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Posting videos on website

I hope to be building a website soon and will need to post several videos on it explaining how to use my product. I want to purchase a camcorder to get started, but don't know what to get? Do I need high-end to post a video? Or is that not needed for a web video? I realize I may be putting the cart before the horse, but because of the nature of my product, I cannot wait to make the video until after my site is up and running. Any advice on which type of camcorder and the necessary features would be greatly appreciated.


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If you were to get a high-end camcorder and you wanted to display the video in high resolution, it would take (a) more storage on the web server, because high end video takes more space and (b) it would take more bandwidth to download/stream. So, if then get a high-end and have to convert the video to web quality (which is recommended), you don't really need a high-end.

I wouldn't go out and buy the cheapest, but something in mid-range should do fine. It also depends on where you take the video... inside, outside, low light, etc. So I would do some research on camcorders that fit your environment for filming, then later the video files can be converted to be played on the web.


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Get a decent camera, upload the videos to youtube

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It really depends on the nature of your product. If it's more like a tutorial/instructional video, then a decent camera (under $800) would be fine. If this instructional video is promoting your product at the same time, I would suggest a 3CCD camera - it is good quality, and not as expensive as HD.

It would really be easier to suggest you something if I knew what you were planning on filming.

However: If super high quality is important (and thus you decide to get an HD camera, which is probably unnecessary), you can upload your videos to YouTube and then embed the video URL onto your site.

You can upload your videos to youtube even if you don't use a high definition camera. I just think that would be the easiest way to get the job done (and done right).

If someone is going to be editing this video using editing software, I would suggest:

-A miniDV camcorder (not the one that records DVDs, or records on an HDD harddrive, but the one that uses the small DV cassette)
-upload your videos to youtube and embed them onto your site
-you will also need the i.link/firewire cable to connect your camcorder to the computer
-make sure you have a computer that has the appropriate jack so that the i.link/firewire cable can connect to your computer (or you can find an adapter).

That should get you ready for making these videos even before your site has launched.

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I recently purchased a secondary HD Camera HDR CX100 , it was $599 at bestbuy, you could possibly find lower price at Amazon. So far looks awesome, very sleek , I can hide in my palms


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