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Ken Peavey
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I'm looking for a suitable video camera to make videos.
I need to put together some short videos, up to 5 minutes in length. These would be used on youtube, kickstarter, and a farmsteading website that should be up within the next few weeks.

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THIS IS KEY: It needs to be easy to use-I am not a camera geek. Aim and shoot is ideal.
Gotta have sound and fairly decent video quality, grainy just wont do, but I'm not filming a cinema blockbuster. The content is more important than the quality, but it should look as good as anything on youtube.
If it plugs into USB stuff it would be handy. I've got a USB external hard drive storage kinda thing.
Price range of a couple hundred bucks. Less is better, but if a few bucks offers greatly improved quality, ease, and features, I can give it a look.

After that I'll probably need some software to edit clips. If the camera came with useful software, that would be a plus.

Pretend I know NOTHING about cameras or video clip production and editing.

If I produced a dozen videos, that would be a lot. If the process was easy, who knows, I might make a hobby of it.
 
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Scuba diving guy I know is telling me the GoPro Black belongs on the short list.
Ever heard of this thing?
 
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For youtube, almost any video camera will do. A newer iphone has a very good camera. You will want a tripod.

Microphone quality is perhaps the most relevant limiting factor.

If you are filming indoors, a lightbox is almost mandatory. Maybe you can repurpose a solar oven.


 
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The "Hero" is the best all around camera I've seen. Image stabilized, underwater capabilities, super HD stills, $350 here in Canada. Every skateboarder and surfer wants one. A diver told me that it replaces $10,000 worth of equipment, rendering it obsolete.

Edit- I think the go pro black is the top of the line hero.
 
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Ken Peavey wrote:I'm looking for a suitable video camera to make videos.
I need to put together some short videos, up to 5 minutes in length. These would be used on youtube, kickstarter, and a farmsteading website that should be up within the next few weeks.


Most digital cameras do video -- I have a Panasonic Lumix that I think cost well under $150 and it does good video and the sound is fine if you are close to the camera - also takes great pictures and is usb just plug it in.

My "editing" is just keep trying until I get a usable clip - it is very easy to upload to youtube -- the camera outputs MP4 format that I am sure most software can deal with.
 
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Just ordered a Sony Bloggie Touch from Amazon. Used, 70 bucks.
I'll make the leap to a GOPRO if I get deeper into this. I'll screw up a cheapo first.
 
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The thing has arrived. Not a scratch on it.
I wonder how it works.
 
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Did it come with a manual?
If not, download one here:
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/MHSTSseries_handbook.pdf

EDITED to correct mishspelling

 
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Thanks for the link!
It came with everything, including the original box. Got a couple of pics already.
The thing has one of those screens you touch!

I'm so far behind on technology it don't make sense.
 
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Camera works just fine. As you can see I'm really excited about it.
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Here I am in a dark closet
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No judgment here Ken. Come out of the closet whenever you feel like you're ready.

Will you be doing the sort of videos that Paul does for just your projects or will you cover events that you attend?

I'm on my new (used) laptop. Your serious look is the first photographic image I've seen.
 
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So far I'm about as 'into' the camera as I am my plunger.
I'm not a shutterbug, but there are some things I'd like to do.
I've got some kickstarter/crowdfunding projects that I'm looking into. One is goofy as all out, but could be as popular and useful as the Pet Rock.
I've got a website being pieced together. Plenty of use for photos and videos there. It's a tool. If I want to build a house, I'll need a hammer. If I want to promote the idea of small scale farmsteading, I'll be able to make good use of a camera.
A full length documentary is not in my immediate plans. I'll start small, work my way up.


 
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