Archive for April, 2008
All video cameras have lens controls built into them. You can choose between two setting, wide angle and telephoto. Many amateur videographers commit the mistake of alternating the two setting between frames. The lens control is not there for creating effect. It is simply a feature to ensure the sharp recording of your images.
The wide-angle setting is ideally used for close shooting. It basically captures images with deeper depth of field. On the other hand, telephoto is usually applied to distance shooting. To get better focus on a distant subject, it is best to use telephoto. However it tends to create a more flat image as the depth of field is shallow.
HDD Video Cameras are basically cameras with built-in memory. The models available in the market today have either 30 GB or 60 GB memory space. Because they do not use external memory devices, these video cameras are relatively smaller and arguably easier to handle. However, these plus points are with disadvantages too. Some might argue that grip is compromised because of the size. Controls are more difficult to manage since they are usually clumped together in a small place. The memory space is also threading the line. Having no device to accommodate extra memory, this camera is definitely not designed for serious videographers.
Being careful in handling your video camera will mean lesser trips to the service center for repair or parts replacement.
- Tripods should only be used when absolutely necessary because it is very likely that your video camera will be knocked over.
- Avoid lending your camera because the borrower may not be as familiar as you are with your gadget and might accidentally damage it.
- For analog camcorders, do not force in a tape or force it out if it gets stuck. In these situations, your video camera must be fixed by a trained professional.
- If your video camera is broken or damaged, do not try to repair it yourself. Always entrust your gadgets to trained experts.
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Your video camera, whether it is expensive or cheap, should always be handled with care. Taking good care of your video camera will save you a lot of money in the long run.
- As much as possible, your video camera should not be exposed to heat for very long periods of time because it is not built for extreme temperatures.
- If you are using an analog camcorder, it is recommended that you avoid using spliced or damaged tapes.
- Regarding analog camcorders, it is highly discouraged to use tape rewinders.
- For the analog user, use tapes that are manufactured by the maker of your video camera.
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Like any electronic gadget, video cameras require the utmost care for them to last longer. The following are tips for taking care of your video camera.
- Use your video camera every once in a while, not just during special occasions like birthdays, weddings or Thanksgiving.
- If you are not using your video camera, it should be stored properly. Put it in a protective bag and make sure it is in a cool and dry place.
- Use a soft brush to keep dust away from your video camera. Also ensure that liquids are kept away from it.
- Have your camera thoroughly cleaned by a trained professional at least once every two years.
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Analog video cameras are getting rarer and rarer these days with the rise of the digital format. If you believe that analog is still the way to go, maybe it is time to rethink your stand. Switching to digital format makes editing faster because it is compatible with computers and also because there are a lot of cheap video editing software that you can choose from. You can apply a multitude of graphics, transitions and other effects that were unheard of from an amateur user back then. With just a small budget, you can produce high-quality videos to your heart’s content.
Sony has recently come up with its smallest high-definition video camera – the Handycam HDR-TG1. It is a high-end version of its NSC-GC1 Net-Sharing CAM released in 2007. The Handycam HRD-TG1 captures high-definition video in AVCHD format at 1920×1080 pixels. The video is stored into MemoryStick Pro Duo cards. It also includes a 4GB Pro Duo Mark2 card. The video camera is capable of recording Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. In addition, it has face detection that can find up to eight faces. Now, that’s a lot of features for a small camera. The camera costs a whopping $900. The pocket-sized Handycam HRD-TG1 will be released in May.
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You’ve been saving part of your allowance or part of your salary for months just to get you dream camcorder, but your budget always seems to be short as the months drag on. Why go for those expensive ones when there are others out there that are cheaper and still are top-of-the-line? The following video cameras are all under $500.
Canon ZR850 – 35x optical zoom, 1.07 megapixels, $180 to $299.
Panasonic VDR-D210 – 1000x digital zoom, lens aperture F/1.8 to 3.7, $219 to $340.
Panasonic PV-GS320 – optical sensor type 3CCD, manual and automatic settings, $323 to $499.
Canon ZR830 MiniDV – 1000x digital zoom, 6.8 megapixels, $186 to $279.
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