Marty has a DSLR camera and when she shoots video, she hates the quality of the audio. What can she do? Leo says that the on board microphone is terrible, but most DSLRs have an external microphone minijack that will allow her to add an external microphone. Rode has a great one called the Video Mic Pro. That's the simplest solution.
Garrett needs to create a wireless solution for routing camera signals into his board. What does Leo think of Teradek? Leo says it's a great company. Leo uses LiveU. They bond together 3G and 4G cellular to stream more reliably with multiple cameras. Teradek even hardware encodes the video and bonds the 4G networks to send it out.
Cody wants to get into digital photography and video, and wants a camera for around $500. Leo says that his mobile phone can shoot 1080p video now. A DSLR with a kit lens is going to be pricey, although Leo says that for that price, the Nikon D3300 may be his best bet. With a Nikon kit lens, he'd at least have a nice basic 18-55mm lens. A good starter lens. If he buys it at B&H, he can also get a memory card included. Leo also recommends spending time at DPReview.com and read the reviews.
Adam is creating an art exhibit, and he wants to do video installations with three video screens per computer. He's looking for a wireless solution. Leo says that a wireless solution with three different video screens would be a real challenge. Wired is going to be the better method here.
Streaming video online requires a lot of data, especially when it comes to high definition or Ultra HD content. If you're dealing with data caps, then it's even more important to pay attention to how much data you're consuming when using streaming services such as Netflix. There are settings you can adjust within your Netflix account that will help mitigate your data usage, though.
Simon has issues watching YouTube videos. He gets a green screen. Leo says that the 'Accelerate Video' setting in Windows is enabled and it isn't working well. Leo suggests disabling the acceleration feature and he should make sure he has the latest video drivers installed. He should also update Flash.
Eric is starting an aerial photography business and he'd like to link videos on his site. What video portals are best? Leo says most people use YouTube because it's free, but it's ad supported. Vimeo Pro is better because you don't have to use ads and can use higher resolution video. Then you embed the video into your website. That way they can watch it without leaving your website. And they all use embed codes on it. Square Space will also support it without problem. Pay for the Vimeo pro service. It's worth it.
If you have old VHS video tapes, it's a good idea to convert them to a digital format. There are services that will convert these tapes for you, and send back a DVD, which may be the easiest option. ScanCafe.com will convert VHS, VHS-C, SVHS, Hi8, Digital 8, and MiniDV to DVD for $19.99 per tape. This is also a good option if you're dealing with Hi8 tapes and don't have a playback device.
Scott was at the SMPTE Tech Conference this week and saw the new high dynamic range video displays. HDR video is the latest hot thing, and it creates some incredible high dynamic range of the image. Leo says our brains do HDR really well, but it's a challenge in video. Scott says that high dynamic range cameras are going to be needed and the latest generations of digital cinema cameras have over 14 stops of dynamic range. So they can do it. It requires 12 bit color, but the current video systems are only 8 bit.