Not sure if you've gotten yourself a camera yet, but a good way to go is the Canon HV40 - it's a consumer model and goes at a relitavely reasonable price, but it is great value for money. Right now there are some really good VDSLR's (Video Digital SLR) like the Canon 7D - It shoots HD video at various frame rates and is a Pro stills camera so you get 2 cams in one really. If you're shooting stuff other than BB then it's great because you can get really shallow depth of field and a very filmic look because it has a big sensor and you can put on any lens you want. The 7D is a lot of cash, but it's insane value for money. You do have to buy at least one lens for it though, but the kit lens you can get with it is pretty decent.
For the PC and Mac question I'm not sure if you're asking about changing which program you use and how different they are, or how it is using footage between the two?
If you asking about footage - Macs (FCP) use .mov files and PC's use .AVI mostly, but you can try a free converter called MPEG Streamclip - http://www.squared5.com/
In terms of changing the program you use it's not a huge change - the principles are all the same so it's just a case of learning where all the functions are really.
I hope that helps!
lachlan palmos wrote:Sick post man; what do you reckon it would be like shooting vid with an SLR style camera? I've been looking into the 7D just thinking it might be pretty awkward with the way the eyepiece is...
background_music wrote:My two cents worth - Anyone serious about filming should strongly consider getting a camera like the 5d mk ii or 7d..there are still issues like Shane mentioned, but you will learn more from these cameras and the accessories they are compatible with that any high or low end HDV camera available. Not that many surf shots require overly fast panning, unless you are shooting tight from a breakwall or something similar, so if you plan your shots i dont think the rolling shutter is much of a problem. And as far as handheld, its do-able with these cameras but at the end of the day its something you should avoid doing too much of anyway. I recently did an overseas trip(non surf related) without a tripod and came back with some amazing footage - handheld using wide lenses, timelapses with the camera sitting on a step, ledge, ground, anything stable - i think the best thing about these cameras is that they make you think outside the box.. think more like a cinematographer. Also.. shooting timelapses using still shots is simple, and will blow your mind, and comparable ones simply cant be done on video cameras. Also back what Shane said about MPEG streamclip - an amazing free piece of software i use daily. Fast, simple, easy to do batch conversions. Start it up and walk away.
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