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Back in the day when art was simple and separate from the whims of technology and science, every creation was made with the genius and skill of an artist. It was the age of pure talent, where a masterpiece done on the canvass is dependent on the power of the mind to use the accurate stroke of hands, and eyes that are keen to color and hue. As art and science grew closer together in the passing of time, devices, gadgets, and certain software are now used to render creations that could be reached by the average human imagination. Paintbrushes and canvasses back then are now best DSLR cameras and high-grade photo papers, still having the same purpose of showing the wonder of art to anyone who sees it.
Why are people into buying expensive models and best DSLR cameras for their artwork? This is because the more pricey the hardware is, the more pictures and better quality it can create for the person who utilizes pictures and edits it in software to produce superior results. The elements of using it, is still the same. The power of the mind projects how a picture should look like and how it should be edited while the hands control both the captured angle and the focus of the camera to the subject. After using both things, the hands also act on putting details and finalizing touches whether on the board or on the particular image editing program. After everything is completed, it is now printed for everyone to see the finished product.
The latest of the new generation of camcorders now use solid state video storage mainly due to huge advances in the capacity of solid state memory. Allowing memory capacity in the gigabyte level it does make these previously bulky gadgets quite light and handy.
They can come in packages as small as cellular phones with equal capacity for still capture. Advances in CMOS technology also allows better picture quality with some even capable of shooting in low light conditions using infra-red illumination with a single LED. It does make everything look green though but it does allow good video even in pitch black conditions.
There are several models of hybrid camcorders as they are called that have entered the market, having both solid state and DVD recorders built into them for recording media. Several use mini-DVD disks that are capable of storing 4 Gigabytes of information or in video terms around 30 minutes.
Disks on the other hand come in double sided that offers an hour of video allowing half our on each side. The memory slot allows the capture of stills without having to carry a separate camera which for general shots is quite decent at 5 megapixels. The DVD drive is quite sensitive to dust and must be loaded/unloaded with care to prevent the miniature dvd drive contained within.
Sony has long been in the forefront of the digital video phenomenon and with this version, they have taken it a step further with a built-in 240 Gb hard drive that is protected by HDD Smart protection that prevents damage to the drive and data stored within should the camera be dropped onto the floor during filming. They have also introduced a whole line of mini-DVD based recorders that allows quick recording direct to DVD’s for playing on any device (varies for some players may jump at such a small sized DVD). The mounted drive can store up to 101 hours of video at a full Sony HD format of 1920X1080 resolution. Using a 1/2.88″ proprietary Exmor R CMOS sensor with ClearVid array, it takes sharp and absolutely stunning video and stills. It has better low-light shooting capabilities due to an innovative add on to the CMOS sensor array that has a back-light that allows it to capture more light and is almost similar to how night vision camera’s work, bouncing light into the sensor getting more light in .
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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.
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.
How well do you know you video-recording? Check out if you know the following basic facts to find out:
• Exposure is controlling the amount of light that passes through the subject. Too dark will create grainy pictures, too light will washout images
• Point-of-view is basically the recorded image as seen through the eyes of the one taking the shot. It is essentially the personal input a videographer has on the image produced.
• Depth of Field is the separation of the subject in the foreground from the back to create a 3D effect.
• Visual Impact in images is created through focusing of the subject against its surrounding. It is the creative input of the videographer in the process.