Monday, August 30, 2010

More Camera Lust via The Nikon D3100

Oh, my goodness. The Nikon D3100 records HD 1080p at 24fps. ISO 32 to 3200. Built-in GPS? Records on SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. $700 out the gate before taxes.

Nikon D3100
From the website these are the video recording modes of this still photo digital camera:

1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
1280 x 720 (25p): 25 fps
1280 x 720 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
640 x 424 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)

Help me. I might have to stop viewing photo and tech review sites for a while. I'm suppose to reduce consumption. Clear my space. Use what I have better before I buy something else.

Hey, wait a minute. Ten minutes maximum recording time?

Eh, really?

Ok. I'm better now. That is not a deal breaker but somehow I've regained a measure of clarity.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

How To Recover Digital Videos Files

What do you do when a video or image has been accidentally erased? Or there has been a camera or software glitch that caused your files to go bye-bye? There is hope.

There are photo and video recovery programs, some free that you can download and use. However you want to select the right program for your skill level, your current needs and the importance of the video or images.

You don't want to jack around with a crappy program that can't do the job and makes your problems worse. Unfortunately there are a lot of skanky software and spammers promoting less than honorable software.

If you are new to downloading software I recommend that you do so only from from safe websites like or Major Geeks.

The Process

Step 1 - Don't record anything else with the card or hard drive until you can recover the files. The Delete function actually removes the file name and identity from view of the operating system. The image or data is still there but rendered invisible.

A basic file recovery program should be able to help you get the videos back. Provided you don't record another video or photo that could overwrite the invisible video file.

Windows users can download and use a free option called Recuva from Piriform, the makers of CCleaner.

Mac users can give try a program called CameraSalvage (not free but the initial scan is, you have to purchase to be able to save files.)

I'll use Recuva as an example but many of the file recovery programs work in the same manor.

Piriform Recuva
Step 2 - Recuva has a novice wizard mode and an advanced more. If you are new to using file recovery software stick with the Recuva wizard. You select the type of file that you want to recover.

Step 3 - You select the location of where you want the program to look for the lost files. This is important; you have to be able to tell the program where to look for the missing videos.

Recuva location screen
Step 4 - If the files are on a card in your digital camcorder you will need to hook up your device to the computer via a USB cable or however you transferred photos to your computer. If they are on your hard drive you can tell it to look in a specific folder or look everywhere for the files.

Searching the entire hard drive can take a long time. Use that option as a last resort.

I strongly and emphatically suggest that if your camcorder has a AC power cord that you make sure it is plugged into your wall socket. If your device gets power from the computer via USB that is ok, just make sure that the device does not lose power or its charge while you are trying to recover the videos.

Step 5 - Recuva will begin to search and restore the missing file information, if it can.

Thank You Screen

Step 6 - If the initial scan doesn't turn up files try the Deep Scan.

Deep Scan Screen

Step 7 - If Recuva can find the deleted files it will display the results in a list. You will see the files, the condition of the files and if the program can recover them.

Recovery Screen
You need to select the file that you want and then save it to a different location.

  • If the files are on a memory card you need to save them to the hard drive or another location, not on the memory card.
  • If the files are on a hard drive AND there is no problem with the hard drive save them to a different file folder, a USB drive or some other storage media.
  • If there is a problem with the hard drive you should store on a USB drive, another memory card or some other media.
Select the file or files you want, click the Recover button in the lower right corner and tell the problem where to save the videos.

What If...

Sometimes there is nothing to recover. The files might be corrupted beyond restoration.

No panic. Deep breath. Start again and open the search for all files on the storage media. If that doesn't work you might have to try another program.

Pandora Recovery might do it for you. Or you might have to go to a commercial option like Binary Biz Virtual Lab Recovery. There are versions for Windows and Mac users.

I have purchased and used this software for hard to get files. Depending on your point of view it can be expensive.

It is free to scan to find out if the files can be recovered but depending on the size of the recovery job it can cost (rounding up) $40, $100, $150, or $250.

For most casual users that isn't in the budget. However, if your job is on the line, the grandparents are demanding the baby photos or it was a once in a lifetime video it could save you a lot of grief.

