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? –I could spend from 700-1000$, obviously I would prefer a
lower cost if it is quality. And yes I can invest more in the future.
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? –Have used HD camcorders and I own an old sony handycam.
2) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc) –Not much, may have a tripod.
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) –A lot of skiing, but also some short films and just filming life in general.
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? – I will be doing a lot of the filming but I would want to be able to hand it to a very trustworthy friend or two to film me sometimes.
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) – a lot of filming from a tripod, some follow cam(will have a gopro for this soon)
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. –will either be using macbook pro or imac. Good specs
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 pro