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Smartphone vs camcorder

There are a few things you are missing, and a few more you just aren't fully appreciating how much of a difference the things you mentioned make. First, the S6 sensor is not over 1/2 inch, it is 1/2....
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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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Recording me write my notes and my speech at my desk

First, you need a smartphone, such as iPhone or Android. Then you need something to hold it over your notes, such as this. Then you need diffuse lighting at or above the level of your smartphone, ...
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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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How do I add text like this (picture) to a video? Can it be added post or is it an old camera function?

It was in camera function. But there is no such thing in video editing, which can not be accomplished with correct software. You can add this text in Adobe Premiere, or Adobe After Effects with some ...
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Best HD camcorder for recording sports

Nothing really. All recent camcorders are more than enough for what you want. Two things to look: That shutter speed can change so that you can define how smooth motion you want That they offer ...
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Equipment for video recording in a florescent lighted classroom

I have done this with cheap camcorders and they work great! Currently, I use a Sony camcorder, and a Panasonic, and the only major difference is the brightness of the screen, which only bothers me ...
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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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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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Best value video cameras as of 2014?

At your price point, I'd have to recommend the Black Magic Pocket Cinema camera, though I don't believe it comes with a lens, so you would still need to buy a lens which would put you over your $1000 ...
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JVC 3CCD camcoder light changes during capture!

For consistent performance with any camera, you will want to disable any automatic functionality that may change with shooting conditions. White balance, shutter speed, gain/iso and aperture should ...
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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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Looking for suggestions on workflow/equipment: daily production of short presentation videos

There are camcorders that enable full-res uploads of their memory cards via WiFi. Thus, if your room has connectivity to your intranet, you can leave the card in the camcorder, hit upload when you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 0.0036% time inaccuracy on a consumer-grade camcorder expected?

IME, 0.0036% is rather better than average. Consumer gear operates on quite inexpensive crystal oscillators. These oscillators or crystals are not tuned precisely (or they would cost too much), and ...
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