The good news is that most of the time you can recover digital files. There are exceptions. If there is mechanical damage to the memory card or hard drive the odds are not in your favor. It is possible but it takes a lot more work.

You don't want to know how much professional data recovery costs. Talk about a shock to the system. Let's not go there.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lessons On My Journey

I'm taking a very basic technical writing class. Interesting stuff. In one of the first lessons we talked about the importance of knowing your audiences.

Really knowing them. You have to do research to understand their motivations, likes, cultural perspectives, learning preferences. The whole shebag.

If you are going to present information you have to take that into consideration and adapt that information to what you want to teach or have them understand.

Advertisers call this process creating a brief. Educators create student profiles. Historical writers research for background information before they start the writing process.

So I was thinking about the questions that many we should ask ourselves:
  • Who are you doing the video for?
  • Is video the best way to do this?
  • What do you want folks to know?
  • What do you want them to gain from viewing?
  • How can the video be of service?
  • What is the best way to transmit this information? Is it straight video, combination of video and photos, screencasting or a bit of animation tossed in the mix?
If you want to create videos that serve a purpose, documentary, education or instructive you might have to find a way to duplicate or adapt this process.

It is something to think about.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kodak EasyShare M590 Thinking Through The Color Line

It is a puzzlement. Photo cameras that can record high definition video. Web Camcorders that shoot still photos. So hard to make choices when there are dozens of options.

My Z1285 point and shoot camera did a good job recording 720p video. I didn't expect it could but baby did just fine in fair indoor lighting. It is now my day to day purse camera.

This is the video about the Kodak EasyShare M590. I got a lot to say but check out the video from the KodakTube channel.

The Specs

The camera is slim. You can get the full skivvy at the Kodak M590 product page. This is what I think is the important
  • 5x optical zoom on a camera this thin is amazing. Props to the engineers.
  • Photo shutter speed ranges from 1/2 second to 1/2000 of a second.
  • Records video in the H.264 Mp4 format in 1280x720 HD and 640x480 SD
  • Recording time is 29 minutes at a time up to the capacity of a 4GB card.
  • 64MB of internal memory and the device records on a MicroSD or MicroSDHC card.
  • You can upload to various social media sites, the camera will guide you through the process.
The camera does have optical stabilization. It does have a tripod mount. You will have to use one or the other. Without some kind of stabilization your photos and videos will have the shakes. It isn't possible to naturally hold it as steady as you need to, especially in low light situations.

Using my Z1285 experience you do have a lot of options to choose from to help you get the perfect photo. The kicker is that they are menu based. Turning a dial to ISO 1600 is faster than flipping through a LCD menu.

If you are camera newbie you'll leave it on automatic and you will be happy.

If you know what aperture priority means then you are going to be slowed down as you try to get to the menu item before you potentially lose your shot.

My point is the camera is designed for novice users and those that may have more skill but can accept the point and shoot aspects of the camera. It isn't a DSLR or a camcorder.

It could be a fun vacation or holiday camera that you will actually carry and use. For talking head videos using a tripod it could work. Travel videos, yeah I can see it. There are tasks that this camera can handle if you respect the possibilities and limitations.

The Ramble

I'm a nerd with geek tendencies. I do understand that Kodak is marketing to people that don't care about features. These potential customers just want to press the button and get pixs and video.

I respect that. Really. I support any device that makes it easy for folks to record and tell their stories.

It is just that the focus on the color of the cameras kinda irked me. If I'm spending $200 on a camera I am not going to stew about the color until I decide to buy. For me it is a minor consideration. I generally want cameras/camcorders to be as sedate as possible.

I just want Kodak to know that I feel that probably 4.5 out of of ten women are gonna go ??? about the presentation.

I want to see what it can do, the menu options, easy of operation and actually connecting to the social media sites mentioned, which was demonstrated at the end of the video.

Kodak I know you have a wide range of users, customers and markets. Maybe I was not the intended demographic. I just don't think folks buy cameras because of the color.

