I'm the media director for our church and we are looking into going to HD, as everything else is headed that way or already there for that matter. Where do I start? If I change to HD cameras will monitors have to be HD compatable? I went to film school years ago (10 years) and technology has changed alot in that time so kinda out of the loop on things. Need suggestions and as always on a budget so affordable ideas. If those words can even co-exist together who knows! Thanks for all the help!
I did the same transition a few years ago. Your monitors will likely work but new monitors are so inexpensive you should put them in the upgrade too. One consideration is your computer and software for editing- make sure it can handle HD. You will find 720p file size much smaller than 1080i (both are HD). 1080p is even better if you can manage but ensure the software and hardware can keep up. Your file sizes are much larger than SD so you will likely need more storage in your hard drive. Usually you store your footage on an external hard drive (1 TB may be big enough to start but 4 TB is even better). Remember you can't burn a DVD with HD video on it but the DVD quality will be better if the original footage is in HD rather than SD. To burn HD footage and distribute it you need to burn to Blu-ray. Check out the many help files at Videomaker.com- it's a great resource. I also have tips and tricks on my blog.
Ken Hook www.45degreeslatitude.com