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Durbs
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Posted:Er - yeah, as the title says really.

My old Mini-DV camcorder is kaput, and i'm looking at getting a new one. As with all technology, it's all moved on from when I were a lad.

The only thing I vaguely remember is 3CCD kicks ass compared to standard single CCD camcorders (also usually costs about 500 more), but they're now starting to appear in the sub 300 price bracket.
But now there's also 1080 (sometimes with an 'i') HD cameras in that price range too...

Am I right in thinking 3CCD gives better colour definition, whereas the 1080 have higher digital resolution?
In terms of general use, what's the pro's/con's of either of these.

I'm generally a little wary when you get "top end" features in lower price brackets as it generally means they've sacrificed everything under the sun to squeeze the cool stuff in - but then with digital editing being so easy these days, aside form hitting record, a bit of optical zoom, and general ease-of-use, does it matter if they've sacrificed funky features to squeeze the 3CCD in?

If anyone can reccomend a camcorder, preferably sub 200, 300 if it's really worth it, please do so smile

Thank-you-please wink


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Posted:Ready for your science lesson?

CCDs are the little things in cameras that sense color. A single CCD camera can only scan one color at a time and mash all the colors together to create something that resembles the original color (think of zooming in on a comic pook and seeing all the little dots).

A 3-ccd will scan all three base colors (RGB) by splitting them with a prism and each color gets sent to their respective CCDs. Then it's recombined to make a full RGB pattern per pixel.

A standard Defintion camera will get you a resolution of 480i, which is interlaced, and scans odd lines first, and then even lines (why older TVs had the H-align and Vert-align). 1080p is progressive scan meaning it scans images from top to bottom instead of every other line. Most computer monitors and all LCDs use Progressive scan.

The drawback to Progressive scan is the line rate is halved compared to an interlaced scan, but line rates are so impressive, there's really no distinction anymore.

so in short, Yes, 3ccd is better image quality, and 1080 is a higher resolution.


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Geeza
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Posted:Why do you need such a high resolution? Ive got a camera (well my mate has) that records at 640x480 30fps, its a Canon powershot A540. It records at 100mb a minute though so all the vids need to be either saved in a lower res or changed somehow anyway

What do camcorders do that are so special? You can get a powershot A540 for around 70


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mcp
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Posted:the only think about the HD camera is it will future proof you in some small way, for when HD becomes a more popular format. But for web videos it won't matter, 1080 = even huger download sizes + absolutely no difference on youtube.

3ccd will make images look pretty, like pro photographs look pretty. It'll look more like what you're eyes see. Pretty like. And for all intents and purposes ie: web videos, non-HD DVD's, recording fenfire's routines to copy later, etc, it'll be pretty decent.

If you want, check some super useful site like:
http://www.simplydv.co.uk/
or
http://www.camcorderinfo.com


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Durbs
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Posted:PANASONIC NVGS230

Seen it for 300 too...

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mcp
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Posted:I just bought a Panasonic AG-DVX100B

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Glåss
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Posted:YOU WHAT!!!
OMG, Meghan that's more than a toy biggrin


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-sandy-
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Posted:The thing you have to look out for if your thinking about HD is if it will be compatable with your editing software. Lots of consumer end HD cameras use AVCHD which isnt supported by professional editing packages like Final Cut Pro (had this problem myself). Check your editing software supports your camera.

Also like VHS and Betamax there are different HD formats from different companies (Sony, Panasonic) fighting it out to be the standard format. Untill there is a clear winner i wouldnt buy one.

3CCD mini-dv cameras are getting much cheaper and are almost certain to work with your computer without loads of faffing around, and the footage takes up about 1/4 of the space on your hard drive (HD is 100Mb second!).

Oh yea, and you'll need a pretty decent computer to cope with HD, minimum recomended RAM is 2Gb. You have to render HD before you can even watch it in you timeline, so it gets really annoying if you have to wait 45 minutes everytime you make a change to your film.

HD is going to rock, but i wouldnt bother for another couple of years until it gets more user friendly and the formats have settled down.


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mcp
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Posted: Written by: Glss


YOU WHAT!!!
OMG, Meghan that's more than a toy biggrin



yup, and it's a good camera tooo!


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Fire_Moose
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Posted:Little bit off topic BUT......

I'm looking to buy a digital camcorder for recording both night and day spinning. I would love to have an editing function in the camera and a resonable battery life. I dont know much about these cameras so does any one have a suggestion?


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UCOF
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Posted:Editing functions on cameras (I assume) is going to be rubbish. You really will want one simply with a usb port so that you can get the footage onto computer and edit it that way. Its much easier, more definite and has way more features than you will find on a computer.

Also, what sort of budget are you looking at?

Id always suggest the most expensive thing on the market (its the most expensive for a reason) but there's no point doing that if you cant afford it, and would never buy it anyway.


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Fire_Moose
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Posted:i was thinking between 150-200$ the reason i want the camera editing is so i can cut out stupid [censored] to make more room for good stuff before its uploaded.

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UCOF
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Posted:umm.. just not film the stupid censored ? wink

Im sure most cameras have a "delete this bit" button. I thought you meant you wanted to do all editing on teh camera, so when you take the footage from the camera, its in its final cut. ubblol


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Fire_Moose
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Posted:well see the way i spin is a lot fo Improv Contact and things dont always go how i want them to if you know what i mean wink

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*HyperLight
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Posted:Just buy bigger tapes and then remove the stuff off the camera. I think the only other option is likely to be recording over the 'dull' sections... but then you run the risk of over-writing good stuff!

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Fire_Moose
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Posted:ok well either way, does any one have any recomendations for a modestly priced camera?

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UCOF
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Posted:"Improv Contact"
I do that biggrin

Id also like to add that it may well be worth buying two or more tapes so you can simply change over and keep going. smile


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Fire_Moose
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Posted:tapes huh? i was thinking digital....

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FireNix
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Posted:FireWire is the way to go NOT usb - ive had problems with my (admitedly old-ish) Digital Cam, with the Usb rate not being high enough to handle the date transfer, resulting in audio being out of sinc and skipping. My laptop didnt have a FireWire - but I solved by buying a (very cheap) PCM card thingy - seems to work fine now.
Durbs - let us know what you decided on and how it is for you (especially with Nightime footage)


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Posted:Poje - digital tapes wink biggrin (DATs - Digital Audio Tapes) Then again, most cameras must be able to store more than 2 hours worth of footage onboard, will you be spinning for longer than this? umm



Nix- not fast enough transfer rate shouldnt (IMHO) make the audio out of sync. Id think it would still be in sync, but just transfer slower - definatly sounds like a camera issue to me. Cameras in general dont transfer "littlebitofvideo littlebitofsound littlebitofvideo littlebitofsound" its more like "littlebitofvideoandsound littlebitofvideoandsound littlebitofvideoandsound" if that makes sence confused



Id also go against firewire based solely on the fact I dont have any firewire stuff, and I dont like the shape of the connector wink

USB all the way ubbrollsmile

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(for a firewire/usb comparision click here smile )


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FireNix
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Posted:YOu may well be right that ts a camera issue
I just found from experience that moving to FireWire solved the issue - so that good enuf 4 i!


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