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Was that a Newtek/Lightwave 3D reference I saw in there? Nice.
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A cursory look seems to indicate that there aren’t really any other 3-CCD cameras in that price range. Panasonic’s next model up, the PV-GS500, does have a mic input, but it floats around $700. Unless you can find it on eBay or something, I doubt you can get it down to your price range. Setting aside the 3-CCD aspect, it should be easy enough to find a single-chip camera with all the same capabilities (and a mic input, naturally. That’s an amazing oversight on Panasonic’s part!) in your price range. Personally, I would trust any camcorder by Canon, Sony, or Panasonic.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2008 on Dear Lazy Web: Video Cameras? at WWdN: In Exile
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Glad to have helped. After reading the follow-up comments, a few points: 1) You mentioned the need to record 120 minutes at a time. The most you’ll get out of miniDV tapes is 90 minutes – and that’s only if the camera has an LP mode (At least some Sony camcorders have an LP mode; not sure about the Panasonic model, however.) 60 minutes is standard on all DV tapes. 2) I can 99.9% guarantee that any miniDV camera will play nice with iMovie. I don’t think there’s a DV camera out there that doesn’t have a firewire connection (at least I’ve never come across one, and I’ve worked with many cameras over the years.) When in doubt, check for a port labeled IEEE-1394, iLink, or Firewire. And be sure to pry up all those damn rubber covers that are deviously flush with the camera body. 3) I think it’s pretty serendipitous that both Dave and I recommended the same camera, but don’t just throw your money down because of our doubled-up recommendation. Make sure to go over the feature list with your own wants and needs in mind.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2008 on Dear Lazy Web: Video Cameras? at WWdN: In Exile
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So many things to mention, so little space to type. If you’re going to go with an HDD- or Flash-based camera, make sure you give thoughtful consideration to the archiving of your footage. With tape-based cameras, it’s easy; your master tape goes on the shelf and you can be reasonably sure that the footage will last for 10 years or longer. The “data” of the other formats is so much easier to lose. Will you be able to archive it, in it’s original form, to cheap optical media (DVD-ROM)? Would it be better to back it up on an external HDD? (And back that drive up because hard drives fail, too?) You never know when you might need to go back to the master recording… This is the single-most important reason I still recommend tape-based cameras. Most DV camcorders (miniDV and digital-8) have better optics than the point-and-shoot, flash-based, still/video camera hybrid things out there. Lenses go a long ways toward the quality of your video. If VIDEO is what you want, get something that’s a VIDEO camera first, and a still camera second. If possible, I’d suggest looking into a 3-chip camera. 3 CCD chips will give you better color separation, resulting in better images, but in all honestly, it may not be something you’d notice without a side-by-side comparison. Panasonic has a 3-CCD model in your price range, the PV-GS320. There are many other important features to look for in a camera (manual controls, microphone/headphone jacks, size of the CCD/CMOS chip, etc.), but without getting more information about your own needs, it’s hard to recommend a specific camcorder.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2008 on Dear Lazy Web: Video Cameras? at WWdN: In Exile
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Kris hints on it above, but here's a tip for taking pictures of the moon: Expose your pictures for full sunlight -- after all, the light up there IS full sunlight. This has the usually undesirable effect of making everything else in your night photo hopelessly dark, but at least in this case, you'd probably only lose that Venusey pin-prick. If you really must have a second subject in with the moon, grab yourself a tripod (or prop up your camera on something) and take two pictures at different exposures. It's easy enough to combine them in Photoshop or The Gimp.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2007 on as a matter of fact, it's all dark at WWdN: In Exile
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Kris hints on it above, but here's a tip for taking pictures of the moon: Expose your pictures for full sunlight -- after all, the light up there IS full sunlight. This has the usually undesirable effect of making everything else in your night photo hopelessly dark, but at least in this case, you'd probably only lose that Venusey pin-prick. If you really must have a second subject in with the moon, grab yourself a tripod (or prop up your camera on something) and take two pictures at different exposures. It's easy enough to combine them in Photoshop or The Gimp. Oh, and it's still a streetlight.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2007 on as a matter of fact, it's all dark at WWdN: In Exile
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Eeeexcellent obscure Simpsons reference. Bravo, sir. Bravo.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2006 on the next generation of gamers at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, Except for the setting (and, well, the fact that I've never been persecuted for the role I played in a major network television sci-fi production), this story could have been about my own discovery of the Sandman comic books. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that many other 30-something geeks feel the same. Glad to hear that all your Sandman books are still bagged and boarded -- mine suffered a more tragic fate. Thanks for the heads up, though. Now to go out and buy The Absolute Sandman...
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2006 on dream country at WWdN: In Exile
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I didn't go with the RKO idea with my RFB logo; I went for the pop culture reference. Must be the Whedon in me. http://www.arlomidgett.com/images/misc/wwdn-rfb.gif
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2006 on Radio Free Burrito Episode 6 at WWdN: In Exile
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