Thursday, January 18, 2007
Shot Selection For Better Video
How you shoot video affects how you edit it. The new JVC Everio camcorder makes shot review easy.
Another advantage of the tapeless approach is that, instead of using software to import video frame by frame, you can simply download any or all video from the camera by plugging the memory card into a card reader and dragging and dropping the files to your computer, just as you would digital photos.
The camcorder would be absolutely ideal except for a little glitch. The video is in JVC's MOD format, a proprietary MPEG-2 format. You can read and edit it in the software that comes with the camera, but this software isn't particularly easy to use or effective for any serious editing. Luckily, Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 recognizes the MOD format, allowing you to edit video in that program. Other video software will probably recognize it in the future. MPEG-2 is a compressed video format that JVC claims to be DVD-quality. That's not a useful standard, since a DVD is only the medium, and all sorts of video can be put onto it. I thought the finished, edited video I worked on looked quite good, however, matching the quality of most MiniDV camcorders.
I liked the way this camera fit in my hand; it's palmable without feeling awkward. It only has an LCD for a viewfinder, but it's bright and viewable, even in sunlight. This Everio also shoots 2-megapixel still photos, which is okay in a pinch, but this is really a secondary use of the camera. It's a fun little camera, offering video that's easy to view and access and is quickly transferable to the computer. Plus, it tucks neatly into a free space in a photographer's camera pack.
Contact: JVC, (800) 882-2345, www.jvc.com.
Camera Type: Compact camcorder
Lens: 10x optical zoom lens with a digital stabilizer
Still Photo Resolution: 2 megapixels
LCD: 130,000 pixels; 1.8 inches
Media Type: Microdrive, CompactFlash
Exposure Modes: Program AE and manual
Program AE Modes: Sports, Snow, Spotlight
Shutter Speeds: 1/2 to 1/4000 sec. (video); 1/2 to 1/500 sec. (still)
Power Source: Proprietary Li-Ion battery pack
Size: 2.9x2.25x3.75 inches
Weight: 0.8 pounds
Estimated Street Price: $999
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