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Need Premiere Pro compatible camera -  inexpensive

May 26, 2013 6:31 PM

Hi,

 

I need to buy an inexpensive camera that is compatible with Premiere Pro and firewire.  any suggestions?

 
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    May 26, 2013 7:59 PM   in reply to cnp59

    Any Firewire camera will work.

     
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    May 26, 2013 10:50 PM   in reply to cnp59

    Inexpensive is a tough word to define. It is different for everbody.

     

    And why firewire? Only DV and HDV use firewire and both are pretty out of date. New cameras don't use firewire. They use a file transfer mechanism, since they record to memory cards and not to tape.

     

    An Android smartphone or iPhone will have a HD camera. And you can make phone calls. If you have a Costco membership, they sell nice little cameras that will do the job if you just want something basic.

     

    What is it you want to do with the camera and what is your price range?

     
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    May 27, 2013 2:56 AM   in reply to Steven L. Gotz

    It will also help if you tell us what version of Premiere Pro you have.

     

    Also what is the specification of your PC?

     

    There is no point in advising of a HD camcorder if you are using Premiere Pro 1.5 and have a slow PC as Premiere just will not work

     

    Yet another question, do you want a dedicated camcorder, a bridge camera, a compact digital, a DSLR, price matters?

     

    A small compact camera will give great images and HD video, a bridge camera will give both plus a very long zoom lens

     

    As Steven has advised a mobile phone will give pretty good video (especially the iPhone) as it is but again the spec of the PC will make a difference as to if you can play the video files

     
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    May 27, 2013 7:00 AM   in reply to cnp59

    It used to be simple to capture DV in realtime. Or HDV. Both used firewire. Nowadays, you either shoot HD video and simply transfer the file to the PC via USB or via a card reader, or you buy a fairly expensive piece of hardware that allows you to ingest live video via HDMI.

     

    I suggest that you buy an inexpensive camera that shoots video, and just accept the idea that you will not have the files in real time, but you will have to wait a minute to transfer a 5 minute video.

     

    If you are really serious abou this, then look here for $495 http://www.motu.com/video-products/hd-express-hdmi/workflow/uncompress ed.html

     
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    May 27, 2013 9:02 AM   in reply to cnp59

    If you do go the Firewire route, you should know that PP can only capture the two primary channels of audio, the third and fourth channels possible with DV will not get captured.  You'll need a third party tool for that - Scenalyzer.

     

    Having said that, I do agree with Steven that you'll get much better results using an AVCHD camera for image and a Zoom H4n for audio.  It's not real time capture, but is that part of it really critical?  Are you creating these videos with a deadline?

     
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    May 27, 2013 9:46 AM   in reply to cnp59

    Within your budget you will struggle to find a camcorder with anything other than stereo audio

     

    Have a look at Panasonic consumer camcorders

     

    http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/cameras-and-camcorders-camcorders

     

    A bridge camera which will also give you a few video format options plus an input for a secondary mike would be

     

    http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMC-LZ30K

     

    This one has a constant f2,8 lens and hence will be pretty good in low light

     

    But if you have a firewire input on your PC and want a firewire camcorder then have a look on e-bay, Sony would be my choice of consumer DV with Panasonic next

     
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    May 27, 2013 11:43 AM   in reply to cnp59

    Not all web cams record video that PP can work with.  You take your chances there.

     

    Of course, PP may be overkill for the kinds of project you seem to be doing, and there are plenty of consumer programs out there which may work just fine with web cam video.

     
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