I wanted to start a new feature here at FaithEngineer and share about some of the tech gear we use at church and some of the gear that we want to use (but can’t afford yet). I’m kicking it off by sharing about the new camcorder that we are using now to film video clips, announcements, and even our services. We have been wanting a camcorder for a while now, and we were blessed to receive this one for free from someone in our community.
The Panasonic AG-HMC70 is a HD camcorder that records in the AVCHD format. What makes it unique is that it records directly to small SDHC memory cards. It also has professional audio connectors including two XLR microphone inputs and one 1/8″ stereo input. It doesn’t have a ton of options, but it does what it is supposed to do, recording great HD video with excellent audio options. We will be editing footage from this in iMovie, Final Cut Express, and Adobe Premiere. I will probably transcode the video to 720p, since that is what our widescreen projectors use. It also has an HDMI output that we can use to send through a switcher or directly to a TV. It is a great entry level prosumer camcorder for churches that sells for under $2000. It is big and it is ugly, but it does exactly what we need it to. Here is a review that shares more about the camcorder.