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Video Tripod for Everyday Use


Video Tripod

Video Tripod

By Anne Ahira

Upon cursory examination, there are many products that seem simplistic while still costing a pretty penny.

In this article we are going to discuss the video tripod and why it is not quite as simple as it seems.

In fact, the video tripod is a long-term investment that requires a lot of research to get right.

What should you look for?

To begin with, it is essential that you locate a tripod that has a separate head and legs.


Let us take a moment to explain exactly what these anatomically influenced parts actually are. The legs, obviously, are what give the tripod its name. There are three of them and they can be adjusted for nearly any shot. The head is a bit more versatile as it sits atop the legs and is available in a few different styles.

But more important than the style of the head is the fact that it is detachable. Since most photographers, whether they be amateurs or professional, need to transport their video tripod regularly, it is essential that the head be detachable and that it can be packed up separately.

While it is true that most tripods come as a complete unit that includes the legs and the head, there are professional tripods that offer these parts separately. Deciding on a model really does depend upon your relative level of experience.

There really are no accurate numbers to help us get to the bottom of this debate, but what we do know is that most beginners are satisfied with a single unit, while most professionals like to mix and match their parts.

The Head

The most common heads are called fluid heads and they actually contain an internal fluid that creates drag, which results in smoother and more consistent movement. A cheap head, on the other hand, will offer only limited control over drag and will most likely affect the quality of your camera work.

How do you check for drag? The best thing to do is to simply play around with the head and move it slowly, then quickly from side to side. If there is any jerkiness, it probably means that the camera does not have the appropriate amount of drag. The movement of the device should be smooth at all times.

High quality video tripods will also have counter balance systems that keep the camera perfectly balanced. This feature is important due to the fact that even expensive, quality cameras can be quite heavy or unbalanced, and a counterbalance will correct this problem.

Lastly, it is a good idea to find a camera with a quick-release button or mechanism that will allow you to remove the camera for quick and easy storage and transportation. This is essential if you do not have a permanent installation, i.e., the camera is not screwed to the tripod.

The Legs

As you might expect, the legs are not quite as complicated as the head. Their main function of course is to support the weight of the camera. Beyond that, it is important to make certain that they are the right height and that they fold up for easy storage.

DVD VCR Recorder


DVD VCR Recorder

DVD VCR Recorder

By Anne Ahira

The newest media is available almost exclusively on DVD which is a higher quality with more options for both recording and playback and capable of HD.

A DVD player and recorder is a commonplace accessory in many homes and for those who want to re-record or play their VHS format movies as well the DVD VCR recorder may well be the answer with certain limitations.

A DVD recorder has several choices in how many hours of recorded media it will hold; the lowest is less than acceptable quality by today’s standards and the highest can be exceptional DVD quality playback.

DVD recorders also insert markers ever 5 minutes automatically these can be accessed through the next button on the remote control.

It is possible to create chapters but the process is more complex and the movie or program will need to be recorded in sections with a full stop in recording between each chapter. How to later label these chapters will vary with the unit and can be difficult or simple.

A DVD VCR recorder can play back from both DVD and VHS formats. This is useful for those who have a collection of VHS format movies as well as want to play DVD format movies.

The DVD VCR recorder also is capable of recording from a VHS format on to a DVD format or the other way around. The limitations exist only in that commercial movies and media in either format may be protected by copyright restrictions and may be encoded.

DVD is capable of playing superior quality movies but recording a home movie on to DVD will not usually improve the quality, which depends on the original. Most DVD recorders will have from variable recording qualities and may hold up to 6 hours of media at the lowest playback quality.

DVD VCR Recorder Accessories

A tuner built either in or external will be required for a DVD VCR recorder where recording television programming is also desired.

A built in tuner will permit the recording of most television programming with hookup possible directly from the external antenna or cable. You will be able to watch other programming while recording.

If the DVD VCR recorder has no internal tuner then input will be needed from the cable box or through an external tuner. The unit will only record the program you are watching.

Some DVD VCR recording units may also display other media and for persons who commonly burn photos to DVD then docking ports and inputs are available.

With newer HD, televisions then connection from the DVD VCR recorder to the television should not be a problem as they will usually be compatible. If you have an older model television you will want to be sure, you have the correct input connectors on your television.

DVD VCR recorders are becoming very popular and with many more options, there are units that range from very affordable to fully loaded units capable of much more than the old style VCR unit or the DVD unit and recorder.