recommendation for a good standard definition camcorder

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by anandadevapriya, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. anandadevapriya macrumors newbie

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    i am editing with final cut express on a powerbook G4 1.67 GHz powerpc (not intel core) with 1 GB DDR SDRAM memory - so I am not yet equipped to work with HD video. I am interested however in switching from using a miniDV camcorder to one with built in memory - in order to have the possibility to simplify and speed up capture time. However, it is important to me to be able to edit the video easily- so to have it in a format that can be imported into final cut express and edited. any suggestions? i used a friend's camcorder - but it generated very strange files with a .MOI extension and they were not really editable... i also want decent quality. mostly i export them to vimeo, but sometimes to dvds, and sometimes for projecting with a digital projector.

    Thank you!
    Didi
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Unfortunately those are pretty much mutually exclusive. If you want the best quality and the easiest to work with format you need a MiniDV camera. SD cameras that record to memory cards, internal HDDs or mini-DVDs are difficult to work with on Macs and record to inferior codecs compared to DV.


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  3. anandadevapriya thread starter macrumors newbie

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    other formats?

    Thank you - the camera i was considering was a sony handycam hdr-cx100 but it generates mpeg-2 files - which i understand require a lot of converting etc to be able to use for editing- which does defeat the whole purpose...which codecs from the tapeless camcorders are edit-able - i mean even high end users have to run the files through a converter to do their editing?
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    All of the tapeless SD cameras are based off of DVD-quality or lower MPEG-2 which requires transcoding into another codec (most commonly people transcode into DV) and the MPEG-2 is not as good of quality as DV.


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