Buying Prosumer Video Equipment

The Prosumer Video Equipment is meant for amateurs, but still efficient enough to create professional pictures. It helps you determine the requirements for home movies as well as film broadcasts.

It was in 1995 that the first Prosumer camera namely, Sony DCR-VX 1000 was released. Though it was designed to suit high income amateurs, professionals found it amazingly good giving two times the horizontal resolution for VHS, as well as thrice the color. It could record stereo audio, and the all digital format doesn’t give in to generational loss when edited, so that even the third generation image looked comparable. The low cost and light weight seemed better than professional video equipment, thereby turning professionals to the VX-1000. Further, war correspondents could afford to abandon such cheap cameras.

Most Prosumer Video Equipments are not shoulder mounted, so extended shooting can be tiresome. Mini DV is quite good for shooting, but I use Betacam, DV-50 or more HD for professional work. Mini DV has no locked audio,while DVCam and DVC have. This limitation is noticeable while editing. Due to lack of XLR audio inputs, mini DV requires an adaptor for professional mics. DV format, inclusive of DVCAM, HDV and DVC Pro lack color sampling as in DV-50 or Digital Betacam. Hence, using moving color and chroma keys are a hassle.

While buying used Prosumer Video Equipment, it is suggested that you check it personally and test it first. The fact that cameras are the means of living for professionals renders better maintenance compared to amateurs. Local listings such as Craig’s List can help you find used Prosumer Video Equipment. However, be careful about stolen video equipment. Ensure that you ask for the serial number and model before going to see the equipment. Many stolen equipment are listed as new products online.

Another suggestion is to approach a professional dealer of used Prosumer Video Equipment. Select a dealer who owns a service department functioning for a long time. Make note of your exact warranty terms. Even if you have to pay a little more, it is important that the equipment functions well. The Broadcast Store in New York and Los Angeles has been on for over twenty years, and has knowledgeable staff, capable of giving good suggestions. I have made use of their services over time, and their first rate database is available online. The equipment sold at BCS is guaranteed, and new products are also sold there.

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