Those of you who read my professional blog at Luxury Property will know I like to have a little fun pointing out what I consider to be horrible real estate videos posted to YouTube.
Well, some one has called me on that. Shaun Stanley, of Video Pros pretty much said, “It’s all very well taking the piss (I am paraphrasing) out of these crappy videos – What can you do that is better?”
Send me a camera and I’ll show you, says Mark.
Two days later, a spanking brand new Sony DCR-SR220 turns up on my doorstep with a note from Mr. Stanley explaining which is the sharp end.
Oops. I am hoping ten years as a pro photographer back in the days when a Nikon F-3 was hot stuff will stand me in good stead.
So, after unpacking the camera, and spending a few minutes marveling at the beauteousness of my new toy, I plug it in to charge the battery and read the destructions. I no longer adhere to the adage, “If all else fails, read the instruction book.”
As I am reading about how to connect this Sony handycam to a mac computer, a word wanders across my mind – VAGUE.
I read a little further and visit the website that Sony have to help you connect a SONY DCS-SR220 Handycam to a Macintosh ‘puter. A MacBook Pro, in this case. And I slowly come to the conclusion that they are not being vague, they are being deliberately fuckin’ obtuse.
After inspecting the instructions on their webpage, which is here, it slowly dawns on me that they are not actually being deliberately fuckin’ obtuse, they are
trying to sell me a new Sony Viao computer by making sure I cannot use this Sony camcorder with a Macintosh computer !
Ha! Not going to happen. I take a few minutes of video and plug my now-charged camera into the computer to see what happens. What happened to the famous Mac, plug ‘n’play rule? I have never once plugged anything into a mac that wasn’t immediately found, installed and ready to go within minutes.
Not a Sony Handycam apparently. Nothing – it is as though I never plugged the damn thing in.
A quick phone call to my newly elected video guru, Shaun, and I am appraised of the fact that Sony are trying to sell you their proprietary software along with a new PC -but there is a workaround. Whew!
Thank you Shaun. This is the workaround:
First job. Go to Squared5 and download their MPEG STREAMCLIP
Next job. Install said software, which is free. And I don’t mean free if you spend $500 on something else. Free as in no charge.
3rd and last job. Go to Apple and spend $20 on buying their MPEG-2 Playback component. Or – and I am not recommending this, but I did hear you could pick it up for free on a bit torrent site. Not that I am recommending that.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Works like a dream now. I have shot, edited and posted my first video to Google video. But – google has slaughtered the quality to the point I am ashamed to show it here.
Once again, thank you Shaun. And if you are interested in all things professional videography check out video pros.
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