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I'm about to start filming my web series and I was wondering if it made a difference if one cinematographer has a Canon 5D Mark 3 and the second cinematographer has a HD miniDV camcorder?
Sebastian, are you photographing this yourself or hiring someone?
Hiring someone. Sorry didn't see this reply. But not really hiring someone. They are doing it for free.
I would only do it if there is no other choice (like someone held a gun to my head.) The two cameras will look very different and the format of the footage (resolution, frame rate, codec, etc) will likely also be different. That could be a challenge in editing although most editors can adapt. Visually, intercutting between two such different cameras within any scene will be noticeable, even if viewers may not be savvy enough to identify what difference they are seeing.
It would be best to go one direction or the other, for instance, find another DSLR to better match the 5D, or find another camcorder to match.
You also have audio challenges with the 5D, perhaps with the camcorder if it's very low-end. Be sure to put care into the audio. The biggest giveaway of low-budget, beginner filmmaking is bad audio. The 5D is capable of making amazing images, but if your audio sucks, you will lose your audience. Get a shotgun mic, boom pole (broomstick!) and be sure you have a suitable adaptor to get audio into either camera.
You are likely pouring lots of effort and care into this project, don't rush and compromise on important technical details.
Best of luck!
The audio is completely separate from the camera and he has a lot of great equipment and will be there for every shoot but right now. It's looking like I need to concede on the video a little and use a canon 550D or become 3,500 to 4,300 dollars in debt to Best Buy.
It would be best practiced to use similar cameras, because it sounds like your going to be with one or the other at any given time. Can you mix and match, yes, under certain circumstances. It's a matter of the censor in the camera, while we could discuss how one can manage DOF with a DSLR, each camera model will represent color differently. Just something to think about. (CCD vs. CMOS, etc.)