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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

Can I use the Canon VIXIA HV40 camcorder for skype?

I've spent hours trying to get the Canon HV40 to work over firewire to Skype! ANY help is greatly appreciated.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 7, 2013 - 5 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

What camcorders record straight to a computer?

What's the best camcorder I can buy for a reasonable price that will output directly to PC? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on May 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Video cameras for students.

Best ultra-cheap video cameras for middle school students? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 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

From Digital8 to YouTube.

What resolution is DV in and how do I get DV video from my camcorder to YouTube? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Dec 11, 2011 - 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

Replacing my brother's old camcorder with something slightly less old

Looking for a decent HD-capable video camera to replace my brother's old Sony Handicam [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Oct 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Moving past the point-and-shoot.

I need someone to tell me what camera or camcorder to buy. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts on Oct 8, 2011 - 11 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

Looking for a camera w/ a very specific function

I'm looking for a camera (or video camera w/ still-shot capability) that can do a NIFTY thing my Pencam can do, but with better image quality: I can set up my Pencam in a remote location connected to my PC via a cable, for example focused on some birds at a birdfeeder outside the window, and I can preview on my PC monitor what the Pencam sees & then take a pic with a mouseclick when the timing is right. Any chance?
posted by Shane on Jun 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Sony NEX VG10 suddently stopped talking to iMovie - any ideas?

Sony NEX VG10 camcorder. Mac Mini, 2010 version, iMovie 09. Previously, video would import effortlessly (also into my own copy of iMovie 11) but now the device doesn't show up at all when we click the magic iMovie import button. Any clues about changes, bugs, or configuration issues that may be causing it to not appear? (The camera *does* show up as a USB disk, but I don't want to much with the massive files it generates directly - it tells me that the USB interface and cable are okay, though).
posted by davemee on Jun 2, 2011 - 2 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

What is the best low budget HD camcorder for Mac Users?

Best Low Budget HD Camcorder for Mac Users? [more inside]
posted by dbbaily on May 5, 2011 - 5 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 wrong with buttons? I like buttons!

Does anyone sell an HD camcorder without touchscreen controls anymore? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for a rap video.

I'm looking for a hip hop music video I saw once that takes place entirely through the viewscreen of a stolen camcorder. [more inside]
posted by hughbot on Feb 8, 2011 - 2 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

Is AVCHD an editing dead end ?

Tempted by cheap video camera but puzzled by video format issues ... [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Sep 12, 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

A cheap analogue-video-to-iMovie solution sought for FireWire MacBook owner

I would like to route standard def DVD playback straight into iMovie on the cheap. I have a FireWire 2007 MacBook. Thinking about an obsolete, second-hand DV camera (and connecting DVD player to it), but don't know what models to look for. I'm also open to suggestions for software or other hardware. Please help me work out what I really need. [more inside]
posted by galaksit on Jun 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me move from DV to HD

Anyone know a review site for camcorders, or have a recommendation for semi-pro level camcorders? Also a lot of file format and storage questions included. [more inside]
posted by sanka on May 8, 2010 - 4 answers

alternative to AVCHD format for hi-def card based camcorders?

AVCHD format from hi-def camcorder is cumbersome on a Mac, is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by shalam on Apr 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Best camcorder to interface with Final Cut Express

Which camcorder should I buy if I edit with Final Cut Express and would prefer to avoid tediously converting video files from one type to another? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Apr 18, 2010 - 15 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

Looking for a HD camcorder.

Looking for a HD camcorder. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Mar 19, 2010 - 8 answers

High Tech Granpappy

What audio or video recording device should I buy my moderately technologically savvy 80 year old grandfather? [more inside]
posted by quelindo on Feb 13, 2010 - 7 answers

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

New camera or nay?

Should I get a new camera or a portable HD video recorder? If so, which one? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Dec 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Video Filter

Will a Canon Vixia HF20 record in any other format than AVCHD? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 on Dec 17, 2009 - 2 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

Is my next computer purchase "future-proof"?

Can a 13" MacBook Pro comfortably edit 1080p AVCHD video from a Canon Vixia HF series camcorder? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Oct 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Camhandler

Pistol grips for camcorders? I would like to make my Canon HV30 a little less like this and a little more like this. [more inside]
posted by timshel on Sep 29, 2009 - 4 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

Live video from non-FW camera

New Panasonic camcorder doesn't seem to send out live video through USB2. Do I have alternatives to get the HDMI output into my Mac, or am I back at square one? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Sep 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Platonic relationships, Truth and Video Tape

Camera Purchase: After a long while being out of film (studies) school, I've decided I want to make a documentary. Unfortunately I'm not really up on hardware these days. Can someone tell me what I can expect to pay, what features to look for, and what camera to buy? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Sep 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Crappy camcorder needed... best choice?

I'm doing some engineering and need to capture video of highway traffic. Preferably, I'd record on a large flash memory. I need medium resolution.... enough to tell the difference between a motorcycle and a tractor trailer. Looking for recommendations for 'good enough'. [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Sep 2, 2009 - 9 answers

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