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Can I mirror iPhone camera output - without the controls?

Hi - in a pinch, I need to use my iPhone to feed live video to a projector. I have a VGA adapter, so I can mirror my camera, but I can't feed "clean" video without all the on-screen camera controls, etc. I feel like the answer is easy, but I'm flummoxed. Is there an app or way to get just plain camera output without the controls? thanks!
posted by smelvis on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 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 for a photography newbie!

My mum got a shiny new camera. It has dials and buttons and beeps now and then. Understandably, it's all so confusing. Help! [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Dec 31, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the cheapest video camera around?

I'm looking for the most bare-bones video cameras that money can buy. I've been searching among security cameras, but what are some other possible searches? Imagine a security camera without the LED lights. As in, I would prefer an analog as opposed to USB output, but cost is more important than anything. The current cheapest security cameras I can find are $28 or so. Do any exist that are perhaps less than $20? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Low-cost automated / automatic camera movement / slider?

I've decided to start posting my music on youtube... performed live. I'm looking to improve the cinematography with an automated slider / jib that could produce a movement like this on its own: Does anyone know how I can do this on a budget? [more inside]
posted by audio on Apr 16, 2013 - 4 answers

What video camera will meet my requirements?

I want to have a very lightweight camera that has no wires, but sends a video feed to an android device. I want to mount it on a telescoping pole for close-up inspection of stained glass windows. I do restoration and repair of stained glass for my living. So it would be great to be able to use a camera on a pole to do assessments onsite without ladders or scaffolding. [more inside]
posted by yesster on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

2nd Home Surveillance

I have been asked to set up an Internet-based surveillance camera at our weekend house. The catch? A somewhat limited DSL connection. Comments or suggestions for an easily set-up Internet surveillance system greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by flyingrock on Jan 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a weatherproof camera for a year of time-delayed photos

I want to take a year of photos from my balcony to capture views as the day changes, and to make a time-lapse videos of the view. Is GoPro the best bet for an inexpensive, weather-durable camera for prolonged use in the Southwest high desert? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Best Camcorder for me?

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

the gift of charts and lists is the greatest gift of all?

How to choose a digital (video) camera? Not against photo and video capability as long as the video rocks. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Sep 17, 2012 - 6 answers

tough mp4 video camera

Howdy Mefi peeps, I'm looking for a tough video + camera that is mp4 native. I have a Canon IS1200, a good point and shoot. It outputs in .avi, a high volume format that takes quite awhile to download via USB. I need something more robust for my purposes. [more inside]
posted by diode on Jul 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Inversely, will a high end DSLR make me long for a P&S's small size?

For motion itself, will a new canon point and shoot (digic5) have the same movement quality as the 5d mark 3 (their nice digic 5 slr)? I understand that the lens quality will differ (chromatic aberration, etc), but what about seeing how the video handles movement, skew, and motion? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jul 2, 2012 - 5 answers

What software should I use to turn pictures into movie clips?

What software should I use to turn pictures into movie clips? I have a GoPro camera set to take pictures at a set interval and would like recommendations on free/cheap software to use to make them into a time lapse video using a Windows netbook. [more inside]
posted by BlooPen on Jun 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Marsh monitoring for dummies.

I'm working on setting up an outdoor webcam that can pan, tilt, and zoom with web (and possibly iPad/smartphone) access, and I'm having a heck of a time finding a good solution to do all of the above. Help? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Jun 7, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I re-create the broken camera/video camera effect on this video?

How do I re-create the broken camera/video camera effect on this video? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Apr 23, 2012 - 2 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

I need an awesome camera

I need a DSLR camera that takes high quality pictures and video for $800 or less. I'll be using it for interviewing, artsy pictures, party pictures, "stand RIGHT THERE and smile, dammit!" pictures, short films, and everything else an amateur might get up to with a shiny new camera. [more inside]
posted by jingle on Feb 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Best live-streaming solution?

Next week I'll need to livestream some conference plenary sessions over UStream. In the past, I've solved similar problems with a camcorder, component video to USB converter, and a mediocre laptop. What's the best solution these days, given that "Of course we have a camera that will work!" has turned into "You have $200 to make this happen." [more inside]
posted by piro on Dec 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Building a journalism kit

Help me build a journalism kit! [more inside]
posted by dudekiller on Nov 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Making iPhone Camera Focus Past Glass

I'm trying to make a video of a road trip with my iPhone 4. But the camera keeps focusing on the windshield, rather than on the unfolding landscape. Help?
posted by Quisp Lover on Nov 11, 2011 - 6 answers

webcam for sports capture

Recommend me a video camera to use capturing sports action. I'm looking for a USB camera for use outside that can send live capture to a Win7 machine. It should have a wide auto-focus, software to instantly review the feed. I've reviewed previous Mefi posts, and can't decide whether a web cam, stand-alone Hd camcorder, or something like a Flip or helmet cam would be suitable. Right now the Contour or GoPro are considerations, but I'm unsure of the software side. Price is not really important, but I dont' want to spend $500.
posted by TDIpod on Oct 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Damn you old technology

