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Panasonic SD700 Full HD 1920x1080p Camcorder With 3MOS Sensor, SD Card Recording and Manual Control Ring - Black
Panasonic SD700 Full HD 1920x1080p Camcorder With 3MOS Sensor, SD Card Recording and Manual Control Ring - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect consumer camcorder, 2 May 2011
Pros
Awesome camera for the price. The video quality made my old Sony A1E look washed out and blocky, thats the benefit of AVCHD MPEG4 technology over HDV MPEG2. This camera is really small, but seems to manage to include alot of useful features, such as external mic input, headphone socket and cold shoe. It can shoot 50i, 25P and 50P, so it plays nicely with other camcorders and for the most part the footage is easy to ingest/transcode and edit. In June 2011 Apple will launch Final Cut Pro X for $299 and this will edit the files natively which should help ease the pressure of buying lots of hard drives to transcode your footage to. Face tracking works well, although I find manual focus with the focus assist (which turns the area of focus momentarily blue best for keeping your videos nice and sharp. The image stabilisation works very well and this helps when you are zoomed out following the action. I have hooked up my wireless mic and external mic to this camera and used it as a second camera on professional jobs which require discrete or covert cameras and the video and audio are always very good. It's well tried and tested.
Cons
I am not bothered about the tiny bit of fan noise, however the function button is poorly positioned between the flip screen and the lens, so if you tilt the screen horizontally it makes making manual adjustments impossible with it. You can still use the flip screen to make these adjustments with the screen horizontal but that will almost always introduce additional camera movement. It is so nearly perfect, however nothing ever is!! I am very happy with this camera and I would recommend it to any video enthusiast.


Elgato Turbo.264 HD, Video Converter with Hardware Accelerator (USB 2.0), black
Elgato Turbo.264 HD, Video Converter with Hardware Accelerator (USB 2.0), black

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Mac H264 encoder, 1 Nov 2010
I produce videos for a living and wanted to speed up my workflow, and this tiny device really delivers a speed boost. Its really simple to use and produces very good results. Basically, with video, if you have good quality source footage then this device will give you pristine results. I did a test in medium to low light and at that point, I noticed that QuickTime 7 's basic export to Apple TV gave a very small improvement in image quality - maybe 5% better - not enough for a client to blow a gasket over though ; ) The device recognises the Blu ray/camcorder file structure and gives the option to combine all files or export as individual files - then just choose your export setting, or create a custom setting and click start. Simple.
My only minor issue, it would be nice to have a list of export destinations, to choose from in a pop up window. Other options if you have the money would be a Matrox mini with h264 encoding, but you will pay about 600 for that device (it is a full input output box)
in summary, for the price, quality and speed, this is well worth the money.


Lowepro Rezo 160 AW Shoulder Bag for DSLR Camera
Lowepro Rezo 160 AW Shoulder Bag for DSLR Camera
Price: 34.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Neat little camera bag, 16 Jun 2010
This is an ideal bag if you want to scoot off and take some pictures. Lots of pockets for batteries and memory cards, space for a second tele lens, or say a 50mm and your battery charger or mains power. Lots of ways to strap this bag to your bod - belt loops, or main strap or carry handle. It has a front pocket with battery sized compartments and in front of that a pouchet with the rain cover in it. Best of all, the bag was about 40% off ; )


Final Cut Studio (Mac)
Final Cut Studio (Mac)
Offered by FS Software
Price: 849.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pro video application suite, 13 Nov 2009
This review is from: Final Cut Studio (Mac) (DVD-ROM)
I paid about 530 from Appealing Computers- Amazon seller for this new item. If you own Mac, shoot video and want to produce professional videos, then Final Cut Studio 3 is a must. It's a professional suite of apps that cover video editing, encoding, colour grading, motion graphics and audio design, so there's a bit of a learning curve, but the results will make it worthwhile. Final Cut is used by the BBC and Oscar winning filmmakers. Join the club.


Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Mac)
Mac OS X Snow Leopard (Mac)
Offered by Consultant
Price: 21.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac osx snow leopard, 13 Nov 2009
My Macbook Pro ran great on osx Leopard, but the upgrade just made everything work better and faster.
Start up times are amazing after a fresh install- 15-20 seconds. Worth every penny.


Sanyo Xacti HD1000 Full High Definition SD Digital Movie Camera - Black
Sanyo Xacti HD1000 Full High Definition SD Digital Movie Camera - Black

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An affordable way to shoot HD, 20 Nov 2008
I have shot quite a bit of footage with this camera in both full HD 1920 x 1080 interlaced and 720P 60fps. The latter I have found to be the most versatile, great for capturing fast moving action. It also takes amazing close up video in macro mode. The other great feature on this tiny HD cam is the 8 mega pixel still it takes - very nice jpgs. Other techy stuff...Mic input, cold shoe for a mic and little flash for photos.
If you want to edit the footage you'll need a pretty powerful computer as the H264 compression is processor intensive. Also, if you are using SDHC cards, you'll be best off buying an SDHC compatible card reader - then you can just pop out your card and download the contents whilst you continue your movie making. Its worked well with my Apple imac 1.8 and Macbook Pro 2.4.
I bought mine with a Maxtor HD 250GB and it syncs up fine and backs up cards no problem. Lots of cables included and running off footage directly into my dvd recorder - thats HD to SD was very simple. I would recommend this camera, although you might want to look at the new Sanyo HD1010 which shoots 1080P. Enjoy.
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