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09-11-2007 12:10 PM  10 years agoPost 1
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I want to go out today and buy a video cam.
My question is, should I go with :

MiniDV ? DVD-R?
3CCD? HD?
Steadyshot (or anti-shake) feature : would that make a difference when it comes to vibes?

any recommended model ?

my budget for this is gonna be about $1000

inputs are appreciated!

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09-11-2007 12:23 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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Nothing will make a difference for vibration. The only way to keep vibes out of video is to have a vibe free ship.

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09-11-2007 12:32 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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yea I kinda thought that that's the case, stabilizers in cameras are meant for human hand shakes.. but the low speed movements (cyclic) could be compensated using this feature I guess.

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09-11-2007 02:55 PM  10 years agoPost 4
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Image stabilization only robs resolution. I wouldn't count on it for much else.

Best bet is to fly as smooth as possible, fly in low wind situations, and have a perfectly tuned heli. Don't count on any gizmos or electronics to do that for you.

Virtual Dub Deshaker (Google it), is a good post production software for smoothing out vid. Works in HDV and SD. Best of all, it's free.

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09-11-2007 03:09 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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Image stabilization reduces resolution if it's digital stabilization. If it is optical stabilization there is no loss in resolution.

But yes, a steady ship is first and foremost.

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09-11-2007 06:25 PM  10 years agoPost 6
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point clearly taken, thanks..

I take it that it doesn't matter if its DVD-R or MiniDV media.. I am worried that the slightest vibration could cause the DVD-recorder drive to skip or something..

guess I'll start with a 3CCD and miniDV cam..

I 100% agree though, much of my work is going to be focused on tuning the engine and getting the ship vib-free.

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09-11-2007 07:01 PM  10 years agoPost 7
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3ccd cameras handle fast panning better than CMOS cameras and their 'rolling shutter'. They will also yeild better results with post production image stabilization software.

Something to consider in your purchase.

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09-11-2007 07:30 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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that is valuable information, thanks trackhead.

any software for post image stabilization other that virtual dub you know of?

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09-11-2007 07:59 PM  10 years agoPost 9
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Mini DV is still a very reliable format. Good choice.

As far as stabilization software, there's:

ArcSoft
DiGiStudio
shareit
SteadyShot 2.5

and others.

I haven't used them, but bear in mind that anything that has to readjust the image for shake will lose at least a small amount of resolution. Results vary from one to another. I would only recommend using it when totally necessary and do not plan to rely on it to fix bad shakes.

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