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Don't know much about camcorder models and such.
I'm looking for something that can record smooth, 1080p or 720p quality production shots.

Perhaps on par with that.
I don't care about sound quality because I have an external setup for that.
Budget doesn't really matter but I don't want to dish out $700 for just a camera, really I want a good cost effective solution.
Anyone know what're my options? I have a feeling it might be more costly than I imagine.
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Hey froggy,

I would love to help. Honestly when looking at camcorders, you find very expensive cameras that can shoot HD 1080p and less expensive that does the same thing. Its all on the brand and most times the more expensive ones just have better lenses and overall quality. What I just saw in the video you posted is a regular HD camera. All the cool effects and the dark tint of shadow is all done by video effects that can be done on the computer. So if you look around, you find a cheap video camera that does 1080p and you can replicate the exact same results by using something like adobe effects or final cut for apple. Does this help you in any way?
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Hey froggy,

I would love to help. Honestly when looking at camcorders, you find very expensive cameras that can shoot HD 1080p and less expensive that does the same thing. Its all on the brand and most times the more expensive ones just have better lenses and overall quality. What I just saw in the video you posted is a regular HD camera. All the cool effects and the dark tint of shadow is all done by video effects that can be done on the computer. So if you look around, you find a cheap video camera that does 1080p and you can replicate the exact same results by using something like adobe effects or final cut for apple. Does this help you in any way?
Indeed it does help. By any chance would you know of any specific "cheaper" models?
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Canon 60d, though my shiny new t3i does pretty good as well and is 200 bucks cheaper. Just not as good for slow mo because it cant shoot fast enough.
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Something like the SONY HDR-CX150 would work. You could probably find a used one. Or just check out Sony HandyCam series.

Here is a video shot with the camera.

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How do the Handycams handle high speed?
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Im sure they can catch video at 60hz.
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Canon 60d, though my shiny new t3i does pretty good as well and is 200 bucks cheaper. Just not as good for slow mo because it cant shoot fast enough.
The T3i and 60D can both shoot at 60P, what are you talking about?

The T2i would be a better deal, it also shoots at 60P.
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Im sure they can catch video at 60hz.
video is recorded at frames per second not hertz lololol and i dont know who they are and how to actually catch 60hz


you need to research how fast of a framrate you want. more than likely unless you won the lottery the best you will find that is affordable is 60fps which can slow down nicely to double that before you start seeing any problems. all depends on the camera and your budget.

to shoot real highspeed video you are looking at some serious cash for like 200fps+. and by that i mean easily dropping around $30k on a good camera for highspeed
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Shoot 60p, use cinema tools for mac to slow the footage down to 24 fps. Then use a plugin called, "twixtor" for after effects. This emulates up to 1000fps. It works great with anything but water effects and particles.

If you want more than 60fps, you will have to spend a lot more than 30k even. You're talking about RED MX, Arri Alexa, or the Phantom cameras. All will cost well over 100k for camera, AKs, lenses, support, monitor, evf, etc.

Twixtor: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwrY49QZhXA[/ame]

Phantom Flex: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rRgfBLdai4[/ame]

Nothing beats native slow mo, but unless you are an industry rental house, you can't afford one. Even PRO cinematographers rent rather than buy.
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