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What does the Fiddlerman use to record videos?
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The Fiddlerman (Pierre is it?) cranks out internet videos like nobody else I know on the internet.  It's unbelievable, he even makes videos testing the equipment he sells to individual customers.  So what does he use to make all those videos?

Right now I'm stuck with an old tape system and it is a real pill to get the things on file.  Id' like to move up to an SD card or something that makes it easier to get things on file.  I'm guessing Pierre must have a similar setup to be generating so many videos.

So, Fiddlerman, could we get a brief report on your equipment, software, whatever?  Or if the question has already been raised, a link to the post would be sufficient.

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Hi PopFiddle - can't speak for Pierre of course - but I finally "cracked" my own problem for posting vids - I use a simple laptop (well, it's not "simple" at all - it's quite up-market for other things I need to do - but that's beside the point) - I had real strange issues with the inbuilt camera - when I recorded from it (just using supplied software - it's a Micorsoft OS here) - the WEIRDEST things happen - the audio is FINE - it never loses the place - but the video - man - it slowly drifts in and out of synch with the audio - I have NEVER found an answer to that - until - I got myself a Logitech webcam - aha - that is (almost) perfect....  the trouble is there is so much software behind all these things and different "plug-ins" and so on...   what are you using to record (or try to record) - I know a lot of folks are happy to do quick takes with smart-phones etc... ?

Using the kit I have here (which is NOTHING special), earlier today I slung out a quick audio track for @DanielB 's holiday track - took me no more than ten mins to find the cables and get the stuff connected - it was just audio - but - had it been video - that was just another USB cable to plug in... (oh, and OK - a few mins to convert to a you-tube compatible format)

What are you trying to use?  Let us know, I'm sure others are in the same situation... and maybe we can get you off the ground...

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Thanks, MadBill.  As I said, I have a tape system now, I'd like to move up to an SD card system.

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Hia PopFiddle - are you talking about a camera with tape?   I wasn't sure - so excuse me if I went off-topic...   I used to have a Sony camcorder that recorded to tape (small - I forget the actual type or style of the tape cassette) - but all I could do with that was ( and I'm talking about 8 years ago ) was to play the camcorder back to my TV  / DVD combo and record to a DVD/RW  (in real time - so a 30 min vid took another 30 mins to record)  THEN - take the recorded DVD to the PC and extract the audio and video, convert it to a "useful" format - and post it- it took forever to do....

These days - it is so much easier and faster with a web-cam, or inbuilt camera in your lap-top

But -

If you want to continue to use a camera/camcorder with SD card instead of tape - then yes - you will have made the transition from recording in analog to digital - a good first step! ( LOL )  And you would then have an actual digital file ( like an .avi file or .mp4 or .mov or whatever the cam can do ) and yes - then that can be loaded onto your PC directly, from the SD card, and reformatted for posting on say youtube or whatever....

Hope I have got closer to your original question...   if you need more info just ask...

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So I guess you are using your laptop to record directly to the laptop.  What kind of file do you get with the laptop?

I don't want to be tied to my laptop, I have the laptop plugged into a bunch of monitors and keyboards and so it functions like a desktop.  Also I'd like to use a tripod, I have a couple of old cheap ones.

I guess what I'm looking for is what the latest SD camcorders are.  I can see that nobody uses tape anymore.  I'd like to be making video files with as little technical effort as possible.  And also there must be software that goes with that.  What's that like?

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I use a Samsung digital video cam and then upload them to youtube.  I know youre fairly new here so you may not have seen any of my hundreds of videos

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Barry said
I use a Samsung digital video cam and then upload them to youtube.  I know youre fairly new here so you may not have seen any of my hundreds of videos

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What model is it?

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PopFiddle said
So I guess you are using your laptop to record directly to the laptop.  What kind of file do you get with the laptop?.....

I guess what I'm looking for is what the latest SD camcorders are.  I can see that nobody uses tape anymore.  I'd like to be making video files with as little technical effort as possible.  And also there must be software that goes with that.  What's that like?

