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LazyAngel
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

LazyAngel

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Posted:Ok, here's the deal, I want to get a video camera, probably new with warranty. Want it to be digital so I can edit on the 'puter at home, and am going to be using it mainly for:
a) recording outdoors at fire meets etc.
b) recording documentary style reports, which will probably involve visiting some archaeological sites, which rarely have the greatest storage areas (i.e a tent)

So I'm thinking, I need something fairly durable, but still want a decent video quality. What do you guys think? I know sfa but I trust you lot more than some dude in a video store to give me a few guidelines.

Oh yeah, and what sort of stuff do I need to edit on a computer?

Cheers dudes
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mech
BRONZE Member since Jun 2003

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Posted:hi

im going to be a groutch

and say

DO A SEARCH!

i just did one for you and found these

DV Cam thread

dv cam thread

dv cam thread

and to e honest, they all have some good points and ideas in them, so for a fast turn round!

there you go!


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ado-p
GOLD Member since May 2004

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Posted:I concur, you would save yourself much time if you did a durb...

Love is the law.

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Durbs
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Posted:tongue

Burner of Toast
Spinner of poi
Slacker of enormous magnitude

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mech
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Posted:OIH!

that search was mine, not durbs, you bugger!


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ado-p
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Posted:A search has been renamed 'a durb' in honor of durbs passion for the search.... the grouchy credit is yours smile

The fact that durbs suck his head in here with his toungue out is incidental. He has no control over this... biggrin


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mech
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Posted:*GRUMP*

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LazyAngel
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

LazyAngel

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Posted:sorry did do a quick search but not for 'DV camera'. Many apologies for being yet another person who should've searched harder redface

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mech
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Posted:thats ok

its just practice for later life! :d


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musashii


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Posted:one thing to look for with the newer digital cameras too that's extremely useful, is DV IN/OUT and AV Input capabilities. This lets you use your camera as kind of a capture device for your computer

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rbmnyc
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

rbmnyc

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Total posts: 194
Posted:lesson from my experience: DO NOT buy a JVC.

you can search all over the internet for advice/product comparisons etc. if you want more than one opinion. But to summarize: when it comes down to digital recording and then transferring the digital vid to a computer, the JVC is nearly impossible to work with, and they don't provide ANY support. Save yourself the nightmare and go with something else. I returned the JVC and got a panasonic and am pleased with it. And I've heard great things about the new Canon


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