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sweetleaf
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« on: January 16, 2010, 11:10:30 PM »

yo I am planning to get myself a camcorder for skateboarding for the first time. I am pretty new to this shit and therefore I don't want to spend an awful amount of money so it should be a cheap one. I don't really know anything about filming. I've just been skating for a long time and this is the first time me filming so what should it include or not include?
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010, 02:09:57 AM »

Check around on Ebay or Craigslist. There are plenty of great cameras on there for cheap.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 06:33:44 AM »

make sure it is at least 3ccd. there are plenty or cheap ones. the quality may not be as good, but if they are at least 3ccd, you should be fine for a starter camera.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 01:41:17 PM »

Get something with a handle (or at least allows a handle attachment).  Here's my bailgun - VX2000 with Centruy Optics fisheye.



Its really old and was ridiculously expensive at the time (I bought brand new around 2001) but it has been a great investment, it has captured so many memories (not just skateboarding but camping, holidays, family events, etc) and is still pretty much the standard for skateboarding.

I haven't used it much lately and have been tempted to sell it.... but whenever I break it out of the closet I just can't bear to part with it.  It's like part of the family.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010, 01:53:49 PM »

you can make your own handlefor pretty6 much any camera that has a tripod mounting hole on the bottom. there's how-to's all over skateperception and youtube.

and a bigger, heavier camera is way easier to hold steady than some tiny lightweight thing. if you're not super concerned about night filming, you can find used canon gl1's pretty cheap.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010, 05:00:05 AM »

Get something with a handle (or at least allows a handle attachment).  Here's my bailgun - VX2000 with Centruy Optics fisheye.



Its really old and was ridiculously expensive at the time (I bought brand new around 2001) but it has been a great investment, it has captured so many memories (not just skateboarding but camping, holidays, family events, etc) and is still pretty much the standard for skateboarding.

I haven't used it much lately and have been tempted to sell it.... but whenever I break it out of the closet I just can't bear to part with it.  It's like part of the family.


i have the same set up. most of the naysayer promo was filmed with that actually.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2010, 01:44:45 PM »

Yeah its a great camera.  I was just cleaning it and started noticing how good the build quality is.  Hundreds of hours on a skateboard and its still solid as a rock.

How much do they go for nowadays?  I would think I could sell the camera for at least $1000... and another $350 for the fisheye.
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2010, 09:51:25 PM »

Yeah its a great camera.  I was just cleaning it and started noticing how good the build quality is.  Hundreds of hours on a skateboard and its still solid as a rock.

How much do they go for nowadays?  I would think I could sell the camera for at least $1000... and another $350 for the fisheye.

i'm not sure. i haven't checked in a while. i have had mine for years...
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2010, 01:19:28 PM »

http://www.skateperception.com/

no better website for camera and filming advice and reviews.
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2010, 01:32:03 PM »

there's is some good info there....

if you don't mind wading through 10,000,000 little brats that don't know snakes from dildos.
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2010, 01:58:04 PM »

go for something classic those are the most reliable, try VX1000 or VX2000, my bud used to have a DVX2000 and theyre a little complicated and little hard to get to know, when we first filmed with it jacked up the colors buts pretty good now. As for fisheyes just get something at least $60 that is the price margin for a decent fisheye
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2010, 02:10:02 PM »

what is 3ccds? I've seen some cameras with mini dv and their quality seemed to be pretty bad. is that normal or just the cameras? how about those newish hd camcorder things?
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2010, 02:27:08 PM »

ccd's are the chips that actually convert what your camer is seeing into digital information. cheap cameras usually only have one, which creates all three primary colors simultaneously, while higher quality cameras have three ccd's, with one chip dedicated to each primary color, which obviously will give you a better image.

that was a really shitty explanation, but you get the idea, right?
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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2010, 02:32:39 PM »

ccd's are the chips that actually convert what your camer is seeing into digital information. cheap cameras usually only have one, which creates all three primary colors simultaneously, while higher quality cameras have three ccd's, with one chip dedicated to each primary color, which obviously will give you a better image.

that was a really shitty explanation, but you get the idea, right?

yeah I think I got it but can you obviously SEE the difference. how do I get the mini dv stuff on my computer. that's one thing that still bums me out. I was looking out for that canon gl1 and that one seems to be pretty cool.
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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2010, 03:31:49 PM »

thanks for the wheel size clarification.  some good info info in this thread that is sure to help a novice filmer get started.
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