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Video camera advice?

So, I've been using my ancient camera to film craft videos for a while now, but I'm hoping to invest in something better - but I'm not sure what. I was hoping to invest in a DSLR that shoots video, but since my budget is pretty tight, I'm thinking of cutting my losses and getting a low-end camcorder. Does anyone have any advice for me in this regard? I'm hoping to get something in the region of $200 or less (student budgets are tough), but that films good quality video of relatively small things, such as small DIY projects. A local tech store has the Canon LEGRIA HF-R36 on special, so I was thinking of trying that, but I don't really want to rush into this.

Question by LD_P    |  last reply

Video camera pedestal

I want to know how these camera pedestals work, see example here: Has anyone tried to build something similar? What I would like to achieve, is simply a tripod system where the camera can stay level at the height I choose, and it should be easy to change the height without loking the center column. Is this a very hard thing to do?

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My video camera

Hey, I have an old Sony DCR-PC5 video camera, and I want to start using it again, but i'm not sure how, if i can, to get stuff onto the computer. It can take both a memory card, or a small cassette. I'm not sure how to set it to record onto the memory card, but the only one I have is just 32mb. There is a cord that will plug into the "Digital I/O" port, and then into the Serial Communications Port on the computer. Any ideas on how to get stuff onto the computer?

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Streaming video

So I bought a hidden camera off eBay, and it's a total joke. The receiver is decent, but the camera itself, not so much. It is connected to a 9 volt battery, and the only way to have the battery last longer than 3 hours is to attach multiple batteries in a parallel circuit. I was wondering if there was a way I could, using the camera, record the video directly like using a video camera. The camera is small which is good, but I need a better way to record video. Thanks in advance.

Topic by Blogger545  

low light video

I need to wirelessly video a seance in low light and remotely view what the camera captures as it is happening. Web cam? GoPro? Android Galaxy III? How could I view the digital video remotely? Laptop? Another phone? Thanks for ideas.  Ourladyofquacamole

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Video issue

I have a tape run Sony video camera. Meaning it still uses cassette tapes. Is there any A/V to Usb cables out on the market. I know I can use a tuner card but they are too expensive. I need to convert an A/V input to a digital format. Anyone??? HELLO!!!!

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Video "out" recording? Answered

On certain cameras, DVD players, VCR players it has the red, yellow and white "out", if I were to have a spy camera with the yellow and white "out" how would I record that in the space of a largish pocket? Kipkay's Instructable features the exact same style of camera (go here is of my one, not my picture though (sorry). Red is for power.

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Making a Flip video camera into a video player...? Answered

Ok, I was looking at this camera I just got (Flip Video Ultra) and I thought, "Gee, I wonder if I can play videos from my computer on it?" I got a converter (Mpeg Streamclip) and got it to convert to a .AVI file. It worked (after a quick name change... Who woulda thunk changing the name to VID0000# would work?)! Sort of...A few problems:1. video quality is iffy. It looks all... I don't know the term, but I'm going with random colors.2. no soundAny suggestions?(P.S. There is some footage I took with my other Flip camera. I'll post it in a bit...)Here is the "stream info" of footage I took using the camera. It could help:Path: /Volumes/FLIPVIDEO/DCIM/100VIDEO/VID00001.AVIDuration: 0:00:20Data Size: 6.63 MBBit Rate: 2.65 MbpsVideo Tracks:Generic MPEG-4, 640x480, 30 fps, 2.59 MbpsAudio Tracks:MS ADPCM mono, 16 kHz, 64 kbpsStream Files:VID00001.AVI (6.63 MB)

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camera memory

If I were to take one of those tiny camcorders that just has a mono sound out and a video out (yellow plug on tv's), is there a schematic that I can use to record them to something like an sd card?

