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Advice has been given time and again on avoiding hybrid cameras if you are particular about the quality of video. The reason for this is very simple, video quality of most still digital cameras are just not that good, with even the best digital cameras often producing grainy videos.
However, the truth is that even though we love video cameras, a lot of people cannot afford to get a separate still camera and video cam. Splitting your budget to buy two dedicated cameras also doesn’t make sense because you’ll just end up with a crappy video cam and digital still cam.
If you have budget woes, like most people do, then the way to go might be to buy a point and shoot camera that has a good reputation for shooting quality videos. Sure, you can bet the videos they take will be nothing compared to those the best video cams can, but until you save up for a high-end video cam or make lots of money via FOREX trading then you can at least shoot decent videos.
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Video cams were an ubiquitous electronic product in many homes years ago, most especially if that home is inhabited by a young family because it’s the time when parents would love to take videos of their children for posterity. But are we seeing the end of the videocam?
With digital video functions in various mobile devices getting better and better in quality are video cams on the demise? New digital video cams like the Flip video gadgets offer HD quality video at a fraction of the price. Even the small iPod Nano now sports a camera that takes very passable videos. This may be a sign that there is an unstoppable shift to these devices as far as common consumers go.
It seems that everyone creating videos online has tried making spoofs or parodies of pop culture at some point or another. Give your videos a twist by swedeing, a genre seemingly invented for the Michel Gondry film Be Kind, Rewind starring Jack Black. Swedeing takes the film tribute to the next (lower) level using low-tech techniques and stand-ins for effects that are out of the reach of amateur videographers. The result: homemade goodness that is funny and endearing. As a marketing ploy, swedeing was effective on YouTube. All that’s left for you to prove now is that it can touch your home audience, who will have to tolerate your use of household items as props and costumes.
These symbols are used in Creative Commons licenses. It’s very helpful to know what they mean. The symbol on the left stands for attribution (BY), which lets other people use and distribute your work for as long as it is credited. The second symbol means noncommercial (NC), which lets other people use your work for noncommercial purposes. The third symbol is no derivative works (ND), meaning others cannot make derivative works and must keep it as is. The last symbol is share alike (SA), which sets the condition that the derivative work can be used only with the same license as the original work. One or a combination of these conditions can be in the same license. For example, you can indicate that your home video is BY-SA or BY-NC-ND. You can also choose which jurisdiction’s Copyright Law will apply to your work.
Have you ever given a thought about licensing your videos? Even if you’re not particular about how your videos are used by other people, it would be helpful to make it clear what can and cannot be done to your uploaded videos. There are traditionally two extremes in terms of copyrights. On the one hand is all rights reserved (c), giving only the copyright owner the right to use the material as he wishes. On the other hand, there is public domain (pd), where anybody can use the material however way he wants. But this is now changing to accommodate licenses somewhere in the middle, which specify how a material can be used. These are the Creative Commons (cc) licenses.
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If you’re missing the UK and just want to see what videos people are producing over there, BBC Video Nation has various sections to feed your need and inform you about British society today. In Filming Skills, they give the ground rules for filming with a video cam. When lighting a shot, for example, don’t stand against a bright window or turn on the light to minimize shadows. Among the top five tips are not relying on the built-in microphone of your video cam, avoiding the use of zoom, holding shots for at least five seconds for safety, keeping to static shots whenever possible and getting yourself in the shot.