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First Non-Family Video

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I spent a day in early January at the Winter Schooling Hunter Show held at the Thoroughbred Training Center near Mocksville, NC. All through the previous week, the weather forecast hadn’t been too encouraging, and a relatively small turnout was expected. I planned to cover the event in my usual way but I also wanted to try a bit of video in the quieter moments. I have an Olympus SP-350, a small point-and-shoot digital camera capable of adequate video quality, but it lacks any real controls. The zoom is jerky and practically unworkable, and the video is limited to 20 seconds per clip. It can’t really be used for serious video work, not only because of the controls, but also because after about 5 clips it displays a message “Battery Empty”. All the other functions continue to work, but the video recording mode simply shuts down. After about 10 minutes of sulking it might work for a while until the battery empties itself again. The sample video was recorded at the show, with the camera set at 640×480 at 30 frames per second, its highest quality setting. Despite all the limitations I was happy with the results. When burned onto a DVD and played on a regular TV, the result is surprisingly good for such a tiny camera.

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Duncan