July 19, 2016 at 7:33PM

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Inexperienced and looking for a good camera to make my own music videos

Hi,
Brand new to this...
I am 65 and a hobby song-writer - looking for a quality movie camera up to $1000 CDN
to capture raw footage for editing down videos (for You Tube) to promote my own music. I will be using studio-quality recordings as the backing tracks so the camera mic does not have to be of the highest quality (just good enough for reference) ---also, still debating on what movie-making software to use (I have a brand new Dell laptop with Windows 10 for the purpose) ---- I am familiar with Windows Movie Maker but it seems it is no longer offered as a regular feature for Windows 10 --- are there other software items I should consider?
Lastly, do you think I can get something decent for $1000 or should I be considering spending a little more?
cheers,
David

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Before you go and buy a camera and burn your budget first think what else you need:

- A tripod
- Lights (for a good indoor video you need at least three, ideally four)
- Editing software
- Lenses (For studio your range would be something like 40mm for wide to 100mm for close ups (full frame equivalent focal distance).

If you want it good looking I would recommend 3 cameras positioned at different angles or you could alternatively make several recordings with different camera angles and make one edit (but this would only realistically work if the videos are lip synced).

July 20, 2016 at 6:12PM

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Cary Knoop
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I would check out the Panasonic GX85 camera which costs about $1,000 in Canada with the 12-32mm kit lens. This camera shoots 4K, has a great sensor, has built-in 5-axis stabilization, and has no recording time limit. It has no mic input or headphone jack so you will need to shoot dual-system sound where you use an external recorder to handle your audio.
http://goo.gl/TuuSl5
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_GX80_GX85/

July 20, 2016 at 9:12PM, Edited July 20, 9:12PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks Cary and Guy - greatly appreciate your taking the time to offer your thoughts/suggestions ----- any specific software you think would be good given
my background...? - cheers, David

July 20, 2016 at 9:33PM, Edited July 20, 9:33PM

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David Hart
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Before you buy any equipment at all, you should review at least 20 music videos on YouTube that you think are (1) close to what you think you are aiming for, and (2) have some distinct feature or overall impression that makes you really like them or really not like them. Once you have these 20 videos identified and graded (perhaps your own one to five star rating), find the person in your circle of friends who knows the most about video production: cameras, lenses, lighting, light modifiers, shot types, backgrounds, etc., and have them tell you what they can about what's common about the videos you love and what's common about the videos you don't love. Then find out what the likely gear budget, experience level, and crew size achieves that result.

If you have no such friends, post a few videos here and let the NFS community tell you what's what. Here's an example of a video shot with only HD cameras on tripods, but with lighting and two operators:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fau1dnLWTLA

July 21, 2016 at 8:58AM

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Great lighting!

Cary Knoop

July 21, 2016 at 12:42PM

>>>any specific software you think would be good given my background...?

I've been using Sony Vegas Pro since the late 1990's ( originally owned by Sonic Foundry, then bought out by Sony, and now bought out again by the German company MAGIX ) which is still my favorite software. There is a low cost consumer version of Vegas that costs around $100 or less ( it's built upon the SAME code base as their professional version ), and then there is the professional version which can be bought for as little as $400.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/330070/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/278210/

The German company MAGIX will be releasing a new version ( MAGIX Vegas Pro 14 ) in September. ( MAGIX have bought almost all of Sony's audio and video applications, and will be releasing new MAGIX versions of these apps over the next year )

July 21, 2016 at 7:47PM, Edited July 21, 7:47PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I use vegas pro and have since v1, the junior version that is very helpful and cheap to buy is Movie studio platinum, being the jr version of vegas.

I would recommend buying a Canon eos-m with the kit zoom lens. this should cost under $300 or a Canon T3i used with the canon 50mm lens, and a tripod and cowboy studio shoulder mount from amazon, all of this should cost well under $500 and depends on how you search maybe under $400. You will want to download Magic Lantern on the memory card. Then get Dave Dugdales tutorial for the T3i at learningvideo.com.
This will teach you how to make movies with a dslr. If you get the t3i and have android look into getting an app called dslrcontrol. Good luck. The important thing is used well this equipment used skillfully will equal any of the other suggestions and learning to use the camera you buy is more important than the camera.

July 23, 2016 at 4:58PM

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