I think I'm going to buy Adobe Premier Elements, because it's cheap and sounds like it'll do what I want. I just need something pretty basic. (I'm on a PC and use XP.)
I need help on trying to choose a camera. And I need advice as to what to buy, that fits in my budget. I can either go new or used (Craigslist).
Here's what I want to do:
- Make short films for fun.
- Make some low budget art that can amuse, move, and entertain.
- Post these films online (Youtube) where it can reach an audience (at least my family and friends).
- Burn DVDs for friends, family, and fans.
- Have fun working with fun and interesting people
- Learn and refresh my understanding of how storytelling works on film/video.
- Possibly create film versions of some of my stage plays (especially Pieces of Whitey)
- Make some films with the kids, for fun.
- Develop my eye and my ability to edit.
So, I have about $350 to buy a camera. I know it's not going to be fancy, but that's what I can afford. Here are features that I think it needs:
- it should record to mini-DV tapes. (that seems to be the standard, still)
- easy manual focus access (autofocus can be problematic)
- ability to do manual aperture/exposure control
- an external microphone jack
- decent resolution (but it doesn't need to be high def). (I'm not sure how to define what resolution I need.)
If anyone out there has any suggestions, I'm very interested. I'm starting to look over review sites and getting some ideas. I think getting a camera and software in hand and making stuff is better than waiting forever for the perfect deal. But I don't want to get stuck with something that won't do what I need.