Digital video essentials

Digital video essentials

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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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