1) What is your budget? How much money can you spend right away, and do you think you can get more money to invest in the future?
$800-1000 dollars. I suppose next year i could round up about 1500 maybe more. I dont really know if i should deal with a crappy camera this year and save for a glorious one, or just get a simple HD one this year.
2) What experience do you already have with cameras? Have you ever even used one before? Have you helped your friend out with his camera? Have you owned your own?
Filmed last year and took filming courses over the summer. I wouldn't call myself a photographer but I know what I'm doing.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
Tripod. Thats about it.
4) What are you planning to shoot and how do you want to use your camera? Are you going to use this with the sole purpose of shooting skiing? or do you think you might try other stuff as well (movies, documentaries, short films, etc)
Mostly skiing. Some skate. Tramp. Thats bout it.
5) Do you want a camera that you can hand to your friends, that could or could not have film experience, and let them shoot you? or will you be doing all the filming?
Mostly all me. Exceptions are if I'm not there. Kinda experienced other members, I trust them.
6) When filming skiing, how do you tend to shoot? (follow cams, leave it on record on a tripod and hike, film from a tripod, etc)
Follow cams. tripod use for team hiking rails, stationary park jumps (on landing)
7) What computer do you currently have/use to edit (if not currently editing, what would you most likely use)? If you can provide specifics, such as hard drive space, RAM, processor size, that would be great.
New Mac Desktop.. dont know model. Final Cut Express. No idea processor size
7) What program do you currently edit on? How familiar are you with it (1- just learning; 10- I can make tutorials and know the keyboard layout)
Final Cut Express. I would say about a 4 right now. Taking more courses...
The rumors are correct.