JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Totally confused about choosing a video-recording option!

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On this summer’s Disney trip, I’m planning on doing something new.  I want to make short videos for my clients (and potential clients) to be able to watch to help them with all things Disney World.  Each clip will be a few minutes long and will contain helpful tips and information.  Not only am I hoping to get more clients this way, but I also just want to keep putting myself out there to show my expertise.

But there’s a problem we’re running into: how should we make these recordings?  The quickest/least expensive route is to just use the video feature on our regular digital camera.  The down side is that it will require lots of memory card space and battery life.  Plus, you can actually hear the zooming in and out on the video.

I’ve been looking at the Flip, which is being discontinued, but has been highly reviewed and is the best selling mini camcorder on the market.  I also heard they work really well with iMovie on Macs (which is super important, as we have a Mac.)   My mom has the Kodak Playsport, which she really likes and it gets good reviews.  But I haven’t been able to find anything definitive on how well it works with Mac programs.  Some people I guess are using iPhones or iPod Touches, but we don’t have those and I’ve heard the audio recording on them is still not as good as an actual camera.

So…if ANY of you have any insight into a good (but affordable) video recording option, I’d be so grateful!  And I can’t wait too long, as we go to Disney in June!  🙂

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

4 thoughts on “Totally confused about choosing a video-recording option!

  1. Jen, here’s is Videomaker’s most recent take on camcorders:
    http://www.videomaker.com/article/14882/

    Most of what is available these days is HD. And if you want a cam that will last a long time, that’s what you should get. Most of them also write to removable Flash memory cards.

    As far as Mac compatibility, I don’t think that will be a problem. Most current camcorders write to MPEG-4/H.264, which is handled by iMovie. Plus, you have a new computer. But to be safe, once you’ve decided on a model (or a few) just check online to see if you can find anyone complaining that it isn’t compatible with Macs. If a specific model isn’t, you should be able to find out pretty easily. Check the reviews at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo Video.

    I would get a dedicated video camera to do this if I were you, rather than using your still cam or an iPod. Video cameras are SO small these days!

    • Thanks Jenn. I think Brian is pushing for either just using our digital camera’s video feature or looking at a more expensive one that’s featured in the musician’s catalog we got. I’m kind of teetering between the Flip and the Kodak Playsport – both get great reviews. My mom has the Playsport and really likes it and it’s really not pricey at all.

  2. You may have thought of this already, but since your mom has that camcorder, borrow it and try it out. Shoot a short clip, import it to iMovie, edit it, upload it. Make sure it does everything you want. If it does, then you might as well just get that same model. Why make things more difficult than they have to be? 🙂

    Videomaker also has a Pocket and Mini Cams buyers guide on their site, which gives you some guidelines and things to keep in mind:
    http://www.videomaker.com/article/14909/

    I’d be more hesitant about getting the Flip, since it’s been discontinued.

  3. FYI – we decided on a Zoom Q3HD. It’s specifically made for musicians and records audio exceptionally well. This way we can use it to tape musical performances as well as regular video recording stuff.

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