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Prosumer HD Video production kit

Graham R Gibbs
 
Canon LEGRIA HF-S11 Camcorder (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen Multiangle Vivid LCD)
Canon LEGRIA HF-S11 Camcorder (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch Widescreen Multiangle Vivid LCD)
"Almost no moving parts so it is very small and light. Excellent recordings at HD and SD. Built in memory adequate for whole day’s video at HD and several days at SD. Can also use SDHC cards."
Hoya 58mm Pro-1 Digital UV Screw in Filter
Hoya 58mm Pro-1 Digital UV Screw in Filter
"Good to darken the skies in mountain pictures etc. and acts as protector for the Legria HFS11 lens."
Velbon DV-7000 Video Tripod
Velbon DV-7000 Video Tripod
"Rather heavy tripod, but very solid and with quick release and video pan and tilt arm."
Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone
Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone
"Much better than built in microphone, but expensive because an OEM product. Fits Canon’s own mini advanced shoe on HFS11. Most microphones don’t fit."
Canon Battery Pack BP-827
Canon Battery Pack BP-827
"High capacity battery. Clones are cheaper but with them the camera cannot indicate the charge remaining"
Canon CG-800 Battery Charger
Canon CG-800 Battery Charger
"You can charge batteries in the camera, but this charger saves wear and tear and can be charging when the camera is in use."
Apple Mac Pro - Tower - 2 x Xeon 2.8 GHz - RAM 2 GB - HDD 1 x 320 GB - DVD±RW (±R DL) - Radeon HD 2600XT - Gigabit Ethernet Bluetooth 2.0 EDR - MacOS X 10.5 - Monitor : none
Apple Mac Pro - Tower - 2 x Xeon 2.8 GHz - RAM 2 GB - HDD 1 x 320 GB - DVD±RW (±R DL) - Radeon HD 2600XT - Gigabit Ethernet Bluetooth 2.0 EDR - MacOS X 10.5 - Monitor : none
"A good start for non linear video editing, but needs more memory and storage"
4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1066MHz PC3-8500 240-PIN ECC DIMM (UDIMM) MEMORY RAM KIT FOR APPLE MAC PRO (EARLY 2009 - MID 2010)
4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1066MHz PC3-8500 240-PIN ECC DIMM (UDIMM) MEMORY RAM KIT FOR APPLE MAC PRO (EARLY 2009 - MID 2010)
"A couple of these will help with memory"
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB 3.5-inch Hard Drive (7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB 3.5-inch Hard Drive (7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache)
"Add at least one of these, You'll need all the storage you can get if using HD"
Apple Cinema HD Display - Flat panel display - TFT - 30" - 2560 x 1600 - 0.25 mm - DVI
Apple Cinema HD Display - Flat panel display - TFT - 30" - 2560 x 1600 - 0.25 mm - DVI
"To run non linear editing software lots of screen space is very helpful and this is very high quality."
NEC MultiSync LCD175VXM+ 17" Monitor - Silver/Black - 500:1 - 270cd/m2 - 1280x1024 - 8ms
NEC MultiSync LCD175VXM+ 17" Monitor - Silver/Black - 500:1 - 270cd/m2 - 1280x1024 - 8ms
"I find a second screen very useful. The Mac can run two screens. This is good value for money."
Final Cut Studio (Mac)
Final Cut Studio (Mac)
"A superb video editing and production package. If you can't afford this, the Express version is also very good."
Adobe CS4 Design Premium (Mac)
Adobe CS4 Design Premium (Mac)
"I use Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver all the time. Files integrate well with Final Cut."
Office 2008 for Mac, Home and Student Edition (3 User Edition) (Mac)
Office 2008 for Mac, Home and Student Edition (3 User Edition) (Mac)
"You can't get by without a word processor. This will do the job."
Harman Kardon Soundsticks II - 3-Piece Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System
Harman Kardon Soundsticks II - 3-Piece Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System
"You'll need good quality speakers to hear the movies you're editing."
Freecom 31332 FireWire Hard Drive 1.5TB Mac
Freecom 31332 FireWire Hard Drive 1.5TB Mac
"To back up your video files"
Max Value IEEE 1394a Cable, 6 Pin Male to Male, 2 Mtrs, Black
Max Value IEEE 1394a Cable, 6 Pin Male to Male, 2 Mtrs, Black
"To connect the external drive to the Mac"
Blue Microphones Snowball Omnidirectional/Cardioid USB Microphone - White
Blue Microphones Snowball Omnidirectional/Cardioid USB Microphone - White
"A good quality USB microphone for doing voice overs with Final Cut"
Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter/ Swivel Mount,360° Flexible Gooseneck Holder
Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter/ Swivel Mount,360° Flexible Gooseneck Holder
"I find USB microphones lack sensitivity so speaking close to the mic and  a pop filter are necessary"
Hama LM-09 Clip-On Omnidirectional Microphone - Black
Hama LM-09 Clip-On Omnidirectional Microphone - Black
"Use two of these for interviews. You'll need a mono to stereo mini jack splitter too."
R-09HR Handheld WAVE/MP3 Audio Recorder
R-09HR Handheld WAVE/MP3 Audio Recorder
"Excellent for sound recording away from the computer and camcorder to create WAV files."
ByteStor 16GB SDHC Class 6 Memory Card
ByteStor 16GB SDHC Class 6 Memory Card
"A few of these will be useful for the camcorder. Each records 1 hr 25 mins at top quality HD."
Peak LE 6
Peak LE 6
"Great for audio editing. Does some things Final Cut doesn't."
Sennheiser PX100 Headphones
Sennheiser PX100 Headphones
"A compact set of headphones for monitoring sound on the camcorder."
50cm 5-in-1 Light Mulit Collapsible Reflector Kit
50cm 5-in-1 Light Mulit Collapsible Reflector Kit
"To improve lighting on location and in the studio."