After a bit of advice before purchasing a professional camcorder.
The camera itself is going to be used for creating approximately 40 minute videos which will be presented to client on dvd.
I work for an architecture firm specialising in the renovation of existing properties. The idea being to take a video of the existing dwelling presented along side a cgi walk through of the proposed renovation. This will be an addition to the planning application so needs to be sent along with the document on dvd.
But with so many being available decided to seek advice first.
What I need is recommendations of the easiest HD video format capable of being produced onto dvd in the quickest time as 4-5 videos will be produced a day… for example is solid state the most viable option? as i see a lot of the professional camcorders use tape. What would be your recommendation with a budget of £2000. How easy would it be to produce the captured video onto dvd? (I often use Adobe premiere pro). And what would you recommend for camcorder storage type when the intention is for video to be produced onto dvd (what are the advantages/ disadvantages of solid state over miniDV or HDV). I don’t really understand how to convert from tape to computer (forgive my amateurism!!!!)
I look forward to any advice given in my confusion of the camcorder world!
"What I need is recommendations of the easiest HD video format capable of being produced onto dvd in the quickest time as 4-5 videos will be produced a day…"
I don't think you can buy a current model video camera that uses MiniDV, HDV, tape, etc. You may still be able to buy those cameras but the only reason to do so is if you have a large investment in a studio system and might need to add or replace a camera.
The current and common standard is to record on SD cards in a format called AVCHD. Current versions of software, like Premier Pro will handle AVCHD with ease. Current versions of software will also quickly output finished videos to DVDs, or any other common format. Another common format is MP4 which is sometimes preferred by Apple computer product users.
Of course there are other formats in use by "professionals" who are using "professional" camcorders to make movies, or documentaries. But, it the goal is to distribute your product for HD TV watching, it won't get better than AVCHD recording and Blu-Ray distribution.
I would not make DVD videos to promote my product or service. The highest definition of DVD is Standard Definition or "SD". If you have to, give your clients Blu-Ray players and use Premier Pro to make Blu-Ray disks.
To summarize, the quickest path for you would be to buy any camera from Sony or Panasonic that uses SD cards for memory, upgrade your Premier software to the latest version, buy a Blu-Ray burner and read up on how to produce Blu-Ray disks in Premier Pro.
Thanks for your advice Bill, it's very much appreciated!
Would you recommend something like the Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5E, or similar? I noticed also the HXR-NX5 but couldn't see any differences...
Thanks again for your help