Just starting out.

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Polyhedron_12, Sep 13, 2003.

  1. I've shot some scenes with a consumer video recorder (it's a sony my
    boss bought from sears) and the video always looks like crap.

    I really don't have a big budget to get started with so I have to ask
    you this advice. I notice there's a big difference of picture quality
    between the commercials I see on national TV (excellent), Cable TV
    (ok), and the video I shoot with my camcorder (fine for home movies).

    I would like to shoot some CATV commercials, but I refuse to do any
    shooting before I get a decent camera. Any suggestions of what type of
    camera? Also, what specifications should I pay close attention to to
    increase picture quality.

    Thanks
     
    Polyhedron_12, Sep 13, 2003
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  2. : I would like to shoot some CATV commercials, but I refuse to do any
    : shooting before I get a decent camera. Any suggestions of what type of
    : camera? Also, what specifications should I pay close attention to to
    : increase picture quality.

    For any thing that's going to be broadcast, you're going to need a three
    chip (CCD) camera. Your consumer camera only has one. The extra chips help
    give you better sharpness and color.

    I don't know how much you intend to spend. Don't forget you're going to
    need a lot of accessories like a GOOD fluid head tripod, microphones,
    lights, etc. You'll also need a good computer and video editing software.
    I would look at some of the 3 chip DV cameras out there like the Sony
    PD-150, the Canon XL-1s, and the Panasonic AG-DVX100. If you can spend a
    little more I'd look at the JVC GY-DV500 or better yet the 5000.

    How much experience do you have producing and shooting commercials? You
    might want to look in to some classes on lighting, editing, etc. Your
    local college, or even the public access station might be good for that.

    -Brian
     
    brian a. henderson, Sep 14, 2003
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  3. Polyhedron_12

    MSu1049321 Guest

    not having a camera dosen't mean you can't be m,aking commercials right now.
    They are called graphics;-) plus, there's stock footage, after you pay the
    license. I have made plenty of good, even award-winning PSA's without using
    anything that had a lens on it.

    it's the big idea.....
     
    MSu1049321, Sep 15, 2003
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