I decided that besides the new laptop I am now writing this post on (thanks to all that donated or bought items on Ebay) it was time to get a video camera. I have been thinking about doing video as well as writing for ever. The idea to do video was already introduced when this blog was still madberry.org, I figured it was time to stop talking about it and just do it.
So I went online and after ordering my Thinkpad Edge 14 AMD edition, I surfed to Ebay.com and bought a refurbished (no there is nothing wrong with buying factory certified refurbished items) Kodak Zi8 and a Toshiba 16GB SDHC Class 4 card. The Zi8 does have 128MB internal memory which is good for nothing because you can record 6 seconds of 1080p video.
For now the idea is to use the camera to do video reviews of hardware. I get a lot of hardware in every month and video reviews are a great way to extend writing reviews for Bright Hub. I haven’t got any plans to do any video blogging or vlogging as that is now often called, but I don’t say never to anything so this is no exception. For right now I need to get the editing of the creating video graphics to use and figuring out if I really want to use Youtube for video distribution. There are other options to Youtube like blip.tv for instance, but Youtube does have a lot of users.
While writing this is decided to check in with blip.tv again and they now seem to have aggregated all of the audience options into one. I will have to put it on my list to check out further.
The first thing to figure out is what editing software to use. I think that it will be between Cinelerra and Kino, with Cinelerra as a slight winner. The big deal breaker will be how easy is it to edit, then again I might also find something totally different to use.