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  • in reply to: HF S21 or HR M40? #200593
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    Hi

    I don’t know theother model that you refer to, butI do own theCanon HF S21. Although it is really small and does notlook it, its performance does place it in the prosumer class.Several reviewershavesaid it was a good camcorder but too expensive.Quality is remembered long after the cost is forgotten. It is exactly the larger LED screen that was a big selling point for me as I am somewhat visually challenged. THe viewfinder is not an issue for me, I use a hood for the LED screen on sunny days and that is better than the view finder. When shooting HD, focus is important and the large LED screen and other focus aids really help to get quality video. Sorry I could not comment on the other model you metioned, Google said it was either a lawnmower or fancy wheels for a car, neither of which I know anything.

    Heidi

    in reply to: Advice needed – Best video editing PC for approx 5000 #200582
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    Hi Dan

    For what it is worth, I recently upgraded to CS5 and had a local computer company put together a pcbased onVideoguys guide (http://www.videoguys.com/Guide/E/Videoguys+DIY8+Sneak+Peek+Work+in+Progess+Coming+this+Fall/0x094b1737e0a06c495e5178a167fbdbd7.aspx)

    This worked well for me. I am in Canada and had no problem getting the components needed.

    Heidi

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    While you certainly can produce some interesting video with the tools you mentioned,it is not suitable forbroadcastTV.

    If you are entering a contest run bya TV station for amateur video, then your tools could beadequate.

    ManyTV station accept video clips of news events shot by people who happened to be on the scene and will accept footage shot even on a cell phone ifthe content is newsworthy.

    The key to a successful short1 minute video is not so much the equipment but the storyor message tht you are telling with the videoand that is where your focus should be at this stage -until you can get more suitable equipment.

    Heidi

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    That is a valid question – what do you plan to use the camera for. If SD is acceptable, then the Canon ZR960 is a good solution. It does have an external mic input and a remote control and cost about $200 new.

    in reply to: New Canon HF S21- what do i need now? #200494
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    Hi Chris

    I recently purchased a Canon HF S21. I would not worry about the new model that they have announced this week but that we won’t see until later in the year, the HF S21 is plenty goodenough. The main advantage of the new model is the large focus ring. It still uses that same mini hotshoe as the S21

    The mini hotshoe is a limiting factor. I have purchased a flash bracket that mounts underneath the camera and that allows me to use standard shotgun and wireless mics.

    Because of the larger lens, there are many more filters and wide angle/telephoto adaptors available.

    Heidi

    in reply to: Need a virtual Bkgd – wood burning fireplace w mantle #185842
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    I agree, there is no sense in reinventing the wheel. There are several sources of free footage: stockfootageforfree.com, VideoBlocks.com, footagefirm.com etc that you can try. Or you could save yourself a lot of time and simply go to istockphoto.com or artbeats.com for example and pay for the clip and consider that as your donation – you can get it back from income taxt eventually!

    in reply to: Canon HF S21 vs Panasonic TM700 #200482
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    I suspect that this is somewhat of a Ford vs Chev debate.I was looking for a new camera and after looking at both the Panasonic and the Canon for months, I opted for the CanonHF S21.The two main factors were1) the large clear LCD, and2) it was a Canon – all my previous cameras were Canons. Oh, I also liked the optics and large lens.

    in reply to: Best Website for Building Video Business? #181549
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    Hi Kali

    You are right, wordpress.com is boring. One could argue that that is exactly why it is good for business websites. Unless you are a web designer and want to show off your web design prowess, most business websites do better with a clean look and clear, predictable navigation – all aspects that clients appreciate.

    WordPress.com was not intended for business websites. As it hosts many people’s blogs, the developers have wisely restricted the number of themes that you can use, and how much you can customise your blog. However, with judicial use of images, video and the sidebar widgets, you can nevertheless make a wordpress.com website quite attractive.

    That said, most businesses opt for self-hosted WordPress-based websites as that allows for much more custimization and branding, and additional functionality using plugins (not available in wordpress.com). Before you can effectively use a self-hosted site, you have to accept that there is a ateeplearning curve! The good news is that you don’t have to know everything, you can learn as you go. Good learning resources are http://www.lynda.com and http://www.byobwebsite.com

    Heidi

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    in reply to: Any microphone headsets to hear your own voice? #200354
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    Plantronics make excellent headphone/microphone sets that plug into a USB port on your computer. The headset has separate volume control for the earphones.

    in reply to: Want to know about decent newbie editing software #197668
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    You might want to consider Premiere Elements 9.It isinexpensiveyet powerful and will allow you to do everything you mentioned above. You can viewa training course on Lynda.com before you decide to buy,

    in reply to: DVD case and Sleeve paper #176862
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    I use an HP colour laserprinter and use HPglossy brochure paper.I allow a bleed in my designs, and thentrim the pager in my guilotine. I gettwo covers per letter size sheet. I do the samefor librarycases but get only one persheet.

    in reply to: Help choosing a camcorder #200292
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    I recently acquired a Canon HF S21. The quality is amazing.As myshotgun mic did not fit the smaller shoe, I bought a flash bracket. It turns out that it actually helps making the camera more steady when using it handheld- an unexpected plus.

    The reason for the good video I believe is the large lens, the same size as the GL2.My view is that thiscamera is really prosumer, in spite ofits small size.

    in reply to: Is there a way to show two shots simultaneously? #176856
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    The quick answer is no, it is not possible as it would require programming.

    The longer answer is that you could either create your training course as a flash movie which would give you access toactionscript but then the training DVD would have tobe viewed on a computer rather than a DVD player.

    An inbetween option is to break your course down into short flv video clips and display them inside html web pages where you can have links to the various clips which would allow the student to switch views.

    A less elegant option would be to create a standard dvd but tooffer the”student” different streamsto follow as part of the DVD menu.

    in reply to: Grant Writing for Video work #181450
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    Grants are very difficult to get, and require a lot of work.Your best chance would be to get somefunding from your denomination. If the church has played an important partin thehistorical development of your town/city you could try funding sources in thetown. You could try and sell sponsorships in exchangefor putting the sponsor logos on the dvd cover and mentioning them in the credit section at the end ofthe video

    The amount of$3000 isvery reasonable. Your best bet would be to have some fundraising activities and offering the DVD for sale.

    Heidi

    in reply to: Editing software #197587
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    For what it is worth, I use Adobe’s Suite, because of the good integration between the graphic tools (illustrator and Photoshop) and the video editing tools (Premiere Pro), as well as the common user interface. If I were on a budget, I would look at the Premiere & photoshop elements combination – then you could always move up to the full Adobe Suite at a later stage.

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