Friday, January 25, 2008

Budget Canon video cameras with microphone input

Although the very useful microphone input on budget cameras has generally disappeared some of the new Canon budget models have a socket included again. This is good news, an external microphone is essential for interviews and other recordings where the sound is important.

Also read our media education and production guide to find out more about video cameras.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Videospin - first experiences

Some first experiences with this freeware: The general interface is very much based on the Pinnacle studio software and easy to use. Videospin has got quite a few limitations:
- there is no device control, so therefore no chance to import video footage from a mini-DV camera
- the video codecs are limited and you need to pay 15 Euro to upgrade for the mpeg 2 and 4 codec (something you would need to import from DVD / memory card / harddisc videocameras and to export to youtube and similiar video portals).
You can still use it to edit still images, avi files. You can put easily subtitles on and overlay it with sound but without all codecs it is too limited. So free but not really free!

Check it out yourself and mail us your experience.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Free Videoediting software from Pinnacle

VideoSpin - a free digital video editing package from Pinnacle is available to download for free. The projects are apparently compatible with Pinnacle studio.
Comments and experience welcome.


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