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This is intended for those new to editing camcorder video.
The following information is general and some may not be appropriate for your specific equipment. Always be sure you know and understand your equipment makers guidance and instructions. Most makers have websites which provide usefull information.
The two most common editing systems are the Video Recorder and the Personal Computer (PC).
Many recent camcorders have built in edit facilities designed to work with your video recorder. While viewing your camcorder tape you simply press a button to select sections (clips) of video using your camera's remote control and later your camcorder will automatically control your video recorder while the selected clips are recorded with any titles or captions required.
For many, using a video recorder is the lowest cost way of editing video and provides high enough quality for good Web Video.
Just about any recent PC can offer a much greater range of video editing facilities which can include:
Most recent cameras come with easy to use full editing software for your PC enabling you to produce broadcast quality PAL DV video (4:3 PAL 720 x 576 full colour, 32khz 16 bit Stereo or better).
Providing your PC has a reasonably fast processor (800mhz or better) and ample disk space (20 to 30 Gigabytes) and memory (512 Megabytes) it should be able to edit reasonably well for Web Video purposes providing you have suitable software. Having said that, 3000mhz quad core PC's with 4 to 8 Gigabytes of memory and 50 Gigabytes free disk space are incredibly quick at editing and creative video work.
There are several ways to get video from your Camcorder or Video Recorder into your PC, some are, Analogue Capture cards, USB 2.0 or Digital Link (Firewire or iLink). Some camcorders record onto mini or normal DVD disks which makes it quick and easy to get video into your PC if you have a DVD drive, however, the down side is shorter recording time, lower video quality and some DVD disk recording problems.
Digital Link simply transfers the existing digital video from your Digital Camcorder into your PC as a file. No conversion of the video is required so there is no risk of loss in picture quality. If your PC has no suitable connection, plug in firewire or USB 2.0 connection cards are cheaply available from good computer shops.
You will need about 3 Megabytes of disk space for each second of high quality (720 x 576 PAL DV) digital video on your PC. HDV (up to 1920 x 1080) can require double this or more. Unlike PAL DV which is widely standard, there are several HDV standards, so campatability may be an issue if you intend to exchange or send video to others. For more info on HDV formats click here
If you do not have a lot of spare disk space it makes sense to only transfer the important clips to your PC. These can be later archived as data files to a CD disk (3 minutes of PAL DV video) or DVD disk (20 minutes) if you have one.
Alternatively, as soon as you have created your TV Channel video you can save this in a new file in the appropriate Web Video format which will take up at least 20 to 30 times less disk space and then delete the original video files (see the Making Web Video Files section for more information).
In the beginning it is a good idea to keep your TV channel video short. Think of the way regular TV ads get their message over in a short time while grabbing attention. If you can keep your TV Channel videos to about 3 minutes viewers will be able to see them relatively quickly and interest will develop from there. Not every one benefits from high speed broadband, download time is important. As the audience grows the length of video can be increased.
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