Friday, September 16, 2011

Recording Interviews in High Definition - My Debut as an "Amateur Cinematographer"

Thanks to the advice of the very talented documentary filmmaker Olia Onyshko, whose amazing film "Three Stories of Galicia" ( is still screening worldwide, I have upgraded the equipment to include an HD camera, microphone and other devices that will improve the A/V that is captured.  We'll see how it goes!  I have to be extremely portable to get this all through security and through the Polish-Ukrainian border without too much hassle.  *Fingers crossed* ...and the Byzantine sign of the cross (right to left.)   ;)  I now understand things about megapixels per second that I never had a clue about before!



  1. Can I ask what you're using for a camera? I've been asked to do similar work here in Belgrade and around Serbia for a website. And I haven't the foggiest idea about decent equipment. Any tips, ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  2. We were looking for a very portable, good quality high definition digital HD video camera, so we used a Canon Vixia HF11 which I (Corinna) purchased on Ebay. After doing a comparison of other cameras on the market, we felt that this little camera had great performance for a great value, and it can fit into your pocket. Of course, we recommend using an external microphone if you want to get documentary quality audio. We do not recommend the microphone that we used, and are currently in the process of looking for another. But if you do purchase this camera, we recommend taking it to an electronics store to see what they recommend.

  3. By the way, I meant to tell you that the HF11 has excellent video quality, but you would need to purchase at least 32GB HD cards because you'll eat up memory fast when you're recording in the highest levels of HD, which is recommended. We purchased 2 32GB SD cards (they must be high def capable) and it cost a little over $100 for the cards. If you can get 64GB, that would be better (they're hard to find and expensive), but I recommend having at least 2 cards because while you're downloading the content on 1 card, you can be recording on another.