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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8mm Filming for the iPhone – Vintage Film Look

I found a fun little iPhone app and wanted to share. This app lets you take video and make it vintage. You can import or film straight from the app. It allows you to choose different types of vintage film. You can change the lighting to include center light, outer boarder, lens flare and others. The controls are simple to use just swipe to change. I think it has many fun uses. I took it to the zoo for a fun walk around safari. The only real issue I had was the control for shutter/flare is easy to touch and change while filming if you are not careful. But if you want to have some fun this is an app I really like and had a lot of fun making the video part of this post. Hope you enjoy my zoo safari!!

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8mm Test Video


Still Images in Motion with iStopMotion

I embark now on a new bit of photographic fun. Not only photo’s but video as well. I decided to play with iStopMotion. This was a very fun tool to use. The interface is simple and takes very little time to learn. Like those Claymation holiday movies this program creates a video from still frames. You position your character/object then snap an image. The program imports the file (if you have a web Camera/live view video camera you can see the image preview) then you move your character/object a little and take a picture. Repeat this process and your character comes to life.

The program has several tools to assist you like color correction and tilt shift controls. You can use a grid layout to help track motion. The program can also be use to capture time lapse photography. Additional tools like onion skin lets you overlay the current image over the previous on to insure you movement is fluid and not off. One of the other useful tools is the robo sync. You can for instance record an actor then use the footage to mimic the actors motion with the character/object. The program also comes with some preset foregrounds and backgrounds. Over all I say if you enjoy those old Claymation movies and want to create your own then you need to try iStopMotion.

Below is my first sample movie. I used iStopMotion then imported the project in After Effects to give it that night look and create the ghost. It was fun to make, hope to make another one soon! Thanks for reading!


iStopMotion Demo


Goodbye Mr. Jobs you get an “A”

This week was a sad time for the technical community with the passing of Steve Jobs. His vision and innovation changed the world for many people. The introduction not only of computing devices but the way we get music, movies and the revolutionary smart phones. I’ve never been a great follower or fan of apple as I am a Microsoft Certified Professional. Still over the last year of Grad school I have come to appreciate the products made by Mr Jobs’ company. I think his legacy ties into the vision of the book we are reading “The Art of Possibility “. He took chances, made a difference and was not afraid to follow his vision. I think everyone can agree Mr Jobs gave himself a well deserved “A”.

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GoPro… GO FUN!!

I decided to get a GoPro camera. If you have not heard of these it may be due to the fact the main purpose of this camera is for extreme sports. I myself don’t do crazy sports or stunts but still I though I could have some fun with the camera.

Lets start with the basic stuff. You want to have good light. So far the performance has not been too great in low light. In daylight the color and quality are top notch. I like the widest view as it give a semi-fisheye effect to the video. I also like to use the 60 frames so I can slow down my video and not loose quality. The drawback is only shooting in 720 not 1080. If you don’t plan to use slow-motion effects then I say go all out and use the 1080p mode.

I have the helmet kit so it came with a lot of different mounts and a headband mount. I also purchased the roll-bar mount and the wrist mounts. The camera case has 2 backs. One is open allowing better sound while the solid back is better suited for high-speeds and rated up to 160’ under water. Did I mention this is a sports camera? Other mounts for surf boards, skateboards, suction cup, and different adhesives are available as well.

I have posted a couple quick videos I put together. 1 is using a helmet mount and attaching it to my dog’s collar and the other I used different mounts on my motorcycle. Oh and yes this is a MAC blog so I’ll be adding some tips on creating these trailers in iMovie at a later date. Thanks for reading!!