I'm still researching what gear I'm going to need to continue with my guitar site and I'm not really knowledgeable on video. There are a lot of HD webcams out there that are reasonably priced, would these be suitable for making videos such as guitar lessons etc for Youtube.

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dennyjames57 Premium
My advice would be to use 35mm full frame DSLR Camera. The Canon EOS5D shoots fantastic HD footage and has the most wonderful built in microphone.
If you a have friend who has on or you can even hire one. You won't go wrong with that.
Just take the SD card out of the camera and place into your PC and download. Simple.
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GautamWorld Premium
Sounds good. :)
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zoeccess Premium
Okay, this is a good question and I got some answer here. Thank you!
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jaytech Premium
You're welcome, glad to help out :)
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WaynePro Premium
Lots of good suggestions, I see. With the advances in smart phone technology you have a pretty good option right in your pocket, usually. I just got a new iPad and the camera is 12 megapixels, so the options for you are pretty large.

Wayne
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jaytech Premium
I won't be going the smartphone way because I will be recording live guitar. The sound is recorded directly to PC, unless phones allow such an option that is :)
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Ultimateless Premium
I have used iPhones for interviews and shows we promoted. The quality is excellent and there are plenty tutorials on the net. Imovie is pretty cool for the editing and is next to nothing as an app. Don't go and buy expensive gear just yet...with the right lighting even a home video can look as if it came from a studio! I have also produced corporate videos with iPads linked with iPhones for disability organisations.
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jaytech Premium
I need to be able to record directly to PC really, because I will be doing a lot of sound work. Not sure a phone will work in that situation. I have my research cut out :)
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Ultimateless Premium
It worked for me and I used Adobe Soundbooth to edit my sound. I also used Final Cut Pro x
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jaytech Premium
But did you use the inbuilt mic on the phone?
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Ultimateless Premium
Yes I did and it worked amazingly well..but IKMultimedia have special mics you can attach to your phone.
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jaytech Premium
But the problem is, I will be using a direct out from my guitar amp which is stereo, plus a microphone for vocals. I think this may become problematic for a phone, I'm not sure
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Ultimateless Premium
You could run the phone and amp through your mixer.
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jaytech Premium
I didn't even know that was possible. I'm not up on modern phones and what they're capable of. That being the case, it adds a new angle to my options :)
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Ultimateless Premium
You run a line out from the phone's headphone socket.
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jaytech Premium
Brilliant, I really appreciate that, something to look into :)
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JudeP Premium
Hi Jay, try speaking to Paul Goodwin - he's a lovely guy who has recently made a lot of videos for YouTube:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/paulgoodwin
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jaytech Premium
Thanks Jude, I will contact him for sure :)
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
We just released a list 45 cameras under $200 that will do the trick. 20 of these cameras are under $100. If your audience is a casual one you can even get by with a camera phone. The format is smaller but the average person can't tell the difference. As a personal recommendation I would recommend the Canon SX 150 IS. It's surprising high quality for a low-cost camera. It takes still and high definition video. You can take it on vacation and take very decent quality pictures of your family. I do also believe it has Wi-Fi access which means you can post directly to social media if you wish. I can give you several options if you wish. All cameras are not the same.

Personally I own several Cannon Nikon and Kodak physical cameras. Only the Kodak is a low end. The others are $1,000 Plus.
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jaytech Premium
I need to be able to record directly to PC due to the way I record guitar. Although I've read many cameras work as webcams which would work :)
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
I have an 8-year-old Canon Super Zoom that does it that way. However mostly all Point and Shoot and Bridge Cameras made in the last 2 years work basically like a smartphone but not with the small format that smartphones use so pictures are much better. Opps... I am using Jargon... let me explain

Point and Shoot... These are Simple cameras that are set to infinity... kind of like a smartphone. They allow no creativity and require no skill.

Bridge Cameras... These are the go between from simple to professional quality cameras. These are the ones that I prefer because you do not have to spend thousands of dollars on lenses. Because you are a tech guy, This is what I would recommend for you. After 6 months or so the average person would not be able to tell your shots from a professional. ALL bridge cameras can shoor movies in HD, some in 4K.

DSLR... KING of the hill. These cameras take the BEST images possible. You would need a microscope to tell the difference between the Best of these and the Worst. You can freeze motion or blur as you need effect... such as show a flowing stream or freeze a person jumping in the air.

Being the person that you are, you will want to get the BEST out of your camera. With a Bridge or better you even have another income source if you wish.

