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Editing software demands...need advice!

by mike_189 / November 30, 2008 5:27 PM PST

Hi people, I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to camcorders and I really need some advice.

Basically I'm looking to buy a decent camcorder - I've got

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by mike_189 / November 30, 2008 5:36 PM PST

Sorry, just realised I meant HDV not Mini-DV.

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by whizkid454 / December 1, 2008 6:02 AM PST

That laptop looks impressive. To answer your question, I highly doubt it would any problem with AVCHD. Some people have different opinions about HDD and miniDV. Both will work fine for everyday use. What are you wanting to do with your camcorder?

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by mike_189 / December 1, 2008 7:06 AM PST
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Hi, thanks for replying. Basically I'm an independent filmmaker and I want to invest in a decent camera that will last me well into the HD era. In terms of HDD camcorders I've read that the Canon HG20 has the best image quality at the moment closely followed by the Sony HDR-SR11 which has better features such as a larger LCD screen and a viewfinder, both of which are important to me.

I think I know which HDD camcorder I would get, I was just concerned that I would struggle in editing. I think I would choose HDD over HDV even though you get less image quality when you buy HDD simply because it seems so much more convenient to me - particularly with reviewing footage.

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Between the two,
by whizkid454 / December 2, 2008 5:05 AM PST
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You can't make a wrong choice. Just make sure that you do the somewhat obvious things such as backing up your videos and keeping that camera safe! To choose btween the two, I would go down to your local electronics store and try them both out. See which one feels better to you and you can make the comparisons of what you do and don't like.

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go with HDD recording
by BarefootMedia / December 1, 2008 10:37 AM PST

AVCHD comes in a variety of flavors, so if you choose the Sony you'll have the fewest problems by also choosing Sony Vegas for your editing. I have used Vegas for a number of years and have found it to be an excellent NLE. While I'm not as familiar with the Canon camcorder, there is a difference in how "high" the HD is recorded to miniDV tapes. The main reason camcorders are moving to HDD and flash recording is they can record in a "higher" definition.

That being said, both of your choices are one chip camcorders. So honestly, the question of resolution is moot. If you consider yourself to be an independent pro, you aren't going to get much respect by using a one-chip camcorder. But your equipment will be wonderful for doing amateur productions with limited distribution.

So good luck and best wishes.

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by mike_189 / December 2, 2008 5:56 AM PST

Thanks guys, I think I'll get the Sony, it sounds like the best bet.

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