Originally Posted by Moose1850
Thanx a lot gents. U gave me now lots of things to do. I will come back to u as soon as I have my homeworks done.
I bought my camera about 18 months ago. As I said, it is very similar to yours. I had zero video experience. I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out and learning what was important.
What I should have done:
1 - Read the camera manual a couple of times. It's not so much knowing all of the camera, but learning which parts you want to know well for what you are going to do.
2 - Print and read the HD Writer manual. Again, you need to understand what it can do and then learn the parts you need. You may learn you don't want to use it at all. But, it does do things you can't do any other way or with any other tool.
3 - If you want to do more than what HD Writer does, pick an editor -any editor - and learn it. This is where I wasted most of my efforts. I was trying to find "the best one". There are too many, they are all complex and everyone of them has fans as well as people that have trouble. If you haven't used a video editor before, the learning curve is steep and it can be slow. Finally, I focused on Adobe Premier Elements and forgot the others. There is excellent and inexpensive training at lynda.com that flattens the learning curve. The feature set in PE10 is amazing. It will manage audio and video with multiple controls, effects, layers and filters. It will create optimized video for everything from an iPhone to a high def TV using a long list of presets. Or it will make silly, amateurish instant video with preloaded themes.
4 - Now that I know some of the important parts of the basic tools, I can use them to create video. Taking random clips of interesting things is always fun and I will continue to do that. More fun, is the bigger challenge of editing the clips into something people enjoy watching. Finding worthy topics is a challenge in itself. Based on views, my best had a special purpose for a small nitch audience s and made it to 260 views on YouTube. A recent book called "How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck" has been a big help.
Hope you have as much fun with your new camera as I have with mine.