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Which camcorder will record in this certain quality?

by bubbrubb91 / May 2, 2013 7:28 AM PDT

Hello,

I'm looking for a camcorder that records in a certain quality. To cut the story short, I want to make short films and I want the quality and feel of the images to resemble those of a 1990's film.

Here's two scenes of very famous movies that capture the quality and atmosphere I'm talking about:

Reservoir Dogs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qV9wVGb38

Pulp Fiction
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBP0Mbc7VFw

Now I know both movies must have been recorded with expensive, professional cameras. But as I'm a broke student, I'm looking for a cheap alternative that will record in a similar style/atmosphere/quality.

Thanks a lot for reading this, if you have any suggestions please let me know.

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by Terfyn / May 2, 2013 5:15 PM PDT

I think you asked the same question on a different site. The best way is through your editor. As you were on the VideoStudio site, I suggest you look at the filters available and not try to imitate in the camera.

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Agree with terfyn.
by boya84 / May 3, 2013 1:37 PM PDT

If you want the camera:

For "Reservoir Dogs"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105236/technical?ref_=tt_dt_spec
PanArri 35-III, Panavision Primo Lenses
Panavision Panaflex X, Panavision Primo Lenses
Panavision Panaflex Gold, Panavision Primo and Canon Lenses

For "Pulp Fiction"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/technical?ref_=tt_dt_spec
Panavision Cameras and Lenses

Film was used in both cases - as continues to be common in many Hollywood and indie productions. The cameras are not purchased by the production company, but leased/rented for the duration of the project. No video. Panavision and Arri continue to make great film cameras used buy the film industry - they start at around $100,000 if you want to buy. The lenses cost as much or more to buy.

While we appreciate that you are a "broke student", that does not usually allow price discounts. Please note that if there was a less expensive alternative, the people who make movies would already be using the less expensive alternative. They have as much of a vested interest in containing cost as you do. Less expense means more money on their pockets.

There are some newer less expensive methods - Canon EOS Cinema camera, Black Magic Cinema camera, Panasonic AG-AF100 series, Red Epic or Silicon Graphics, Sony CineAlta cameras and others - but, as terfyn points out, there is more emphasis is on the editing package, learning its capabilities to get to the finished "feel" you want - and the learning curve to get there.

If you think you can pull off what you want with a sub $2,000 budget, please reconsider/reset your expectations...

In any case, assuming you set a budget for the image capture, there are mics, audio recording system, light, cables, steadying devices (tripods, Steadycam vest system, camera crane, dolly system, etc.) power supplies, and bunches more stuff. And the computer hardware and video editing application, titles, external hard drives and a bunch of other IT stuff... The camera is just a part of a much larger system...

But step 1 is to set a budget. Lets see what fits...

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