Monitors
The FYI on NTSC, VGA and ATSC. Previewing DV clips and other digital source material on your computer monitor is fine if your video project will only be seen on another computer. But if your project will ever be viewed on a TV, many editors find using both VGA (computer)...
Let the Good Shots Roll!
The first step on the path from amateur to professional is to put the camera down! Weekend warriors use camera supports only when forced to, whereas the pros are exactly the opposite, going hand-held only when no better camera support will work. The reason is that old devil frame:...
Camcorder Battery Care
Batteries are an essential piece of the camcorder technology puzzle. Without important developments in delivering portable electric power in a small package, we’d never have the small, portable camcorders we’ve come to take for granted today. For the most part, camcorder batteries are very simple to use and maintain. All...
New Gear
Ready in an Instant ADS Tech's Instant DVD+DV is an external USB 1.1/2.0 analog video capture device that also includes a FireWire jack for attaching a Mini DV or Digital8 camcorder without a FireWire connection on the computer itself. You can also use the Instant DVD+DV to digitize an analog...
Tripods: Your Three-Legged Friends
Tripods may well be one of the most important, yet under appreciated, accessories in our videographer's bag of tricks. Sure, image stabilization is great, but for perfectly still shots, you've still got to have a tripod. A tripod isn't an optional accessory; it's a requirement.Tripods haven't changed all that...
New Gear
Pick a Card, Any Card Samsung's SCD-107 Mini DV Camcorder features two memory card slots, compatible with SD, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro cards for shooting still images. It also includes a 20X optical zoom lens, a 3.5-inch color viewscreen, an analog A/V input and a color...
Can Bright Light Ruin your Camera Lens?
Q. I was recently doing a documentary for a fabrication shop building a baja truck. I was filming them grind with sparks flying and welding. My friend asked me if the light from the welder could ruin the lens. My question is, since looking directly at somebody welding can...
The End of the Shaky Camera
We've all been there. The shot you need is staring right at you, but you have to get into a strange position and handhold the camera to get it. You want steady video, but no matter how hard you try, you can't keep the shot from shaking. If the...
New Gear
Lil' Fella Panasonic's SV-AV100 is a compact SD Card camcorder that records JPEG photos, MPEG-4 video and DVD-quality MPEG-2 video. The unit features a 10x variable-speed optical zoom, electronic image stabilization and a 2.5-inch LCD viewscreen. The included 512MB SD card can record up to 10 minutes of 6Mbps MPEG-2...