My DVD is 38 minutes long, shot in HD but burned in SD. All the footage was shot during one 2-week trip by me with my one camera/housing (just like my other 10 DVDs). I use a color correction filter pretty much all the time >15' and adjust colors via software in my Avid Liquid system. I'm very happy with the final colors that I get and don't want to have to routinely use an external light source (full well knowing that my results would improve.)
I've been shooting with an USVH system for about 8 years. My current camera is a Sony HDR-HC1. I'm thinking of upgrading to a higher level housing (probably the Bluefin Pro after the bugs I've read about here are worked out.) What I'm looking for is someone who is very experienced and very good to objectively view my latest DVD and tell me if you think I could get better quality video with a better housing/lens. I'm pretty satisfied with the quality I get, but I've lost my my mojo with video (after sending and obscene amount of time on this last DVD) and figure I need to do one of the following:
1. Get a new housing to get better quality video (via more control and better glass).
2. Give up video and switch to stills for a totally new stress/frustration experience.
3. Get a combination lobotomy/castration and be very happy for the rest of my life.
I realize that option 3 would be FAR less expensive and FAR more likely to make me happy, but, despite it being the logical choice, I'm not quite ready to go there.
If anyone who considers himself/herself pretty darn good will look at my DVD and tell me if I should be able to take a significant step forward with a new system (i.e. my current system is the weak link) I'd probably consider spending an obscene amount of money for a new system. At this point, I'm really not convinced a new set up would make much difference based on what I've seen on the web.
Edited by JohnnyQuest, 30 December 2009 - 06:05 PM.