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Cellphone camera into working camera? Answered

Well i just took apart this cellphone and i found a camera. i want to use the camera but i dont know how to hook it up to video outputs. if the is anyway to make it work plz tell me below are the pictures

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Camera Suggestion

I do ALOT of youtube videos, but I also need still good quality still pictures and my camera just died. I have a budget of around $400.00 and need something that takes HD video I would like something that either has an external mic jack or takes good audio, my subscribers complain of a high pitched whistle in my current videos (I cannot hear it) It would also be nice if it could be set up to stream directly to a computer, as I would like to record classes, and some of them are 8-12 hours. If the Contour +2 took still pictures I would compromise on the picture aspect because I shoot a lot of outdoor action stuff, and a waterproof helmet cam would be nice.  Right now I use a Nikon S8000, and liked it, but it just wasn't durable (plus the sound issues) I know I am asking a lot, and will have to compromise something, but I cannot go over $400-$500 budget. Please recommend something you think would work

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camera hard drive

I have an old vhs tape camera, but I don't want to record to a vhs tape. What I want to do is install a hard drive into it, and have it record to that. Any ideas?

Topic by gimmelotsarobots    |  last reply

what video camera should i choose?

I've been looking for good a digital video camera but i don't want to spend much more than $220.00 on it, i've been looking at the aiptek 1080p but i'm not shure about it so if you have any suggestions please help. (by the way i want to be able to veiw the video on the camera after i shoot it and be able to put some videos on youtube.) thanks

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Motorcycle Camera

Hi, I purchased a Honda Goldwing and with all the accidents and what not, I want to get a camera that will mount on the bike so if something happens I have a video of it. I don't know anything about them and I would like to be somewhat thrifty in price. Any Ideas? Thanks

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Wireless camera?

I was wondering if there is a wireless camera you can make, get or buy. i want to make a wireless robot that will drive around and transmit video to my computer wirelessly. please help i wonder if there is a way to like convert a cheap webcam to a wireless one.

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How to put a fish eye lens on a JVC Everio GZ-HM35?

I would like to put a fish eye lens on my JVC Everio GZ-HM35. This camera does not have threads on the lens. I need a step up ring, but I do not know what size to buy, I would like it to adapt to 37 mm thread space. Also if advice on fish eye lenses for action shots and sports, feel free to comment! Thanks for the help!

Question by shotgunshane  

Turn camera view finder into rc in?

Is there a way to take a viewfinder from an old camera and turn it into a monitor with RCA in? I have a dvd player that  I use to play music off a usb stick and I don't want to have to have a large tv hooked up to it.

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High speed digital video camera

I'm looking for high speed digital video camera in price about 5000$. Witch can recording movie in full HD with over 1000fps. Do you know any stores where can I buy something like this. Thanks for help, Pirotech

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Video Editing Software

Hey everyone....I recently acquired a digital video camera and am looking for software to capture and edit. I don't need something like FinalCut - it just needs to be able to grab stuff off my camera and have basic editing capabilities. Any recommendations on something sub $50.Normally, I'd just use windows movie maker :P Unfortunately, its acting up (can't view any previews) and reformatting is not an option at the moment :P

Topic by trebuchet03    |  last reply

Digital Camera

My Pentax Optio M80 has recently stopped working. So I am looking into buying a new camera.Does any one have any recommendations for a Camera That would mainly be used for:Taking some video for media techand taking pictures I am going to use it mainly for making movies for school but it would also be nice if the camera could take decent pictures.i have a price range from $100 to about $250 ,and i might be able to go above that but not by any cameras you would recommend or to stay away from.

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Can I Repair These Video Cameras!

I've got a Magnavox Video Escort and a JVC Compact VHS. Both cameras are dumpster finds. Neither work and I'm wondering if anyone can suggest tests/repairs or whatnot to get them to work. I realize these cameras were tossed because they don't work but sometimes things get thrown away because the owners don't want to take the time to find out WHY they don't work. The Escort is utterly inert. I haven't got a way to recharge the battery, assuming that it would if I did and an adaptor I know works has no effect on this camera. The JVC works but the view finder remains black.