WHAT YOU PHOTOGRAPH MATTERS. Any camera can take a great picture of landscapes... Sunrises, trees, etc... Faces and motion are the most difficult.

UNLIKE COMPUTERS BRANDS MATTER...
Sony... better circuitry
Canon Better stabilization
Nikon Better lenses

BUT you are only talking the difference between 100 and 95.

YOUTUBE REQUIRES NOTHING SPECIAL. ITS DESIGNED TO COMPENSATE FOR PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING. If you buy a camera, you will have it for 10 to 20 years. Get something that you can use and be proud of.
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jaytech Premium
Thanks a lot, that's some serious information. Most appreciated :)
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Loes Premium
I think the camera is not your biggest problem, the recording of sound, which and how to use a good microphone gives more troubles
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jaytech Premium
Sound isn't such an issue for me, I have plenty of audio editing software and used to work as a sound engineer :)
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Loes Premium
Great! Then it will be fine for you:)
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Seahawk8058 Premium
My Samsung Note 4 does a great job.
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jaytech Premium
But I doubt I'll be able to connect a guitar amp to a smart phone to record it, plus a mic for vocals.
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Seahawk8058 Premium
Surprisingly enough, the microphone is quite good. You just might have to insulate the area as to reduce the echo.
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jaytech Premium
I have to use DI for the guitar amp as I am surrounded by elderly residents, so I can't make too much noise. So I need two sound inputs, one for guitar and another for vocals. I'm sure the image quality is perfectly fine with a phone, it's deciding which will work best due to the audio aspect of the project.
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Seahawk8058 Premium
I completely understand.
You might want to google it or even see if there is an app that you could use.
I'm sure you are not the only one that is attempting something like this.
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jaytech Premium
Yes, there are quite a few on Youtube that do it
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MyraBeth Premium
If you got a new mobile phone, you have a video camera. That will do. Just make sure it is on a tripod. Also, many people make youtube videos using their laptop video camera. The gear doesn't matter as much as the content. Just be sure to smile. :)
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jaytech Premium
I'm not sure a mobile will do, because I have to connect the output of a guitar amp plus a microphone for vocals. It isn't that straight forward when working with music based video
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JohnMks Premium
Use what you got. If all you got is your webcam on your computer use that one.
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jaytech Premium
Well, right now I have nothing, hence this question, so i can get the best to achieve what U need for my site
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jaytech Premium
Going by the reviews that product won't suit my needs, but I appreciate the suggestion :)
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Sherefashion Premium
There are many choices. I do my videos with my Samsung S6 ad at times my cannon power shot, 200si. But if money is no issue the skies is the limit. Look and experience.
Cheers.
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jaytech Premium
Yes, it's quite a minefield all the options :)
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AngelaHall Premium
The budget friendly option is a canon or sony point and shoot. You can usually find one at Wal-mart for under $100. It takes stills and video. I have used a nikon digital camera to record video for my website. Just have it on a sturdy surface.
When the budget allows - an awesome choice is a GoPro camera :)
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jaytech Premium
I'd prefer to record direct to PC due to the audio side of things, is this possible with the suggestions you've made?
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AngelaHall Premium
to record directly to your PC you would need to use a webcam. Using a point and shoot you would need to load the video with the USB connection which comes with the camera. That's how I did mine. Recorded on the camera, connected to PC, upload video to PC then upload to my YouTube channel. In your YouTube channel you can set the privacy settings to unlisted. This way you can still embed the video on your site but it can't be located through search.
You have some editing functions included in your YouTube account but it is limited.
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jaytech Premium
Thanks for all the info, you sure know your stuff :)
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AngelaHall Premium
Thanks :) I'm still learning actually. I always try to find free options when I can.
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jaytech Premium
Yes, same here,. but sometimes it pays to invest a little :)
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AngelaHall Premium
absolutely :)
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With-Kev Premium
I use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the video quality is excellent. Then I use camtasia studio to edit the video. Cheers Kev
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jaytech Premium
I need to join the modern world, I am baffled with all this new phone technology and what they're capable of :)
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With-Kev Premium
They can do anything a computer can do. As far a the camera goes it can make shooting videos very easy. Google phone cameras, how to use, the best ones etc and you will find heaps of info. Cheers kev
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BeauAndNik Premium
any mobile camera will do.. Honestly, camera's have come so far and they all have superior quality.
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jaytech Premium
I'm behind the times obviously. I've not really kept up with the progress in a long time. I don't even use a mobile phone lol
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