Help/Advice On Camcorder

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Found 14th Jul 2009
I am videoing my girlfriends cousin school play tomorrow...he's Peter Pan!

I have a Samsung VP-D361 mini-DV camcorder and am after some advice on settings etc for it as ive onyl really used it outside and havent used it in a while.

For example should i enable 16:9 ratio or leave it as it is...im not sure whether i would lose part of the image or not.

I shall be using the video to burn to DVD afterwards.

4 Comments

Put it in widescreen, that way it fits the dimensions of a stage better. Although think about what you are going to watch it on. Try and use a tripod if you can.

Have a good play with the camera, find out how to turn off the auto features. If the school is using flashing lights, turn off most of the auto features (such as auto light levels, auto focus etc.). Then if you can turn up the exposure.

Use a fresh tape, start recording, and don't stop during the show - assuming the show will be less than 60 minutes.

Try and capture the whole show, not just the star. If you just focus on Peter Pan, the resulting video won't be very interesting to watch.

You can use the windows movie maker, to capture it to you harddrive and do some simple editing. Be sure to save it in full dvi format, should make it easier to convert to DVD later.

Personally i wouldn't bother with DVD, it will take ages to compress and author the video. Assuming the audience have computers, encode it in xvid instead - with a nice high bitrate. Search for AutoGK for this.

Original Poster

cheers, i havent got fresh tapes, but two that have only been used once or twice. Widescreen it is then, as i suppose 90% of viewers will have widescreen tvs.
The show i think might be longer then 60mins as theres even an interval but no ideas yet.

Windows movie maker looks easy enough, i have to bother with dvd im afraid as most people will want it to view back in living rooms and probably get confused how to play videos off a disc on a pc!
Cant see it taking too long to compress and encode, or at least on the PC it shouldnt.

Rep left.

School allowing it?
We not allowed to take pics / film here in assemblies/school plays etc,occasionly they let us do pics on sports day if only your own kids are in picture.

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School allowing it?We not allowed to take pics / film here in … School allowing it?We not allowed to take pics / film here in assemblies/school plays etc,occasionly they let us do pics on sports day if only your own kids are in picture.



yeah school had no problems with it, lots of cameras and camcorders tonight, and theres another showing tomorrow as well!
i couldnt find my damn tripod though so was a little annoyed!

Was a really good show though, lasted for around 75mins in total!
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