what you want - but we also know that color reproduction accuracy will be impacted by all the different monitors. You can't allow that to stop you as they are out of your control. You can only provide the best that you can provide.
The most recently released MacBooks do not have a firewire port. If you have a new MacBook, then that eliminates miniDV tape. In my opinion, miniDV tape is the best solution for you, so if you have an older MacBook with a firewire port, then you would be wise to investigate the Canon HV30 or Sony HDR-HC9. iMovieHD can easily deal with DV and HDV these camcorders record. As the least compressed of the consumer digital formats, DV/HDV will render best available video quality. You will need a firewire cable - it is not included in the box with the camcorder.
Next best are hard disc drive (HDD) and flash memory based camcorder - they store using very similar compression and file types. The Sony HDR-CX12 and Canon HF10, HF11, and HF100 are flash memory based camcorders that save to very highly compressed AVCHD files. The video is pretty good, but compressing that much as the first step just is not a good idea. I've been reluctant to recommend hard disc drive camcorders because of their known issues with vibration from loud audio and inability to record at high altitude (9,800 feet and higher) - this may not impact you. Video is copied over USB. In the Mac environment, an Intel-Mac running the newest versions of iMovieHD or FinalCut (Express or Pro) are required to deal with the AVCHD files.
In either case, iDVD will downsample the high definition video to some of the clearest standard definition video you've seen when you menu and burn the DVD to yur MacBook's SuperDrive (optical drive.
You could also save the file as a 720p, h.264 compressed high definition file and upload to vimeo.com and youtube... Your concern on detail caused me to render out some high definition video to vimeo for you. This is purely to be used as an example - recorded with an older Sony HDR-HC1, I was playing with the telemacro functions (and the speed up "special effect" of iMovieHD06... and having a little fun with the sound design.
I realize this is not exactly "security", but I guess it assumes only the folks reading this post will access... and I can change the password later... But the detail that is possible now is pretty amazing. My favorite is the dragonfly...
Hi all. I am a glass artist and I'm wanting to make videos of my pieces to show the movement on my hanging work and to give a real feel that the viewer is looking at the work in person. I plan to use these videos to send in my portfolio to galleries as well as to post online on sites like youtube.
I am extremely well-versed in still cameras and take all of my own photos, but I have never owned a camcorder...ever. I have done a lot of research and am now more confused than I was when I knew nothing
For at least another year or two, I will be working on my Intel-based Macbook with a 2 gig processor and currently 1 gig of ram, but the ram can be easily upgraded if need be.
Being able to edit the video is going to be very important to me, as is accurate color balance (under controlled lighting conditions) and detail close-up. (Of course I realize that the compression when putting a video on-line will kill a lot of detail, but I'm concerned more with the galleries that will be viewing on DVD)
Because of the nature of why I'm creating these videos, I really have no idea what type of screen they will be viewed on. I expect many will be viewed on a computer screen.
I'm mostly concerned with image quality and the ability to edit these videos. As I said, I'm a complete novice when it comes to video but I am a fast study and don't mind extra work if it will produce better stuff. I'm looking for a model in the $1000 range and I'm *still* undecided about mini dv vs hdd, even after everything I've read.
Any suggestions or advice would be *GREATLY* appreciated!!
Thanks so much!