footage. On any decent Mac this will be faster than a tape capture.

    Both programs do a good job "back-converting"; I feel DVDxDV (I use the Pro version) is a bit better but MPEG Streamclip is free and handles a lot of formats.
  3. drpellypo macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2007
    Northumberland, UK
    Canon Vixia HF20. They are about £500 on ebay which is about $700. Not sure if you can get them cheaper elsewhere?
  4. Emilo66 macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2009
    I would suggest u to go for Canon G9, They are reasonable in price with better picture quality. Check this out http://www.checkcost.co.uk/digital-cameras/c/4368
    This may help u to narrow down your search and find the best deal.
    Then you have this New Nikon D700, Nikon D40, Canon 1000D, They are also doing really great. You can read the reviews and make the best choice as per your requirements
  5. lstdonsldr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2007
    Yukon, OK

    Im sorry, Im looking for a digital VIDEO camera, not just a digital camera

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