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?
My budget at the moment isn't really that large, probably like $600, though I can definitely 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?
I'm somewhat experienced with cameras. I've helped out friends filming with t2i's and filmed briefly with a 7D. I'm in my schools yearbook club, and I take a good amount of the sports pictures, mostly with one of the school's Nikon d3000s with a tele lens, but I don't consider myself that great of a photographer. I've been using my gopro for edits for a little while, but the image quality really isn't that great, especially at more than 10 feet away, and I think it's time to upgrade.
3) What gear, if any, do you currently have? (tripod, old camera lenses, mics, etc)
I have a nice tripod from like the 70's, and a couple of old lenses.
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 mostly want to shoot skiing, though I'm interested in filming wakeboarding, skating, and other action sports.
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'll be doing most of the filming, but the people I ski with probably will end up doing some filming, though they're all at about my experience level with cameras.
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)
I like to shoot with both follow cams and stationary nearby the feature while someone else hits it.
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.
I have my hackintosh rig which I use to edit. It's got an i7 @ 3.6 ghz, 3tb storage, 12gb ram, and a HD 6870 card. It's rather fast.
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)
I was using imovie until 2 years ago, when I got FCPX, which seemed like a slightly better version of iMovie, I'm fairly good with it, probably a solid 7. I acquired a copy of FCP7 over the summer, and I've fooled around with it a bit, and can do some basic things, but I'd love to get better at it. Maybe a 4/10 with familiarity
Anyway, thanks in advance for advice