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Letís go over types of digital video cameras for consumers and hobbyists. First there is DV, HDDV, Mini DV. Handheld palm size cameras, larger full featured cameras with great audio options, and finally cameras that rival professional quality and can be used to make some very professional looking video products.
It is also important that you have correct software for enhancing images once you have loaded them onto your computer. These will help you to edit your work in best possible manner and also easily load them for video conferencing, emailing etc.
Many software programs for NLE editing (non linear editing) exist for consumer and pro alike. Adobe makes it Premier line of editing software which has proven to be quite popular and effective over years. This is more of a mid level software and is relatively expensive. I use it for my corporate editing needs. Other mid to high level software packages include Final Cut Pro (on Mac platform), and DV Express (from Avid). On cheaper side of things you can use Imovie software on Mac side of things, Pinnacle Studio 9, Ulead Video Studio 8, and My DVD5 from Sonic.
Hence, if you do your homework in advance, you will be happy in end. So, go and check out websites and shops for information on what you need, talk to shop keepers, and then simply zoom away! There are so many wonderful things you as a consumer can do today with digital video cameras. Don't wait for next wave. Jump into digital video today and have some fun with it.
Kevin Rockwell worked as a network TV cameraman for 20 years shooting news and sports. Now a devoted fan of digital photography and video he works to gather information, tips and news for digital camera users. Oh and he loves to shoot pictures of his kids playing sports. http://www.great-digital-cameras.com/gdcj.html