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Scottish Editor
good small camcorder for car shoot
on Mar 12, 2007 at 8:44:22 pm

Looking for advice about a good small camera (pref MiniDv camcorder)to use in a broadcast car shoot (UK) - presenters driving/talking type of thing.
Needs to be reasonable quality 16:9. Quite fancy the cheap little single chip Sony DCR HC96 or the 3 chip Panasonic NV GS500B. They should also easily fit on an exterior mount when required.
Anyone have any experience or suggestions? Thanks


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Dave LaRonde
Re: good small camcorder for car shoot
on Mar 12, 2007 at 9:23:14 pm

I suppose that if either camera shoots 16x9, and you've checked out the specs for things like screw mounts, and all you expect is "reasonable quality", then either camera will do. I presume you have the mounts necessary to attach it to dashboards, exteriors, etc.

The thing that concerns me is the sound: how do you intend to mic these presenters? That might make a difference in the kind of camera you get.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV


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Scottish Editor
Re: good small camcorder for car shoot
on Mar 12, 2007 at 9:29:40 pm

We're using a sound recordist who will provide a feed to the camera. We've already created a pilot and despite the AGC on these kind of cameras the sound was usable. There will be a fast turnround on these programmes and we can't afford the time to go double system unfortunately. The tests showed some audio pumping but it was tolerable.
I simply wondered if there was a very small widescreen camera that professionals tended to use for these shoots. My experience is pretty limited in this field.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: good small camcorder for car shoot
on Mar 13, 2007 at 3:19:42 pm

[Scottish Editor] "I simply wondered if there was a very small widescreen camera that professionals tended to use for these shoots."

To my knowledge, there is not.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV


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Dave LaRonde
Re: good small camcorder for car shoot
on Mar 13, 2007 at 3:26:17 pm

An addendum: you might want to ask this same question on the Sony DV forum on the COW. Those folks may know of a small camera that can do PAL 16x9, uses standard or easily-adapted mounts, and can record audio with no AGC.

It's a good thing you didn't add progressive-scan capabilities to your list of specifications.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV


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Mark Suszko
Re: good small camcorder for car shoot
on Mar 16, 2007 at 3:46:32 pm

I'll suggest this: the most effective thing I've used for in and around-car shooting is a lipstick camera. Fits anywhere inside the car and is super easy to mount. Outside the car, it's a treat, because with some gaffer tape and foam rubber, I can give you six differerent angles in the time it takes to rig one angle with conventional hand-sized camcorders and brackets and tiedowns, much less anything larger.

Do they make wide-screen lipsticks? Heck if I know. But my experience was very positive with a Sony LS-1, which can use a variety of tele or wide lenses and matched our Beta SP footage very closely. The newest ones must be even better now.


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