Ok, maybe one or two.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Quick Look At Video Tips & Resources

I could use another five hours a day to keep up with the Uber-Resource blogs and web sites. I feel like I am on a treadmill just trying to stay in the loop but the loop keeps expanding.

Ah well, can't have too much info as far as I am concerned. The following are fairly easy to understand posts, tutorials and articles about web video.

At there are dozens of tutorials about social media, web design and creativity. For video you might want to check out:

How To Shoot Your Own Promotional Marketing Video From Start To Finish by Bakari Chavanu.

This isn't about creating those cheezy tricked-up PowerPoint mess I see from time to time. For one thing, an actual camcorder is required.

Another winner is 10 Simple Tips To Make Home Videos Look Professional.

Over at Lifehacker I missed out on this post about a free audio editor that can strip audio from YouTube and other video sources.

Not saying I would use such a thing, unless it was a song that I hadn't heard in umpteen years and they don't play it on the radio. Maybe. Maybe not.

At Lifehacker's sister site Gizmodo it is about the hardware, i.e. camcorders. It can get contentious in the comments. These are passionate folks who barely have a internal filter button but there is much goodness to be found.

I didn't know that there was a new form factor for the Sanyo Xacti that shoots 1080i high def video at 30 frames per second.

Tasty looking it is. Dual mics eh?

Also at Gizmodo keep an eye on the Gadget Deals of the Day. If you have to scratch that techno buying inch try to bring yourself down at Rick Broida's Cheapskate posts over on CNet.

By the time you read about your heart's desire the deal will be over. But you will save money because you didn't have the opportunity to buy anything.

Relax, relate, release.

Friday, August 20, 2010

How I Try To Stay Current - Quick Tips

Web video is constantly changing. I have to be aware of social media concerns, equipment, best practices and make time to actual watch web video. I also have to go to my day job where my Internet connection is limited.

Meaning if I want to keep my job I can't go near the places I want to visit.

So how to I keep up?

I have RSS feeds to almost all of the software and web application blogs and web sites. I keep an eye out for doings in the graphics/visual design communities and those in informational design.

The websites listed on the right are resources and Video WTF is a place to ask questions and not get razzed. Ask anything about video creation or production and somebody will get an answer to you.

Currently I have a year subscription to MediaBistro's On Demand videos that cover a variety of topics such as writing, social media, media business and web video.

I purchase VideoMaker magazine at the newsstand and check out the website.

I have been reading the magazine on and off for years. One thing that the magazine and website has been willing to do is find new ways of presenting information and delivering it to their readers.There are tutorial video and webinars that I might be interested in purchasing or subscribing.

Lemme see, oh yes - I cruise by photography, DSLR video and media makers web sites and blogs. There is a lot of interrelated information and concepts.

The educational community has their own perspectives of web video. Marketing folks certainly have a lot to say so I gotta check those blogs out.

These are a few of the places where I gleam a little or learn a lot. There are more resources but my point is that I try to visit a diversity of places.

I don't worry about amateur, prosumer or traditional media designations. I find what I need and pass it on to those that might be interested.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

VeriCorder and 1st Video Application for iPhones

I'm feeling woozy. I feel like it is buying time again. I do need a Smartphone with video capabilities but I just can't justify buying an iPhone/iTouch.

The apps however are making me wavier. VeriCorder is a company from Canada that makes journalist friendly application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

At this point I'm just window shopping. I haven't touched any of their products and since I'm on equipment buying lock down for a few more months I can't even think about it.

Still, there are audio tools, podcasting software, video editing software. Yet I am being called over to check out 1st Video Net. This is a mobile video editing software for your iThingy.

This is a demo video from the company:

Fanning myself. It must be from the heat. Can I just say that once upon a time I had to cut Super 8 film with razor blades and rubber cement. This is much, much better.

Before you Mac folks jump all over me, I know that there are many apps that edit video on iPhone/iTouch devices. This app is targeted to working journalists but there are folks in education and other fields that would be equally as interested.

There is a version of 1stVideo for journalists that connects with the newsroom. That application version is $300 per year per unit. Not sure about the HD situation. In one part of the brochure it said yes and in the pricing sheet it mentions standard definition.

