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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Howto Make Video From ...

YouTube Video I recorded (Click for YouTube Link)

Recently, a person posted about the video above on my YouTube account, "How do you film this?" I thought I'd take the opportunity to explain how I did it. 

First, you need an Aiptek A-HD Pro 1080P High Definition Camcorder (Silver). This is a great 4.8 oz video camera that is less than $200 at WalMart and just over $100 at Amazon (check out the link). I travel frequently, oftentimes overseas, and have the habit of breaking inexpensive digital cameras. My longest lasting camera was a Casio Exilim, which survived many trips and several falls on the ground, finally meeting its end in Indonesia. Last year, I purchased a Kodak EasyShare camera that could should HD video at 720p. I liked this camera and its video capabilities; however, this camera met its end in Germany after a fall on the ground -- it literally busted apart and I put it back together piece by piece to remain functional for a couple more months but ... besides my penchant for dropping cameras in odd locations, the several Casio Exilims and Kodak EasyShare cameras that I owed were first and foremost still-shot cameras with the ability to shot video. The Aiptek A-HD Pro is first and foremost a video camera capable of still-photos. As a result, the Aiptek A-HD is adequate for still-photos but does not excel at them or have the same sorts of features that a dedicated point and shoot camera would. For instance, my biggest complaint with the Aiptek A-HD is the shutter lag, that is, the wait from pressing the button until the photo is actually taken. The Aiptek A-HD is not suited well to take action still-shots. On the other hand, it is excellent for video. Plus the camera has great features for a relatively low priced camera, such as video in and out, 1080p HD Video at 30fps, 720p HD Video at 60fps, and still shots at 5 mega-pixels (2592x1944), 3x optical zoom lens. There are no doubt reviews of this camera on the Internet. The camera also comes with a remote control, HD component video out cables, SD composite video in cables, and a mini tripod. Video and still photos are recorded onto a SD/MMC card. As I said before, for its price and features, it is a great camera that takes good video and good still photos. Its compact size and belt case make it easy to carry with me on trips.

Second, with this camera and its SD composite video input, it is easy to record a game on the Wii or any other video device that has SD composite video output. All that is needed to capture video is to plug the output from the device into the camera's input. However, a video game also needs to be played and the 2.4" LCD display on the Aiptek A-HD is not really adequate. Solution, get a Y-Adaptor Splitter and connect the video output to the television and the camera.

Splitter Cable Connection Wii Output to Aiptek A-HD and television

Once the Wii (or other composite video source), the Aiptek A-HD, and the television are connected, you are ready to record and play the video game. Once you have the video captured on the SD/MMC card, the video is ready to be edited and or uploaded to YouTube. All in all it is pretty easy to do and the quality is adequate. Have fun.


  1. I have abused my share of Kodak Easy-Share cameras and found them to be quite durable. They survived the typical drops and flops. They each lasted around 1.5 to 2 years and I used them for work projects that required photos.

    That being said, I have taken them across the country, but not across the world! Also, I did not use them for video.

    I have been considering a video camera, so I appreciate your review and input.

  2. Well if you consider the same model as the one I reviewed, consider ordering it off my site... the Wii Fit board is cool...