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Old October 3rd, 2008, 07:42 PM   #1
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Straight to web workflow?

I ask this question once a year or so...

I shoot a lot of long meetings that are put up on the web. I'm dreaming of a faster workflow.

Is there anything out there--camcorder to software--that will allow a "straight to web" workflow?

As of now I ingest into iMovie (FCE is buggy here), export Full Quality, then convert to Flash. With multi-hour movies each step takes a long, long time. I dream of a camcorder that shoots in mp4 at a lower bitrate...

Anything out there to improve the workflow?

--Darin
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Old October 4th, 2008, 05:08 AM   #2
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if you have to edit in between, there is no reason to use a camera that would provide a higly compressed video for the web.
if you just want a meeting recorded, simply record it directly to a laptop. the second the meeting is finished , the video will be available.
Some other camera can give you a "youtube - ready" video, but usually these devices are targeted for the low&cheap market , so quality is low&cheap too.

definitely, you would simply connect the firewire output of my DV cam to a laptop and produce the stream on the fly.
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Old October 5th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #3
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Hi Giroud,

I've experimented with recording directly to laptop and that works (at least when it doesn't!). But too complicated for my volunteers to use. Plus a little inflexible--takes up more space (important in small meeting roms) and, of course, I'm tethered to the laptop.

As far as "editing" all I do with these is break them up into shorter sections for viewer convince. No real editing of any sort.

I'm thinking of going to a CF-based cam early next year so that will speed one part of the workflow way up. Just looking to see what others have found.

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