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want to get a digital video camera for work purposes. i don't know crap about digital video cameras and could use some suggestions/a starting point.

the main use will be filming the tulane marching band from the press box height at the Louisiana Superdome (example angle). sub use will be for filming concerts, mardi gras, other performing events, maybe some rehearsals and interviews.

i want the video camera to be decent quality (HD) but also portable. not necessarily super portable like the Flip, but i don't want something that needs to be shouldered. storage should be SD card based. decent audio is preferred but by not required as stock audio does fine for most things and we have a separate audio recorder for times that it doesn't. other than that no real bells or whistles necessary. i imagine that price won't be an issue for what it is that we're looking for.

suggestions please?

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shandrew
Sep. 5th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
I don't know much about video but there are a few video pros at my company.

They mostly use the Canon 5D mk II to shoot video. It's pricey and the good lenses are pricier but there's nothing better in low light. The Canon T2i (another DSLR) is also good for video. I've also heard good things about the Sony NEX VG10, a video camera that uses Sony's camera lenses.

On the low end, the GoPro cameras are good for student bands because they can easily survive drops and rain and generally getting tossed around, and they are inexpensive. Mythbusters uses them! Probably not the right thing for the press box, but good for field use.
lifeofmendel
Sep. 10th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
so i think we're going with at mid-level vixia. I was going to go with a Sony until i found out that they record their stuff in a proprietary format that sounds like it would be a couple of extra steps to convert to .avi or .mov.
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