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Old January 12th, 2006, 02:46 PM   #1
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I am new and need help - with my HDR-FX1E

Right - I am not a camcorder buff, but I am a film buff, and was just wondering what kind of equipment I would need. I mean in terms of getting smoother shots - good lighting - mic's - to make it look professional. Any other reccomendations would be welcome. I am only 17, so I may these pieces one at a time - due to money. But please, name a range of prices and a range of equipment.

Sorry if this sounds a tad amateur, but I really do want to get my images - but in style, not just like it is being handheld etc.

Thanks in advance.
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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:25 PM   #2
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Right - I am not a camcorder buff, but I am a film buff, and was just wondering what kind of equipment I would need. I mean in terms of getting smoother shots - good lighting - mic's - to make it look professional. Any other reccomendations would be welcome. I am only 17, so I may these pieces one at a time - due to money. But please, name a range of prices and a range of equipment.
The first things I would recommed are a good, sturdy tripod with a "fluid pan head" like the Bogen 501 or 503 (~$200-400+); an on-camera diffused light from Bescor or others with a rechargeable battery (~$100-200+), a UHF wireless lavalier microphone kit (~$300-400+), a Beachtek XLR adapter (~$150), and a tripod-mountable "LAN-C" camera controller (~$150).

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Old January 12th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #3
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The first things I would recommed are a good, sturdy tripod with a "fluid pan head" like the Bogen 501 or 503 (~$200-400+); an on-camera diffused light from Bescor or others with a rechargeable battery (~$100-200+), a UHF wireless lavalier microphone kit (~$300-400+), a Beachtek XLR adapter (~$150), and a tripod-mountable "LAN-C" camera controller (~$150).[/url]
great range of equipment to start with.
oliver, do you have an idea of what type of filmmaking you'd like to be doing? if so we can direct you to more specific equipment that would be useful now and later, after you've built a movie making empire for yourself.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 06:50 AM   #4
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I am just trying to make a short film about my city, Wolverhampton in the UK. I want to retain a gritty feeling in my shots of people talking - the camera is restless, like the characters. Although I hate the city, I want the shots to be romanticised, so any shots of the city must look good.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 08:57 AM   #5
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a tripod-mountable "LAN-C" camera controller (~$150)
You should be aware that LANC controllers cannot access the full range of zoom speed on the FX1 and Z1 unfortunately. See the following:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=55047

Also, if you plan to shoot a lot of handheld stuff you might consider a shoulder rest. I have one of these and it works very well:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search
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Old January 14th, 2006, 11:08 AM   #6
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thanks for the info.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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... so any shots of the city must look good.
You have set yourself a bit of a challenge i'd have though trying to make Wolverhampton look good.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 01:08 PM   #8
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lol - i hear ya. terribly bleak little city. But I found this great spot that overlooks the majority of Wolverhampton - and all you can see are buzzing lights - red, blue and white. I mean, it is so searing. I stood there and it instantly reminded me of Heat and Crash (2004). Then you turn around...and the city is terrible.

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Old January 14th, 2006, 01:25 PM   #9
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BTW - I just noticed that you posted your FX1 question to the HC1 forum so I moved it to the FX1 forum where you may get some more input.
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Old January 14th, 2006, 01:28 PM   #10
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ah - thanks there.
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