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For an aspiring filmmaker

by lukewarm27 / March 22, 2008 8:23 PM PDT

Im an aspiring filmmaker with a slight budget looking to buy my first decent camcorder. I've been doing some research the past couple of months and I'm having a hard time deciding what's best for me..

What I'm looking for:
I'm looking for a camcorder that gives complete manual control over focus, exposure, shutter speed, white balance, etc, 24p capability, and high/standard definition. I also prefer either MiniDV tapes or Hard Disk Drives.

What I've found:
The top two camcorders I'm considering are the Sony HDR-HC9 and HDR-SR7.

What I need help with:
I like the HC9 because it has manual focus and 24p mode. The SR7 has total manual control but it doesn't seem to have 24p, correct me if i'm wrong. It's also a little pricey. With plenty of editing in mind, which of these camcorders would be the best choice? Is AVCHD really that much of a hassle? I plan on purchasing Sony Vegas Pro 8, which according to my research, supports the AVCHD format. But then again, AVCHD does mean a better, faster computer am i right?(I have Windows XP) Are MiniDV tapes going to be a problem now that they're becoming less and less popular? And are they harder to edit with let alone transfer to a pc? I'm really confused on which is the better choice. Hard Disk Drives have convenience on their side, while MiniDV tapes have quality. I'm leaning more towards the HC9, but i need a pro's opinion.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2008 10:38 PM PDT

My son is nearing the end or year 2 with a film major. 24p is not that important (according to...) but he does want HD next time.

I'd go ahead with your choices for now and think about HD all the time.

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by ALI AHMED / April 14, 2008 2:05 PM PDT

Hello lukewarm27,
Listen, I might not be able or qualified to actually help you decide, but being the selfish bloke that I am, I thought I'd write this anyway.
I too am an aspiring filmmaker and a proud starter of my own thread on the topic-first page.
I was just wondering as to how one decides what features are best suited for actual filmmaking (with a budget) in contrast to those happy people on the camera packages that use them for holidays and such.
I also put down a list of features, albeit being not so similar to yours since you really seem to know the stuff.
Right then,

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