There are many choices these days when it comes to data storage; navigating through these waters can easily become confusing. This guide is here to help make your decision easier. It is broken into two major categories: external storage devices and internal devices. It also lists the pros and cons of each device and its main use.
Stop, or I'll Shoot! Have you ever wanted to have a gun in your film? What about a cool action scene with guns blazing, people running, dishes exploding and your lead female jumping into a garbage chute to avoid being blown to bits? Yes? Me too! But while I can't help you with convincing your lead actress to jump down a garbage chute, I can help you with the blazing guns part.
Shoulder Mount at a Reasonable Price - A big camcorder is a professional camcorder. The layman often assumes this, and a large form factor camcorder can be useful, especially for making an impression on a client. Manufacturers are often caught up in miniaturizing...
The main problem we have with on-camera lights is the same problem we have with on-camera microphones. By definition, they're almost always in the wrong place. In placing the light right over the lens, you end up with a straight-on, deer-in-the-headlights look that flatters no one. However, when shooting conditions are so dark that your choice is between bad picture and no picture, it's always best to go with the former.
Recently I had the privilege of attending three trade shows in Hong Kong and in China. I was amazed at the number of camcorders I saw at these shows. There were literally hundreds of camcorders, but they were distinctly different from the camcorders I am accustomed to seeing at trade shows in the United States.
All were tapeless. At U.S. trade shows solid-state camcorders are in the minority, and most use DV or HDV tape. It seemed unusual to walk a trade show floor and never see a DV camcorder.