If you buy a digital video camera, you need a tripod to go with it. There’s no other accessory, outside of a longer life battery, that will improve your video recording experience. The key here is to get the right tripod. It’s tempting to get the off-the-shelf options at the electronics store, but they always fall short. Look for a fluid-head. Make sure the tripod extends high enough to shoot effectively – 72-inches is a good starting point, because anything less often leaves you shooting the backs of people’s heads in a crowded area. eBay offers a great selection of fluid-head tripods at competitive prices. –Jake Ludington
You can now record covert surveillance in full color. It is using the latest video surveillance technology available for the tiniest cameras in the market today. Introducing, the SpyCam 2007. This camera utilizes a high tech CMOS image sensor. This in turn, can be matched with different lenses, with varied angle focuses and specs which will greatly depend on the user’s needs. It has a metal bracket mounting and you can focus it manually to give you the best viewing angle. It is compatible in different systems, PAL and NTSC. It can be used for video conference, video surveillance, video phone, doorbell, electronic mail, pc multimedia, even as toys, for security monitor and as a medical instrument. It can work in analog and digital video recorders.
It can record up to 8 hours of non stop video if you’re using a battery. It can run continuously if its using a power supply.
The camera can send video for 8 hours non-stop if powered by a 9-volt alkaline battery (Duracell/Energizer). No time duration limit when it is hooked up with the included AC-DC adapter.
Have camera, will shoot. There are very thin lines between what is acceptable to film and what is not. There are a number of things to consider.
First, whether the location is public or private. A public space like a park or a main thoroughfare is a free-for-all space. However, when shooting in private areas like residential areas and offices, there must be an understanding between you and the owners/administrators of the building of what the video will be used for.
Second, who are the subjects. Bystanders and passersby do not need to be asked for permission unless they are your primary subjects and you will follow them around. More caution is needed when filming children, as their parents may be more wary of their privacy.
Two new JVC camcorders that were supposed to appear in CES were leaked to the net yesterday: the GZ-MG880 and the GZ-MG840.
New features include direct uploading to YouTube (via a PC), increased recording capacity, and a range of body colors. The new camcorders have so far only been announced for the Japanese market, though the timing makes it likely that similar or identical models will reach the US soon.
The GZ-MG880 records to a 120GB internal hard drive, while the GZ-HD840 has a smaller 60GB capacity, but both are significantly increased over their previous models from early 2008. Both feature a 1.07-megapixel CCD and a 42x optical zoom, another boost in the specs over previous models. The new camcorders will also allow for video recording to MicroSD cards.
We’ll be watching CES for this one.
Sony couples their HDCAM cameras together under the name CineAlta. They cover a broad range of prices and features, ranging from the XDCAM HD models and the F350 to the widely used and widely popular F950.
The XDCAM HD cameras record directly to Sony’s professional disc media, which is physically
similar to Blu-ray discs. These cameras can also record various quality levels of 1080i and 1080p, along with regular SD DVCAM. Unlike other HD cameras from Sony, the XDCAM HD supports i-Link for file access and DV output.
Near the high end of the Sony HD solutions is the F900. It captures both 1080p and 1080i at
various frame rates, including 25p and 50i. This is also the most expensive camera from Sony, as it costs around $80,000!
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, thatâ€™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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Samsung’s newest HD camera is the SC-HMX20C, which records 1920 by 1080 pixels with its 6.4-megapixel CMOS chip. It features a 10x optical zoom lens and 2.7-inch touch screen LCD. The record button is large and the handgrip swivels for even the most awkward angles, making it user-friendly. The internal 8GB flash memory drive can record 90 minutes of video and is PictBridge compatible. An high capacity SD/MMC card slot and a USB 2.0 port are provided. There is a 300fps slow motion feature, which should come in handy when shooting those memorable moments. For still photos, it works as a 4 megapixel camera. The SC-HMX20 retails for about $850 online.
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Now that you know about videoblogging, or vlogging, it’s time to take your videos to the next level. Video podcasts, or vodcasts, is not to be confused with regular VOD (video on demand), which is for film and TV content, though both are technically videos on demand. To create a vodcast, you need to upload your video file to a server and create an XML file so that iTunes will be able to locate and play it. Putting your vodcast in iTunes makes it accessible and easy to subscribe to and download. In effect, you can use your turn your vlog videos into a vodcast as long as the feed is turned on. Playlist Magazine’s Christopher Breen has step-by-step instructions over at Macworld.
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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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 heartâ€™s content.