What device/brand do you use for video reviews?

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What device/brand do you use for video reviews?

kck kck
I've been interested in doing video reviews for a while now, but my laptop's built-in webcam picks up a lot of background noise. It also sounds kind of muffled on play-back. I don't have an external webcam anymore, but I wouldn't mind buying one.

So, I'd like to ask those of you who do video reviews, what device and/or what brand do you use to film your video reviews? And if you have a noisy cam like I do, how did you address that problem?

Thanks
07/20/2010
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PassionQT PassionQT
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
I've been interested in doing video reviews for a while now, but my laptop's built-in webcam picks up a lot of background noise. It also sounds kind of muffled on play-back. I don't have an external webcam anymore, but I wouldn't mind ...
I have a JVC Everio camcorder. It's pretty good, not HD or anything, but still decent quality. I think they run for $250-ish.
07/20/2010
Alicia Alicia
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
I've been interested in doing video reviews for a while now, but my laptop's built-in webcam picks up a lot of background noise. It also sounds kind of muffled on play-back. I don't have an external webcam anymore, but I wouldn't mind ...
my built in webcam was picking up background noise at first too. I had to fiddle with the controls on it to get it to sound clear and not all muffled or tinny. It took some working around, and it was pretty frustrating at first, but I finally got it set that it sounds normal.
07/20/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I use my digital camera on its video setting.

I have a $500 camcorder that works for shit indoors and I was getting mad at the bad quality lighting so I tried my regular camera and... Lo! It worked WAY better.
07/20/2010
Rockin' Rockin'
I use the video setting on my digital camera, too. My camera is a Panasonic Lumix LZ8, and I got a small Joby tripod to facilitate a good angle.
07/20/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
I've used the video on my digital camera and the quality was actually better than that of my laptop, the only downside is I think we have to upload the video to youtube, then redownload it to change the format.
07/20/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I tried using my digital camera and I really don't care for the sound quality...I'm going to try and tweak it but I think I'm going to end up buying an external webcam.
07/20/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I've used the video on my digital camera and the quality was actually better than that of my laptop, the only downside is I think we have to upload the video to youtube, then redownload it to change the format.
Yeah, sucks to have to do that because youtube compresses and you then lose quality.

Anyone know any good, free movie editing software that can do multiple formats besides windows movie maker?
07/20/2010
Kayla Kayla
I have acrap version of the Flip Camcorder that came from Kohls for like $30.
07/20/2010
Victoria Victoria
We have a little Canon handy-cam style. Gary uses it mostly for his videos and we love it.
07/20/2010
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
I use my digital camera's video mode. It is really easy to handle and I'm used to using it. I tried using my phillips webcam, but I didn't like how I had to use it in order to keep my face out of the frame.
07/20/2010
kck kck
Thanks for all of the responses, you all!

I'm still waiting for Best Buy to ship me my fixed digital camera. When I finally get it, maybe I'll give it a try.

Alicia, do you know what settings you tweaked?

And Carrie Ann, Avid is a professional movie-editing software. I think that the company offers a free "lite" version of the product, but I can't find it... Anyways, I used it in high school, and it was amazing. If you can find it, I would download it and use it
07/20/2010
Andromeda Andromeda
I use my webcam. You can mess around with the settings to minimize ambient noise, and I generally use a music track so that helps too. I use iMovie (mac) to edit, though, so idk about Windows.
07/20/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
I've been interested in doing video reviews for a while now, but my laptop's built-in webcam picks up a lot of background noise. It also sounds kind of muffled on play-back. I don't have an external webcam anymore, but I wouldn't mind ...
i use my Kodak digital camera.
07/20/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
Yeah, sucks to have to do that because youtube compresses and you then lose quality.

Anyone know any good, free movie editing software that can do multiple formats besides windows movie maker?
I'd be really interested in finding a way around having to youtube it, not only for the ability to keep the original quality, but also because there are some things I just don't really want floating around youtube, even if you have to know me to be able to tell it's me.
07/20/2010
Tuesday Tuesday
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I've used the video on my digital camera and the quality was actually better than that of my laptop, the only downside is I think we have to upload the video to youtube, then redownload it to change the format.
Why do you have to upload to youtube? I use the camera in my laptop. The sound is actually better than when I use my camera. But with either one you can drag the video into Windows Live Movie Maker and start editing.

WLMM is very limited. I'm definitely trying Avid lite if I can find it. And VLC is working on a free movie editor too, but I think its still in beta.
07/21/2010
kck kck
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Originally posted by Tuesday
Why do you have to upload to youtube? I use the camera in my laptop. The sound is actually better than when I use my camera. But with either one you can drag the video into Windows Live Movie Maker and start editing.

WLMM is very limited. ...
Awesome news, Tuesday! VLC is amazing, and I know whatever movie editor they put out will be, too!
07/21/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Tuesday
Why do you have to upload to youtube? I use the camera in my laptop. The sound is actually better than when I use my camera. But with either one you can drag the video into Windows Live Movie Maker and start editing.

WLMM is very limited. ...
The one video I was trying to do I couldn't shoot with my laptop since I was demonstrating a spray and I had to climb all over the bed and wander the room, and I didn't want to worry about having to reshoot the whole thing cuz my face made it in, lol. The digital camera shot even better than the laptop, only trouble is it's apparently a .MOV format and my version of Windows Movie Maker won't load that. So the only way to get around that that I could think of was to upload to youtube, then download the video from youtube in a compatible format
07/21/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I found a couple of video converting software tools on cnet. Not sure if they're any good, but worth looking in to.

link

link

link
07/21/2010
Alicia Alicia
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
Thanks for all of the responses, you all!

I'm still waiting for Best Buy to ship me my fixed digital camera. When I finally get it, maybe I'll give it a try.

Alicia, do you know what settings you tweaked?

And Carrie Ann, ...
What software does your computer use? Mine came with Youcam, so that's what I use and there was settings for balance and sensitivity and bass and all that. My husband actually did the tweaking while I sat as far away as I normally sit and did test runs until we finally got it to come out clear.
07/21/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I found a couple of video converting software tools on cnet. Not sure if they're any good, but worth looking in to.

link

link

link ...
I used the iWisoft and it converted my video that wouldn't load! Yay!
07/21/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I used the iWisoft and it converted my video that wouldn't load! Yay!
Awesome!
07/21/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
Quote:
Originally posted by Tuesday
Why do you have to upload to youtube? I use the camera in my laptop. The sound is actually better than when I use my camera. But with either one you can drag the video into Windows Live Movie Maker and start editing.

WLMM is very limited. ...
Yeah, now that I have Windows 7, only WLMM works with it. The original movie maker was much better.
07/21/2010
kck kck
Quote:
Originally posted by Alicia
What software does your computer use? Mine came with Youcam, so that's what I use and there was settings for balance and sensitivity and bass and all that. My husband actually did the tweaking while I sat as far away as I normally sit and did ...
Yeah, I have Youcam. It was popping up all the time on Skype and interrupting my video chats, so I uninstalled it. I could just as easily re-install it though.
07/21/2010
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