Video cameras and Linux Redux – Canon MV920
Last weekend, I purchased a video camera. I bought it about five minutes before attending a wedding (that I was shooting photographs for – the couple are very close friends of mine), and the sales lady herself was amazed at our “last minuteness”. In all fairness, I was only told that they weren’t having any video for their wedding about an hour before the wedding, so I needed some time to do some Google research.
I purchased a Canon MV920 Mini DV video camera. Its cheap (even cheaper now that there’s a $75 rebate that I just found out about), has support for an external microphone, uses the same batteries that I use for my DSLR, and its really small and light. My deal was sweetened with free DV tapes thrown in, as well as a Firewire cable (6-pin; I use the 4-pin iPod converter when connecting to my Thinkpad).
I’m pleased to announce that it “just works” with Linux. Just install
dvgrab (its in Core –
yum install dvgrab), and simply run
dvgrab on the command line. A little while later, stop it, and open up the file which plays nicely in Totem. 200MB for about 1 minute of video.
As its December, and I plan on quite a bit of travel, I guess it only makes sense that I’ll be using more of the video camera, and writing about how funky Linux is with it :-)