Category: Shooting

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I think I just became a fan of tapeless camcorders

I’ve always been on the side of the fence that says, “Stick with MiniDV because you get the highest quality video.” But I’ve been playing with a Panasonic HDC-SC1 camcorder, which records in HD and saves it as AVCHD, and I’m pretty impressed. I haven’t really put it through its paces — I haven’t really ...

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Importing from a Hard Disk Camcorder in iMovie ’08

I went to a Sony Style store yesterday to see how iMovie ’08 actually performs with hard-drive based camcorders (I don’t currently have one of these to test with). After convincing the staff there that I was legitimate, and agreeing that I would delete any footage of the store that I shot with their camera ...

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Still Photo versus Video

One of the blogs I frequent is that of still-photographer Doug Plummer (who has also been uploading a photo of the day for more than a year). Doug is currently attending the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, and reports on a panel called “Still vs. Video” that predicts a big shift in how image content is ...

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Ken Burns on the Ken Burns Effect

Poynter Online has published an article about the Ken Burns Effect (pan and zoom), which includes information on how to best use the effect from editors such as… Ken Burns. For Burns, any motion on an image comes in pursuit of meaning. He says there are no hard and fast rules: “All there is is ...

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Tapeless Camcorders at Macworld.com

This is basic information, but a good roundup of some DVD and hard-disk based camcorders and how they don’t work on the Mac: “Tapeless Camcorders and the Mac.” So if you’re an avid video maker and you plan to continue editing with your Mac, I’d say the safest bet right now is to stick with ...

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NYTimes on Tiny “HD” Camcorders

David Pogue’s technology column this week reviews the Canon PowerShot TX1, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2, and the (no-so-tiny) Panasonic HDC-SD1. Each captures high-definition video, but at varying qualities, and each stores the media on memory cards instead of tape. Pogue’s review, “Not-So-High- Definition Camcorders,” is also full of some good one-liners, such as: Each model ...

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Mount Bottom-Loading Camcorder on a Tripod

FresHDV points to a company that makes accessories for mounting a bottom-loading camcorder onto a tripod so you can change tapes without having to remove the camera entirely: One of the curses of cheap cost-effective “consumer” camcorders is the bottom-loading tape transport. It forces you to unscrew your tripod plate from the camera to swap ...

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Consumer HD Camera Shoot-Out

Camcorder Info.com has published a thorough comparison of the top-flight consumer HD camcorders: The Great HD Shoot-Out. It looks at the Canon HV20, the Sony HDR-HC7, the Panasonic HDC-SD1, and the JVC GZ-HD7. Finally, there are several options available for non-pros to shoot HD, though the prices are still pretty high. Also this week, David ...

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Canon TX-1 Hybrid HD Camcorder

When Canon announced its $500 PowerShot TX-1 recently, I was skeptical. It’s a tiny camera, about the size of my old S200 still camera, that can take 7.1 megapixel still images and also capture 720p HD footage. We’ve seen similar attempts (like the Sanyo Xacti) that haven’t been impressive in real life. Well, Gizmodo is ...

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More Cameras: HDV Hits Its Stride

When Steve Jobs declared 2005 the “year of high-definition video,” there wasn’t much available to shoot consumer HD, and the only HDV camera at the time (the Sony HDR-FX1) cost $4,000. Now it’s 2007, and the number of HDV camcorders has gotten larger while the prices have started to come down. EventDV.net has published an ...