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Good Camcorder

by steerxxx / December 14, 2008 12:20 AM PST

I'm in need of a good camcorder for just recording my life... the majority of the videos are going to be put directly on YouTube, as I will be making a video diary/youtube series.
I'm moving to Australia for Graduate School, so I want to record and share the whole experience..
so any help on a video camera would be great.. I was looking at the
Canon Vixia HF10

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Some questions...
by boya84 / December 14, 2008 6:46 AM PST
In reply to: Good Camcorder

What computer do you plan to edit with?

What video editing application do you plan on editing with? Do you know that it will handle AVCHD encoded video?

What do plan to use for archiving video?

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by steerxxx / December 14, 2008 6:54 AM PST
In reply to: Some questions...

I'm going to use some scan disc cards, or some jump drives to store videos on...
I really dont' have any editing programs.. I have whatever comes with the Roxio..

I have a Dell XPSM1210, with Windows Vista

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Chances are good
by boya84 / December 14, 2008 7:07 AM PST
In reply to: answers

it won't deal with AVCHD input... but that is up to you to research and I don't know what version of Roxio you are dealing with. I don't know how much time you plan to record or plan to be abroad - electronic mass storage (SD cards, jump drives, etc) is not a good/safe method for long term digital file storage. External hard drive barely is acceptable. Digital tape is best.

According to
your laptop has a IEEE1394/firewire/DV/i.LINK (all the same thing) port. I would suggest you go the miniDV tape DV/HDV route.

You will also want an external hard drive for the editing projects - the hard drive in this machine form Dell are tiny.

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dear lord
by steerxxx / December 14, 2008 7:14 AM PST
In reply to: Chances are good

so could you provide some reccomendations?
thanks for your input.. I'm new to this whole world of video camera's.. digi cams did wonders for me.. but now, it's time for a new adventure..
I'm going to buy the cheaper Flip Video Camera for the backpackig trips

program is 15 months abroad.. i plan to do a video a day, nothing to long 2-5 minute videos

how big are the camcorders with digital tapes?

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by boya84 / December 14, 2008 7:39 AM PST
In reply to: dear lord

The Flips also need their video stored *somewhere*, too... Unless you plan to fill them and get another. But that would get pricey.

The camcorders which use miniDV tapes are not much larger than those which use hard drive or flash memory. Perhaps there is an electronics store nearby you can see/touch them?

Since you got to the Canons, just stay in the ballpark:

HF10, HF11, HF100 for Flash memory
HV30 for miniDV tape.

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by steerxxx / December 14, 2008 7:52 AM PST
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much thanks

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