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Phil66
post Feb 20 2017, 09:59 PM
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Hello folks,

My camcorder is not all I want it to be. I have one of THESE and would like a camcorder with the same field of view and a remote control.
I don't know what specs I need to compare. The still camera is a great video recorder and I know a while back I showed my fix for not having a pivoting screen but now I've been using a pivoting screen I can't do without it rolleyes.gif My current camcorder is a Sony HDR TG3 E and I have to get it too far away to get me in shot.
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post Feb 20 2017, 10:13 PM
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The easy fix is to get an add on lens for your current camera. It's worth a google or two I'd say. Vendors make all sorts of add on lens kits. Third part vendors will make kits for nearly any camera. If it's just field of view, I'd say try to find a wide lense kit that fits your camera.

What is your production process like with your current camera?



QUOTE (Phil66 @ Feb 20 2017, 04:59 PM) *
Hello folks,

My camcorder is not all I want it to be. I have one of THESE and would like a camcorder with the same field of view and a remote control.
I don't know what specs I need to compare. The still camera is a great video recorder and I know a while back I showed my fix for not having a pivoting screen but now I've been using a pivoting screen I can't do without it rolleyes.gif My current camcorder is a Sony HDR TG3 E and I have to get it too far away to get me in shot.
Any ideas?

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post Feb 21 2017, 10:59 AM
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Thanks Todd,

I just click record on camera then position it (this is where remote would come in), click record on Reaper, do a take, import both into Movie Line em up and go.

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If someone could just tell me what part of the spec details shows field of view please, that would be great.

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Hi mate, I think that these links will give you some helpful info about this topic:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/camcorders/buying-guide

https://www.lifewire.com/best-video-cameras-to-buy-4064602


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post Feb 22 2017, 09:20 PM
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Thanks Gab,

What I really want to know though is how I can be sure that given THESE specs of my stills camera how do I know I'll get at least the same field of view at the widest setting?
I don't want to buy an ultra wide as there is too much distortion with them.

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It sounds like you need some info on the basics of 'Focal Length" and Field of View" here is a handy article complete with pics that should help smile.gif

P.S. Is there a local camera shop nearby where you live? A quick chat with someone very familiar with lenses/photography etc. would be helpful. "Camera guys" love to talk shop smile.gif Sorta like "guitar guys"! smile.gif

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explo...cal-length.html

P.P.S. here are the specs I think you are talking about for your camera.
Focal length (f=)f=10.4-37.1 mm if you like it, then just get a camera with similar spec smile.gif




I have been using a Canon HV30 for some time now and love it. It's got a very wide field of view, has a nice flip out monitor, and has firewire so that I can record direct to computer via firewire over quicktime. So it cuts out the need for file transfer on video. Quicktime will take a separate audio source, so I can feed it audio as well as a mix from my interface via headphone out. The result is a perfectly synced video clip that is ready to go as soon as I hit record and stop smile.gif Of course, this does require firewire. However, any camcorder that has usb "camcorder" functionality can do the same thing. The important bit is to have the remote control (most web cams don't) and the flip out monitor (again most web cams don't). Many still cams are starting to take over this area but run a bit pricey. I got my hv30 for less than $50 used on ebay. It will record full HD via firewire smile.gif However, I often record standard definition for many things as most folks just use whatever resolution youtube selects based on bandwidth, which is very often, standard definition. Just some thing to consider smile.gif Then again some folks are using 4k cameras for guitar videos! God bless em smile.gif

QUOTE (Phil66 @ Feb 22 2017, 04:20 PM) *
Thanks Gab,

What I really want to know though is how I can be sure that given THESE specs of my stills camera how do I know I'll get at least the same field of view at the widest setting?
I don't want to buy an ultra wide as there is too much distortion with them.

Cheers

Phil


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post Feb 22 2017, 11:37 PM
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Thanks Todd, I really don't get focal length and all that palava lol smile.gif

Your post helped quite a bit smile.gif


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post Feb 23 2017, 06:12 PM
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Happy to help smile.gif Read through that page I posted one more time and it might start to come together. I hope smile.gif But yeah, talking to a "camera guy" at a local shop would probably help wads more smile.gif They love talking shop just like we do!

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Thanks Todd, I really don't get focal length and all that palava lol smile.gif

Your post helped quite a bit smile.gif



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