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scott chatham
Best Camera to shoot basic footage for an amateur
on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:26:16 pm

Hi all,

I am the worship director at a church in North Carolina. We are just starting to get into the video production/editing field. I currently work in MAC software, iMovie, etc. Very basic.

I just purchased two Canon Vixia HF R52 HD video cameras. My hope is to begin producing basic short-clip video promos for our church. I have a separate audio recording unit that I am very satisfied. However, when I shoot with the Canons, the image comes back somewhat grainy. They are priced at only $275 each...

But they are rated #1 top consumer video camera. What am I doing wrong to get the grainy outcome? Is it lack of proper lighting, or simply the fact that I am using $300 cameras. I am trying to decide if I should take them back but only have a few days to think about it.

Thoughts?

Thanks
SC


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John Rofrano
Re: Best Camera to shoot basic footage for an amateur
on Mar 6, 2015 at 12:30:11 am

What format are you recording with? That camera can record in several qualities of AVCHD or MP4. I would use the AVCHD 1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24 Mbps) or MP4 1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24 Mbps) settings.

BTW, if you are recording inside a church... that's usually considered a low light environment and you'll get grainy footage unless you have cameras with big sensors (or you add more light).

~jr

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scott chatham
Re: Best Camera to shoot basic footage for an amateur
on Mar 6, 2015 at 1:01:26 pm

Thanks. So is the camera itself a pretty good one? The challenge is obviously to get good quality without investing thousands of dollars. We just don't have the budget for it. I read the AVCHD format is hard to edit with? I don't see a way to adjust the light sensitivity on the camera? So, basically you are saying the more light, the less the graininess will be noticeable? Thanks for taking time to respond to my post.


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scott chatham
Re: Best Camera to shoot basic footage for an amateur
on Mar 6, 2015 at 1:03:00 pm

Oh and I have tried both formats and I set the rate at the highest availablr because I assumed that meant the highest quality?


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John Rofrano
Re: Best Camera to shoot basic footage for an amateur
on Mar 7, 2015 at 2:21:33 pm

[scott chatham] "Oh and I have tried both formats and I set the rate at the highest availablr because I assumed that meant the highest quality?"
That is correct. The more bits that you use to encode each frame, the higher the quality of the picture and the larger the file that is produced..

~jr

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John Rofrano
Re: Best Camera to shoot basic footage for an amateur
on Mar 7, 2015 at 2:16:50 pm

[scott chatham] "I read the AVCHD format is hard to edit with?"
Yes, but not any harder than MP4 which is the same codec AVC/H.264. So everything your camera shoots is hard to edit but that's every camera these days. You just need a powerful computer. I would recommend Core i7 for video editing. You can get by with a Core i5 if it has hyperthreadng. A Core i3 is woefully inadequate.
[scott chatham] "I don't see a way to adjust the light sensitivity on the camera?"
There probably aren't any manual settings in a camera that small. Just like a still image camera, opening the aperture or slowing the shutter speed are two ways of getting in more light. Or course adding an external light is the third.
[scott chatham] "So, basically you are saying the more light, the less the graininess will be noticeable?"
Exactly! You will also see more grain in the dark areas of the image than the light areas. Less light = more grain. Some cameras have a digital gain to compensate. Small cameras like that probably don't.
[scott chatham] "Thanks for taking time to respond to my post."
You're welcome. Feel free to ask more questions... that's how we all learn. ;-)

Question for you: You mentioned that you have a Mac and are using iMovie. What brings you to the Sony Vegas forum?

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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