In preparation for my upcoming trip to South America, I’ve purchase a new digital camera and some new video editing software for my computer. The camera, a Nikon Coolpix S4000 (shown above), was purchased because I wanted to have a point and shoot camera that recorded video in high definition, which this one does. My old point and shoot camera shot video, but not in HD. And last year, when I traveled through Europe, I brought an HD Flip video camera with me, but the screen is so small I could barely see what I was shooting half the time and I was overall very disappointed with that camera. So hopefully this new Nikon camera will do the job as both my point and shoot camera and my video camera for my upcoming travels.
I also purchased the new Sony Vegas Movie Studio software for my video editing. I used Vegas Video to edit my videos when I was in college, so I am super familiar with the software. Plus, this new software is capable of editing MP4 videos (which is the format the Nikon camera above records in), so I can simply shoot my videos and dump them straight into my editing software and quickly spit them out the opposite end. Before this new technology, I was shooting my videos with the Flip camera, then having to reformat the video and the audio separately. After that was done, I would then bring both files into my editing software and try and match them up. That alone would take a huge amount of time. But then, even after I had done all that, the software would lag heavily when I tried to play or edit the video clips. This often times resulted in me editing in the dark, totally guessing as to where I should cut, paste and edit certain elements. As a whole, it was a huge pain in the butt to edit even the simplest of videos.
But now that I have this new software and new camera, I’m hoping that the video editing process will be that much easier, because I plan to produce a lot of videos while I am in South America, and I want to be able to spit them out as fast as humanly possible.