Tips and techniques for daily content.
By Andrew Michael Baron
As creator of Rocketboom, I’ve been producing
a 3-minute daily video news report since 2004.
Here's how I prevent the every day thing from
Illustrations by Damien Scogin
Use a MiniDV camera that takes MiniDV tapes. We
have a $350 Panasonic, an older $2,000 3-chip
model, and a nice new Sony HDR-HC1 MiniDV/
HDV camcorder, which at $1,400 is the best deal
on the market right now. Tapeless cameras will
also work, but their storage is too expensive. It’s
nice to keep all your source material archived at
full resolution. A 60-minute full-res video will take
up a whole hard drive, or you can capture it onto
a tape that only costs a couple of bucks.
There’s really only one feature I recommend for
people investing in a new camera: make sure it has
a microphone input or a line-in jack. If not, you’ll be
dependent on the camera’s built-in microphone,
which in many environments will prevent you from
doing good interviews and getting clean audio.
Also consider whether the camera is a single-CCD or 3-CCD model. A 3-chip camera processes
each color separately, producing a brighter and
sharper picture. Most cameras under $500 are
1-chip; these are also fine, but may look a bit
more grainy, especially in low light. Most people
use 1-chip cameras, since 3-CCD models have
only recently become affordable.