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what is the best camcorder for recording high school games.

by silk89 / November 25, 2012 7:46 AM PST

Will bwe panning half court shots on tripod.
need easy transfer to dvd for game film for other coaches .
some editing
ease of use.
under $1000 prefered
is hd the way to go?

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Need more information - and share some...
by boya84 / November 25, 2012 10:11 AM PST

How important is video quality?
Define "easy to transfer to DVD".
"Some editing" is editing. Define computer resources available for editing. Computer hardware (CPU, RAM, Available hard drive space, external hard drive availability, video editing application, DVD authoring application).
All camcorders can do Press record and point at subject. Define "ease of use".
Could be - but if burning to standard definition video DVD is the plan, maybe not...
How important is audio?
Will the camera move at all (at the quarters) or will it be in one place all the time? Any idea where the camera will be?

Some information to share:
Try to keep panning to a minimum. Almost better to have two cameras running - 1 on one half on on the other half of the court. If you have watched college or pro ball on TV, there are WAY more than one camera running.
Set the expectation: If you have watched college or pro ball on TV, don't compare a sub-$1,0000 consumer grade camcorder to $40,000 pro-grade cameras that feed a "video booth".
If you do any research, 99% of the consumer camcorders available capture high definition. You may not have much choice.

Yes, I have captured video at HS basketball games... Lighting is an issue... big lens and big imaging chip needed. Canon HF S series *may work* if you are not picky and your computer (and video editor) can deal with AVCHD-compressed video.

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by boya84 / November 25, 2012 10:14 AM PST

answered your question... "Best" will be one with large lens diameter, large imaging chip array (preferably 3CCD) and low compression capture and storage. Closest I can get will be the Sony HDR-FX7. Would prefer HDR-FX1 or HDR-FX1000. All are outside your price range. All capture to low compression DV or HDV format. External recording devices available if digital tape recording time is not long enough.

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