A&P Hey camera crew, suggest an inexpensive beginner digitial videocorder

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  1. Akimbo

    Akimbo New Member

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    I need a digital camcorder to document my vacations, gatherings, etc. I really want something inexpensive, less than a hundred would be nice. With, I'd say at least 4MP. I'm open to suggestions, and really want to document a vacation coming up with buddies for spring break...if anyone has any suggestions i'm all ears. Or maybe you have something used you'd like to sell?
     
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    video resolution isn't anywhere near 4mp (with a very expensive exception).

    a still point and shoot that can do video is your best option, and under a hundred bucks, good luck with anything thats even close to decent
     
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    Get really good at drawing really fast?
     
  4. Akimbo

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    I'll take any advice, suggestions. Even if I need to up my price range. I have a point and shoot digicam but it takes about 3 minutes of video, maybe. and no sound.
     
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    SuperCzar Mac Crew, DSLR Crew

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    :rofl:

    http://www.red.com/cameras/tech_specs
     
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    SuperCzar Mac Crew, DSLR Crew

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    Get a Canon ZR-XXX (whatever model they're selling right now).

    Seems like everyone I know has that camera, cheap, takes video... and that's about it.
     
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    im not camera crew, just came asking for help
     
  8. free_notes

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    i've heard that the camcorders that record to tape are the best quality, though they can be a hassle to convert to your computer.

    i just got a samsung sc-d372 for $270 for a project, but haven't gotten into any serious recording or editing yet (planning on using premier). i'm a total newb to this stuff though. so if anyone has any good resources for video editing please post! :x:

    as an aside, does anyone know what cable i need to get to convert a miniDV plug to usb? i think i need this but am trying to find a usb version (my laptop doesn't have a firewire port.)
     
  9. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    use movie maker, or download Vegas Video and play around.

    And buy a pcm Firewire card from newegg for like $14.
     
  10. JordanClarkson

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    tape is the smoothest and has the highest bitrate. i went with SD because it's convenient without worrying about HD failure. mine's a panny sx5 AVCHD. it's not that sharp but i got 3 ccd's which give you the best color. you'll need a firewire to usb cable for that camcorder.
     
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    after some searching, i found that a firewire to usb cable converts dv to mpeg-1 with a built in chip. and the only cable i was able to find is this, which is way over my budget.

    my external hard drive enclosure has a firewire and usb hub built in, so i'll just get a cheap 4-pin to 6-pin firewire cable to transfer: camcorder (dv) -> hub -> laptop (usb). i think that will work...
     
  12. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    or instead of doing it the hard way, you do what i told you.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/AZ-PCMCIA-CardB...ryZ60269QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
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    if you have an external drive, it might be ideal to edit the video from the drive because video takes up a lot of space
     

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