$299 HD Camcorder - 720P

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by smitha96, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. smitha96 macrumors regular

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  2. ppc_michael Guest

    ppc_michael

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    I did a little research and it looks like it should be compatible with Macs. Records to an SD card so you won't be able to capture it like you would with a tape-based camcorder, but the camera saves the videos in Quicktime format so you can just drag the video files off the camera and shouldn't have to do any format conversions (although I don't know what compressor it uses, so iMovie might transcode it automatically which would take a while).

    So that's all good.

    But! It appears that this uses a very low bitrate, so lots of movement will become artifacty.

    You might want to read the customer reviews on Amazon, because they seem to sum up what is said elsewhere.

    So I guess it just depends on what you want out of the camera. For presentable video intended for DVD, etc, you'll be disappointed. For YouTube, this would be fine.

    Personally I would save my money more and get something nicer. You get what you pay for. :)
     
  3. Beligerent macrumors regular

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    I HAVE that camcorder. It's ok. Just ok. I have taken lots of HD footage with it and the worst part of it is when you import it into iMovie it goes thru a painfully long coversion process. If you use a tripod with it you will be VERY happy.

    -Norm
     

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