There is also a consumer version for the DIY/CJ out in the real world. That version is standard definition. 640x480 in the format. The consumer version is $9.99 for the whole shebang.

All I can say is Android, Android, Android. Er, I mean I support the true spirit of creativity and capitalistic competition.

I am device and OS agnostic. Or hope to be some day.

Other Posts Of Interests 

  • Quick and Easy Story Board or Planning is Good
  • Dan O Songs Free Music for Videos and Blogs
  • More Posts on Mobile Video Concerns

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    Quick Look at Videoblogs and Web Video on

    Steve Garfield, a long time videoblogger and author of Get Seen: Online Video Secrets, is moving his Ning community over to Facebook. Ning is closing down all of the formerly free community pages so many folks are re-camping to new locations.

    Which got me to thinking. One of my challenges is to continue to discover new work and participants but sometimes it is not as easy as I need it to be. Are there active videobloggers or good examples of using video posted on the open sections of Facebook?

    Another hurdle is trying not to type the F-word. I couldn't find a internal search function so I used a search engine instead to peep inside. is a videoblog by Thomas Arie Setiawan and Teguh Dwi Harton. The purpose of the vlog is to document and record life in Indonesia. It is a relatively new blog but the fellas seem to be doing the right things. I don't speak the language but I'm glad to know more documentary and local content is being produced around the world. Check out their site or the Dadio page.

    Les Stroud technically isn't a videoblogger but he is a survival/fitness video one man band. He uses his page The Real Les Stroud as a way to stay in contact with his fans and to pipe them over to his main site.

    Drew Parker is a musician who also uses his page as a promotional and informational contact with fans and those that stumble in. Good use of video that is actually embedded in the page to give folks an opportunity to see him perform. You can also visit Drew's main site if you want to purchase his music.

    Ok, this was just a quickie. There are thousands more for me to check out. My additional challenge is that I don't speak near enough languages.

    I'll do what I can and that is half the fun.

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    YouTube Search Options - Making it Easier to Find Videos

    I noticed that the search options were recently expanded on YouTube. You now have more search choices when it comes to finding videos.

    Search Options Filters
    You can now sort by upload date, view count, and ratings. You can also search by categories, duration or specific features like captions, HD or mobile content.

    For those that upload video to the service it is more important that you tag your videos and provide as much information as necessary.

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    SDCopy for Changing MOD Videos to MPG Videos

    For those of us that have certain types of camcorders from Canon, Panasonic and JVC you know that there is a MOD file and a MOI file. Many of use have copied the MOD file and use a video conversion program to create a video file acceptable to our video editing program.

    After I got the comment from Chris at JVC I got to thinking. Maybe I am locked into how I convert MOD videos because of when I started. Back in the day it was rough. Help was hard to find. I tried the software that came with my JVC Everio but I could not work with it, it was like typing with boxing gloves.

    My current process is:
    1. Record the video.
    2. Convert it with MPEG Streamclip to an .avi format.
    3. Choose the appropriate video editing software and edit.
    4. Render in the right codec/format for the video host and upload.
    Anything that can help me drop a step in the process is welcomed.

    Don't get me wrong, MPEG Streamclip has been very helpful. I can transfer just the bit of video I want and I can do batch conversions. The problem is that .avi files are huge. Most times the .avi copy video is 1GB or more.

    That eats up hard drive space and I have duplicate video files. Yikes!

    SD Copy

    I want to simplify. I need to simplify. My hard drive is begging me to find better solutions.

    For years I've heard about renaming the MOD video file extension to MPG. I did try that but when I imported the widescreen video it was squished, no audio or otherwise unusable.

    I knew about SDCopy but I thought that all it did was renaming the file. Nope, it does a bit more. It taps into the MOI to get info plus you can set the 16:9 flag so that it makes a copy of the widescreen video correctly.

    04/17/2012 Update: Our hero Sektionschef seems to be back at the his prior download link per at January 2012 posting at CNet. If that doesn't work you can still find a function zip download at Paul McGrath's page.

