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Gear Required to Create 1980's Instructional Video Look
Old 30th December 2018
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Gear Required to Create 1980's Instructional Video Look

Hello All,

I apologize if this is not the appropriate forum to post general video related gear purchasing advice; however, I haven't found a forum on the web wherein others have posed a similar question.

I would like to create a video for a project I'm working on that recreates the appearance and vibe of a 1980's Instructional Video - examples:

I have a newer model MacBook with Final Cut Pro, and will be buying either HitFilm 4 Pro, or a subscription to Adobe After Effects for this project. I assume that I at least have the editing part squared away?

Deciding what type of video camera to purchase, however, has left me undecided - this being where I need the most advice.

I am considering the following options - hoping to spend less than $500. I would greatly appreciate everyone's input and/or alternate suggestions:

Option 1: Buy a vintage VHS camcorder on eBay or Craigslist.

Pros of Option 1: Many on eBay/Craigslist are under $100.

Cons of Option 1: I do not know anything about vintage camcorder maintenance, nor is there a facility close to my location that offers repair services. Also, it appears that transferring VHS recordings to a computer for editing requires buying an adaptor, with possible unforeseen issues relating to compatibility.

Option 2: Buy a new consumer grade camcorder.

Pros of Option 2: I know it will work, have a warranty, and be compatible with my computer/software.

Cons of Option 2: May require a lot more work to obtain that true "80's" look?
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