Steady Cam for your iPhone or GoPro!

I found a new gadget that helps reduce shaky video. The Digipower Action Camera Stabilizer. It is a simple design, includes counter weights, smart phone mount and a GoPro mount. It all packs nicely in a hardshell case. The price was about $60 for the kit.

It is quite simple. You mount your device then use the counter weights and level (built in the arm) to get the desired angle. When you start filming the mount helps to reduce camera shake and movement. I’ve only used it a little but notice a big difference in video quality.

Over all it seems to be well built but be aware it is for light weight cameras. I would not try to mount a DSLR or full size video camera to this unit. The only real issue I ave is the case does not look to be the most durable. For the price this mini steady cam is a great value!

DXG-5F9VK HD 1080p 3D Camcorder

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A 3D camcorder for under $200 US, are you kidding? Yes this is a sub $200 3D camcorder. I first saw this when I was looking for a pro model camcorder to do stock videos with. I dismissed it as I really needed a camera with a high quality lens and sound recording ability. Later I decided to revisit the possibility of 3D video just for fun. The price was right so knowing it was just a fun toy I took a chance on it.

The camera is light weight and I’m sure for most this will be a good thing. I like my cameras to be a bit heavier as the weight helps to steady the camera. The controls are simple as is the menu. It stores video on SD media, I used a class 10 16gig scandisk for my testing. It has an almost instant on. Just flip the lens then open the view screen. The view screen is in 3D, no need for 3D glasses. The only issue is when the lens is open you can’t tilt the screen too much.

The camera has really good image quality. It may be a bit awkward at first because of the stereo lens but that isn’t too bad. Video is sharp and crisp with very nice color and contrast. I was shocked to see what this camera could do. The only real issue I had was a choppy zoom. I really wish the zoom was smooth but for the price and the image quality I can deal with the slightly jerky zoom.

The microphone is stereo and located in the front part of the monitor door. This does well as long as the sound that is right in front of the user. If there was one thing that would really make this camera sell better that would be the addition of an external microphone, but they did not add the plug. Since I did buy this camera to just play around, for me that missing feature was not a big deal.

So here are the pros
· Good image quality
· Light Weight
· Simple Operation
· Live 3D viewer
· Good Color

Here are the Cons
· Choppy Zoom
· No external Microphone jack
· Limited viewer tilt
· Average to poor images in low light

Conclusion – If you want a fun little camera to create 3D video with this is the camera for you. It has a low price and great image quality. I really enjoy using this camera. If you need features like an external microphone and smooth zooming then you may want to look at some other cameras. Again I would recommend this to users who want a fun camera or those who want to dabble in 3D. It would be hard to beat the quality at the price of this camera.

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Create a Movie Trailer using iMovie…

So lets say you have a lot of clips but nothing that you can make a good movie with. You still want to share what you have with friends. What should you do? How about making a movie trailer with some fast paced audio and fun titles. Using iMove this is simple and fun. The results will amaze you and your friends. It is very simple and has that professional look of a Hollywood studio.

Lets start by opening iMovie and creating a new project. Scroll down and you will see the trailer section. By clicking on a trailer you will get a sample view of what the theme looks like and the audio. Select the one that best fits your project. First you will complete the outline section. Each outline is slightly different. You will have sections for credits such as video, producer, actors and studio.

Once you complete this section you can edit the storyboard. Each section of text between clips can be edited or customized to fit your trailer. Finally you will fill in the shot list. This list will need several clips in each section. Clips are normally between 15 seconds and 1 minute. To begin simply highlight a section you want to use and iMovie will load it to the next section of the trailer. It will also trim the clip to the size needed so try to be close to the correct size when you select.

Once you are finished and view your creation it is time to share. You have several options here including a direct share to several of the more popular video host sites. Again this is a great way to take footage you can’t use for a full video and create something fun and different. Hope you enjoyed this… Thanks for reading!