    You'll need to right click the link and then save it to your hard drive. As always, make sure that you have updated your anti-spyware and anti-virus on your computer before you download anything.

    You have options:
    • If you want to overwrite the original video file you can do so. (Please don't do this, archive the original MOD file to a DVD.)
    • You can create a copy of the MOD to MPG
    • You can modify the settings, if you are comfortable editing .ini files to further customize the software.

    On my external terabyte drive I've created a source folder and a target folder. This is important. If you don't have a destination folder then SDCopy will overwrite your original video files.

    You really don't want that to happen. You work from a digital copy and protect the original.

    You can add a name but the copied file will have a time based name if you don't. You can do a bunch of files or just one video. For those that record in 16:9 make sure you tick the 16:9 flag.

    Click the start button and boom, you have editable video files. It took less than three seconds with 10 videos at 202MB. I also tested with larger videos over 750MB and over.

    Greased lightning couldn't move faster. Now for the acid test: Importing the video and exporting for upload.
    • Apple QuickTime Pro with MPEG add-on, Import yes but interlacing visible on screen.
    • Corel Video Studio X3, Import yes, desired export problematic. If I wanted to save as anything other than a .mpg video I had to customize due to the video dimensions.
    • Serif Movie Plus X3, Yes!
    • Magix Edit Pro 16 Plus HD Yes!
    • Windows Live Movie Maker, Yes!
    • Windows Movie Maker for XP/Vista, Yes!
    I am a happy camper. Much love and kisses to Sektionschef who really needs to have a permanent location on the Internet. Seriously, this has shaved about an 15 minutes to an hour per video conversion time. Time to re-organized my work flow and project folders.

    Dude, get yourself a blog or something. People want to thank your directly and the spammers are trying to sully your most esteemed name.

    Sunday, August 15, 2010

    Three Ideas That Can Help Your Web Videos

    These are not commandments or rules. More like if you do these things your video will be on the plus side of being watchable.

    How Long Should Your Video Be?

    I have seen nine minute videos that should have stopped at three minutes. There other other videos that I've watched three times in a row because they were so good, the length did not matter.

    For talking head videos know what you want to say, the point you want your viewers to take away and perhaps a quick summary of the overall point you are trying to make.

    Or Not.

    Because for some talking head videos the person is engaging. I don't want to stop that kind of narrative flow. What I am saying is if you are not a naturally gifted speaker, which is 95% of us, lean toward the shorter video.
    • Three to five minutes ought to do it for most narrative videos.
    • Five to eight minutes if you are demonstrating or showing how to use a product or software.
    • More than that? Make another video.

    Good Audio Matters - Really.

    The built-in microphones on camcorders are acceptable but the cheaper models will pick up the mechanical sounds of the camcorders. If you can use an external microphone.

    If that is not an option pick up an inexpensive USB digital recorder as a back up audio source and then replace the audio track.

    Many digital recorders have audio in the .wav or .mp3 format so it shouldn't be a problem to flip the audio. Before purchasing a digital recorder check your video editing program to see if you can mute the original sound and have a second audio track for other audio.

    If you are a semi-pro, musician or journalist you have to take a look at the Zoom Q3, excellent audio but standard definition video. I'm still on the look out for that perfect camcorder with excellent video and audio but until then do the best you can.

    Ease Up on Special Effects

    A good story or visuals don't need special effects to jazz it up. Cuts, fades and dissolves in moderation will do fine. Special effects do not make a bad video better.

    Keep in mind the audience. Many of them will be viewing video on mobile devices. Some of your viewers are on 3G/4G phones and others on Wi-Fi mobile devices like the iPad/iPhone.

    The bandwidth is choking as I type. Even us desk jockeys have problems with complex special effects. Moderation is good. You want viewers to want more from you, not less.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Cello Journey - Another Use of Web Video

    I was looking for a new podcast to download on my device when I found this blog. I think it just reinforces my belief that we do not have to replicate what is on broadcast or cable television.

    Niche content that appeals to a passionate group or community is the new frontier. It is time we stop having a block buster mentality when it comes to viewers. The blog is called Cello Journey.

