High Definition Camcorder

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Nicolasdec, May 13, 2007.

  1. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    Which is the best high definition camcorder (that works with the mac)? I would love if it had a Hard drive instead of tape it would also be good if it had image stabilizing.
     
  2. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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  3. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Seriously now, you need to give us your budget or something. HD cameras range from 800 bucks to over 100 grand. You have to give us an idea of what you want to spend so we can recommend you some cameras.
     
  4. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know sorry I compleatly forgot, Basicly i need a good camera for consumers not for pros. I was thinking about the sony HDV series but I dont want tape. is there any Hard drive HD cameras that work with the mac.
     
  5. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    How about this? As far as I know it will work with a Mac, you just plug it in and it mounts as a hard drive, then just drag the video files into Final Cut or iMovie.
     
  6. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the reply, I read some place that this wont work.
     
  7. zioxide macrumors 603

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    That won't work unless you transcode the footage to .mov from sony's avchd format.

    Canon HV20 or Sony HDR-HC7 are your best options.
     
  8. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    But those are both tape. Why dose sony always go agesnt the industries standerd?
     
  9. zioxide macrumors 603

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    There is no real industry standard for consumer hard drive camcorders.
     
  10. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    im talking about AVCHD
     
  11. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    Oh, I was not aware of that. Final Cut can't Import the avchd files?


    To the OP: If I were you I would just get a nice tape camera. Tapes are very nice because you will never run out of room in the field, you will always have a back up (assuming you don't reuse the tapes), tapes are cheap, and they're standardized. Can't get much better :)

    The only advantages to hard drive cameras is faster than real time import speeds, and you won't get tape noise like you would from using a low quality tape.
     
  12. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If i got a Tape Hd camcorder would there be a table of content or something? bicause it would be anoying to cycle the hole tape just to find a recording.
     
  13. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    That's how they work. Normally you just import the whole tape, then in the software you can automatically split it up into segments (usually where you stop and start recording again).
     
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    I would add as an advantage (if you plan to do any iMovie editing) that you also get raw DV instead of an already compressed video.

    I just started researching for video cameras and was shocked to discover that the hard drive and DVD cameras only save mpeg2 compressed video.
     
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    You don't want to use hard drive based camcorders. They aren't all they're cracked up to be. Buy an HV20 or HC7 and some accessories from some place like B&H PhotoVideo. Get a bunch of Panasonic tapes for about $2.50 a piece. Almost anyone who does video is going to tell you the same.
     
  16. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    You could always splurge a little and by the Panasonic HVX-200..it uses P2 cards which record full quality HD!
     
  17. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool, thanks. Will thease cameras work with Final Cut and iMovie?
     
  18. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Yes
     
  19. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Should I get final cut Express? I think its to much for a HD camcorder and final cut 2
     
  20. zioxide macrumors 603

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    How much editing experience do you have?
     
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    DV has a 5:1 compression ratio.
     
  22. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Video editing, None.
     
  23. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    I would start with iMovie, it's free and already on your Mac. It may be all you need.
     
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    Second that. Final Cut has a pretty tough learning curve, and if you've never edited before than it will be even harder.
     

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