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Old 07-28-2006, 02:47 PM
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I just received a contract to do some (15) due diligence inspections and I want to do a "video" to accompany the written report.
What I actually want is a camcorder that I can download into my desktop computer and then produce a CD (??) DVD (??) to send to the client along with the report. I need sound so I can describe what I'm seeing as the camcorder "sees" and records it......
Can anyone help ???????????? Pleeeeeeease....... I promise I'll be forever grateful........
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Old 07-28-2006, 04:22 PM
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Bailey,
Go to one of the big electronics outlets and try to find a knowledgeable geek to help you.
There are also wedges that you can plug your analog camcorder into that then plug into a USB port. The unit will digitalize the video for use on the PC.
Some even come packaged with the editing software. Figure without compression 1 minute video equals 1 Meg memory.

If I get to NC we’ll shoot some skeet.
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Old 07-28-2006, 04:48 PM
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Monstro - 7/28/2006 4:22 PM

Bailey,
Go to one of the big electronics outlets and try to find a knowledgeable geek to help you.
There are also wedges that you can plug your analog camcorder into that then plug into a USB port. The unit will digitalize the video for use on the PC.
Some even come packaged with the editing software. Figure without compression 1 minute video equals 1 Meg memory.

If I get to NC we’ll shoot some skeet.
WHOA!!!!!!! 1 minute to 1 meg, I'm thinking about 45 to 60 minute videos!!!!!!! I'll try one of the local geeks and see what BS comes out of his/her mouth.......

Skeet????? You come my way and we'll go !!!! I have too many skeet guns, tons 'O shells and belong to one of the finest clubs in the entire state......
Let me know when you're coming my way so I can arrange to be in town.......... and you gotz yursef a deel!!!!!
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Old 07-28-2006, 11:13 PM
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Bill,
I don't know what your timeframe is to implement this, but if you can give me a couple of days I will ask a friend of mine who is a producer at UNC-TV, and runs his own production company as well. The new Sony High Definition camcorders produce an awesome picture. The resolution is unbelievable. I don't know what your budget is, but prices have come way down on this technology. Five years ago the cheapest cameras were $25,000. Now they are about $1300. Take a look at the HC1. The latest model is the HC3, but it is stripped down and doesn't have some of the features on the older HC1, such as an external mike jack. This would come in handy in using a wireless lapel mike for noisy conditions. Here are some links to look at, while I check with him. HD does produce bigger files, but it's worth it. 60 minutes of video would be about 13GB (Yes, I said gigabytes), so figure on burning to 2 to 3 DVD's.

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http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...sony-hc1.shtml

http://www.filmdailies.com/categories/video-production/

http://www.technologyevangelist.com/...ate_it_bu.html

http://www.videomaker.com/scripts/article.cfm?id=12070

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/forumdisp...=99&order=desc
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Old 07-29-2006, 07:39 AM
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Doug, the budget isn't really a problem (within reason) but producing a high quality product is my trademark. With that said; I would need to keep it on a single disk, OR (I thought of this about midnight last night) maybe putting it onto one of the new high Gig memory sticks??????? If you check with your Bud I would appreciate the effort.

I would have figured with all the new parents here advice would have been overflowing the pages........ Am I trying to do something that doesn't make sense??????? I have made this type of presentation before in the "olden" days with VHS cameras and the standard tapes that pop into a VHS player, but it has to have been improved since then....... ??????
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Bailey,

Get a good camera and let's be honest, you don't really need HD. What I would suggest is a good quality Sony with a disk burner (DVD). The reason I recommend the discs is that you don't need to replay the entire thing to upload it to your computer for editing. The disc becomes its own file that you can put anywhere. Once you're done recording, you can use (or hire someone) to make the video. I know you, like me, don't normally have a long chunk of time to sit around and whip out a video, maybe hire a kid though. They love to do this stuff!

Software will run ~ $100.

I have seen a new Sony video editing software that is really slick.. I might try it out..

Personally, I have used Video Wave for editing and it's pretty slick. The transitions, effects and overlays can get to be borderline professional - nothing like our parents 8 track video on the projector..

Bill, another nice add in to the video is to add music here and there. Keep the video segments short and then jump into a small photo slideshow of say 10 pictures to compliment that portion of the video...


Here are some Camcorders I would suggest looking at -

The DVD burner camcorders can immediately play in a DVD player so you can see how it looks too..

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-RFBhuFY...0&I=158DDVD505

This Hard Drive will save to its own internal hard drive and upload via USB 2.0...

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-RFBhuFY...0&I=158DCRSR1H

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Old 07-29-2006, 09:23 AM
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I may be missing something here but if you get one that burns to DVD and do your narration as you go, wouldn't it be customer ready when you are done?
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Old 07-29-2006, 12:15 PM
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Bill,
I'm waiting to hear back from Tim. Here is a brand new camcorder from Sony. Records HD direct to DVD. Only caveat would be that the person playing them back, would have to have dual layer DVD player. Gets 60 minutes of HD on 1 DVD. I'll get back to you when I hear back from Tim.
Doug

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Shag - 7/29/2006 9:23 AM

I may be missing something here but if you get one that burns to DVD and do your narration as you go, wouldn't it be customer ready when you are done?
Not really, at least not for what Bailey is looking to do.. These aren't family movies that he's taking where he wants to be able to hear little janie. If I know Bailey, he's looking to make this into a movie with some captions, intro music and credits of the who's, what's, where's, dates and contact/contract numbers.

The advantage of the burn to DVD is that you have the media ready to go into your PC. With something like a Digital HI8 tape, you have to literally play the tape back from start of video to end of video and that takes a loooong time.

If you have 2 hours of video, 2 hours to upload...

If you have 2 hours on a DVD, you can capture the file into your project and start slicing and dicing almost immediately..

Make sense?
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Bill,
I left you a PM
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Getting into amateur porn Bill?
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HOTSPOT - 8/1/2006 4:47 PM

Getting into amateur porn Bill?
Well....... I guess it could have "other" uses when not engaged in it's intended purpose.....

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