Talenos is probably the hot source on this board...
I don't know jack about video, editing it, formatting it, or shooting it.
However, I'd like to start snagging clips and piecing them together to make little movies for the web or whatever.
I just bought a Kodak Zi6, so I can have it on me most of the time in case I see something. It shoots HD, but you have to hold it completely still since it has no shake reduction. I'm not sure if I like it yet, but it's convenient.
I'm looking for ideas on what sort of camera to get, or if I should just wait if technology is about to change thanks to cameras like the 5D cheapening the large sensor technology.
Next, I'm looking for advice on what video software is easiest/cheapest to use. I happen to have Adobe Premiere CS3 on my computer, but haven't figured out how to do much with it yet. I did manage to piece together a movie with a title, several clips, and smooth transitions, and custom audio. I guess that's most of what I need to know to get started.
However, I'm looking for any software that's better. I also want to have effects where I can adjust the white balance, tweak the colors (selective color too) and a good b&w conversion.
My CS3 is some hacked together package. It doesn't have some of the options I've seen in the youtube tutorials I've been watching. But I'm curious what is the best format to output for the web, where you have good quality, smaller file size, and all that. I've been trying various formats to send to Vimeo and youtube, but most of them look like crap, or the filesize is ridiculous. I was trying H.264 30FPS which looks OK, but the filesize is pretty insane.
Any pointers would be appreciated. My plan is to make amateurish documentary style footage.