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? Atm the max amount would be around 1000,
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? I own a non hd GoPro and a HD GoPro. I flim up at our mountain on a fairly regular basis. Taken a couple of video classes and i know the general spoof of things.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc) GoPro mounts, pole mounts and such.
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) I would like to shoot skiing, skating, tramping, other short film things.
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? only if i show them how to work the camera and if they are filming me, but for the most part i am just filming.
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 pan and zooms ext...
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. A dell laptop and a old hp computer. Right now just using windows movie maker. i would like to get a mac to edit with final cut pro.
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). windows movie maker and probably a 8 i know the basics of final cut pro and can edit effeciently on it.
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1) Do you think you might consider using a DSLR?
possibly i would prefer a camcorder but this would work.
2) Do you have any knowledge about the HDSLRS?
just know that is is an hd dslr
3) Do you know the limitations to using HDSLRS?
4) Are you willing to take the time to learn about a DSLR, and how to shoot with manual lenses?
5) Again, 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? i would let them film but teach them first. i will be doing most of the filming