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Blog entry by inchanga posted 09-02-2012 05:58 PM 4988 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am interested in making some videos to go alongside the excellent selection already on LJ’s and would appreciate any advice on what camera to buy as a starter kit and any other information that might help to make reasonable quality videos.

-- chris, north wales

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 06:44 PM

A good entry level dslr will shoot full hd video. I have the Canon eos 500d (eos rebel t1i in America). It shoots great full hd video. Just a thought! Very much depends on your budget, and what you want to shoot. A decent hand held video camera could be got for well under $100.

Edit:- Just realised you are in uk also! There are a glut of great little cameras on line. The Flip is a good example. Can be purchased for as little as £80

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 06:58 PM

Thanks for that I will have a look on line.

-- chris, north wales

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 07:19 PM

I have a Flip and not only does it take great video, but it is cheap, tiny and easy to manage. I second that recommendation.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 09:33 PM

Here you go, try this video:

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 10:14 PM

Thanks for all the help. I will certainly look at the Flip. I was also very impressed by the video sent in by Old tool.
Full of information and very entertaining.

-- chris, north wales

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#6 posted 09-02-2012 10:41 PM

I have a flip and I have made a few videos with it. It takes pretty good video, but I mostly use it for videoing something other than myself.

Reason being is because when I make a video in my shop I am typically in the video physically. When that is the case I prefer a camera that has a screen that I can see when I am standing in front of the camera (so that I can be sure I’m in thr frame fully and things like that. With the Flip I can’t see myself when I’m in the frame.

You can get a decent Panasonic or Sony or something else for $300 or so.

Also, I bought my most recent camera reconditioned at a great price off of Amazon, I don’t regret it at all!

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 01:12 PM

I think the most important factor is where you will be filming. If you are doing most of it inside the shop, you need something that works well indoors. A lot of the inexpensive cameras out there are really best for outdoor shooting.

We use two Mini-DV video cameras. They work well because they have LCD screens which can be turned toward me so I can see what I’m doing (like Sailor said). They work well in indoor lighting, and they don’t distort the video with compression.

Another important factor is the sound. An external mic is a must and unless you plan on recording the sound separately and editing it together, you should look for a camera with a mic input jack.

But, just as important as the camera is the lighting. Good lighting can be the difference between a grainy video and a clear one. We made our own studio lights (they’re featured in one of our shows, I forget which one).

Hope this helps!

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 01:38 PM

Thanks for the input Stumpy. Lighting was one of my next questions.

-- chris, north wales

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 06:38 PM

have a look here :

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#10 posted 09-04-2012 02:34 AM

We just bought a Cannon T3i. It takes amazing video. 3 episodes of House were actually shot using the T3i. Not sure if I’d want my SLR in the shop getting full of saw dust though. If you’re going to get an SLR, I’d invest in some protection for it as well.

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#11 posted 09-04-2012 08:15 AM

I have a DSLR but it does not have video and I would be concerned about dust in the garage.

-- chris, north wales

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