Let me share a lesson. Reusing tapes while done in consumer land is something to avoid for pro work. In fact, let's say it's something never to be done. Take the tape and box it up along with your project materials and save it.
As to your specs, they're fine but don't limit the budget at first. Find your 24p camera (why do that?) and then look for a time lapse unit. In fact I suggest you don't mix the two features.
I was hoping for a little help here, or more like a floating lifesaver to pull me to a solid shore as my search for the right camcorder is proving very difficult. I am a photographer by trade, and am shooting a documentary on a project I am working on. I am looking for a professional grade camcorder around $1500-2000 and just can't find exactly what I'm looking for, which is...
A professional grade camera which can shoot at 24-30 frames per second, but can also shoot at one frame per minute (or 1frame/30seconds). Is there a camera which I can shoot onto film at these rates, or should I be looking into a digital camera?
I am looking for a format which can conveniently record and easily downloaded onto my laptop each day. I looked into the P2 cards (?) which are about $1500 each, but I've heard that I can pick up a 5 pack of tapes for $15 (1 hour of recording/tape). With the cost of the camera I can't afford to add on another $1500, so I am looking at the tape option as a better choice...but what software/scanners will I have to buy to pull the information off the tapes and onto my laptop?
I would love to shoot in HD, but I believe it looks to be very expensive. One camera I was looking at was the Sony HVR-HD1000U. I could not find in it's spec sheets if it was able to shoot at one frame/minute (and their tech support is currently closed).
If I do choose to shoot in tapes, can they later be rewritten, once I have all data stored to my external hard drive?
Is HD just a digital video format or can I shoot in HD tape? What are the general prices of choosing either option?
I thank you in taking your time to read this looong post, but I am a dedicated artist who is entering boldly and bravely into a new medium I know I can handle if I can just find the right equipment to begin, without making a very expensive mistake. I look forward to your input... eric