A Pocket Size Camcorder Captures Your Video Movie Memories

The pocket size camcorder market was invented a couple of years back when Flip Video created their revolutionary Flip Mino pocket video camera.

Flip Video’s innovation was to roll available technology (digital video, SD flash cards and USB connectors) into an attractive point and shoot camcorder with a fixed lens. It was no bigger than a cell phone.

Wind forward to today and there are now numerous pocket camcorder models available. Here’s just some of the ways people are using pocket camcorders at home, work and play.

Pocket Size Camcorder Video Memories

You can preserve family memories as video movies not still photographs:

* Baby’s first steps

* Learning to ride a bike

* Sports day

As a pocket camcorder is so small and light weight you can take it everywhere and use it anytime. Most models also double as still digital cameras with a resolution of around 8 mega pixels or better. And many (but not all) have a built in flash.

There’s no need to wait for family gathering to share a video. You can post your video, for private viewing, at a video sharing site, like Vimeo or YouTube. Of course, you can also make your movie public to the world for those fifteen minutes of fame.

Making A Pocket Video Camera Work For You

Since these pocket size camcorder are light in weight and easy to use, why not jazz up work presentations or a dull corporate website with video clips. You might:

* Relieve PowerPoint boredom with a video clip

* Record a brain storming session for future reference

* Record a testimonial

* Make video resume

A pocket camcorder is ideal for vacation video snapping

Being small and feather light, a pocket camcorder is ideal for stowing in hand luggage to make a living record of your holiday. Now, there are even pocket video cameras that can go underwater.

Shoot a few video clips and you have postcards that move and talk. Use the video editing software bundled with many pocket size camcorders to make video movies.

What’s the best pocket camcorder?

Here’s what to look for in a camcorder with pocket ability:

* Optical zoom (it’s smoother than digital)

* Shoot high definition video at the full 1080p standard

* Still camera facility at 5MP or better with flash

* AVI & HDMI cables for ordinary & HD-ready TV

The Flip video range is still number one for ease of use and seamless integration with both Windows and Mac PCs. But the Flip Mino HD and Flip Ultra HD are strictly point and shoot video cameras, they don’t have all the desirable capabilities listed above.

The pocket size camcorder market now has offerings from Aiptek, Creative, JVC, Kodak, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Veho. Consider the pocket video cameras offered by Aiptek, Toshiba and Veho. They may not have the street credibility of Flip, but they do offer superior pocket camcorders at around half the cost of a Flip video camera

In conclusion a pocket camcorders deliver:

* A feather weight, simple to operate video camera

* You can take one anywhere to record video memories

* Most take still photographs, too

* Video is now easy to edit on PC or Mac

* And easy to incorporate into PowerPoint and websites

Finally, you can share pocket size camcorder video on PC, TV or at a video sharing site.

Internet Video Rentals – Expanding Your Digital Movie Collection

Many of us have spent some time on sites like YouTube watching that short funny film that your friend emailed the link too. Maybe you have even taken the time to watch some full length independent films which can be found on sites like Jaman or CinquestOnline. If it’s just a little entertainment that your looking for there are literally hundreds of free sites that house video for us to watch. What about when you want to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster that you missed while it was in theater?

This article briefly looks at some of the top video rental/purchase site that are online today. It is no longer necessary to run down to your local movie store to rent or buy your movies. With new online digital rental/purchase services available you can rent and watch movies right on your PC. Although the picture quality varies between the sites, as does the availability of the latest movies, renting movies online ads gives you the convenience of watching what you want now without a trip to your local video store. Best of all there are never any late fees!

There are many sites that allow you to purchase or rent movies for digital download. For brevity, I am just going to talk about the three that I found the best and the reasons why.

My favorite online movie site is CinemaNow. The site — although it doesn’t always have the most current selection like your local video store — has a huge selection of movies, ranging from some of the latest blockbusters to free independent films. With most newer films you have the option to either purchase or rent the movie. The thing that I liked best about CinemaNow was that, when you purchase a movie, they give you the option of burning to a DVD that you can watch on your television. Of the sites I looked at CinemaNow seems to be the only one that will let you do this. The picture quality is good for paid content (some of the free or subscription content is lower quality), and the site overall seemed to be the best that I could find.

The next site that I found which topped the pack is Amazon’s new service Unbox. Of the rental sites I talk about today Unbox is the both, the easiest to use, and has the closest to DVD quality video. Movies become available as they are released to DVD, so the selection at the Amazon owned site is great. The best thing I found with Ubox was how easy the site was to use. Movies are properly categorized and easy to find. Being the largest online book retailer in the world has given Amazon experience in organizing an online storefront, and it shows with their new Unbox service. Great quality and ease of use make Unbox a viable contender for the best movie house online.

The last site that I would place in the top three is Apple’s Itunes. With itunes it isn’t picture quaility or ease of use that bring it to the top. In fact I find the itunes player clunky and the interface hard to use. What the Apple owned service does have going for it however, are the gadgets that you can buy to replay your purchased movies (no rental option on itunes). Movies downloaded from itunes can be played on your PC, through your video ipod, or through your television set with the new Apple TV unit. Combine the hardware with the up to date selection of movies and itunes stays in the top three on my list.

Free Movie Maker

If you believe that beauty is in simplicity, the free movie maker software in Windows OS will surely add to your entertainment deck. Most of us using Windows Operating systems are blissfully (or not!) unaware of this magical little toy tucked away in our programs folder. The free movie maker is a charming piece of utility worth more than its due share of foreplay.

Free movie maker is almost quite the same as free candy – mom, dad; grandpa and kids can all make home movies and whacky videos with the free movie maker on the windows home computer. Not only can folks make movies, but edit, improvise and customize sound and make creative use of those snapshots stashed away in the pictures folder. It’s basic and fun! People expecting too many functions out of this humble home software overlook the fact that with more functions, the software becomes more complicated and its purpose is deflated.

Though it has its own drawbacks, this free movie maker from Microsoft should be appreciated for its sheer unassuming modesty. This complementary present executes video production and transfer into output devices in the simplest, easy to follow steps, which is what makes it lucrative for all age groups.

WMM performs tasks common to other complicated editing software quite effortlessly and gives the same quality performance. Special features such as the titles overlay track, making screen wipes, rolling credits with simple one or two step clicks are quite irresistible. One can even sieve out audio from video and use audio separately on the audio track instead of sandwiched together. Performing these functions on other software is usually a twisted bet.

The only blemish that scars this beauty is related not to the functions of this movie maker software, but to the software instructions. The instructions aren’t exactly the most user-friendly so that it often misdirects amateurs into choosing a bad file type which kills hard disk space because of its enormous byte appetite. Due to this principal error in judgment, users often end up cursing this innocent Microsoft product and decide against using it.

The other little bug that takes away the glory from WMM is the inflexibility of not being able to move the video track on the time line. When one has arrived at this last cul-de-sac, consider yourself ready to caress one of those other wonderful and inexpensive software in the market– Adobe Elements, Sony Vegas or Pinnacle.

However this free movie making software is more of a boon than a bane. Adults who face trouble surfing the internet and are Google-shy easily handle the WMM. If one follows the instructions on the left side step-by-step , one pretty much executes their easy home made video/ movie.

The stunning USP of the WMM is its being exactly what it’s created to be – a wonderful first time editing experience with creative use of photos, video snitches and sound. In fact, its uses are so varied that even professional video artists working with complicated video and movie making software like to revert to this free movie maker software once in a while.