Looking for Best DV Camcorder that Looks Like Film

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Adam, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. Adam

    Adam Guest

    I am currently in the process of upgrading my current piece-of-junk JVC
    camera to a much more proffesional and expensive one. I am a prosumer
    looking for the best camcorder out there on the market.

    Basically, what I want is a camera that makes video look and feel the
    most like film.

    I have done research on many of the currently available models
    including Canon's GL2 and XL2, several of JVC's and Panasonic's models,
    and Sony's HDR-FX1 and DCR-VX2100. Even after much research, I am still
    extremely puzzled about what to buy.

    My price range is anything below $8000. As I said, I simply want the DV
    camcorder currently on the market that will take video that looks and
    feels the most like film.

    I am also wondering about the new HD camcorder technology. Is it really
    as good as it sounds? Does it truly take video in crystal-clear HD
    1080i format? Is the video you film on these cameras able to be edited
    by basic computer software (I use Vegas 5)? Is it only able to playback
    on a 1080i input source?

    Thanks very much and help would be much appreciated, even if you only
    know the answer to one of my inquiries. If you've ever owned/tested a
    one of the prosumer products currently on the market, please post with
    your thoughts on the model.
    Adam, Feb 28, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    With the addition of the Cineform codec, the HDV camera works very well on
    Vegas 5.
    http://www.vasst.com/HDV/hdvportal.htm has several resources for you to
    check out.
    As far as a camera purchase is concerned, I'd wait until after NAB (National
    Association of Broadcasters - Las Vegas - mid-April) as rumour has it that
    competition for the Sony camera will be announced from more than one vendor.

    Mike Kujbida, Feb 28, 2005
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    Seattle Eric Guest

    OK already. Seven identical posts.
    Seattle Eric, Mar 1, 2005
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    Adam Guest

    Sorry, Eric. My computer kept giving me error messages, and I
    accidentally sent it 7 times. Sorry.
    Adam, Mar 1, 2005
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    DanR Guest

    If you want the film look... shoot film. Camera makers (Sony, Panasonic) claim
    they have solved the film look issue but I am not convinced. You can send your
    video off in the mail to get a film look. They do tricks with interlacing and
    pull down and attempt to paint the video frames but... to my eye it still looks
    like video.
    If this video look issue could be solved the network soaps wouldn't have that
    "soap" look.
    Unfortunately... the public is getting used to the "video" look and in time it
    won't be an issue.
    What really looks strange to me is footage that you expect to have the video
    look... instead be shot on film. Like TV news promos. For a while they were shot
    on film for that "high end" look by big time directors.
    This is not a direct answer to your question as I suppose there are prosumer
    video cameras out there that are better than others for what you want. But the
    trick may be in post and not the actual shooting.
    DanR, Mar 2, 2005
  6. Adam

    Adam Guest

    Thanks, Dan. But there is no way my budget will support using a film
    camcorder let alone buying all the film. It's okay if it doesn't look
    exactly like film, just the closest.
    Adam, Mar 14, 2005
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    Rick Merrill Guest

    If you will settle for "close" why do you want "exactly like" AND what
    do you MEAN by "look like film" anyway? You want grainy, flicker, what?
    Rick Merrill, Mar 25, 2005
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