When you’re in the market for a new camcorder, how do you know which camcorder is best? Choosing between HDD camcorders, SD card camcorders, and MiniDV or HDV tape-based cameras can be confusing. The best camcorder for you really boils down to how you intend to use the camcorder.
If you live stream like I do, you need a MiniDV or HDV camcorder with FireWire so you can easily connect your camera to a computer and stream the video. If you want portability – and plan to record video files and upload them – either an HDD hard drive camcorder or SD card camcorder may fit your needs better. This way, you won’t need to capture the video from a tape.
With either HDD or SD camcorders, you simply copy a file just like you would from any other drive storage media.
I was rummaging through old boxes the other day, and came across several MiniDV tapes. These are pretty important tapes. For instance, I have Wil Wheaton’s keynote from Gnomedex 4 back in Lake Tahoe. Another is Steve Wozniak from the same conference! If I had the proper equipment, I could hook it up to my computer, transfer the videos and convert them myself. That’s very time intensive, though. I need to find someone whom I know and can trust with these tapes to convert them for me. I remembered that Pixorial sent me a review code, so I decided to check that out!
Pixorial helps you convert data on physical media, and converts them into digital formats. You can edit them on the website itself, or download them to your computer. You can then share them, convert them, or burn them to a DVD.
You can even ask Pixorial to do the physical work for you! Send them your tapes, and wait for them to arrive back in your home. The pricing seems to be quite good, as well. When Pixorial reached out to me, they offered to convert some old media for me so that I could review their service. I asked them if my parents could send in their old VHS home movies… and they agreed! I was very happy with the results, and so were my parents. I even uploaded an old Prom Night clip to my YouTube channel! Mom said it was a great experience, and that her original media was very well taken care of.
You can get a free subscription with Pixorial, with up to 10GB of online storage. You even get 60 days of Archival Storage for each tape or film! With a pro account ($24.99 per year), you’ll receive unlimited storage and uploads. It’s stored securely at the highest resolution.
Your VHS tapes won’t last forever. You likely can’t even watch your old 8mm reel-to-reel tapes anymore. Heck, even DVDs can be lost or broken. Heaven forbid, a natural disaster could happen. You don’t want to lose those priceless memories. Back them up using Pixorial – hassle-free, easy and affordable.
As a special thank-you for our review, the folks at Pixorial wanted to offer our readers a special discount! For the remainder of January, 2010, using coupon code: PIXPRO25 will gain you access to the following benefits:
$25 Credit to use to purchase anything on the site
Free PRO membership for one year (a $25 value)
Unlimited archival storage of media content for PRO members
Unlimited access to Screening Room in Full-Screen
Free online video editing
Free low-res sharing
Thanks so much Pixorial!
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