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Video Camera Tripod


Video Camera Tripod

Video Camera Tripod

By Anne Ahira

You have a new video camera and are ready to go out into all the world and make your award winning video! So you start in the neighborhood shooting everything that is remotely interesting and head back home to edit your fine work.

The problem is the video is jerky and looks like a two year old was in charge of the camera! Before you throw the video camera away and give up on your dreams, you might want to consider trying again with a video camera tripod.

That means it is time to shop for the perfect video camera tripod, but you have no idea where to begin. Well here is exactly where you need to be to determine which video camera tripod is right for you.


A tripod is simply composed of a set of legs and a head, which the camera attaches to. You can purchase a tripod with or without a head, and once you are more familiar with how each one works you may prefer without.

The head supports the camera and provides the movement. The type and quality of the head you use will determine how well your videos turn out.


You will find that most heads on the market today are fluid heads. What this means is that they contain fluid, which creates a dampening effect known as drag. Cheap models may have no way to adjust this drag or resistance, while good heads will allow you to fine-tune this feature.

Another essential piece is the quick release, this is a mechanism that allows you to detach the camera and begin shooting free hand if the need arises. A quick release is generally a device that attaches permanently to the camera.

There are also ball heads which a few people actually prefer, however they are considered more of a still shot tripod head than video.


When it comes to the legs, you will have to look around to determine which suit your needs the best. The most important thing to consider is the amount of weight they can support.

In other words if a video camera tripod is rated for 5 pounds and you place a 7 pound camera on it, you could have a disaster on your hands. You want a tripod with correct weight range and sturdiness. Take for instance the Tiffen Davis & Sanford ProVista 7518 video tripod.


  • Perfect for field, studio, educational or industrial applications
  • Weight limit up to 18 lbs
  • Heavy duty, double-strut, 3 – section tripod
  • Fluid Head w/18 lb capacity
  • Quick release plate
  • $199 on Amazon

This is a good all around video camera tripod; it has a good weight limit, heavy-duty legs and a fluid pan head.

Bottom Line

Finding the right tripod may seem like a daunting task at first but with a little practice, you will be an expert in no time.

Remember to consider maximum and minimum heights of the tripod as well; if you are going to be shooting videos of an ant colony in the back yard, you will not need an extremely tall tripod.

Blue Ray Recorder


Blue Ray Recorder

Blue Ray Recorder

By Anne Ahira

Soon people everywhere will be ditching their DVD’s for the Blue Ray format. As soon as the HD concept really catches on you will want a better format for watching movies and the DVD will be on its way out the door.

Many are looking to get the jump on technology by purchasing a blue ray recorder now.


The problem is at this point the only type you can get is a computer drive blue ray burner, so if you are looking for standalone unit similar to a DVD player or VHS recorder you will have to wait a bit longer.

If however you want to convert your home movies with a Blue Ray recorder one of the highest rated ones on the market is the LG H20L.


  • Internal drive
  • HD DVD ROM combination
  • Interface – Serial Sata
  • Dimensions 5.7 x 1.6 x 1.3 inches
  • System requirements – Windows XP or later OS


Over the last year, 19 people have purchased and reviewed this product. All customers have been satisfied with their purchases and the majority felt the Blue Ray Recorder was worthy of a five star rating.

Installing anything into your computer can turn into a potential nightmare. However, this Blue Ray recorder has proved to be a simple install for most users.

You will of course want to ensure it is compatible with your hard drive and your tower has an empty drive bay.

The price for this Blue Ray recorder may seem a bit steep for a disk drive but considering the capabilities and the fact there is no other way to burn or record blue ray movies the price is not severely inflated. You can purchase this item new on Amazon for just over $200.


The biggest complaint you will find is on the blank blue ray discs. If you go with an economy brand, you will likely find yourself trashing several discs to everyone that burns successfully.

The best plan is to begin with a cheaper disc until you learn the ins and outs of burning and then move to the more expensive ones.

Bottom Line

A Blue Ray recorder could be a good investment if you are looking for a better format for home movies or to back up your current blue ray library.

These movies do not come cheap; they are still averaging well over $20 each for new releases and will not lose value any time soon. Of the several models available, the LG blue ray recorder has the best customer feedback so far, with nearly perfect marks.