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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

 

Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space?

Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space? You know, relatively close-up, as if the Enterprise had just dropped out of warp and the planet was being majestically introduced to the cinema audience. An extended, multiple pass/rotation exposure, so that it could be watched by appreciative viewers wanting to get a bit of perspective/peace. I imagine I would sit and gaze at this for extended periods. What are the technical limitations which have prevented this?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 1, 2014 - 22 answers

Updating to HD Album Artwork: Best free, painless software solution

Looking for a slick way to update the album artwork for a large (>150gb) music library on a PC. The key here is updating to HD album artwork. My smartphone has a really high res screen and most artwork looks awful on it. What's the easiest, most painless way to do this (for free!)? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Do I need a new Blu-ray player?

I have a Panasonic Blu-ray player. It is probably 5-6 years old. Lately I notice the picture quality on some older standard DVDs (Six feet under season 1 for example) don't look good. They either look grainy/pixelated/not crisp. The other problem that I have is that Blu-rays take foreeeeeeever to load. The new season of Mad Men must take 5 minutes at least. It does look great once it gets started. I am not an overly tech savvy person. I don't know if I need to update firmware (or how to do it for that matter). I would rather have something that either doesn't require it or does it automatically. I do have a brand new Samsung smart hd tv. I am using HDMI cables. Is there a way/is it worth updating or trying to "fix" It seems that players are so inexpensive that perhaps I should just purchase a new one. Would this solve the problem? Do todays units update themselves like I believe that my tv does? I see that some come with wi-fi included. Some are smart. I don't know what the advantage to those features are. I don't care about 3D. Is HDMI still the standard? Would it be advantageous to stick with Samsung? Thank you in advance
posted by kbbbo on Dec 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Why does the advertised and available hard drive space not match?

I ordered a Buffalo Drivestation Quad 4Tb external hard drive. It shows up as exactly 3Tb capacity. Am I missing something, or did they ship the wrong item in the right box?
posted by roofus on Nov 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Monitor size, resolution issues, with special snowflake

Finding the right monitor setup - prefer lower rez! [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Oct 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Having trouble trying to partition the hard drive on my old Mac

I'm trying to partition the hard drive on my old mac (model 4,1 running OS X 10.5.8) so I can dual boot Ubuntu. The problem is that when I go to Disk Utility and and select to partition the drive I get an error saying that the partition failed because there's no space left on the device, even though I have lots of space. This happens no matter how small I make the partition. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Apr 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Right way to format and partition an external HD in 2013

Best way to format/partition external HD for OS intercompatibility? [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Apr 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Mac shows Time Maching but not External HD

Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it. Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom on Mar 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Backup an image of a boot drive to a RAID 1 & perform restoration?

I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch on Mar 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Broken Screen, Broken Heart

Cracked screen on a Kindle Fire HD. Can it be repaired? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Feb 17, 2013 - 8 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

Looking for portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly

I'm looking for bus-powered portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly. Desired size is 1 terabyte. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

17" gaming laptop with 1920x1200 screen

Is anyone still manufacturing high-end laptops with 1920x1200 (not 1920x1080) screens? I'm looking for a luggable/7.5 to 8 pound size, 17" screen laptop, Ivy Bridge based Core i7 CPU with a serious dedicated GPU and 1920x1200 screen. Everything I can find uses 1920x1080. Battery life is not a concern, this would be used in a role like an occasionally relocated, folding desktop PC.
posted by thewalrus on Jan 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Laptops with high pixel density displays?

What PC laptops today have high pixel density (similar to Apple's retina displays) IPS or PLS displays?
posted by jsturgill on Jan 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Offsite / Offline Data Storage

I would like to keep an offsite backup of certain files (various financial docs, my iTunes library, and some photos)--say, 200 gigs total. I've considered storing them online with Crashplan, but the cost of the unlimited plan for multiple computers (mine and SO's) and the bandwidth to push that data out leave me meh. Thinking of getting another HD and keeping it at work. Can I run something by you? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Genetic Testing & Progressive Illness & My family & Me

I can get tested to find out if I will die of a progressive neurological illness. Oh good, that is not tricky at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 17 answers

HOLY CRAP THAT TREE LOOKS SO REAL

Early Christmas Present filter: We got a new tv last night. Help us decide on the best movies to watch to "break it in" [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 30, 2012 - 29 answers

We ain't got no budget!

CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Oct 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Best options for retrieving old laptop data?

How do I retrieve data from very old (one is circa 1998) laptop drives? They contain a lot of interesting history from my time in Silicon Valley before the tech crash that I vowed I would one day retrieve. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Sep 18, 2012 - 3 answers

How will Dolphin Browser be ruined in order to make it profitable?

How is Dolphin Browser (formerly Dolphin HD) going to make money? It seems to be a company with no revenue plan. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by toothless joe on Aug 25, 2012 - 4 answers

this is my shot at an emmy. Don't fuck it up.

What is gonna be my best mac based workflow for editing this documentary I'm working on? details inside [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jul 18, 2012 - 2 answers

HDTV has bluish lines all over it

My tv has turquoise colored lines all over it, and also on top of menus. It just randomly did this, no lightning storm or anything. Any ideas? Sharp Aquos LC-46D62U or LC-52D62U (Tv is mounted to wall and the manual is for both tv's. Not sure which one mine is.)
posted by temetvince on Jul 7, 2012 - 5 answers

I want a HD camera that can also do slo-mo filming.

