Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Proof that you don't need good equipment to shoot bad video

I'm trying to do some more audio and video production for Download Squad. I've got the podcasting thing down. And I recently stumbled across Screencast-O-Matic, a web-based video screen capture service that makes it really easy to demonstrate software, save a video and upload it to YouTube or another service to share with your readers.

But it'd be nice to have a decent video camera for conducting interviews or recording pretty much anything that's not playing on my computer screen at the moment. As one of my colleagues reminded me recently, most digital cameras include the limited ability to shoot some video.

When I first got my Canon A60 Powershot a few years back, it came with something like a 16MB card, which I eventually expanded to 256MB. For a 2 megapixel camera, that's been plenty. But while 16MB wasn't really enough to shoot more than a few seconds of video, it turns out I can pretty easily do short videos with my larger card.

They're shaky. They're dark. Overall, they just don't look that good. But they are moving pictures. And considering I have no aspirations of becoming a videographer in the next few years, it makes a lot more sense to shoot the occasional video with this camera than to buy a video camera that I'll hardly ever use.

Anyway, here's a little video I shot the other night of my cat Laney playing with her favorite toy.

You can see more of Laney's antics at her blog.

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