Back again. In a previous question I asked about Sony 8mm videotapes in the Philadelphia area. Sadly the price for converting Sony HG120 tape, Sony 8mm MP120 tapes and Sony Video8 MP60 tapes is too expensive for the 3 or 4 tapes I have. I'd rather not pay $150 when the tapes might be mostly blank, have crap on them, or otherwise not be worth spending $120 on. Any ideas? Should I try to buy a cheap camera for these? Anybody want to lend their for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by furious on Sep 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Mysterious security cam vid

I am attempting to play a video file that has come from a security camera, under Ubuntu. I think it's a codec problem, but I'm not sure of the solution. [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Sep 1, 2011 - 12 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

shake it like a polaroid picture

Digital cameras that have good image stabilization for HD video recording: Halp? I know what I want, now I need advice for which models to look at. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Jul 21, 2011 - 8 answers

What video cameras record using a .mov format?

What video cameras will download their content to computers using a .mov format? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 on Jul 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Home movies: will a DSLR work for me?

I'm considering upgrading my DSLR to one with video capabilities. What will my experience be like for making home videos (babies doing baby stuff, cats playing, family parties)? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jun 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Technophone seeks help.

Advice for buying a digital camcorder? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jun 5, 2011 - 3 answers

The moon on a stick

Problems shooting video with a bridge/superzoom camera [more inside]
posted by hnnrs on May 21, 2011 - 7 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

Can I use a laptop as a monitor for a video camera?

Is it possible for the Flip UltraHD Video Camera to be hooked up to a laptop such that the laptop can be used as a monitor while recording? If not, are there any video cameras that can be? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Mar 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Recording loud concerts with minimal gear?

I've got a good video-capable DSLR camera, and a good external microphone for it. But when I'm at concerts, the audio is blown out. Help? [more inside]
posted by verb on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for automated camera

Can anyone recommend a camera that I can mount to a wall or ceiling that will follow an instructor automatically? [more inside]
posted by superbird on Dec 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Cheap. Variable. Frame. Rate. Camera?

Can anyone recommend a little digital video camera that does time-lapse video? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

$5000 to blow on HD recording

A nice, easy-to-use HD recording setup (mics and cameras). $5000 budget. GO! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Where's a good, reputable, online place to rent professional/prosumer video and audio equipment?

Where's a good, reputable, online place to rent professional/prosumer video and audio equipment? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jul 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find an off the shelf video system for documenting a technical process.

Help me find an off the shelf video system for documenting a technical process. [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on May 1, 2010 - 7 answers

What should I know about

I'm not sure if my current video editing workflow will scale very well. What do I need to know going into a 5 camera video shoot? [more inside]
posted by niles on Apr 19, 2010 - 7 answers

How to set up a simple home surveillance system?

Looking to set up a fairly simple home surveillance system. I’m looking for some basic advice on equipment, programs for view and recording feeds as well as any other insights you might have. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01 on Mar 26, 2010 - 5 answers

film my route

Video camera for a runner? [more inside]
posted by archivist on Mar 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me get started on digital video making by buying a decent camera.

Help me get started on digital video making by buying a decent camera. I'm confused by all the available formats! [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Mar 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find software to speed up recorded movie files for time-lapse.

How do I speed up a movie I recorded for hours so it's like a timelapse? My cameras and video cameras don't support time-lapse so I'm looking for a program that can speed things up by a determined speed factor. Free would be preferable! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

PALing around in the EU

Where can I buy security cameras in the EU? [more inside]
posted by tip120 on Jan 22, 2010 - 4 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

What is the best program to make time lapse videos?

What is the best program to make time lapse videos? (preferably free) [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Dec 30, 2009 - 9 answers

What is the lowest priced IP camera with optical zoom for use as webcam to display a mountain to the public?

What is the lowest priced IP camera with optical zoom for use as webcam to display a mountain to the public? [more inside]
posted by fenwaydirtdog on Sep 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Cheapest MultiCam ever?

Do security camera DVR's record all video channels simultaneously, or do they only record one channel at a time or the multiplex all on one screen? I ask because I'm looking to set up an ultra cheap multi-cam recording setup in a small theater. [more inside]
posted by tropikal on Aug 28, 2009 - 4 answers

How to record sound with my camera?

I can't figure out how to record video w/ sound in my Olympus SP-565 UZ camera. [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Aug 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Ceiling mount video camera

Can anybody suggest an inexpensive video camera that can be mounted to the ceiling of a Jazz Club, in order to give the patrons in another room, a view of the stage via Television monitor. [more inside]
posted by JamesMCS on Aug 3, 2009 - 1 answer

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