Video Taping Christmas Lights
I'm far from a video expert. But here's my notes.
Start with a good camcorder
A camcorder with a 3CCD imaging sensor will typically produce much better color in low light.
I use the JVC GZ-HD6. But it doesnt fair out well in the reviews.
Use a tripod
A small amount of ambient light helps. Try filming at dusk.
I usually turn our recessed porch lights on.
Create a special sequence between every song that gives you time to stop and start recording.
Mine is 10 sec. off - 10 sec on - 10 sec. off (the on time is for focusing)
Film at a high resolution picture quality. I use SP 1440x1080i high-definition.
Disable Optical Image Stabilization.
Choose Manual recording mode.
Set the Brightness to the highest setting (+6 for JVC GZ-HD6)
Set Shutter Speed to 1/30
Manual / Auto Focus - determine how to switch from manual to auto
With lights on allow camera to auto focus.
Switch to manual focus to lock setting in while lights are still on.
Convert video files to a standard .wmv file format
A lot of HD camcorders do not create a standard video file format.
The camera software must be used to convert to a more standard .wmv format
Import the video. Do not edit the video.
Produce the video to a high resolution format
The format I choose is: Windows media video 9 HD Standard Quality (6000 kbs)
Edit .wmv file in Windows Movie Maker
Options / Video Properties: NTSC (also 16:9 for wide screen)
Import wmv file
Movie Tasks / Capture / Import video
Uncheck - Create clips for video files
Add video to time line
Show TimeLine (instead of Story Board)
Drag arrows in at ends of video on time line
Import MP3 Audio
Movie Tasks / Capture / Import audio or music
Add audio to time line
Listen to both audios and adjust alignment of MP3 until there is no echo.
Mute audio from video (right click Audio in timeline and check Mute)
Movie Tasks / Finish Movie
Save to my computer
Other / Video for LAN (768 kbps)
Last revised: December 06, 2013