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Dammit Jim, I'm a photographer, not a videographer!

I'm in need of an upgrade on my video tools, but I don't even know if I should be looking at a camcorder or a cheap DSLR. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Oct 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Camera options with baby on the way

I'm thinking about upgrading my camera from a 10-year-old point-and-shoot to take photos of an imminent new baby (and eventual child-on-the-go), but the options are crazy-making. Camcorder, point-and-shoot, or interchangeable lenses? Video, pocketability, or picture quality? What did you find was the best option? I already have an iPhone 5s that I will use for quick snaps. [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Feb 27, 2014 - 11 answers

How to shop for a video camera?

I would like to use Apple iMovie to edit footage of piano performances in (at least) 720p resolution, and I am looking for the best camera for a budget of $400-600. I do not want to plug in the video camera and spend hours copying footage to disk and then transcoding before bringing into iMovie, which appears to rule out all Sony cameras (and possibly others?) that record in a format not friendly to iMovie. With that primary restriction in mind, what is the best video camera/"camcorder" for a budget of $400-600 that works best with iMovie? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me choose a web camcorder

I'm making some videos for the internet on a very low budget and am having trouble finding a suitable camera. I need something a step up from a webcam or a Flip HD. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Feb 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Best Camcorder for me?

Best Camcorder for under $300? [more inside]
posted by JamesBlakeAV on Oct 21, 2012 - 3 answers

"Happy little trees..."

Help me design the best video setup for recording myself drawing/painting. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Should I buy this camera?

How much should I pay for this camera? [more inside]
posted by parapluie on Feb 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Multi-purpose audio equipment?

Buying advice for audio equipment that can be used for both home video and for field recording? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Feb 17, 2012 - 8 answers

There was this one time, it was great, you gotta believe me....No, I don't have proof.

Help me decide on a pocket video recorder. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Nov 26, 2011 - 9 answers

How to convert Sony .mpg files

What's the best method to convert a Sony Handycam .mpg to something that will play on an old Mac OS 10.4? [more inside]
posted by jabo on Aug 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for a durable little video camera

I'm looking to get a video camera, specifically a quick, durable thing for using with and around a new baby. Super bonus points for being water proof. Details and thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me learn to shoot home movies

I recently got a nice camcorder (this one) as an early Father's Day present. I've got the basic operation down but really know nothing about shooting video. What suggestions do you have to help me make my home movies better? [more inside]
posted by TedW on May 31, 2011 - 6 answers

Why do some videos look so dang good?

Why does some video quality appear warm and soft while others looks harsh and grainy? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on May 13, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I get these files into family videos?

What are the best user friendly video editing software programs? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on Apr 22, 2011 - 8 answers

It would be great if There Can Be Only One

Help me figure out how to get the video capabilities of a Flip Ultra in a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Mar 17, 2011 - 5 answers

What's a good fisheye lens for a flip ultra or mino camera?

What's a good fisheye lens for a flip ultra or mino camera? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Nov 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Video Recording a Class

We want to record students giving presentations and give them a copy of the video afterwards for later review. The camera would be fixed in some way to the room (either to the ceiling or one of the walls) and connected to a computer where the recording would be done. What kind of camera would work? Can this be done on the cheap (as in not in the thousands of dollars)? If not, what alternatives exist? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Sep 1, 2010 - 10 answers

What's the best way to edit video from my Kodak zi8?

I have a Kodak Zi8 mini camcorder, which shoots HD footage in Quicktime format. I'm having difficulty editing the video afterwards. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl on Aug 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Look, Who's Talking Now?

I have a camcorder and Adobe Premiere. I'm working on this video project where I want to replace the movement of mouths and change up the dialogue from old movies. Something akin to these etrade commercials (except, of course, not as technically tight). How can I most ably accomplish this?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Apr 8, 2010 - 1 answer

What is a good HD flash-memory camcorder with AV-input?

Does anyone know of or recommend a good flash-memory hi-def camcorder that has AV input? (ie it can also record regular/analogue video from another source, like a VCR does, though obviously it won't be in HD). Something like the Aiptek A-HD+ meets the flash/HD/AV-in criteria, but I'm hoping to find something with better optics/zoom/stabilization. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jan 7, 2010 - 0 answers

Help me find a $2,500 - $3,000 HD camcorder setup I can use use on a factory floor.

Help me find a $2,500 - $3,000 HD camcorder setup I can use use on a factory floor. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Jan 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Compact, HD camcorder with manual control options?

I’m looking to buy a compact, flash-based, HD-capable camcorder with the ability to shut off automatic controls such as white balance and auto-focus. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 14, 2009 - 1 answer

Looking for a camcorder with composite input

Do you know of any camcorders or portable video recorders with composite (analog) input? [more inside]
posted by jstech on Oct 24, 2009 - 2 answers

How to transfer video from camera to computer

I have a Sony DCR-DVD92 video camcorder that records video on DVD-Rs. I have finalized the disc on the camera and I'm trying to capture the video onto my PC for storage/editing, but the camera doesn't seem to connect to my PC, and my PC DVD player doesn't seem to recognize the mini DVD-Rs that the camera uses. Any suggestions?
posted by Alexdan4 on Oct 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Help with Sony's Vegas Pro 9

How do I use Vegas Pro 9? I can't find a lot of useful or free info on the web or on Sony's website. [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Oct 11, 2009 - 9 answers

Which mini camcorder should I choose?

