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Home Videos Going Digital

Boot Camp feature for Friday, January 19, 2001

When it comes to shooting home video... ..digital is the way to go. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was taking video of the kids... with a portable VCR strapped around my shoulder that was tethered to a camera in my hand. Just take a look at what you can do today... with digital camcorders that can fit in your pocket, like Canon Elura2 MC. It doubles as a digital still camera as well. The price is a relatively steep 18 hundred dollars list, but there are growing numbers of digital camcorders coming in at under eight hundred dollars. Canon's Timothy Smith says the migration of consumers has begun...

"The quality of digital video is kind of the same as the transition people made when they went from vinyl albums to CDs. It's dramatic. You pop on a CD, the first time you heard it you won't forget how clear everything sounded. The same with digital video. It's a major difference than what we were doing in the older analog days and the pricing is a lot more competitive than it ever was."

And if you have a late model PC or Mac, you can use your computer to edit your videos. Software makes it pretty simple and you'll be amazed at what you can do. From Canon's perspective...

"Analog days are numbered at this point. We have analog cameras in the three hundred dollar range but as digital video continues to shrink down in price, that'll go away. Digital will take over."

The big selling points... the size of the camera, the quality of the picture and the connection to your PC. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.