Topic by 2lazy2work2nervous2steal    |  last reply

CrowCam - Video camera taped to a crow

I was reading an article on attaching cameras to wildlife (Clipped to a Shark's Fin, Collared to a Bear or Attached to a Crow's Tail, Wildlife Cameras Come of Age in BioPhotonics) that mentioned cameras light enough to adhere to birds, specifically crows.Check out this video of a crow flying, foraging, and using tools all from a tailfeather-perspective: me know if you find an embedded version)The work was done by a group at the University of Oxford and published in Science late last year:Video Cameras on Wild BirdsThere's also a nice NPR piece on the subject here:Crow Cam Captures Creative Behavior in the WildI find crows to be one of the most interesting urban animals, and I love how this video lets me voyeuristically peer in on their antics. Which animals would you watch?

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Call for videos!

Aka How to receive feedback, get featured, and be awarded internet fame + more!I know it's been a minute since I've put a post like this in the forums, so allow me to (re?)introduce myself.Hai!I'm audreyObscura. I love making stuff, playing with cameras, petting dogs, and eating pizza. I've worked here at Instructables since 2012 doing a little bit of everything, and I solemnly swear that the best thing about working here is getting to learn something new every day from amazing community members like YOU!These days, a good chunk of my time is spent queuing our posts on social media platforms and boosting Instructables authors that use Twitter and Facebook to share their projects. (And finding the perfect gif to reply to Twitter threads, I'm very good at it - try me.)I'd love to start featuring more videos and gifs on our channels, but need a little help from the community. We are looking for media to help give YOUR INSTRUCTABLES a boost on our social media feed! What we'd like to receive:Great, high quality, short-form videos (under 1 minute) GIFs! Under 3MB preferred (bonus points for perfect loops)Examples: What we don't want to receive: YouTube URLsProjects hosted outside of What you'll get out of it:Momentary internet fame and all the warm and fuzzies that come along with community recognition!An Instructables Author Thank You pack in the mail which includes our super sweet Robot Stickers, an idea notebook, pencils, and a super fun enamel pin!Feedback! We want to work with you and coach you through making great feature-worthy content. If you share something that isn't quite up to our snuff to post to our channels, have no fear, we'll still send you a little gift AND let you know HOW you can improve your content!If you go above and beyond, maybe we'll send you something extra too, so impress us! Send your vids to this email address!Have you already posted an Instructable with a great demo video or explainer gif? Drop us a link in the comment section below and we'll review your project to see if it's a good fit for our social media feed!Lastly, I wanted to leave this post with some inspiration and some skill building tips to get started. Hope these help: How to make a gif How to turn movie clip into a gifPlease comment below with any questions you may have, and I can't wait to see what you share.Thanks!-Audrey

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What should i do with my keychain camera?

My rc heli can't carry it so what else can i do to make cool videos?

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Question: I need to download a video from my camera, I need a little help...

Ok, some info: I have an |HP Photosmart M537. It takes both stills and movies. My Photosmart program says it looks for both, but it can only find the stills on the camera. When I plug it in, I can't even find the device on the My Computer tree. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get the movie off the camera? Downloads are accomplished via USB port and cable. Thanks in advance. Update !An update of my software and drivers seems to have cured the problem: Thanks again Nacho !

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How do you set up a live feed of a speaker to broadcast to a screen at a conference?

I have the camera and screen? What else do I need? Mixer, Cables?I want to be able to tape the speaker and have it broadcast to a bigger screen for the participants.

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Anyone know a good Camcorder?

