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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 - 23 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$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

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work?

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jun 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Canon 7D/Final Cut video editing workflow: How to do it?

Canon 7D/Final Cut video editing workflow: How to do it? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on May 26, 2010 - 8 answers

My digital camera stole my hard drive space!

How can I lower the size of a batch of huge videos that my camera took, while minimizing loss of quality? [more inside]
posted by newfers on May 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Canon 7D HD video: How many batteries?

Canon 7D HD video: How many batteries? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Apr 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Which one looks better?

Camera nerds: Which HD pic looks better? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Apr 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Poor HD editing performance

Why is my PC so crap at editing HD video? What can I do to make it better? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Apr 10, 2010 - 10 answers

An hour plus of HD in under one gig?

How do I make my ~70 minute HD video under 1 gigabyte? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Apr 4, 2010 - 42 answers

Bring M2TS into iMovie '09?

How can I get a M2TS video file into iMovie? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Feb 28, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I make Blu-Ray work on a standard computer?

Going to buy a new computer and connect it to already-owned surround speakers and HD monitor. I want to be able to play Blu-Rays with nice HD sound if possible. I'm an HD, HDMI, Blu-Ray and recent-PC-hardware virgin, and will need to be led through this like I'm a kid. [more inside]
posted by paperpete on Feb 2, 2010 - 8 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

RAID and backup system for Mac Pro?

Best RAID / Backup system for HD video on a Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick on Oct 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Embeddable Video

What video sharing website has the 'cleanest' looking embeddable video player which has less branding on it than say YouTube or Daily Motion? It would be a plus if it had a "HD" video option.
posted by nam3d on May 25, 2009 - 10 answers

HD animated maps for video?

What's the easiest way to create HD-quality (1080x) animated maps for use with video? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Mar 19, 2009 - 3 answers

Will it fit?

Can I find a 37" 16:9 TV that will in a 36" wide cubbyhole? [more inside]
posted by timeistight on Feb 21, 2009 - 8 answers

What's the best solution for streaming HD media from a PC?

What's the best solution for streaming HD media from a PC? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Nov 29, 2008 - 20 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

Give me my old Final Cut Express!

How do I get Final Cut Express to export straightforward 1280x720 HD videos from my Sanyo Xacti HD700... like it used to? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Sep 25, 2008 - 3 answers

Blu-Ray Menus - made simple[r]?

I want to develop BD-J / Xlet / GEM menus suitable for Blu-Ray disks but it's confusing... [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Sep 19, 2008 - 0 answers

My computer sucks.

Just how beefy does my media center PC need to be?! [more inside]
posted by trinkatot on Jul 11, 2008 - 20 answers

HD Camera that won't freeze?

Can you help me find an HD video camera? [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jun 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Cool project ideas for HD?

Help me do something cool with a borrowed pro HD video camera. Many constraints, detailed inside. [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath on Jun 17, 2008 - 2 answers

Trouble with .TOD videos and JVC HD Video Camera

I have a JVC GZ-HD7 Everio HD Camera and I’m having some trouble using the video. I download the video from the camera and it looks great however to use it anywhere requires me to convert it. I’ve tried Camtasia, Sony Vegas 7, Quicktime Pro, several converters like Kingdia and Cucusoft. The end result is always a video that looks like it was shot with a $10 video camera. Is there someway to get the .TOD videos in a usable format that maintains its quality, so I can edit them and create final videos. A tool that would also allow me to letterbox or crop the 16:9 to 4:3. Thanks so much for your time. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL on Mar 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Makeshift production monitor from a computer LCD?

Can I use my computer monitor as an HD production monitor? [more inside]
posted by UnnotciedTypo on Feb 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Xbox 360 + Connect 360 (OS X) + 720p + 802.11n = jerky video?

Xbox 360 + Connect 360 (OS X) + 720p + 802.11n = jerky video? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch on Feb 15, 2008 - 4 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

I need a new DVD player.

Is there such a thing as a future-proof DVD player? My roommate just moved out and took his DVD player with him. So I need to visit the local big box electronics store to pick up a new one. I'd like something that's built to last, can upsample standard DVDs and that can handle one or both of the new HD formats. What should I purchase? [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Nov 15, 2007 - 20 answers

USB High Definiton Webcam: How to record?

How do I record high definition (HD) video at at least 24 fps using a webcam? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch on Aug 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me lust after new video cameras...

Help me lust after new video cameras. OK,my trusty Canon Mv850i just bit the dust and in September I start a Fine Art degree course in Film and Video. Put those two ideas together... [more inside]
posted by merocet on Jul 4, 2007 - 6 answers

Lock, Stock...

I'd like to sell some HD footage. Are there stock libraries that deal in video? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Apr 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me hook up my basement

I'm in the market for a low-end (under $2k) HD flat panel tv, I'm thinking plasma, but could be persuaded otherwise. DirecTV, MediaPC and [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Jan 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Hack my DVR...Please!

Can I hack my Comcast DVR for more storage and connection to my network? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Dec 6, 2006 - 4 answers

What's the best hard drive type for HD video?

What are the best hard drives these days to work with high-def video files? [more inside]
posted by wubbie on Sep 2, 2006 - 10 answers

Network-accessible standalone video player?

Does this device exist: standalone video player with a builtin harddrive, component video outs, menu system & remote, ethernet/wifi. Does not rely on computer in the house. Can be turned off/made silent like a normal device when I'm not using it. But when it's on I can watch shows and movies I've transferred to it over the network without excessive hacks-- hopefully it can decode most common video formats and play in HD if necessary. Does not need video in--I don't want a recorder. [more inside]
posted by neustile on May 16, 2006 - 11 answers

Why can't I play HD video?

Why can't my fairly powerful system play HD video content? When ever I try, the audio works fine but the video stutters and lags behind. [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin on May 10, 2006 - 19 answers

HD video camera-buy now? Or buy a 3CCD camera?

HD camcorder- buy now? Or wait? Or buy nice 3CCD camera? [more inside]
posted by geryon on Aug 9, 2005 - 5 answers

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