Re: Video Housing resources? LDS or online? Any recommendations?

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Posted by MikeT on September 29, 2005 at 09:17:38:

In Reply to: Video Housing resources? LDS or online? Any recommendations? posted by SCVDiver on September 29, 2005 at 08:44:09:

Try these messageboards:

http://www.digitaldiver.net/ - go to moving pixels forum
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uwvideo/ - lots of pros here
http://www.scubaboard.com/forumdisplay.php?f=343 - scubaboard videography page

I would do the research online. I don't feel that any of the local shops have any kind of real selection for UW video. Most will try to sell you whatever they have in stock or have a relationship with. To get pro results you need to be able to manually white balance undewater as camcorder auto modes tend to make the image more green or blue than it really is. This means buying at least a prosumer 3CCD camcorder that has white balance and a housing that can control the white balance. There is a new Hi-Def camcorder coming out from Sony that should take killer underwater video, but it will cost $4000+ for the setup.

I started with a used MiniDV Ikelite setup, got used to filming and editing underwater, then upgraded to something more pro (3 CCD camera, Widescreen, manual controls, better lens, etc).

Good luck, it's fun and video can be very rewarding.

You can check out my videos at:

- MikeT

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