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Topic: Video Cameras - Makes and Models
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Nov 28, 2004 06:40PM)
To All That Do...
Which make and model of video camera are you using these days when practicing or recording? I'm curious to know why you use this particular camera as well...i.e. price, speed, ease of use, light requirements...etc.
Message: Posted by: The Cardfather (Dec 13, 2004 07:47PM)
I just went to a thrift store and bought an old, full size VHS camera. It was only $50, the battery was dead but went to Radio Shack and got the plug in adapter for few bucks. The full size tape is convenient for taking out and popping into the VCR every so often to see how you look.
Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Dec 26, 2004 10:31AM)
I use a Panasonic VHSC camera I purchased on sale a few years ago.
It's not digital but it doesn't have to be. We use it for rehearsals
and to tape shows to view afterwards to better ourselves.
Message: Posted by: Mystician (Jan 26, 2005 11:55AM)
If you decide on a web cam, don't skimp. The most common ones are not capable of very high frame rates (often only about 15fps), and this is just not going to give you a very good representation of your performance, including dropped frames at the moment you execute a sleight. The video may not pickup the moment you flashed the palmed coin, or just how sloppily you performed the pass, leading you to believe you are more polished than you really are.
Another thing to look for is the camera sensor type.
[list]Web cams come in two varieties:
[*] CMOS Complimentary MetalOxide Semiconductor
[*] CCD Charge Coupled Device
Now, your typcial camcorder uses a CCD, which offers much higher video quality than CMOS. Web cams of this variety are likely to run you about $90 or so, but that's still much less than a camcorder. Spending $40 on common garden variety CMOS webcam to capture your performance is probably just a waste of $40.
You can no longer judge by resolution alone. It used to be that only CCD cams could do 640x480 (pixels), but lately I've seen CMOS cameras capable of this. There is still a fair discrepancy in overall video quality though.

If you're interested and want to go deeper, I found a good site explaining it all here: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question362.htm

Oh, and has anyone ever tried using mirrors in conjunction with a camera?
Just to get an add'l angle, you could watch the image in the mirror on the tape, it's cheaper than using two cameras.
Message: Posted by: Fredrick (Feb 16, 2005 02:50PM)
On 2004-11-28 19:40, Patrick Differ wrote:
price, speed, ease of use, light requirements...etc.?


The recommendation of a VHS camcorder is the easiest when rehearsing. Shoot the video, pop it out of the camera, and pop it into the VCR. No messing with cables and adaptors. Now the problem is that they are difficult to find. As mentioned, by the Cardfather, you may have to haunt thrift and second hand stores. Maybe pawn shops?

For lighting, clip on spot lights found in hardware stores will give you plenty to light.

~ fredrick