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Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 07:47 am:   

I've mentioned this in relation to pedestrian crossings, but think its an excellent idea and means for people to draw attention to issues in their community, good and bad. If anyone knows how you can hire a VCR thingy for the day, and how easy it would be to use and to download to the internet, please let me know , as I'd like to try it. Alternatively, how much do these cost to buy?
Joined 26-02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007 - 11:27 am:   

Not sure about hiring one but buying isn't too bad although you do get what you pay for.

A very basic DV tape one (which will give better quality than the hard drive/DVD ones) will start at about 130 and would probably be OK for video diary type things to put online. You'll get a better one with more features for around 250-300. And one with a better sensor (helps with clarity and colour) when you move up again to the 450-600 bracket. There's little point at the moment in going higher again to the high-definition ones since it takes a lot of processing power to edit and most people don't have HD playback facilities.

It's relatively easy to edit and encode video - there are packages on both PCs and Macs to do so - particularly just simple shots. The difficulty comes in getting it online - the size/quality part becomes an issue and video takes up a lot of bandwidth so it can be pricey. If you're happy to make it available to the world, you could put it on YouTube though which would save your costs!

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