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Post by NavyDave on Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:48 pm

I've decided to save up for a camera and arm for next season. I'd like to see how you guyz do it and get some ideas.

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Post by SlowBow on Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:31 pm

I have no picture of what I`m using. I try to keep it as light weight as possible,for mobility. I`m using a Canon Vixia HF 200 covered with thin skin, and I carry a Primos tree are that uses a ratchet strap to attach when I get up in the tree. It`s a bit noisy, but if you want good video your camera has to have a stable hands free platform to film from.

With DSLR storming on to the scene,it`s causing consumer model HD camcorders to really drop in price.I would recommend an HD camera, the quality of video is unsurpassed compared with SD nowadays. You could probably get started with that,a tree arm,and some basic editing software for HD (if your computer is fairly new and will run it) for under $500

Filming your hunts is frustrating,and will cost you shots at game,but I`ve found it to be a very enjoyable hobby,and really can`t imagine heading into the woods with out my camera any more!


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Post by NavyDave on Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:07 pm

Stable Arm and HD camera..got it. I have a buddy who has video editing sofware so thats not a problem.

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Post by SlowBow on Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:33 pm

A few other things that you may want to consider would be a quality tripod with a fluid head. That will run you a few bills (I`m not talking the 49.95 Best Buy special) and also a directional microphone with a windscreen to kill wind noise. That is something that really irritates me in videos.

Of course, these can be added at leisure as needed to improve on quality and technique if you find it`s something you want to run with.

I actually do have a picture of my set up,It`s not a a really good one, but it`s loaded on my website, as the cover shot for the Public Land Pope and Young page. This is a web-series I`m filming as I spend time trying to take a Pope and Young on public land with archery gear.

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Post by NavyDave on Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:04 pm

good call on the tripod. I do want to try some natural groud blind hunting next season. My season will be short due to deployments but I want to make the mosst of it. Thanks.

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Post by Capt. David Cunningham on Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:01 pm

Just got the kodak zx5 playsport cam. looking to use this for shooting hunts and fishing trips waterproof to 10m ,shoots in 1080 or 720 ,5mp stills . anyone else using this cam?
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Post by Waiting4Fall on Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:46 pm

I just got this in the mail yesterday. Also, the editing software I just bought. I just use a walmart tripod.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?is=REG&sku=749197&Q=&O=&A=details

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372982,00.asp


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Post by SlowBow on Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:39 pm

Sweet Camera!

My PC hard drive finally crashed, so I just got this new iMac. AVCHD is not mac compatible, and I have to convert all my old footage if I want to use any of it. Not really a big deal,just time consuming. But I`m pulling my hair out trying to learn the iMovie editing software. Once I get the basics I`ll graduate to FCP X or something.

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Re: Let's see your camera set-up

Post by NavyDave on Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:13 pm

Dave Mullins wrote:I just got this in the mail yesterday. Also, the editing software I just bought. I just use a walmart tripod.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?is=REG&sku=749197&Q=&O=&A=details

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372982,00.asp


I checked out the camera and it has pretty good reviews except for the battery. Only lasts an hour and you have to take camera completely off the tripod/arm to change that battery. Are either of these issues a big deal with filming your owm hunts?

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Post by Waiting4Fall on Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:52 pm

No, it's all good. I am however used to having an 8 hr battery on the previous camera. I am ordering 2 maybe 3 more batteries. I can get everything I need done with 1-2 batteries per hunt. I just always like to have a backup for my backup.

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:16 pm

I have a gorilla arm that straps to the tree, Camera is a old Panasonic PV-GS19. Last night I ordered a EasyCAP DC60 - USB 2.0 Audio/video Creator Capture High-quality Analog Video. So I can transfer to dvd.

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Post by bigdaddy-yoyo on Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:25 pm

Hey guys, my first post here. Once I figure how to post a pic here then I will show my camera arm
I use a Hunting beast camera arm By Dan Infalt. Best camera arm I have ever used. Rugged,quiet, three arms for getting all the angles and a great pan head( it is a pistol grip). Very easy to set up (extremely quiet) which is key for my set ups. And the weight is nice, made out of aluminum. Check them out in the store of Hunting Beast.com

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Post by Waiting4Fall on Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:04 pm

Welcome, bigdaddy-yoyo. You tell Mr. Infalt I said. "He's good people!!!" Smile That guy definitely knows what's up! We're glad your here, & I hope you enjoy our forum.

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Post by Uncle Bob on Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:32 am

SlowBow, what is thin skin? I just picked up a Canon VIXIA HF R200 camera and would like to protect it. I've got Adobe Premier 8 and a Gorilla Arm on the way too. This stuff is all new to me so I will be asking tons of questions.

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Post by Uncle Bob on Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:57 am

Well here it is. I just got the Cannon Vixia HF R200, The Gorilla Arm, and the Adobe Premier 8 software. I spent a little under $400 but can't tell you how good it is yet I will shortly though. Do I dare spray some dull paint on this set up, camera and all???
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Post by Waiting4Fall on Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:10 pm

Camo tape for the camera, is what I suggest. Spray the arm if you want to & you're good to go.

http://www.tapebrothers.com/Special-Duct-Tapes-s/239.htm

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Post by SlowBow on Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:08 pm

Look into Thin Skin, thats the name of the camo I use on my camera. Readily available at outdoors outlets like Cabelas,breathable surgical grade tape that does not retain moisture. It's a little more expensive than other tapes, but well with it.

http://www.cabelas.com/camera-accessories-deer-ridge-thin-skin-camo-camcorder-cover.shtml

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Post by SlowBow on Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:20 pm

Oh, and go out and shoot some video. Load it and edit it. Start a new thread for your questions, we'll do what we can to help 8^)

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Post by PArecurveHunter on Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:13 pm

Maybe look into the 3rd arm camera mount company. They have a few camera arms that are for small video cameras. I have one and love it. It attaches directly to my climber and you can get a different base for it that attaches to the tree with a ratchet strap which is public land friendly.

As far as cameras I use a sony HD handi cam. really light weight and simple to use. I get about an hour and a half of batter life out of it but got extra batteries. It has an awesome clear picture to. But I would shop around and take everybodies advice in the other posts as well and put it all together.

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Post by Waiting4Fall on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:09 am

This is how I did the camo tape job, on my Canon. It's durable, & it works.











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Post by Uncle Bob on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:20 am

Cool Dave! After you guy's suggested tape I did the same thing.
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Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:46 am

I am also looking for a camcorder and treestand arm for this season. I should have bought one already but still saving up, and season starting so soon!

I wanted the cheapest best camcorder for low light and I think the lowest I can find in my budget is 0.4 (Low Light mode). Maybe I'll just tape up a green flashlight to the camera for night vision lol.

I've been seeing some cheap $100-199 camcorder refurbs on dealnews.com Might just have to order one. I wish I could get the best camcorder special with all accessories and stuff but just not happening this year.

This entire time I've been filming with my Drift HD 170 which has served me well for the past 3 years but the fisheye makes things look farther than they are. I just wish there were a $400 camcorder that was waterproof, super low light, directional mic, and alerted me for deer within 100 yards Razz
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Post by Camper1 on Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:34 pm

I use a standard Manfrotto tripod when im on the ground and able to zoom in some, otherwise i mount the camera to my Insane Archery Bow mount which at the moment is affixed by and above my bow stabilizer. Havent invested in a tree stand arm as of yet.

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