  The machine I use for this happens to run a Microsoft OS.  There is a lot of software out there, some free, some relatively cheap and of course some very expensive.  The freebie that comes with Windows is Movie Maker - it is a bit limited but it can be used at a push.  I use the NCH "VideoPad" editor (a relatively cheap video capture and editing tool).  The file type you choose to save the captured video in, can be virtually any format you like - from .avi (uncompressed, raw data, very large files) to .mp4, shockwave-flash, and "pre-formatted" types for loading directly to you-tube - for instance -

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  I can appreciate the choice to have a "separate" camcorder - so you can record stuff "away from desk" so to speak and aren't tied down to a web-cam.

 All digital camcorders these days will also have a USB connection - so you can stream / record directly to you video capture / editing software - i.e turning the camcorder effectively into a web-cam, and bypassing the need to swap the SD card around.

A lot of folks also just record small / test pieces directly to a smartphone and then upload to youtube directly, or haul the video into a PC for editing before posting to the web.

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Thanks, MadBill, that helps.

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That's an interesting question--  really.  What camera? What microphones?  What audio/video software?  Green screen?  What Green screen software?, etc.  They really are professional quality videos.

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PopFiddle said

Barry said
I use a Samsung digital video cam and then upload them to youtube.  I know youre fairly new here so you may not have seen any of my hundreds of videos

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What model is it?

Samsung SC-MX20R

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-.....B001FA1OOU

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Samsung SC-MX20R

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-.....B001FA1OOU

Nice outfit.  The price is right, but I think I'd like DV better.

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Good question PopFiddle,
I actually use an inexpensive Cannon Vixia canon HF S10 with a DM-100 external mic but I had a much cheaper camcorder for the first say 50-100 videos. Don't remember when I upgraded.
It has an SD card slot but I've never tried it and I believe it's mostly for pictures. The camera has a built-in HD and I transfer the files quickly via USB.

Now a days, Fiddlershop is doing so well that we really could get ourselves a professional camera but keep changing our minds as to what camera to get. :)

Use Final Cut Pro when I post the videos and Michael just transfers them directly and uploads them to YouTube concerning private instrument testing/approving videos.

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Samsung SC-MX20R

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-.....B001FA1OOU

Nice outfit.  The price is right, but I think I'd like DV better.

We bought quite a few years ago, it was right at $300 then. Records well, has good sound quality and I hope to never have to buy another

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Thanks Fiddlerman, that's just what I wanted to know.  I thought it might be something simple.

The internal HD -- hard drive -- is a flash drive, no disk is involved,

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Yes, Flash drive. :)

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I finally got myself a nice little JVC camcorder, full HD, model GZ-E306BU.  It has some fun additional features, stop motion and slow motion that will be interesting to apply to playing the violin.  $60 used on eBay and this is a typical price for used units like this on eBay.

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Congratulations. Hope you are happy with it. :)

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@Fiddlerman 

Pierre,

I know that a lot of YouTubers, that choose to go with higher quality cameras, choose to use the Canon Rebel T3i or T4i.  For the price, those seem to be the most popular DSLR cameras in use.  Really good price point though honestly.

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Pierre,

I know that a lot of YouTubers, that choose to go with higher quality cameras, choose to use the Canon Rebel T3i or T4i.  For the price, those seem to be the most popular DSLR cameras in use.  Really good price point though honestly.

That is interesting. I just started using my wives second camera, Nikon 7100, connected to an external Tascam recorder with a pair of perfect matching AKG C214's.

One of the things that bother me is that it auto focuses often and fast which is disturbing. You get the effect that someone is zooming in and out real quickly at times. I tried the different autofocus settings and they all do the same thing. The only solution I have is to manually focus which doesn't leave me much freedom to stand wherever I want. The lens that I'm using now is an 18 - 105 zoom lens but I'm thinking a fixed wide angle lens could be better...... Any thoughts?

I'll check out the Canon Rebels.

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