Getting started in HD video, part 1

Everything you always wanted to know about HD video (but were afraid to ask).

Hybrid high-def camcorders

The hybrid format refers to any camcorder that is compatible with more than one type of recordable media. Typically, this will be a combination of an inbuilt hard drive and a memory card slot, such as SDHC. One of the most versatile hybrid camcorders we've looked at is the Sony HDR-UX20 . This camcorder lets you record high-def video to DVD, Memory Stick, or its inbuilt 8GB hard drive.

Guide to HD.

Close-up detail of a Memory Stick slot.

These days, almost every HD camcorder on the market can be viewed as a hybrid, with the exception of some HVD models.

Next week, we’ll take a look at some essential accessories your high-def camcorder requires, as well as tips on building a non-linear edit suite.

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