Whatever digital camcorder you have access to will work. You may needs to take some time figuring out the logistics of getting the video files on your computer and importing them into your editing software. Unfortunately there are some issues with the camcorder and the computer editing software getting along, but in most cases this can be resolved, perhaps with a few extra steps to convert the video file format. Be encouraged — Getting the camera and the computer to communicate is the trickiest part of creating a Video Story, and once you’ve figured out how to do that, everything else will be a piece of cake.
What are we looking for in a camera? If you’re in the market to buy a camera, I would strongly recommend asking some specific questions regarding the compatability of the camera with your computer and editing software. I would go online to the manufacturer’s tech support and read through common problems as well as read the reviews on amazon for that product. I would do a google search for the camcorder model and click on various review sites and tech support blogs referring to the product, scanning through for posts that are specific to your operating system and editing software. I would also look through the trouble shooting posts on your editing software’s site, scanning for posts that are specific to the camcorder you are considering.
For Mac users, iMovie is an intuitive and easy to use editing software. The Apple iMovie website has a very helpful website that you can put in the device type and manufacturer and format type and see if iMovie supports the video file format and if there may be any additional information to keep in mind. http://help.apple.com/imovie/cameras/en/index.html?lang=en_US
Flip cameras are cheap and easy, but I have had some trouble getting my Windows Live Movie Maker to edit the Flip’s version of MP4 files, though WLMM claims that it supports MP4 files. That may be because of Windows Live Movie Maker rather than Flip, but it’s hard to tell. Flip is also discontinued now, so tech support is minimal at best, and software won’t be working towards being compatible with it’s formats.
Windows users can use Windows Live Movie Maker to edit their footage and create great Video Stories. There are video tutorials on my website that detail how to edit video and create Video Stories in Windows Live Movie Maker. Windows Live Movie Maker claims to supports the following formats –
|Windows Media Video (WMV) files||.wmv|
|Windows Media files||.asf and .wm|
|AVCHD files||.m2ts and .m2t|
|Apple QuickTime files||.mov and .qt|
|Microsoft Recorded TV Show files||.dvr-ms and .wtv|
|MPEG‑4 movie files||.mp4, .mov,.m4v, .3gp, .3g2, and .k3g|
|MPEG‑2 movie files||.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, .mpv2, .mod, and .vob|
|MPEG‑1 movie files||.m1v|
|Motion JPEG files||.avi and .mov|