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m4a2000
07-13-2010, 03:25 PM
For a school it’s hard to stay up to date with new tech sometimes. It was only in the last two years that we completely phased out S-VHS from our taping on sporting and theater events.

Since 2002 we've used miniDV cameras for about everything. Now, looking around for miniDV cameras I’ve found them to be scarce, not have a headphone jack, or about as much as a new iMac. I know I’ve been putting this off, but now I need to look into a new recording medium to use for my work’s video program.

The two choices I see are either Flash or HDD. To my understanding both formats allow the use of swapping out of ‘tapes’ so we can allow students to have their own ‘tape’ and not worry about someone recording over their raw video. The only problem I have is I have no idea what codec any this cameras will use! So far every Flash or HDD camera a student has brought seems to use a different codec or has some wired proprietary software… And I rather not get started about that.


I would love it if I could find a camera that record in DV Type 1 or 2, but I have not seen one that can… at lest for under 5K. I would like some input on this seeing as I know many of you have already made the jump from miniDV. Thanks.

Silkrooster
07-13-2010, 11:38 PM
Maybe this will help...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVCHD

Keep in mind avchd is still pretty much a consumer format, though I believe some pro cameras may be using it, not positive though. Panasonic and I believe Sony have their own format in the pro line.
Most video editors can read/write avchd. Which makes editing fairly straightforward and simple.

Mr Rid
07-14-2010, 04:36 AM
Canon HV40/30/20 shoots HD or SD on mini-dv tapes, and also does 24p, for under a grand-
http://www.newtek.com/forums/showpost.php?p=939452&postcount=10

Paul24
07-14-2010, 04:33 PM
Canon HV40/30/20 shoots HD or SD on mini-dv tapes, and also does 24p, for under a grand-
http://www.newtek.com/forums/showpost.php?p=939452&postcount=10

I have the 30 and very pleased. I don't like that much hard drive when I'm travelling, not enough space for me.
Memory cards too expensive.
Tape is the best (for now) to store videos and very cheap too.

I still prefer to use DV format for edditing when I shoot for more than an hour, it's easier on the computer. For a 30 mn or less video I shoot in HD.

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