Without getting tied to any specific camera model or software, here are some tips for shooting and watching different video formats:
A camera with a zoom gives you more shooting options but a cheaper model means cheaper manufacturing, and probably a higher failure rate in the lens mechanism. On the other hand, those flat, square camcorders with fixed lenses (anything resembling a Flip) don't come with lens caps and just like the lens on your phone will get smudged and scratched.
You can put 2 hours of 1080 video onto a "regular" DVD if your compression settings are correct; a DVD is standard definition and the video will be converted to standard def during the encoding and authoring process. In general, the higher the quality and the larger the original frame size, the better the image even after conversion. Most up-to-date consumer DVD creation software will automatically scale and and compress hidef into standard def correctly for making DVDs.
By all means, if you can find a 1080p camcorder instead of 720p within your budget, buy it.
You don't need a wide angle to match the 16:9 format of your television, the 16:9 frame is a function of the pixel ratio size of the frame. HD video created with a 1920x1080 frame has a ratio of 16:9, so does the HD format of 1280x720.
If you're currently recording standard definition video with your camera, changes are it's in a ratio of 4:3. Only cameras with an "anamorphic" setting can create standard def video with a 16:9 ratio that matches your television set and will fill the frame without distortion.
If your 4:3 DVDs are looking stretched when you watch them, look for the picture size button on your TV remote to to change the way the TV shows the DVD. The zoom function may make them fill the frame but at a substantial cost to quality.
I'm looking for some advice in buying a HD pocket camcorder. Currently, I have a 10mp canon digital camera that
I use to take video more than I use it to take photos. I create playable dvds with the video (avi) and share them
with my friends. I'm looking to get a HD pocket camcorder for better video quality and am looking for one that
takes decent photos also, since that is the order of importance to me. I have no interest in Flip or Kodak since
they are both going out of business. I have a couple of questions for anyone that can answer them.
Which is the best HD pocket camcorder for me?
I'm not looking for more than 2 hours of recording capability.
Can 2 hours of 1080p video be put on a standard dvd (not blu ray) so I can share them with friends without a blu
How is the quality when doing this? I'm sure it's better than my current avi conversions.
Is 1080p necessary for me or can I go 720p?
I would like wide angle to match my HD tv in 16:9 format. My currently created dvd's made with my avi files get
streched when played on HD tv.
I know these camcorders don't come with video editing software to create playable dvd's. Since I'm not big into
making creative, flashy menus and the such, which inexpensive editing software would you recommend to create
a timeline, basic menus, and covert H.264/mpg-4 video on standard dvd?
Can you get 2 hours of this hd on a standard dvd?