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I didn't know where else to post this question, so here goes.

I'm going to start looking for a video camera for next year. I don't want to break the bank, but I do want a decent video of my show.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Thanks,

Tom

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A very good video camera is the Flip video camera. I have one and did all the video for my display for 2009 with it. I thought that it worked great and the videos were fine from it. One thing is that it is pretty much a point and shoot camera so you don't have to mess around with settings. Get a good tripod, set it up, and shoot your videos. Nice and easy unless you feel like spending a ton of money and a lot of time trying to get the video right.

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... only trouble is feeding audio in. Any suggestions?

Personally, I use Final Cut on my laptop to add the audio back in after filming is done. I know the same thing is possible with iMovie, which would be my second choice, but I'm sure Windows MovieMaker adds some sort of similar capability.

As long as you have a video file and an audio file to put together, most any consumer video editing software should give you a timeline to sync them up and output.

One more note: if you do it this way make sure you remember to mute the original video - otherwise you're just adding traffic noise to the soundtrack. Hope this helps!

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I have the same question, but my problem is getting everything in the frame. i can only go so far back until I am in the woods. I have a camera now with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 35mm when zoomed all the way out and it does not quite get everything in the shot. I probably need something closer to 30mm. A friend has a JVC point & shoot that I tried and the angle was wide enough, but you could barely see the lights at all. So any recommendations for wide angle shots that will still show the lights well? I'll check the link above as well.

Thanks,

-Keith

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I have the same question, but my problem is getting everything in the frame. i can only go so far back until I am in the woods. I have a camera now with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 35mm when zoomed all the way out and it does not quite get everything in the shot. I probably need something closer to 30mm. A friend has a JVC point & shoot that I tried and the angle was wide enough, but you could barely see the lights at all. So any recommendations for wide angle shots that will still show the lights well? I'll check the link above as well.

Thanks,

-Keith

I would still suggest the Flip Ultra.

You can now add a wide angle lens to the unit http://store.theflip.com/en-us/products/Product.aspx?SKU=A3P0007

Try ebaying the lens to see if it shows up cheaper!

OR

You get buy a cheaper lens and DIY...See video below

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I've used the flip ultra hd and it does a nice job at a lower price point. As other said, just use a tripod and turn it on. I have also used a digital camera in HD movie mode, but had to get the setting right and put into manual focus mode. Even then, the colors from Flip were more accurate.

A common modification done to the flip (which was helpful for me) was to buy a 35-45 dollar sunpak wide angle lens kit from best buy and then super glue on the lens adapter to the flip ... allowing for wider angle shots on the flip ... and for me, it got me 1-2 homes closer to film both homes.

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For the quality and money on sale at Office Max this week for $99.00 you can't go wrong with the Kodak Zi8. I used it in all my video's and the low light ability and HD quality can easily compare with the $1000+ camcorders. The best feature is that it has audio in jac. Just my opinion but see for yourself and check out my video's at www.myoldkentuckychristmas.com

Tim

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Has anyone used the Panasonic HDC-TM80 Digital video camcorder? I've checked out some info at camcorderinfo.com and I am interested in something at this price point. I like my Flip Video but it is pretty limited and the quality of my display videos is lacking. I can look up reviews all day but I would love to hear from someone who has shot videos of their displays and had good results...

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I just wanted to say thanks to Larry for the recommendation! In addition to being a great point and shoot high resolution camera this thing does take nice video. I don't know if they are still offering it but they offered $50 off right after they released this camera and it has to be hands down the nicest camera at this price point I have ever seen.

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i have the Kodak Zi8. Works great in low light, but not a wide enough lens fon it for my display. Probably will put it up for sale for $100 and get the Lumix SZ7, all due to the lens. I hope I will not miss the quality of the Kodak.

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