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How can I record video secretly?

1080P Spy Hidden Camera Pen

Episode 1506

Carrie from Lake Arrowhead, CA

Carrie wants to know if there's a camera that can secretly record a meeting. Leo says there is, and the trade name is "lipstick camera", but they're even smaller than that now. She can buy a camera smaller than a pinky finger! They can even record HD, and with a very wide angle. There are dozens of them on Amazon and they're around $10. She should search for "mini cam" or "micro cam". There's even one that fits in a pen. There's also one that looks like a USB plug.

How can I do Chroma Key?

ManyCam

Episode 1442

Trent from Australia

Trent is a video teacher and he wants to do live Chroma Key with green screen with his kids. How can he do that more affordably? Leo says that lighting is everything. He'll want to be sure the lighting is smooth and even, and doesn't cast a shadow on his green screen. Then he can use software like ManyCam. It works great, according to the chatroom. Wirecast is another option, and it is 30% off for Black Friday.

Why did YouTube take down my channel?

YouTube

Episode 1442

Chuck from LA

Chuck would like to do what Leo does and create an online video show. Leo says it's not cheap, but it's a lot easier and more affordable to do it now than when Leo started out ten years ago. He started a YouTube channel and his channel got flagged as violating community standards even though he's got no content yet! What can he do? Leo suspects that it was flagged by a competitor looking to shut him down before he gets going. Leo says he should just appeal it, and tell them there's no content yet. YouTube will overturn it.

The Giz Wiz ... ready for his close up

https://twit.tv/people/dick-debartolo

Episode 1420

For those that like to make videos with a smartphone, then check out the Movo Smartphone Video Rig with a Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit for under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of smartphone video by letting one add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. Perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights.

Should I save all of the video I shoot?

TriCaster

Episode 1409

John from Amityville, NY

John has a mobile studio in an RV that he uses to allow people to cast anywhere. They use the TriCaster and his question is about saving all the streams on hard drives. Leo says that backing up that data and saving it is important, but he can spend a lot of money saving it all. Leo only saves that which is pertinent to the show, although he records 24/7 for replay purposes. But then they edit out dead footage for the online archive.

John should check out Quick-Cast.com.

How can I bypass the recording limit on my camera?

Cinema FV5

Episode 1406

Lou from Arizona

Lou is a comedian and he's having issues with recording video using his DSLR. It stops after about a half hour. Leo says that is a restriction of the European Union, but here in the US, there's several firmware updates and hacks to disable it. The best is the Magic Lantern for Canon. If he does a Google search for Panasonic GH4 hacks, he should be able to figure it out.

How can I get my TV shows off an old DVR?

Series 2 TiVo back

Episode 1391

Bob from Leonia, NJ

Bob was a Time Warner Cable client, but now he's with Spectrum and his "enhanced DVR" box is starting to fail. Leo says that chances are, it's the hard drive that's starting to fail. How can he get the shows off before he returns them? They say there's no way to do it since the data is encrypted. Leo says that the cable won't help him get those off because they are afraid of piracy. If it's a cloud based DVR, then he'd be OK. If not, he's out of luck.

Why can't my computer play back a video?

VLC

Episode 1391

David from San Bernadino, CA

David got a new laptop and now he's having trouble inserting videos into power point presentations that he's built. Leo says David probably needs to have the right codec for those videos. It keeps looking for them.

He should download and install VLC Media Client. That will install all the codecs David is missing. KLite Codec Pack from Codec Guide is another option, but he should try VLC first.