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Shooting Action Sports by Todd Grossman

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2 The Tools of Action-Sports Filmmaking

Camera Gear: Choosing a Format

DV magazine, online forums, advice from friends … whom do you listen to when it comes time to buy a new camera? There’s a lot of good advice out there, but the first question you need to answer clearly is, What do you intend to shoot, and is it recreational or professional?

Whether you’re buying your first camera or just getting a new one, there is one significant difference in recent equipment offerings: some record to linear videotape, and some to internal hard-disk drives. Being that the latter technology is fairly new, many people still like the tangible comfort and simplicity of finishing a shoot and putting a physical tape in their pocket. Hard-disk-recording cameras ...

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