I am starting a new TV show and I will need to record most of the show myself. Any suggestions on the best camera for me?
I will be recording myself.
Answer by Razor512 · Sep 06, 2012 at 02:05 AM
If you don't care about the money, then get this camera http://www.red.com/products/epic/
it cost about $56,000 but it offers really good picture quality and is used in movies such as the dark knight rises and many others.
If you need something that offers extremely good performance for around $600 then get a DSLR
the video quality of many DSLR's are pretty close too what you see on many tv shows. (the t3i offers similar quality to the canon 5D in normal lighting and up, but at low light, it has more image noise)
The canon 5D was used in tv shows such as House when they needed to get a shot in a tight area (most people never noticed the switch from their super high end cameras, to the canon 5D
sample video of a t3i http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfLpg4vzjVA
Answer by sfrancis928 · Sep 06, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Yeah you really need to elaborate on your situation before anyone can give you specific advice.
What kind of TV show is it? Are you talking broadcast TV, a web series, something else? If it's broadcast TV you might need a camera with a 50Mbps 4:2:2 codec, depending on where you're broadcasting. And those cameras get expensive.
What style of content will you be shooting? You've got to choose between a large sensor camera and a small sensor camera, (as well as other features) and knowing the type content will help to determine your choice.
If you tell us at least these things, we can start giving you useful suggestions.
Answer by gregzeng · Sep 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
IMO (being a Retired Information Officer (1984), specializing in hardcopy & radio production. Australian Capital Territory. For a solo operator (producer, lighting, camera, sound, etc) all in one, perhaps two or more cameras covering the same scene. Plus seperate audio, on body(s), & background sounds, to all be editted later. Lighting: reflectors, extra lights help. Start low: YouTube, then Vimeo standards. Hardest part: deciding how consistent your productions will be ... pace, (im)personality, voice (authoritative, friendly, humor, etc).
Answer by gregzeng · Sep 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Just realized: best cameraS; more than one. Technology has a high & fast depreciation rate. Personally I buy a new smartphone & PC every year. Same with cameras. Hardware prices drop; quality improves - so allow for these 'costs'. If YouTube for practice & reputation building, 480p is ok. One year later 720, then 1080p, along with better microphones, software, lighting, etc. With a good portfolio of past productions, you will find that you become a head-huntee, extremely hassled by investors & head-hunters (my past experience), plus hero-hunters, wanna-be followers. Success & money in this world avoids the selfish, self-centered solo worker. So ensure your personality (inner self) can handle this 'popularity'. Personally, I did not like it. Australia has a tall-poppy sydrome. As my fellow undergraduate (University of Adelaide) Ann Summers wrote in the book of the same title: "Dammed Whores or God's Police".