I'm a student in HighSchool and my school's film department has the Creative Suite installed on their machines, we use Premiere Pro to edit.
Recently, I have been looking for a camera that I can use for my own needs, as well as for school projects. I'm trying to stay in the 300-500$ range, but so far, I haven't found a suitable camera to work with Premiere, in terms of file format and importing.
As many of you all know, the majority, if not all consumer cameras on the market capture/record in MPEG2 or some variation/compression of that format. At school, we use older models of Sony and Panasonic cameras that have firewire outputs and we capture using the capture feature within Premiere.
I was wondering if any of you have a work around, can reccomend me a camera, or point me in a direction of finding a suitable consumer level camera that works with Premiere Pro.
Do yourself a favor and get a mini-DV camera in the price range, not an MPEG one. Easier to edit, easy to capture, easy to export.
I have not used these, have only seen them mentioned as good
For a Firewire DV Camera - look at Panasonic PV-GS320 or GS500 (Note that I have not used either, but they have good reviews)
Or Canon ZR960 http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camcorders/canon-zr960/4505-6500_7-33483239.html