jamie goode's wine blog: A sporting weekend beckons...

Friday, October 12, 2007

A sporting weekend beckons...

Today's blog comes in bullet points.

  • Above: gratuitous picture of some Cabernet Sauvignon ripening at Chateau Brown (Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux).
  • Lots of sport this weekend to watch, most notably England vs. France in the semi-final of the Rugby, and England's must-win match against Estonia in the football. The former is likely to be much more exciting.
  • Which means we have a dilemma: two couples coming round to dinner on Saturday. Should we suggest watching the game to them? We can't not watch it, surely. Or do we record it, and in Likely Lads style try to avoid hearing the result before we watch it???
  • I need to buy a camcorder. What should I buy?
  • I have to try some mulled wine for my Express column tonight. Wish me luck!

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8 Comments:

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Allez Les Bleus

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

What's the camcorder for? Do you have a budget in mind?

Some of the key decisions:

- HiDef or StdDef?
- Tape, HDD, DVD or SD (or some combination)?
- How important is size?
- How important is quality?
- Are you interested in prosumer features like the ability to use external microphones?

Do you intend editing on a PC or Mac?

Whatever you buy, there are some important accessories:
- Wide angle adapter (good ones cost about 75 or so, but are cheaper in the USA)
- Lens hood

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Adam Featherstone said...

mulled wine? You'll be needing to watch a game tomorrow!

 
At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Stuart Peskett said...

You're the third person I know who's holding a dinner party tonight, and you're all in the same boat.

Stick the rugby on - if your guests are that offended by the prospect of cheering on your own team, then tell them to **** off!

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Allez les Bleus...out of the competition! Yeah!

Alex, it's primarily for making web TV sort of stuff. I'm thinking HDD, and quality isn't critical. Size might be important. I don't need HiDef. MIght be useful to be able to use external microphones. Editing on PC.

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

In that case, I'd say stick to the well known brands and you're unlikely to go far wrong. Lighting is going to be the most tricky thing, so look for something with decent low light capability (i.e. large sensors/large aperture lens).

I generally go for the best I can afford rather than the cheapest that does the job. Looking to go HiDef and replace my Panasonic MX500 - possibly with a Canon HV20 (great quality, uses tape, but flimsy build quality) or Panasonic SD1 (AVHCD is a bit of an unknown quantity for editing, but the packages are quickly catching up - which has larger sensors than the microscopic SD5)

 
At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Andrew Chapman said...

Hi Jamie - what's your budget on the camera? I bought the Canon MVX350i Video Camera for making Podcasts/family video (t0ok some advice from a a friend who videos professionally). I'm very pleased and have some good results - I think :)

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous keith Prothero said...

OK then Go Bokke!!

 

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