Yippee! My new video camera arrived yesterday. A new learning curve to climb. Oh, boy.
So far, I’ve had a little time to fiddle with it, I’ve walked around the area to do some actual shooting, I’ve imported some footage into Final Cut Pro, I’ve looked at raw footage on a TV/monitor, and I’ve tried to connect an external mic (a Rode VideoMic).
A few quickie notes:
Final Cut Pro 6.0.0 doesn’t work with this model; you need to update to at least 6.0.4. It took me a while to figure that one out; maybe typing that in my blog will save someone some time. Once you’ve got a current-enough version of FCP, your footage can be edited with a simple command-shift-8, “log and transfer”.
The “mini advanced shoe” on this model is non-standard, so I couldn’t just plop the Rode mic on it. Grrr… I’ve opted to order a little adapter gizmo from B&H Photo rather than mangle my new mic to make it fit. It’ll be a few days before I get to see how well the adapter works.
The footage from the HFS 100 is gorgeous. It’s vastly sharper than the footage from my old Samsung. The colors pop, and it handles contrast pretty well. Wow. I’ll try to get a little YouTube video posted in the next few days.
I also ordered some lighting gear from an ebay store called Ephotodiscounters. I couldn’t find much info about them online except their ebay customer ratings. We’ll see how that works out.