Well I took the leap. I’ve been thinking for awhile about a high definition video camera; just needed the proper nudge. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the technology. By the time you get a new camera out of the box it is already outdated, or so it seems. My first video camera was analog. The year after I bought it everything went digital. I was almost happy when a horse fell on it and smashed it beyond repair. That camera was replaced by my first digital camera which has served me for the last few years; but it has now become a dinosaur with the advent of high definition video cameras. There were some really great sales, almost half price, over this holiday season; and I thought if I was ever going to do it this was the time. The new camera arrived a couple of days ago, and yesterday I took it out for a test drive. I was really hoping for some shots of wildlife, but settled for a static scene just to get some footage recorded. I also have a new editing program to get the hang of.
I set the camera to record at the highest resolution possible. Today I waded through the instructions for the editing program and downloaded the attached video to my computer. I have a 24 inch HD monitor for the PC, and what I am seeing there is fantastic compared to what I am used to. I uploaded this clip to YouTube, and oh boy. I have DSL, but not the high speed version. It took an hour to upload this sort clip. Maybe I need to reduce the resolution some before an upload? The longer videos that I see on YouTube all the time must be uploaded by someone with a very fast connection speed, or they are lower resolution to start with. I’ll do a little more reading on the subject tomorrow, and any advice from people with more experience is welcome. This is a whole new ball game to me.