    For musicians and lovers of classical music this is a beautifully executed idea.

    I also like that they have the video listed on Zune, iTunes and YouTube. There are CD tracks for sale in the sidebar or if visitors want to donate they can. I love that it is visible yet subtle.

    The blog hasn't been updated recently but what is present is timeless. I enjoyed listening to the music and viewing the site.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    A Simple Workflow - Preparing the Videos

    I have got videos that I want to share. As my vacation counts down I have to be honest, I don't want to sit and fumble about uploading videos. I need to streamline the process.

    Here is what I want to do:
    • Show clips of some of the BlogHer sessions, perhaps a five minute or less clip of a point made in the session.
    • One clip that gives a sense of the overall event.
    • One clip that shows walking around New York City. Not to sure about that one because I was so busy actually looking at the architecture and environment I didn't necessarily remember to whip out the camera. Yeah, I like New York. Wouldn't want to live there but rock solid as multi-dimensional tourist location.
    I have videos in two different formats. One group of video was shot by my Kodak Z1285. I didn't think it could go the distance but it did really well in a low light situation. The videos record in the .mov format and that saves me a lot of time.

    BlogHer Civil Discourse Session
    I don't have to convert the video, I can just bring it into a video editing program. Those will get worked on first.

    The other video format is the .mod format from my JVC Everio Hard Drive Camcorder. The actual format is .mpeg2. It is a standard definition camcorder but can record in a widescreen mode. For folks sitting around talking it is enough.

    My choices are to convert the videos to .avi or take a chance that the newer updated versions of Corel Video Studio or Magix Movie Edit Pro 16 can accept and render the video properly.

    Ok, that is the game plan. I have today and bits of the rest of the week.

    Other Posts of Interest

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Google TV - The Device and the Features

    A few months back Google introduced Google TV. There will be Sony television sets that will be able to work with the software and connection boxes to support the new platform of video distribution.

    Here is an introductory video from Google:

    Google TV is working on partnerships with various content distributors and providers. Many of the existing channels and networks will display just fine on a Google TV. The kicker is that it will also stream web video content.

    This is the juice we need to pay attention to: viewers will be able to search for specific videos and internet content from their television set.

    You want sustainability videos? You'll perform the same search that you used on your computer screen. You will be able to bookmark them and view those videos when you want. HTML 5 or Flash video, it won't matter.

    Make no mistake, the broadcast, cable and other providers are not about to let an opportunity go by to lock in viewers or make it easy to find their content.

    You shouldn't ether. I see this as another opportunity for user generated content and niche producers to keep on swinging. Honestly, there are people that are repelled by base level reality television and want, no, need something more.

    One of the bigger problems was letting folks know you have content. If Google TV can make it easier for folks to find good work then yeah, I'm in.

    Having said that I do remember Apple TV and the other attempts to use television as a web distribution and media device. I ain't plunking down cash money until I see and believe the device works as intended, is safe and is truly multifunctional.

    In the interest of full disclosure I haven't turned on my television in almost a year. I don't like crap TV. I do watch a lot of web video but I do view user generated, educational, alternative and animation videos.

    If Google TV can make it easier to find what I want it is all good.

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    Book Review - How To Make Money With YouTube

    Good books about web video are very hard to find. I generally don't read the so-called "make money on web video" books because there is a lot of cruff, crud and pure bunkum written by people that have only one driving interest in their hearts.

    A transfer of money from your wallet to their wallet. There are people who will write anything for money. I don't trust those people. Yes, I am picky. And cautious. At BlogHer 10 I purchased a copy of How to Make Money with YouTube, published by McGraw Hill Professional.

    The authors, Brad and Debra Schepp, passed my initial screening of a web video guide book. The selling points for me were:

    • They interviewed actual YouTube users who are profiting from their videos.
    • The book talks about planning, research and process, as in are you sure you understand what you are about to get into?
    • The advice on marketing is realistic, not a perpetual cheering section that promises untold wealth if you SEO in just the right way.

