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Camcorder Tech

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Wolfpack, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    Anyone here have any advice on purchasing a camcorder? I've never owned one but am interesting in recording some video of our new baby.

    Would like to store video on one of our Window Laptops...do I just need a USB port camera? How about puting video on a disk from the laptop?
  2. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Buy the most expensive one :D
  3. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Weeeeee'll be the judge of that mister!!
  4. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    You really can't go wrong with Sony.

    Circuit City has some good deals on some.

    If you don't go with miniDVD format and go Hi-8 or something else, try to get a Firewire connection, as USB is slow in uploading video.
  5. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    But gosh darn it...people do like me.
  6. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, whats Hi-8?
  7. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    type of media it records to
  8. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    USB is not slow if you are using USB 2.0 and that depends on how old your laptop is most laptops do not have firewire and it would add a bunch more cost to your laptop to get the card that does and you lose speed form the pcmia card bottleneck

    On the camcorders not sure have not kept up with the changes in the market

    Here you go some reviews and look here this top end starting at just under 3k :eek:

    They also have others but it has indepth review and pictures etc

    http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Red-Digital-Cinema-Unleashes-the-Scarlet-34906.htm
  9. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    A Tape Format. It's like a mini VCR tape.
    I don't even use my VCR anymore, I just plug the Camera into the Computer, via Firewire and copy it over. Of course it has to be there to record on, but I never use it for playback.

    I have a bunch of little tapes hanging around with labels on them.


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  10. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Compared to Firewire, USB is slooooooww.
    On a laptop, the best idea is probably go for DVD, to avoid that sort of thing anyway.
  11. DallasCowpoke

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    Jack!!??... that you?
  12. hairic

    hairic Well-Known Member

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    I'd go with a HD camcorder. I'm currently trying to decide between one of them or a DSLR camera. I've been saving for a couple years, so it's gotta be good.

    It's just the HD camera isn't quite as simple as SD/widescreen, but it'll last this generation (HDTVs, Blu-Ray, etc).

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