CameraFilter: I am looking to buy a DSLR camera that can not only videotape movie-quality HD, but also film in super slo-mo. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jun 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Advice about iTunes 1080p HD versus Blu-ray (movies)

Advice about iTunes 1080p HD versus Blu-ray (movies) [more inside]
posted by buffalo on May 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Numerous questions about Huntington's Disease

Multiple questions about Huntington's Disease... I'm researching a story that has a pregnant woman with Huntington's Disease. I've watched a bunch of videos on Youtube and read various sites but have not found answers to specific questions I have. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Err, BIOS? I thought that was a kind of break in WoW...

I've order a bunch of computer parts from Newegg and am going to build my own computer, hopefully not wrecking anything in the process. (I even picked up an antistatic cuff and mat today, to be safe) Thing is, I'm thinking of adding an 100-120gb SSD to the parts list to go along with the 1TB spinning hard drive. How do I set up having two hard drives like this, with the OS and other often-used essential programs on the SSD and everything else on the "slow" drive? I'm new at all of this--I don't think I've ever even looked at a BIOS before, let alone assembled a system. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Mar 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Why won't my computer (Asrock ION 330) play HD netflix smoothly?

Why won't my computer (Asrock ION 330) play HD netflix smoothly? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Feb 5, 2012 - 25 answers

help: ideas to retrieve info

s-o-s! External HD got a power surge and friend the inside. this is an old HD but I have had it forever and it has alot of old photoshop and design files of art I used to do and photo of my home prior to gutting. I ned the info! [more inside]
posted by femmme on Jan 24, 2012 - 14 answers

Boot a Mac from an external drive, spinning up only that drive?

Boot a MacBook Pro from an external drive *without spinning up the MBP's internal drive*? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Capturing and Compiling HD Video Clips?

I'm looking for the cheapest and/or easiest way to capture and compile segments of certain television news and comedy shows in full HD from a standard set-top box, then export them as a single HD presentation (either as a file or maybe as a Blu-ray disk). Luckily, I'm not starting completely from scratch. I already have MacBook Pro (2010) Final Cut Studio (the 2006 release I think but certainly not the most current version) and Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Master Collection. What more do I need (some type of capture device I assume) and what's the best workflow given the heavy duty software package? This project is NOT intended for any kind of sale or public distribution but instead is part of a school project.
posted by Jamesonian on Nov 17, 2011 - 2 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

Video files are taking over my computer!

Massive video camera files...where to put them? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Digital video filter: can you watermark videos files?

Digital video filter: can you watermark videos files? [more inside]
posted by Murray M on Sep 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Tell you what I am gonna do for you

Name that scam: NYC high-def camera lens edition. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Aug 25, 2011 - 22 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

Which knob am I supposed to turn to 11?

Continuing on my progression to Rock God status, I hoped you could enlighten me with everything you know about getting particular sounds out of amps and effects--both as a general proposition, and with respect to the infinitely tweakable Line 6 Pod HD. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2011 - 10 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

I have a hard disk, but nothing to enclose it.

Please help me find a reliable external Hard Disk enclosure. [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Apr 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Hard Drive Oddness

Question about odd external HDD behavior--what, if anything, should I be replacing? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Migrating from XP to Vista... the hard way.

My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Mar 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Help supply our windowless office with a little dose of nature

What images or video should we play on our office TV as a pleasant background? Basically, we want a fake window to a nicer world. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Feb 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Is there such a thing as a US network TV almanac showing when it's all in reruns?

CuttingCableFilter: Is there such a thing as a (US, OTA) network TV season calendar that indicates premiere/new eps/hiatus status? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Feb 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Is it possible to designate RAM for only "write" purposes?

If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only in this manner? [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Jan 20, 2011 - 10 answers

The iMac drives the telly brilliantly - too brilliantly !

iMac is connected to the HD Telly but there are two issues ... [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Jan 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Please help me find the right MacBook for me!

What are the minimum specifications for me to be able to edit 1080p 60fps video on-the-go on a Mac laptop? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Dec 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Is there no way to get Tivo to work with a Cable box?

Does Tivo removing the IR output from series 3 machines upwards leave us screwed to use a cable box? Is there any way for a series 3/4 Tivo to control a digital cable box, and if not, what are our options? [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Dec 22, 2010 - 4 answers

My Dark Twisted Media Fantasy

I have long held a fantastic dream of what I want my home theater setup to be. I've tried several times, in several different ways, to realize this dream - but there is always something. There's always something that doesn't work right - that makes my final implementation lacking in some fundamental way. I'm starting to give up hope. So - I'll tell you what I want and what I've tried - and I want you to tell me if there's another way. I can't be alone here. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find a good sub—$200 simple HD video camera

Help me find a good sub—$200 simple HD video camera [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Nov 11, 2010 - 9 answers

HD TV channels on a data-only cable package?

How can I get the free HD TV channels on a data-only cable package? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Oct 31, 2010 - 9 answers

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