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What happened to the 3CCD camcorders?

"The ugly CMOS replaced CCD" because of cost, complexity, power consumption, pixel density, light sensitivity, etc. In every regard — except of the rolling shutter artefacts, of course — CMOS sensors ...
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Can old camcorder be optimized?

TL;DR: Probably not. I believe your camera records video on MiniDV. Video is written digitally but writing process is the only non-digital operation in the camera (involves magnetic head, tape, and ...
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DSLR vs CamCorders for video tutorials?

DSLRs tend to have much larger image sensors than camcorders, which tends to mean much less depth of field (DOF) for a given field of view. Shallow DOF is great for isolating subjects from their ...
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Camcorder Tape Capture

DV can be captured off tape with a firewire interface. Firewire was a data transfer protocol created by Apple, Panasonic and Sony that enabled the transfer of digital Video and data. Firewire plugs ...
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What qualities to search for in a camcorder for high zoom, lower light?

For high zoom, low light you need all these things. Large sensor. Long lens [not software zoom]. Large aperture. High ISO capability with low self-noise. This is not a cheap combination, by any ...
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Camcorder vs. not a camcorder and separate audio and video recording

Terminology In theory, a camcorder is a video camera that also records video. A long time ago, this was an important distinction, since movie cameras (which are analog and record to film) and other ...
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MILC or camcorder for ENG?

If you record speeches that are longer than 30 minutes, the 29m59s limitation of non-video cameras is going to drive you crazy, despite all the other wonderful things they can do. Interviews can be ...
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Focus in Video vs Focus in Image

Focus is focus is focus, whether for still or video. But the story does not end there. Focal length, aperture, sensor size, circle of confusion, etc., all play a role in determining whether you ...
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Request for Camcorder and Tripod Recommendations for Occasional Amatuer Usage, With Emphasis on Good Sound Quality

90% of good sound quality is mic placement. The remaining 90% is the microphone. The 90% that remains of that is the preamp. Because mic placement is so important, you either have to accept putting ...
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Camcorders that can stream directly to YouTube

The "JVC GY-HM200SPU 4KCAM Compact Handheld Streaming Camcorder" claims... "When equipped with an optional Wi-Fi or 4G LTE high-speed broadband modem, the camcorder can deliver a live video stream ...
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How to film theatre performances?

Most cameras have a mode where you can manually control all the settings.. I would set the camera to manual mode, do some tests during a rehearsal. Adjust the exposure so that nothing is over or ...
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Is there any way to find the video editing software or camera that created a video?

Different NLEs each seem to live in their own metadata world. One common metadata element they all seem to preserve fairly well is timecode. Almost all support a few common elements, such as REEL, ...
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I dropped my Panasonic HC-V180 Camera, and now camera doesn't work?

As far as what is technically wrong with your camera; the answer is it’s busted. You dropped it. As far as repair, go to the Panasonic Website, navigate to support, cameras, repairs. Depending on ...
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How to turn off LCD on camcorder while external microphone is connected?

It's not possible to turn off the LCD panel when it is open, but you may do two things with it to save your battery: reduce the LCD brightness to the its lowest limit, and set the LCD Backlight to [L ...
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Camcorder vs. GoPro mounted on bike

The primal problem will be the stabilization. GoPro's Cameras offer a decent image-stabilization and are wide-angled. This allows shakes and bumps to have less of an impact. If you now go for a ...
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What is this "light trail" effect called - and how can I reproduce it today?

I don't know if it has an official name but could be classed as "ringing". Tube cameras would do it if you had any bright lights in the scene. 70's music videos are full of it. You don't mention any ...
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Is 8 Bit 4:2:0 chroma subsampling "good enough" for chroma key?

"Good enough"? Sure. I wouldn't love to work with subsampled footage for keying, though. You want to maximise resolution, minimise or avoid subsampling and avoid spill. If your screen is ...
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Why is CCD still alive?

The main reason is that while CMOS has made great strides in overcoming it's limitations, there are still some advantages that CCDs hold. I wasn't able to find anything completely up to date, but ...
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Why would an ENG camera need 422 Chroma?

As far as I understand, before broadcasting, your signal will be converted and changed which leads to further loss. So by providing 422, the broadcasting company has more leeway to convert/compress. ...
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Why is my camcorder creating 10:40 clips?

Most devices use memory formatted as FAT32, which gives you a 4GB file size limit, so a recording is broken up across multiple files. For Sony products, Catalyst Browse is normally the software used ...
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Filesystem that records longer than 4 GiB, or one hour without interruption

The filesystem limit and the 30 minutes EU tax limit are unrelated. The 30 minutes limit is on most cameras, like Nikon P1000. It is typically not on camcorders. The file size limit on FAT is 4GB. ...
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Filesystem that records longer than 4 GiB, or one hour without interruption

You might want to keep in mind the regulations concerning camera manufacturers. When recording over a certain limit in time (which I believe is 30 minutes), the sellers of the camera pay an extra tax-...
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Filesystem that records longer than 4 GiB, or one hour without interruption

In my experience, that's a indicator of the line between consumer, pro-sumer and professional cameras. At a previous workplace, it was problematic enough to justify investing in a better camera for ...
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Live Streaming Video Camera?

The JVC GY-HM200 has live streaming capabilities - http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/features.jsp?model_id=MDL102319. I've never used that particular model (so have no personal experience of the ...
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How to film theatre performances?

My team of teenage volunteers does this every year for our church Christmas program. We use mostly canon vixia consumer cameras, augmented with a Sony handicam and other sources as needed and ...
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How to film theatre performances?

Low-budget scenario: Place camcorder on tripod. Disable auto-focus, disable auto-exposure, disable everything... Sometimes you can do it only on "PRO" cameras. Use prime lenses with proper angle, so ...
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miniDV - Same resolution but lost vertical space in 16:9 widescreen?

Okay, after some reasoning and research I think I understand what happens. Basically, the sensor is fixed in size, but the lens is too. Which means the only way to get a wider sample to fit the ...
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Is there any way to find the video editing software or camera that created a video?

YouTube reencodes all uploads, so there is no way to recover any video metadata unless you have the original file. If you have the original video file, sometimes cameras write specific metadata ...
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Can old camcorder be optimized?

Your question is too vague to be answered properly. Exactly what parts of "quality" have degraded? How do you know the camera isn't operating as good as when it was new? Is the video not focused ...
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