My friend John and I want to make some instructional videos for streaming from within my “how to fly” Web pages. A first attempt is available on YouTube: “Briefing an Instrument Approach.” I have a few questions about the quality of this video for those of you with powerful PCs. On my Dell XPS from 2006 (two CPUs), the video is slightly choppy and the audio seems out of sync of the video. The video was captured with a 3-CCD Sony HDV camera in 1080i (state of the art in 2006!) and exported to 720p with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. The audio was captured at 48 KHz but converted to 44.1 KHz for the export, which is the default behavior when you say “YouTube HD” to Premiere. We used a Westcott daylight-balanced fluorescent Spider Light TD5 and soft boxes for lighting.
So.. for those of you with modern quad-core PCs… how does the video look? Do I have Parkinson’s?
My second question is whether YouTube is the right service to use. I don’t want to pay for the bandwidth to stream these videos. At the same time, I don’t want the videos to be interrupted with a lot of ads. Even worse, it would be bad if competitive flight schools ran ads inside these videos. Aside from the satisfaction of helping others learn, it would be nice if we got a few new students at East Coast Aero Club. Nor would we want other flight schools to embed these videos in their own sites, chop off the opening and closing titles (with our URL), and use them to promote their own operation. (I recognize that it is unrealistic to ask someone else to pay for all of the streaming infrastructure and not eventually stick ads in the videos.)
My third question is what do video nerds think about the overall quality of production? Should we give up before we embarrass ourselves further?
My final question for video experts comes from my friend Ken. What consumer-grade HD camcorder should he buy to make videos of his kids? Was there anything interesting announced at CES? I think his budget would stretch to $1000 but it would obviously be better to bring this in for closer to $500. And what’s the deal with hard drive camcorders with 80 GB drives? Aren’t there 64 GB flash cards now?