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I am planning on shooting my first web series in January. Right now, I'm in the process of buying new equipment, casting, writing, doing research and pretty much just laying the groundwork for when we start shooting. I have a camera, a Sony HDR-FX7. It's not the best camera in the world and I have about 3500 dollars that I can spend on buying something better. Any suggestions? The show is not effects-heavy and I am not partial to any particular brand name - so any input/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Thank you guys for all of the advice. Right now, the 60D is looking really good. I did a bunch of research, went to the store yesterday and played with it a little and I love how it handles and the quality of the video. I'm going to check out the audio equipment today. Rich, I'm not new to synching audio but it's definitely not something I want to spend time doing. Again, thanks for all of the detailed feedback. Now I'm going to check out B and H.
Arnetta. @Chad makes a very good point!
I'd say buy three iPhones and then you could have a 3 camera shoot... : )
Your camera is fine. The only drawback is that it is mini dv. The newer cameras record on SD cards , internal hard drives, etc so everything can be transfered to computer faster for editing. Everyone gets caught up in trying to get cameras that will help them achieve that "film look". Im guilty of the same. I own 8 cameras, all types, and I found the easiest to shoot with and great looking footage is a camcorder. You can buy a top of the line sony camcorder that films in 60 fps Progressive Scan, internal hard drive that will hold around 5 hrs of footage with a battery that lasts about 8 hours for $1000. The one I bought was a Sony HDR-CX560V Camcorder . The new camcorders are so good that you can get really great DOF shots with them now. Plus this thing is so tiny you can take it anywhere and film and most people will not notice. You could film scenes in stores without anyone knowing. This will put you back only $1000 so that leaves you plenty of money to buy a boom mic, external audio recorder, and lights. Heres a link to find more info and I always order from B&H Photo and Video because they back up everything they sell , dont charge sales tax, free shipping sometimes and great return policy.
If you have any questions , feel free to ask, Jason
Jason, thanks for your input. I am going to check out the CX560 today. (Also, can I have one of your cameras? - Joking! : )
I am now the proud owner of a Canon EOS 60D! :-) This thing is amazing, I can't stop shooting video and taking pictures. Thanks again everybody! This is exactly what I was looking for!
And on another note, an audio guy joined our team yesterday. So I won't be alone in my hunt for good audio equipment.
Congrats Arnetta. Why did you choose this camera over others? Found raw footage on Youtube and posted on main blog. Check it. :)
Rich, I chose this camera over the others because it was the most cost effective for what it did. I'm able to achieve great DOF in my video and (while I plan on using lighting) I don't have to spend too much time tinkering with it in order to make a shot look good - also it's great in low light settings. I could have went with a standard video cam but I like the idea of shooting with something a little more inconspicuous than a camcorder. Honestly, if I wasn't being thrifty I would have gotten the 5D but I'm definitely not taking a loss with the 60D. It's amazing!
Just got myself a 60D this week. Will be investing in a H4N and mic next year.
Is there a handy portable lighting kit for basic lighting that doesn't need a car to be transport it?
We don't drive here in London.
Here's something similar to what I use . . .
The only difference from my lighting kit is that this one comes with an interview green screen (when I bought my lighting kit a couple years ago, it came with a reflector). Everything fits nicely into my Porta Brace bag which is about 28"x14" (sorry, you'll have to convert that yourself, lol). I've used it on several productions and never had a problem carrying it around. Hope that helps!
For those with Canon cameras - what is in your lens collection?
Could make this a new thread topic, Elisar. Unless you want it buried in here. :)