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What is the best semi-pro/pro camcorder for filming soccer?

by kleahyfysa / December 4, 2012 5:16 AM PST

My company is looking to start live streaming our own soccer games.

Does anyone know of a good camcorder that will be able to film the game from up in the stands? I'll need to be able to zoom in and as well as shoot a wide view of the field without things looking fuzzy.

Any suggestions?

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Start with what can
by boya84 / December 5, 2012 12:07 AM PST

provide high quality streaming. In my book, that *usually* means a firewire connection (generally miniDV tape based camcorders) to a computer with a *very* high speed internet connection. It can also mean a HDMI or RBG (+ audio) or composite video connection to a Tricaster box that provides the streaming.

But just a camcorder? I don't think there is a way to do that.

Step 1: set a budget.
Step 2: see what fits.
Step 3: learn how that camcorder *might* provide video streaming (based on the video quality desired).
Step 4: revisit the budget.

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I realized I did not
by boya84 / December 5, 2012 11:40 PM PST

provide specific information. Sorry. "Semi pro" (also called prosumer) or pro camcorders...

Prosumer: Sony HDR-FX7; HDR-FX1000

"Pro": Sony HVR-Z5, Canon XHA1, Panasonic AG-HVX200, Canon XF300 series.

The visible differences between the prosumer and pro models is use of XLR audio inputs vs 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo audio input.

All can record to high quality, low compression formats. The Sonys do DV/HDV (miniDV tape or external flash memory recorder module), the Panny does DVCPro/HD to P2 flash memory cards, the Canon does MXF to SDHC...

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