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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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Looking to make a Documentary and some Music Video's, camera advice?

Hello all,
I am interested in making a Documentary about three different bands trying to make it into the music business and I am looking for some advice on some equipment.

I would also like to use this camera to make some music video's for my band, and also to record some live concert footage for a DVD.

I need some advice, as I am new to the higher end market of video editing.

Since I am in a band, I have LOTS of audio equipment at my disposal such as firewire interfaces, mixing boards, lots of dynamic and condenser mics, XLR cables, ect.

I have done some video editing in the past, all be it, with cheap single CCD consumer cameras, but I know I can pull this off.

Anyways, my only real stipulations for the camera is that:
1. I want it to have 16 x 9
2. It needs to have XLR's, no exceptions!

Anyways, I would like it to have some HD support, but it's not ABSOLUTELY essential.

My budget is $2,000 max.

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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:09 AM   #2
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I think you may have a hard time finding built in XLR plus true 16:9 in a new cam for your budget. Your best value would be an FX7 with an XLR adapter box, which would be slightly more than your budget, but close.

A used PD170 or 150 would have the XLR, but the 16:9 is horrible and of course it's not HD.

Also the Panasonic HMC70 is a shoulder-mount cam with XLRs. It records to cards and is 3ccd. I have no experience with it personally but a lot of people like it, despite its Playskool-like looks. Worth looking at.

Panasonic | AG-HMC70U Shoulder Mounted Camcorder | AGHMC70U
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