Video Camera Advice

13 Sep 2004 - 8:52am
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Meyer, Fred
2003

I need some advice on whether or not to purchase a video camera. If a camera
is a good idea, what attributes should it have?

The video camera would be used in focus group meetings (recording an entire
room) and for usability tests (recording someone while they work at a
computer).

The camera sounds like a great idea, but I am not sure if anyone actually
takes the time to go back and review the recordings. What is your
experience?

If a camera is a good idea, these are the attributes I think are needed:
* Wide-angle lens
* Hookups for 2+ cardioid microphones
* Built-in tripod
* Compact for travel (it all fits in a nice little hard-shelled case)
* Anything else???

Thanks!
-Fred

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13 Sep 2004 - 9:30am
Pete Gordon - U...
2004

How 'bout going for cameras that hook up to your computer.

www.securityspy.com
www.webcamsoft.com

Or going for something specific for User Experience...

www.usersfirst.com (multi-cameras great for focus groups).
www.ovostudios.com
www.morae.com

Take care!
Pete Gordon
usersfirst.com

On Sep 13, 2004, at 9:52 AM, Meyer, Fred wrote:

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>
> I need some advice on whether or not to purchase a video camera. If a
> camera
> is a good idea, what attributes should it have?
>
> The video camera would be used in focus group meetings (recording an
> entire
> room) and for usability tests (recording someone while they work at a
> computer).
>
> The camera sounds like a great idea, but I am not sure if anyone
> actually
> takes the time to go back and review the recordings. What is your
> experience?
>
> If a camera is a good idea, these are the attributes I think are
> needed:
> * Wide-angle lens
> * Hookups for 2+ cardioid microphones
> * Built-in tripod
> * Compact for travel (it all fits in a nice little hard-shelled case)
> * Anything else???
>
> Thanks!
> -Fred
>
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13 Sep 2004 - 2:55pm
Timo
2004

Getting a camera that interfaces directly with a laptop/computer can be
very practical. Digitising/transferring from tape/DV is a
time-consuming process and can be a barrier even if the material is
valuable. Being able to review and edit in real-time is a great enabler
of things that might otherwise be forgotten. Clips can easily be made
of highlights for presentation, and the rest of the material archived
or trashed.

It's this direct setup that will lead to it being a really useful tool,
you will start editing material, making presentations for clients and
colleagues, and it will start to be invaluable to your process.

Look at a combination of DV camera and Firewire laptop. Powerbooks are
good at this, and have live input into iMovie/Final Cut and such.

A wide angle lens is a must, and you are right about the extra mics. I
would have to know more about your budget to advise specific cameras.

Timo
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On Sep 13, 2004, at 16:30, Pete Gordon wrote:

> How 'bout going for cameras that hook up to your computer.

>> The video camera would be used in focus group meetings (recording an
>> entire
>> room) and for usability tests (recording someone while they work at a
>> computer).

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