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Cheapest HD Camera?

Rate the HV20. 1 = good, 5 = bad

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Posted: Wed, 20th Aug 2008, 11:42pm

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Which HD video camera is good and the cheapest?

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Posted: Wed, 20th Aug 2008, 11:56pm

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HV20 no question.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 12:03am

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Hv20.

There's a reaosn why it's so popular. Everyone here uses it for simple stuff - it's that popular. I'm using it for casting, behind the scenes, location scouting and rehearsals. It's so easy to haul around so damn durable.

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Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 1:54am

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http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=36466

please dont think just buy hv20
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 2:07am

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Yeah, I got an HV20 from Circuit City for $419. It was the floor model.

$419 and you get 24p HD video... Sort of a no-brainer.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 3:28am

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MoltenWhale wrote:

Which HD video camera is good and the cheapest?
While I definitely agree that it's the HV20, just keep in mind that you can't find it in stores anymore.

Unless you want to buy used, also consider the HV30 - basically the same camera, only for a couple hundred US$ more. Supposedly, all they changed was the color of the camera itself and they added a 30p shooting mode.

So, unless you really need 30p, the HV30 in not as good a deal as the HV20, just easier to find in stores. If you buy online, go with the HV20 if you can.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 8:20am

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I also highly recommend the HV30.

HOWEVER. (drum roll)

You should probably do a bit of research into HD in general. The HV30 is an HDV camera, which is NOT the same as the kind of HD cameras they use for films and television.

For an HDV camera, the Canon HV30 is fantastic. But make sure an HDV camera is actually what you want before spending your cashola.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 4:44pm

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The HV20, can anyone tell me if they connect to Mac's without any issues.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 7:27pm

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It's just firewire, so it will work fine. The real question is, can your NLE handle HDV footage?
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 7:31pm

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MoltenWhale wrote:

The HV20, can anyone tell me if they connect to Mac's without any issues.
If you connect via firewire, and your mac is modern enough, and has appropriate software, then yes.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 7:37pm

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iMovie '06 works fine, but you probably want something like Final Cut since you can optimize it specifically for your video.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 10:59pm

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D3L3T10N wrote:

iMovie '06 works fine, but you probably want something like Final Cut since you can optimize it specifically for your video.
Well unfortunately I don't have $1000 to spend on Final Cut, besides IMovie has served me well in the past.
Posted: Thu, 21st Aug 2008, 11:38pm

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MoltenWhale wrote:

D3L3T10N wrote:

iMovie '06 works fine, but you probably want something like Final Cut since you can optimize it specifically for your video.
Well unfortunately I don't have $1000 to spend on Final Cut, besides IMovie has served me well in the past.
Oh sorry, I was referring to Final Cut Express, which is like $800 cheaper, and you can get it on ebay for like $75, which is an amazing deal because its great software and retails for $200.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Aug 2008, 7:39pm

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How do Fxhome effects look on the HV20?
Posted: Sat, 23rd Aug 2008, 8:34pm

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HV20 (or 30) is AWESOME! And remember, you can always shoot in regular DV until you have the HD workflow down (which I don't). And just back up and zoom in with it and you've got yoursel an ultra-cinematic image.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Aug 2008, 8:38pm

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MoltenWhale wrote:

How do Fxhome effects look on the HV20?
Short version: They look fine.

Fxhome effects alone look fine no matter what camera you use. The effects are high quality, so they won't match with the quality on a low-end camera; however, in your case you would be using an HV20/30, so the quality of the effects used in Fxhome products will match well with the HV20/30.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Aug 2008, 10:35pm

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HV20 for life. Though, the HV30 is out, and it's pretty nice. And black. And it has a nicer texture to it. And 30P shooting modes. And that's pretty much the feature list, right there. biggrin

But yeah. I LOVE my HV20.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Aug 2008, 11:09pm

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Just re-read the title of this topic - you can get 1080i storage card camcorders for next to nothing, but don't expect too much from them! The only HD solid-state media I'd currently suggest are P2 cards and SXS cards.

Just for completeness smile
Posted: Fri, 29th Aug 2008, 4:41am

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i've got HG-10. I love it so much I wanna take it behind a 7-11 and get it pregnant. Plus it's a relatively inexpensive camera compared to most HD cameras. I got mine last christmas for slightly over $700 online. Im sure its come down since then.
Posted: Fri, 29th Aug 2008, 7:13pm

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How is the audio on the HV20
Posted: Fri, 29th Aug 2008, 7:16pm

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MoltenWhale wrote:

How is the audio on the HV20
All camcorders have pretty flaky audio without an external mic, the HV20 being, I gather, no exception.
Posted: Fri, 29th Aug 2008, 7:16pm

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Gnome326 wrote:

I love it so much I wanna take it behind a 7-11 and get it pregnant.
I could have gone without knowing that.
Posted: Fri, 29th Aug 2008, 8:13pm

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MoltenWhale wrote:

How is the audio on the HV20
It has surprisingly good audio up close, but as the mic is on the top of the camera, it has horrible range. I would definitely go for an external mic. Like, if you have any intention of having dialog in your films that is shot from a distance greater than three feet, an external mic is almost a requirement.
Posted: Mon, 1st Sep 2008, 8:21am

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pdrg wrote:

MoltenWhale wrote:

How is the audio on the HV20
All camcorders have pretty flaky audio without an external mic, the HV20 being, I gather, no exception.
Yeah, you're not going to get great audio without recording it properly. However, the HV30's onboard audio isn't too bad - most of the FXhome film behind-the-scenes stuff was done with the onboard mic. Check this out for an idea of how the sound came out:

http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=36451