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In the price category you should look at the Canon HF M300. It shoots full HD, has an external mic input and a 15x zoom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9uwZiBY0Cg&feature=player_embedded
You are limited to the size/duration of the video that you upload to YouTube. So you would have to edit your videos to less than 10 minutes.
You would also need a tripod which will add a few hundred dollars to your budget.
Another option to consider is to convert the mov files to Flash instead. That allows you to embed them on your webpages and the resulting files are small. I use a free video to flash converter from DVDvideosoft – it works well and includes the flash player.
No. USB mics are digitalwhereas thecamcorder mic input is analog.
Your computer is OK by the sounds of it, although some extra RAM would not hurt. Sony’s Vegas software is known to be stable, easy to use and powerful. I would recommend the entry level Movie Studiowhich under$100 from Amazon.
Set your in and out points in the source monitor, then right click on the clip in the source monito and choose make sub-clip
As I mentioned in a previous email, the Flip does not have an external microphone input so you would have to use a separate digital recorder and then mixand sync the sound with the video during editing.
The KodakZi8 also shootsHD video but does have an external microphone input and is a better buy.
Both the Flip and the Kodak is point and shoot, ie no zoom, and their performance in low light conditions is only soso.
Thankyoufor clarifying your requirements.For your budget you might consider the Canon ZR960.It has an excellent lens, has an external mic input, and an optical zoom of 20x – all features designed specifically for creating instructional videos. The downside is that it shoots standard definition and used miniDV tapes. For the price it is hard to beat, and the downsides easy to live with.
The kodak is about $130 from AmazonYou will need a tripod for sure. You can buy a wireless mic from Azden for about $100, otherwise the more professional units are $400 and up. A wired lavalier mic from Radio Shack costs about $30! To record sound to overlay you could of course use the same lav mic, but you might find a USB headset& mic easier to use such as the Plantronics.
Also you will need editing software. If you do not have this already, I would suggest either Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere Elements.
Sorry, I meant to say “a camera with a microphone input” in my previous post
It depends on the kind of video that you are going to shoot. I would suggest that you use a camera with a microphone, especially if you are going to do interviews as part of the training.
However, you need to give us some idea of your budget. For example a <span id=”btAsinTitle”>Canon VIXIA HF S21 will cost $1300 whereas the Kodak Zi8 will cost $300 – both have microphone inputs and can shoot in HD.</span>
The new Canon range has a smaller cold shoe. It is also a standard size. You can get an adapter from Canon and their accessories will fit the smaller cold shoe. Another solution is to buy a bracket for about $15 which will give you several standard shoes and a handy handle which is useful as these cameras are quite small.
I am not sure what you problem is but I think it is the player that you are using that cannot keep up.
You could reduce the frame rate of your flash file to 15fps. It will still be great looking on the web but be less demanding on your player.
The other option is to upload your Youtube and embed the resulting YouTube code.
Getting a camera is just one part of “getting into video” for kids. The other part is editing. I would like to recommend the following book and DVD – it is really step by step and kids (even us older kids) find it very fascinating: Creating Hollywood-Style Movies with Adobe Premiere Elements 7It includes all the video source clips needed for the editing excercises.
Hmmm, interesting. I asked if anyone had used WordPress, and I get comments from people who had not. WordPress is an effective way for people without web design skills to put together very attractive and functional websites – and as such would potentially be of interest to many videographers. I thought it would be valuable for our readers to have a discussion around that. I was certainly not commenting on the merits or otherwise of Rob’s website, that has been covered well enough by the previous comments.
Spending time putting a website together to promoteone’s business is essentialbut also time consuming – time spent more profitablyshooting video. So I was wondering if anyone here uses a WordPress-based website and whether you havefound it easyto use and fast to set up?