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.

Digital Video Movie Making Freedom is Here

I wanted to learn how to edit and do more than just join together short digital movie clips. I had found an mpeg joiner program on the internet, but that really wasn’t enough to get the job done. Many digital movie clips were not in mpeg format so that program didn’t work on them. Also mpeg joiner did not allow any alterations to sound quality, lighting or the color of the digital video. Something much better was needed.

One day I ran across the Virtual Dub program. It allows you to modify mpeg, avi, and divx digital video formats. That seemed like it might be what I was looking for. The thing is, to use Virtual Dub, it’s like learning a whole new program but once you learn the basics of working with video, it is really quite easy to use. Virtual Dub has one big limitation. It does not work on Windows media video files. For legal reasons access to those files has been blocked.

Usually the best thing to start with, is to find out the information about the digital video file. Sometimes this can be done by highlighting the file on your computer screen, right clicking the mouse and selecting properties. This works on Windows 98, but not so well on Windows XP which just indicates a video file. If Virtual Dub cannot load the video, it will indicate the reason why it can’t.

If Virtual Dub will load the file, selecting the file menu, and then file information, will tell you all about the digital video file. The information provided is the frame size of the video, the number of frames in the video, how many frames per second are shown, how much time the video takes to run, and the decompressor used to make the video.

Say you want to load an mpeg digital video file, edit out some scenes, enlarge the frame size, lighten up the picture a little, and increase the volume level so it plays louder. This is how it is done, and demonstrates how to use Virtual Dub. To load the file go to the main Virtual Dub menu and select file, then open video file. Select the folder your movie is located in and select the movie. Then click the open box. The movie will load and the first frame will show on your screen.

To edit out a scene you can either play the movie to the point you want to start the cut out area, or left click your cursor arrow on the track marker and drag it along running the movie quickly to the point where you want to start the cut out area. At that point click the button with the little hook pointing to the left, to mark the starting point of your cut area. Play the movie again to the end of the area you wish to cut out. Click the little box stop button. At that point click the button with the little hook pointing to right, to mark the end of the cut out area. Then push your delete key on your key board. That’s it that part of the movie will be deleted in the copy you make.

To enlarge the frame size to make the video picture larger, on the main menu, click video, then filters. In the filters menu click add, then scroll down and select resize, and click, ok. We are going to increase the size to 384 pixels by 288 pixels. So type in 384 in the top box and 288 in the box below it. In the filter mode box select precise bicubic (a=0.60) and click, ok. While still in the filters menu click add, select levels, then click, ok.

Click the show preview button so you can see the changes to the brightness you are going to make to the video. Play with the two top sliding arrows on the right hand side of the screen. They will lighten or darken the picture depending on the direction you move them. When you like the brightness of the picture you have selected click the OK button. You are again on the main filters menu, so click OK again.

To increase the volume of the movie, on the main Virtual Dub menu, click audio, click full processing mode, and click volume. A box will open. Click the little box beside adjust volume of audio channels. Now you can move the track pointer to the right to increase the volume a bit. Click ok. Then play the movie to test the volume level. To adjust the movie sound again go back to the volume area again.

To save the movie the video must be compressed to save disk space. On the main Virtual Dub menu click video, then compression. Select Microsoft mpeg-4 VKI codec V2. Click the configure box, type in 5 for seconds, move the compression control to 75, toward the crispness end of the scale. Move the data rate to the middle of the scale to 2960. Then press the OK button. Press the OK button again.

The audio of the video also must be compressed to save disk space. On the main Virtual Dub menu select audio, then conversion. We are going to change the audio frequency and make it stereo. Select custom and type in 24000. Select stereo and click the OK box. Go back to the main Virtual Dub menu click audio and compression. Select mpeg layer-3. Select the top category 56 kbits/s 24000 hz stereo. Click the OK button.

That’s it. Now you’re ready to save your edited video clip. On the main Virtual Dub menu select file, then save as avi. A box will open. Select the folder to save the video in. Type in a name for the video. Click the save box. Your edited digital movie is now being saved.

You have just learned how to edit digital video files using Virtual Dub.

Tribute Video Software Helps Bereaved Hold On To Life’s Special Moments

Creating videos has become a part of our lives. Marking special occasions, as well as everyday life events, these home videos capture life’s special moments.

A tribute video, a memorial to one who has passed on, is a fitting way to utilize these special moments caught on tape. When intertwined with other professionally created tribute video clips, photos of the loved one who has passed, sentimental sayings, captions and appropriate music – a DVD tribute video becomes a special memorial keepsake.

Your funeral director can assemble a DVD tribute video for you to share with others, memorializing the one you loved. With funeral software designed especially to create tribute DVD’s, the funeral professional can put together a moving homage to a life. Unlike like any other movie, a DVD video tribute captures the heart and soul of a loved one.

Tribute video software allows a funeral professional to scan in photos, upload videos and music, and enter text. Families can choose a theme that represents a professional or occupation, a hobby, a pastime or a passion. The theme ties together all of the media has been lovingly chosen.

The top-of-the-line funeral software even features movie-like, professionally produced introductions and endings, in a variety of themes, that add impressive, polished starts and finishes to memorial DVDs. Such funeral software allows the funeral director to add a photo that blends into the atmosphere of the movie clip, creating a truly personal tribute.

Imagine, for example that you want to illustrate a man’s love of classic cars. Choosing a tribute video movie clip that depicts a drive along a beautiful stretch of highway, and insert a photo of him at his smiling best captures his spirit. Or perhaps we’re celebrating the life of a young child. By choosing a clip of teddy bears and showers of flowers, with a photos of her in her prettiest dress at a birthday party and images of other special occasions will imprint the essence of that young life.

A DVD tribute video helps families preserve and remember special occasions like weddings, baptisms, birthdays, and anniversaries. A combination of video clips and still photographs will truly personalize a tribute video capturing even the ordinary moments that make up our lives: toddlers frolicking in an inflatable pool, a dad bathing a reluctant dog, a child taking his first solo bike ride.

With all the movies and pictures we take, we create a record of an entire life. When that life ends we can look back at it through these DVD tribute videos and remember, smile, laugh and shed some tears.

Given our culture’s love of cinema, professional or homegrown, a final and lasting tribute in the form of a very personal movie is truly a memorial that will have an impact on all who view it.