I'm looking for a decent HD camcorder, for mostly tripod use. I want something I can put in my bag though. I'm not particularly interested in 'flip' camcorders though. Thanks! P.S. if anyone's selling, let me know

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Here's the CHALLENGE

Most of the mechanical stuff I dream up I can put together. I plan on submitting an Instructable in about 3 or 4 months. But I'm not so great electrically. So of course one of the things that I'd like to do, but find to be insurmountable is an Instructable for a digital camera that will monitor the exterior surroundings of my car for as close to 360 degrees as possible while I drive and while I'm parked AND be concealed AND be able to record all of the events for 24 hours. I'm sure someone out there would know how to do this.

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How to build a strongbox for a video camera?

I guess that is what I want to build. I basically need a box to hold a camera and a GPS that can also withstand a lot of damage. It would probably be a lot like the rigs they use to send cameras up with weather balloons.  Any recommendations for materials? I can build it well enough, however, I don't know what can take damage and protect the electronics at the same time.

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8mm Tape Video Camera to Computer

I'm kind of a digital kinda guy. I've lost touch with the ways of the oldschool. I video tape and produce skateboard video's in my spare time. I normally used a high end digital camcorder which makes the jump to the comp for production the norm. I recently had to use an old 8mm tape camera due to a lens that was needed that I didn't have on me during a street skate. whats the easiest cheapest way to get it from the 8mm tape in the camcorder to my comp?

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Cheep High speed video camera Answered

I am a science teacher that needs a "cheep" high speed video camera for a project we do as part of our forces and motion unit.  The students build carts out of paper and straws, then race them down an incline.  I videotape them and then analyze the video and the students determine the speed of their cars. (see video here: As you can see from the video, the slow motion video is very blurry.  the frame rate is okay (they are only traveling at 2-4 meters per second, which means about 8-12cm per frame, perfect for the save we are using)., but the initial position and final position is just an estimate due to the blurry car. Maybe I am not using the right terms, I do not know a lot about film/photography, but i need the individual shots to be clearer. I currently use a Flip video camera, which is good because it is super easy to download the videos for student anaysis. What kind of camera will suit my purposes, without spending more than $400? Thanks, Covo

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AAA batteries for a digital video camera?

Hi folks. We were recently given a digital video camera that takes three AAA batteries. It's not the worlds greatest camera as you can imagine but it would be fun for our grandchildren to use in the summertime in the garden or possibly for the odd project. The problem is that as I'm not yet a millionaire I prefer to use rechargeable batteries, the ones we have are quite adequate for the jobs we have needed them for up to now but this camera eats them for breakfast taking them from a full charge to flat as a pancake in a matter of ten minutes or so. I'm the first to admit that when it comes to all things electronic I'm a complete dunce so without getting into the technical ins & outs of power drainage & how many amps live in an ohm or however it goes can anyone suggest a supplier in the UK where I can get batteries that are up to the job? I don't expect them to last all day long but rather longer than ten minutes would be good. Alternatively if anyone could suggest a suitable battery pack and charger to replace three AAA's that would be great. If it's any help the camera in question is a Mustek DV5300SE, as I said not exactly super hi-tech but could be fun for the kids. Thanks in advance for your help. NG.

Question by Nostalgic Guy    |  last reply

how to shut down security camera

I live and work in china, how can i shut down the video security system-hardwired, in my apartment block without being recorded

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Need to find out how to transfer videos from video camera to computer (You Tube). Not too techie, can you help?

Video camera is a Canon ES55. Trying to send video of grandaughter singing for a contest but can't figure out how to do it.

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iPod Nano 5g Video Camera Mods?

Hi, I have an iPod Nano 5g and was wondering if there was a way to make it take still photos in addition to videos? 

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A good Video Camera in my price range ?

Hi people ! I'm looking for a good video camera for a price which will be about 150 € , not necessarily HD , but I'd like to know the best I could get with 150 € Thank you

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Knex video camera holder (TNKIT entry)

This is a knex video camera holder I threw together in like 5 minutes.  The original one failed and also used too many parts. This camera can be either used with a quad pod, or be mounted on most 5 layer thick knex guns with addons.  The camera is easy to put in and take out, but when its in, you can't make it fall out.  Surprisingly, it's very sturdy, and can be used as an FPS view in a knex war and an alternate scope. I was gonna add yellow  rods into the midsection like I did with the sides, but I ran out of red connectors, so I couldn't.  Just pretend they are there.

