Digital video essentials

Digital video essentials

Photography by Peter Belanger.

Drama, laughter, mortal embarrassment—digital video lets you relive the special, and not so special, moments of your life with the mere press of a rewind button. And sharing digital video with other people is easy: you can burn it to a DVD, post it to your Web site, or turn it into a video podcast that they can download right to their iPods. The world is your screening room.

But before you can tap into your inner Spielberg, you need a video camera. To help you find the right one, I’ll lead you through your list of options and explain which features make a difference and which you can live without. I’ll also share a few surefire tricks for getting great video every time.

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