I am moments away from purchasing my HV20. I plan on using this camcorder for one type of situation for the first 6 months to a year.
My wife and I will be filming family members, mainly the older ones, in an interview format. The idea is to document as much information as possible before they die. The first four interviews are grandparents that are terminally ill, or in their 90s. This may be the last chance to hear the stories we both grew up listening to. Plus, both of us are Anthropologists so this sorta fits anyway.
We plan on visiting old school sites, homes, and other locations mentioned in the interviews for some post production use. I believe we will only be using our digital cameras for that though, as there is no need to film a walk around an old house.
All filming will take place indoors. Some control will be had over where the filming will take place indoors, but for the last 20 years they each have their spot they like to sit in the house and I would rather them be 100% comfortable for the 1-2+ hour interviews than trying to place them where I think they should be. All interviews will be in a place where there will be absolutely no ambient noise that I am aware of.
Preliminary list of accessories:
Rode VideoMic = $149.00
Blackmagic Intensity Pro = $329.95
I am also building a Hackintosh for all the video editing. Overview specs are as follows:
Intel Allendale Dual-core 1.8GHz (overclocked to 3.2GHz)
**Just a starter processor till Penryn 45nm really takes hold in a year.
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P motherboard with Firewire 400
eVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
G.Skill DDR2-1000 (2 x 2GB) memory (more headroom for OC than DDR2-800)
Loaded with OSX Leopard 10.5.1 (yes this is easily do-able)
This computer should be on scale with the last high-end Mac Pro and once I upgrade the processor it will be on the level with a mid-level New Mac Pro announced just a day or two ago.
As you can see I am already spending a lot of money on this whole setup. Unfortunately the "new camcorder" idea just started a few days ago so it was no in the budget. When we did decide on a new cam we figured we should futureproof a little bit. We set a budget of $1000 for vid cam stuff, but HAHAHA...no seriously...$700 for cam, $500 for the two accessories listed above passed that already so...Anything else that is absolutely crucial?!? This could be the only opportunity to do this right. I don't need the greatest production quality, but I do want at least good results.
Thanks for your help.