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I bought a High Speed Video Camera, What Should I Film?

I bought a high speed video camera for my birthday! (Excessive exclamation marks.) Specifically, the Casio EX-F1. Do you have any suggestions on what I could film in ultra slowmo (1200 fps)?

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply

What does it take to film a successful video tutorial ?

What does it take to film a successful video tutorial ? ... With relation to filming techniques, choreography, tutor presence, language, etc. ? ... What methodology do you appreciate or employ yourselves, to best communicate with the audience ? ... All opinions welcome, Thank you !

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Need help finding a datasheet for a camera? Answered

I scavenged a camera from a cellphone and thought it might be usefull for somthing with a arduino. The problem is that I can't find any datasheets on this part. The part number is... A6J925 3471933     3 If any one has this camera, a datasheet, or knows anything about this part any help would be helpfull. Thanks, David.

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Build a webcam/surveillance cam or similar out of a CCD-sensor

Hey, I've deconstructed an old video camera because I needed some parts, and now I have this ccd-sensor with the whole lens-system around... Does anyone have an idea for a project using these parts? Somehow it should be possible to get the digital signal of the sensor on the computer, to build kind of a webcam, what do you think? I'd appreciate any suggestions! Best regards, Tobi

Topic by Olben    |  last reply

need info on slow mo cams!?

I broke my last camera so i have decided to step up my options with my next one... i want a camera with high speed options.... preferably something that can show the path of a dart. any help is good... what price range is cheapest, what frame speed do i need... how do i use the slow motion option...

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Night vision surveillance

Hi, I made a surveillance system out of 2 cheap web cameras. It works perfect, but night is the problem. I need to make it possible to record during night. I can't buy some professional IR cameras right now, but I got new neighbor who makes problems, and he is the reason why I am doing this. I found in local shop some IR diodes "100pcs 5mm 940nm IR" which cost about 5€. Are they good for my needs? They have to cover about 5-6m outdoor. And can I use them for my cheap web cameras? Any suggestion is welcome, need your help, or soon my stuff around a house will disappear!

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attaching a Canon 5D Mark ii to a spinning motor with variable speed controller

Hi, We're looking to attached a Canon 5D Mark ii to a spinning motor with a variable speed controller. We've attached a rough sketch to this post.  Does anyone know what kind of motor might work with a camera weighing 4.132lb/1875g? It has to be powerful enough to spin the camera solidly and at a steady RPM. We'd also like to add a variable speed controller to adjust the speed of the rotations.  We were thinking of using a battery powered drill. Is there a way to  add a variable speed control potentiometer to an electric drill? We are based in Europe. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks! Matthew & Emelie

Topic by mande    |  last reply

High Speed Suggestions- More Please!

As you may know, but need reminding of, Summer is just around the corner! This means that I will have plenty of light and much needed free time! Geocaching and iBling aside, I plan to get some excellent footage this summer. Only problem is, I need ideas! So, what would you like to see filmed at 300, 600, and 1200 frames per second? (I decided to post a second topic, seeing as my first one is a little crowded.)

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply

Photo/Video software to use?

I am very much a wall flower and am curious to hear people's suggestions for photo/video software that they have tried and liked. I have a thought for an 'ible, and haven't a clue towards manipulating photos or video on the computer. Right now I have a cheap usb camera, and, an older Kodak Easy share digital camera that will do video, but what do I do from there? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated! Mikey!

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Creating a digital video camera from scratch?

As challenging as this sounds, I know it is entirely possible. Using spare parts of cameras, with circuit boards, image sensors, lenses, etc... how would one even begin approaching this task? I would imagine there'd be some programming involved thereafter as well.

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