I have never seen any DSLR video, except for a few clips on this forum. I used to shoot a Hi8 and tapes, which were a pain to convert and edit. 1) How will the quality compare to the Hi8? 2) What file format does the D7K use, is this directly importable into an editing program like Premier Pro? 3) Is the nikkor 18-200 a good lens choice?
1) In terms of video quality, video shot with the D7000 has the potential to absolutely blow away the best Hi8 that anyone has ever shot. But I said "potential". The D7000 may not be as easy to use as a Hi8 camera is/was. And using it badly will produce bad video. Your results may vary. But the D7000, and any D-SLR with video can shoot fantastic imagery from a quality standpoint.
2) I think that they have changed the wrapper to .mov for the D7000. With the D90, the .avi wrapper works fine in Premiere Pro CS5 if you meet the hardware requirements. Older versions of PPro may not be as good or may not work at all, especially if you are going back to CS3. .mov files are notoriously problematic on PC NLE's but work fine on Mac's. Either way, the file format uses a lossy compression, AVCHD I believe. With a modern NLE, such as PPro CS5, it should work fine and look fantastic.
3) it depends on what you are shooting. Personally, I do not shoot with any lens that is not f/2.8 or faster. But can you obtain great video with other lenses? Of course! Videos shot in good light where you want a longer DOF would be fine with the 18-200. If you are trying to make a film noir movie, maybe the 18-200 would not be the best choice. You have to provide us a LOT more detail before anyone can answer this question.
The reason for the question about lenses is that the 18-200 is currently my only zoom, and I was wondering if I needed to buy another one whe4 I buy a D7K. My faster lenses are the 50 f1.8 and 150 f2.8 primes.
I currently have just CS2, and a five year old version of Premier Pro.
I do not believe that CS2 will allow you edit D7000 footage. CS2 is several years old and these formats did not exist when it was released. So you will have to use something else to edit.
No one needs to buy another lens when they buy a D7000. The 18-200 should work with the D7000. I do not know what your needs are and cannot respond to this "question". What are you asking exactly? I am entirely confused by your "question".
The "question" was what you alluded to in your first answer, i.e., would I need a faster lens than the 18-200 to get good video from the D7000.
Also, I wasn't aware that any edition of Photoshop could edit video, I assumed that I would need a NLE, the only ones I have available are the Movie Maker that comes bundled with Windows and Adobe Premier Pro that I bought in 2005.
I certainly never mentioned Photoshop in this thread? Who is talking about Photoshop?
However, Photoshop "Extended", starting in CS4 I believe, can edit video in some way. I do not think that it will edit D-SLR footage though. And unless you have PS CS4 or PS CS5 Extended, this is a non-issue.
Adobe PPro CS2 or whatever version you purchased in 2005 will not edit D-SLR footage. I don't know anything about movie maker, but if your OS is Win 7, you might be able to edit some D-SLR footage in a limited way with it. Contact Microsoft if you want a definitive answer or buy a video editor that supports AVCHD and MPEG4 editing.
Again, you do not need a faster lens to edit video. It just depends on what you are trying to accomplish and what your lighting conditions are. If you understand the concepts of DOF and exposure for still photography, you should know the answer to the question about your lenses being able to produce good video or not. For a camera that shoots both video and stills, exposure is exposure and depth of field is depth of field for each.
That shows how ignorant I am on the subject, when I heard the terms like CS3 and CS5 I knew only about Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop CS5, I had no idea that Adobe used the same terms for a video editor! I have been away from video for over five years, so I reckon I have a lot of catching up to do!
If you have Premiere Pro for 2005, then you should know that it is a CS version.
Adobe has a suite of programs that they name their "Creative Suite", or "CS". New versions of the entire suite are released simultaneously for all programs. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Bridge and After Effects are just a few of the programs in their Creative Suite.
The latest version of the suite is now CS5 and it was released back in May, I believe.
I think that Elements 9 may just be able to edit D7000 footage. But I have no first had knowledge. Go to the Adobe user forum and ask that there. But you can download a trial version and test for yourself after you get your new camera. The trial is timed, so don't install it before you have shot your first videos.
Gents, hello! Please check out my posts elsewhere on this video forum about editing software. I'm a pro at this, two Emmys, so if you have any tech questions at all, please just ask. As for me, I'm just thrilled to be here and share with you. As I've mentioned elsewhere, and at length, the big deal for me is that the DSLR represents the digitization of the Super 16mm film camera, not the video tape camera, with all that that implies.
I know your post is a bit old but I was reading re: the D7000 video stuff and I noticed that you have the 70-200mm FX on the DX camera. Was this an "accident" or did you have a specific purpose in getting a "big" heavy FX lens in stead of the 18-200mm? I know the speed is a bit more and the short DOF is also a point. Which did you use in your decision, because these are pushing $1500 for a hobbiest is almost too much, unless you make a living in Photography??
>I know your post is a bit old but I was reading re: the D7000 >video stuff and I noticed that you have the 70-200mm FX on the >DX camera. Was this an "accident" or did you have a >specific purpose in getting a "big" heavy FX lens in >stead of the 18-200mm? I know the speed is a bit more and the >short DOF is also a point. Which did you use in your >decision, because these are pushing $1500 for a hobbiest is >almost too much, unless you make a living in Photography??
Actually, for video purposes, your best lenss are going to be old AI or AI-S manual focus primes. Fast ones. Zooms are rather slow, and the focus rotation of a modern zoom is the polar opposite of what is needed for video work. You will be focusing manually shooting video. Best to buy lenses built for that purpose.