Any Recommendations for a USB Camcorder (Standard Def)?
Up until now we've been using MiniDV camcorders that connect using firewire but this has resulted in two major issues:-
1) You need a firewire card installed in each PC you want to plug the camcorder into which seriously limits where staff/pupils can edit video!
2) We use a dedicated NAS for streaming the recorded footage onto and because of the bandwidth required for uncompressed DV footage the NAS can only cope with a 3-4 users streaming video too it at once before it starts dropping frames whilst transferring recorded video.
Obviously Removable USB harddrives are an option to get around the bandwidth issue but we'd ideally like for the video footage to be available on the network so pupils aren't reliant on lugging around portable harddrives which are liable to break and go walkabout!
Given the above could anyone recommend a Standard Definition Camcorder that automatically saves it's output as AVI/MPEG files that can be transferred to a windows file share directly using USB. Ideally the camera could just be plugged into any PC, without specific drivers/software, and would show up as a removable disk with the video files listed (like a camera/USB memory stick). It would be helpful if these files were a fairly standard type as we'd be editing them in MS Movie Maker or Ulead VideoStudio so would want to avoid anything too proprietary that required unusual codecs or conversion software.
I've been thinking along the lines of getting a camcorder that uses removable SD memory cards or possibly one with a built in HDD though haven't looked into the pro's/con's (or prices!) of these yet?
Anyone any thoughts / recommendations?