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Desktop Video News #033: Guidelines for Shooting Quality Videos
February 16, 2006
Welcome to this week's edition of Desktop Video News. This week, we've got a scoop of the top 5 free video editing software programs out there. You'll leatrn how to convert your old videos to DVD format, as well as pick up tips for shooting wedding videos. There's also a list of the top ten camcorders going for under $600 and tips on choosing a good Firewire card for capturing video. Enjoy the newsletter!

In This Issue

Top 5 free video editing software programs
Information on 5 free video editing software programs that you can download and use.

A guide to converting your old videos to DVD
This article takes you through the process of converting your old video collection to DVD.

Learn how you can shoot a spectacular wedding video
An overview on how to go about shooting a great wedding video.

Top 10 digital camcorders under $600
Top 10 digital camcorders for those on a tight budget.

How to choose Firewire cards for video capture
Takes you through the main considerations to think about before buying a Firewire card.

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Tip of The Week

Need some idea of how much disk space you need for video? Well, video files need a lot of space! Digital video typically uses 3.6 MB (megabytes) of space per second, which (if you do the math) means that 1 GB (gigabyte) will hold about five minutes of video. You’ll also need working space on the hard disk.

As a general rule of thumb, you should just figure out approximately how much video you want to capture and multiply that number by four. For example, if you want to capture about 15 minutes of video, you’ll need at least 3GB of disk space to store it. Multiply that by four (as a rule of thumb) to figure out that you should have at least 12 GB of free space on your hard disk to get the job done.

Convert Your Digital Photos to VCD or DVD Format

Want a convenient way of sharing your digital photos? By converting them to VCD or DVD format, you can view the photos as a slideshow on the TV. A great tool for doing this is Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow - it comes complete with themed photo slideshow templates, as well as options for adding music, transitions, captions, narration and other stunning video effects. Do check it out!

Cool Site of The Week

One of the most popular video streaming websites out there. This website has a daily video log (a 'vlog') which features a zany reporter (Amanda Congdon) giving you news ranging from earthquakes to football. Forgot text-based blogs, this is the future of blogging. Do check it out!

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