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Panasonic AG-DVC30, anyone else own one?

Posted: Fri, 21st Aug 2009, 11:58am

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druguer

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Hey guys Im interested in finding out if any of u own this camcorder and how to get the most out of it. however, if by any chance the use of this camera obsolete please tell me about it, this is the camera that I have and I wanna know if it has what it takes to record quality footage for a student film. as always all help/any help, would be appreciated.


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Posted: Fri, 21st Aug 2009, 1:15pm

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BST1Productions

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I have a Panasonic camera but I don't think the same one, but it recorded awful footage. But I found a way to get incredible footage with it. When you plug the camera into the computer go to >start>my computer>either double click on the camera or right click and select open. Then find the files your video is in and copy it out of there to your computer. Then it should have good quality. That's how mine works, but yours might not. Hope that helps!
Posted: Fri, 21st Aug 2009, 9:02pm

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swintonmaximilian

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Hi, I used this camera for a while about a year ago. It's standard definition and it's interlaced, so if you want what you shoot to look more professional then you should de-interlace the footage in post. It's a good camera, easy to use and it has a nice lens, good zoom. All you need to do with this camera is plug it in to your computer via a fire wire cable, it records to tape.
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Posted: Fri, 21st Aug 2009, 11:46pm

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nfsbuff

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I own this camera, and have used it quite extensively for all kinds of video work including films in the FXhome cinema. It can natively shoot progressive, and thus does not require any de-interlacing in post. Just make sure you set the options available, correctly. As stated, it has a decent optical zoom and nice lens, and it's color reproduction is very good. I've had footage shot with this model used in broadcast and it looked great.

Low lux shooting is also good, but be advised that if not in manual mode, it will kick up gain up to 18db or so, resulting in very grainy footage. Also, there will be times when its auto focus will be a hair squirrely, so use manual if possible. Fortunately its focus ring is nice and smooth. It allows for full manual control over aperture, shutter speed, focus and white balance.

Just be aware of its absolutely awful built in mic. It's terrible and should never be relied on for on location sound (or any other sound), even as a backup. Ya, it's that bad. However, its saving grace is that it does support external mic'ing, and has the option for external XLR input via a small sling box.

Overall, its a nice 3CCD camera. I've enjoyed using it for several years. It's survived multiple desert shoots in high heat, dust and direct sun, cold winter days and cross continental trips. A good little camera.