Post by supertractorman on Jan 17, 2009 11:54:36 GMT
Thinking it is time to change my 10 years old Camcorder for a High Definition one to go with my TV. Any advice on makes and models to look at. I basically want something which is easy to operate and reliable.
The item I over looked when I got my camcorder was the size of the files thats it produced. The AVI format takes a lot of storage space 5 minutes of video = 1 gig of storage, I've had to buy 2 external hard drives to store the original files as back up for the tapes and to make editing easier.
I use Magix movie edit Pro 11 its a great editing software for the price, there are newer versions that enable you to edit in HD and burn to Blue Ray disc's.
Post by supertractorman on Jan 17, 2009 23:17:56 GMT
Aidan & Chris,
Thanks for replies, I visited the Sony shop in Derby, and they had very limited stock, so not much to look at. They said new models were due shortly. Elsewhere I liked a Panasonic HDC - HS9 with 60GB Hard Drive plus 16GB Memory Card which I could put direct into my TV. They state 29hrs recording, but a salesman said battery life was limited. Thank you for your comments re editing as every magazine says Blue Ray is the future, and if you could edit and get films on to that format via the computer then that sounds ideal.
Most of the 1080 camcorder now come with software for editing but you do need to make sure you get a large hardrive and ask how much will it fill on 1080 setting as this is the highest at the moment also when editin HD you do need a high end pc with good memory also windows has a free editing software i have tried most and Magix programs are very good and easy to use but still did the same as windows moviemaker but i must admit that a mac has the edge but you can not burn bluerays as yet you need a external drive but Panasonic and samsung do a Blueray player/burner with a Hard drive and can be linked via a network cable to your pc and with there software you can transfer your finished film to the player/burns hard drive then burn it to disk not cheep at the moment but you can also put your camera direct which sounds easyer to me like we used to do with the old tape format
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