Which mini camcorder should I get - the Kodak Zi8 or the Flip Ultra HD? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl on Sep 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Picking a new compact video camera

I have a Canon PowerShot G10 taking great pictures and VGA-resolution videos. I'm now looking for a video camera that will allow me to capture videos in HD. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by remi on Jun 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Why must my MiniDV videos look like home movies?

Why exactly do videos shot on consumer grade MiniDV camcorders generally look like bad home movies as compared to that of high-end professional MiniDV cameras? What are the relevant differences between them? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 3, 2009 - 16 answers

Video as photography

Help me choose a good camera (dSLR or camcorder) for "fine art" cinematography. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Digital videocam capable of slow-motion video?

Can you suggest a video camera for recording slow-motion video? [more inside]
posted by rubadub on Mar 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Next, I want someone to figure out how to build me a diamond ring out of some coal, a letterpress, and a gold earring I found on the ground.

[video camera hardware hacking filter] Is there a way to hack/homebuild a p2 card for the Panasonic p2 system? How would I enlist help in this endeavor? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Mar 1, 2009 - 2 answers

Borrowed camcorder uses obnoxious format. How to fix?

Converting ".mts" to ".avi?" [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Jan 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Which camcorders let you turn off all the clever stuff and access the raw video?

I'm thinking of buying a camcorder. My requirements are slightly unusual: I would like one that does all the "bells and whistles" stuff (image stabilisation, auto light balance, H.264 compression etc). But I also want to be able to turn off all the clever stuff and access the "raw" video. Any recommendations? Hard disk/SD recording is a must, high definition would be good.
posted by handee on Nov 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Any camcorders with mic input and easy digital recording format?

What currently available video cameras will record to a commonly viewable digital format (ie. something Quicktime supports with no additional add-ons) AND has a microphone input jack? [more inside]
posted by wuntu on Oct 5, 2008 - 1 answer

Help me find a good camcorder.

I'm in the market for an inexpensive (under $1000) camcorder but every spec on any camera brings up a thousand questions. 3CCD? CMOS? HD? HDV? MiniDV? BluRay? File formats? Still shots? Help! [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Tripod for consumer camcorder?

I'm looking for a fairly-inexpensive ($100 - $200, ideally) tripod for shooting video. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jacobian on Aug 6, 2008 - 12 answers

Semi-pro camcorder recommendations?

I'm looking for a new camcorder to record role-playing sessions in corporate training programs. [more inside]
posted by quidividi on Aug 1, 2008 - 6 answers

The Best Video Quality From A Tiny Camera

I'm looking for a very small camcorder with decent image quality. I got the Panasonic SDR-S7, which is a great size, but the video quality is just a step above YouTube, and I'm thinking of returning it. Is it possible to get better image quality out of an equally tiny (or nearly as tiny) camera? Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Jul 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Why does TV video appear so different than that which is produced with normal video camcorder?

Why does TV video appear so different than that which is produced with normal video camcorder? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Jul 27, 2008 - 18 answers

A Flip that doesn't shimmy?

I'm looking for an alternative to the Flip Video that doesn't shimmy the video when I move it side to side. [more inside]
posted by the_W on Jun 22, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for a camcorder to help record university help sessions

I run help sessions for math students at my local university. I'd like to start videotaping them and allowing my students to view the recordings on the web. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on Jun 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Recommendation for a wireless lapel microphone that works with a camcorder?

Recommendation for a wireless lapel microphone that works with a camcorder? [more inside]
posted by donovan on Jun 4, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me help my videos!

VideoFilter: I have a ton of .mpg video files out of my camcorder. I would like to join them together as one file. It doesn't work using the copy command, I'm assuming because of embedded file data that messes up the indexes within the video footage. Is there a program that will take them and join them together quickly? I don't want to edit them, just join them. So far the only options I've found is to import them all to Avid or Vegas and let it re-render it as a whole which takes forever. The second option was some cheesy software I found that did it but it also took 30 minutes for 10 minutes of footage to join, which seems ridiculous. Does anyone in out there have a blackbelt in video-fu and can help me?
posted by damiano99 on Apr 25, 2008 - 18 answers

Buying a flash-based camcorder

Looking for an affordable (<$400) tapeless camcorder [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness on Apr 16, 2008 - 8 answers

How to download video from MiniDV tapes without a camcorder?

I have several old MiniDV tapes, but no camcorder. Is there any hardware I can buy that I can plug into my PC and let me download the video? Is there anything compatible with Linux?
posted by icheyne on Feb 28, 2008 - 9 answers

I'm looking for the least-expensive camcorder I can get my hands on.

I'm looking for the least expensive camcorder I can get my hands on. [more inside]
posted by Quidam on Jan 11, 2008 - 11 answers

HD Camcorder importing problems on a Mac

I just bought a Canon HV-10 HD camcorder, but importing it into my new iMac is painfully slow. Is it the camcorder, or the computer, or iMovie? [more inside]
posted by burhan on Jan 1, 2008 - 4 answers

If writing about music is like dancing to architecture, is reading about video like wading through garbage?

I do video production. I read blogs. Where are the video production blogs that I want to read? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Nov 7, 2007 - 3 answers

recommend a video camera that can clearly record small things moving very quickly

Video enthusiasts and professionals I need suggestions for a camera that will be used primarily to record fencing matches. (this question asked on behalf of my father) [more inside]
posted by Grod on Sep 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Can you recommend a reasonably priced camcorder?

ConsumerElectronicsFilter: Can you recommend a reasonably priced camcorder? [more inside]
posted by fusinski on Jul 18, 2007 - 5 answers

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