    Let me tell you that this is not a technical book. I would say that this is more for the person who has a skill, product and creativity that web video could help support and promote. It is an introduction to the methods that other YouTube users have employed to profit from producing videos.

    The bottom line, it takes a lot of work.

    The book was written in 2009 so there are some sections that are out dated such as the 640x480 upload format and 10 minute restrictions.

    I would check with on-line book vendors to obtain a price reduction on the cover price. Those of you that have Kindles will save money on the original cover price.

    For an overview of web video and as an accessible guide to understanding concepts of YouTube for profit I give it a thumb up.

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    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    What I Forgot to Tell You

    I'm in New York. Totally digging it. I had a doggy connection but it is better now.

    Here is what I forgot to tell you. Make sue you pre-pack your stuff then night before a trip. Otherwise the camera you thought you were taking goes into hiding.

    Couldn't find the camcorder. Did find the JVC Everio and the power cord. Not the battery.

    Part of the morning was spent keeping an eye out for electronic stores. Didn't find one with the battery.

    Oh, be very careful about the NY photo stores. Prices look low in the window, too low. They will sell the camera but jack you over the other items in the box.

    When traveling stick with the chains and the known reputable stores.

    Time to take the Z1285 for a walk.

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Uploading Video Via YouTube on Mobile Devices

    Not everyone is going to use a camcorder to record video. Smartphones and web connected media devices now allow users to record, edit and upload videos.

    If you are a YouTube member this is what you have to do to upload a video. Take the last portion of the video seriously. You need to know how much you are going to be charged by you mobile provider to upload the video.

    If you exceed your data plan this could cost you more than you thought it should.

    Monday, August 2, 2010

    Making Video on Vacation - Pre-Preparation Helps

    I'll be taking a trip in a few days. From experience I do know that I don't want to lug a lot of stuff. Now is the time for me to finalize what I want to do and what I'll need.

    What Do I Want:

    • To travel light and not run the risk of losing something.
    • To shoot video and photos
    • To upload a bit of stuff but not to be trapped in a hotel room doing it.
    • Have fun.
    What Have I Got?

    My Ubuntu Remix notebook computer. Leaving the PC laptop home this time. I have installed a Linux based program called Open Shot Video Editor. This is an intro video by CarlicusLinux that demos the software.

    It can edit .avi videos. That is the good news. The bad news is that my Kodak Z1285 still camera that records 720p high definition video saves in .mov format. My Canon FS200 records in MPEG-2 using a .mod extension. Not sure that it can handle those formats so I need to check it out before I go.

    Here is How I Can Make It Work

    One idea is to go commando and just upload short videos w/o editing. I do like to put my blog title on my videos but it isn't absolutely necessary. I can do that for the .mov videos. Not really going to work for the .mod files.

    Well, maybe if I re-name the extension to .mpg but still, that could be a honking huge file.

    A few days ago I wrote about the Danisoft Online Video Converter. There are other web application video converters as well.

    I'm thinking I shoot a video up for conversion to .avi and then bring it back down for minor editing and then upload. Now because I know that .avi files can be honking huge I'd have to limit myself to very short videos. No more than two or three minutes.

    This might be doable. Worse case scenario, I bring everything home.

    Other things I'm keeping in mind:

    I'm bringing a small lightweight tripod because I will be recording in presentation/demonstration settings. Indoors tripods are great but outdoors, unless they are really small they can be a pain to carry.

    If you have optical image stabilization on your camcorder and you are moving then use it. If you have a tripod and are recording remember to turn it off.

    I have a web based e-mail application that I use for travel communications. I don't want to download any cooties or nasties. I don't want to make my primary e-mail account vulnerable to mischief, trolls or the icks.

    I am going to a convention with 2,500 tech savvy women. I know for a fact that BlogHers have made hotel IT people weep. There will be serious demands of bandwidth. Tweeting, uploading to Flickr, YouTube and thousands of blogs.

    If the hotel has listened then this should not be a problem. If the hotel has not listened or learned from the bones of those that came before then there might not be Wi-Fi or wired Internet access.

    It has happened. In that case, I'll go with the flow.

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