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4 mpeg hard drive camcorder

by speakermike / March 22, 2007 4:10 AM PDT

Which hard drive camcorders save 4 mpeg files? I was told you need 4mpeg to have the highest quality. However, most of the hard drive versions use 2 mpeg. I also need this camcorder to have a mic input. Thanks!

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Sounds like a sales droid.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 4:20 AM PDT

Only a test could bare the truth here. With compression there is loss. Since we can adjust the compression of MPEG it won't matter if it's MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 since either can swap quality test results as we switch the settings. Only your test could pick a winner.

MiniDV keeps coming back as the winner on quality tests since it's uncompressed DV content gives us the best shot the first time.

Bob

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What is the best miniDV camcorder with a mic input?
by speakermike / March 22, 2007 4:23 AM PDT

What is the best miniDV camcorder with a mic input?

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"best"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 4:29 AM PDT

That means no dollar limit. I'd head straight to big lens and HD.

Try this one. Canon XL-H1. Maybe someone will find a 1080p MiniDV unit since this is still 1080i.

Why so high end?

Bob

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Yes, there is a price limit.
by speakermike / March 22, 2007 4:38 AM PDT
In reply to: "best"

I travel daily around the country and this camcorder is going to get handled by lots of different people. Consequently, a high-end camera is probably not the way for me to go (too big to travel with easily and need it to be easy to use).

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Then try this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 4:51 AM PDT

Make a list of your requirements and price so you can see what's available that fits your needs. The models come and go fast today so you'll have to list what you can buy and line out the ones that don't make the cut.

Bob

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Here are my requirements
by speakermike / March 22, 2007 2:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Then try this.

1) Good video

2) Good audio (with audio input)

3) Compact (easy to travel with)

4) Firewire connection

Those are my main requirements.

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Any unit at Best Buy (with audio in)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 10:41 PM PDT

Would meet such a list. Nothing stands out as hard for you to make a list.

Bob

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Any brands that stand out?
by speakermike / March 23, 2007 12:23 AM PDT

Any brands that stand out over others?

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I have JVC, my friends have Sony, and
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2007 12:49 AM PDT

Other names. The underlying thing that we all do is to connect with firewire.

Bob

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can you tell me something
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 12:05 PM PDT
In reply to: "best"

what is the best camcorder for under $500 with at least 1mp, widescreen, and a mic input

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Odd requirement.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2008 12:11 PM PDT

Given you setting the pixel count, was there some video standard needed or not?

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ME again
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 12:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Odd requirement.

I want a good video but if you have any suggestions on a good camera without 1mp then I would be fine its me and my brother are going start making skits and we need something that has good low light and zoom for different angles.

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good low light = see the big lens.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2008 12:24 PM PDT
In reply to: ME again

It adds to the cost and isn't as much fun to tote around. We all wish for a 299 buck "good low light" camcorder but have we found it yet?

Set a budget, and see what fits that dollars. Now hit Cnet.com, camcorderinfo.com and such to see what you think. The models change too fast for me to list a specific model but your thoughts on "good low light" is a killer for size and price.
Bob

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sorry i need to despecify
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 12:29 PM PDT

I do not a very good low light because i got a friend with stage lights but still.

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In that case compare what you or friends use now.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2008 12:31 PM PDT

What models are you using today? Even that 299 or under Canon ZR series is fine for a lot of work.

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thats the problem
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 12:33 PM PDT

me and my friends are starting this up new because we are in small town and looking for some fun we just need our first camcorder and show you our first skit when we finish.

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oh and also
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 12:41 PM PDT

I need a mic/light mount on the camera itself.

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I used a clamp on...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2008 12:59 PM PDT
In reply to: oh and also

The top handle. Works, and cheap.

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no I mean...
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 1:05 PM PDT
In reply to: I used a clamp on...

what are they called shoes

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Neat and tidy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2008 1:10 PM PDT
In reply to: no I mean...

Those are nice but can increase the cost.

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also
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 12:53 PM PDT

I do not have to get mini dv camcorder but I've heard it has the best video quality and computer accessibility.

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(NT) So far, look at the Canon Zr series.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2008 1:10 PM PDT
In reply to: also
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I...
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 1:16 PM PDT

already have and they don't the best review. Are ther any other camcorder and it does not have to be mini dv.

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Try Cnet's camcorder page.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2008 1:31 PM PDT
In reply to: I...
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(NT) ok
by bamlactaid / July 4, 2008 1:37 PM PDT
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