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Is your crappy phone cam really that bad?

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That's how to make a camera dolly using a broom, a piece of paper (folded 4 times over) and some elastic bands.

Just gently lean back with the broom to make the shot.

The phone camera -


This week, I had tried using the video from this thing and it looked like a write-off.

The videos looked crap when played back on the phone.

Tried converting them from the 3GP format to AVI and it didn't even work.

As a last resort, I tried a different converter called "hamster video converter".

Result? Very nice clean and smooth AVI files.

This phone I got for free with my monthly tarrif a couple of years ago. I've seen it sold for $199.

Until now, I thought the video was unusable.

The AVI output from Hamster won't go through Avidemux for cropping, but it is still nice and usable video in AVI format.

It's only 320x240 but just try throwing the above video full screen.

Not bad for a cam I had pretty much written off yesterday.

I'm not shilling for that Hamster converter software in any way, just taking up a recommmendation from another LL're to try it.

You know who you are if you are reading this, and thank you very much indeed for putting a half-decent video cam back in my pocket.

I could adjust the lighting and colour balance of the video, but for now that's just the unprocessed result, which is quite a revelation.

Thanks again to LL for being so educational, and I hope you all like me sharing this stuff back.

Don't be afraid to throw me a private message if you want some help making videos, especially with this apparently shitty 3GP phone cam stuff.

Looks like it ain't so shitty after all :-)


Added: May-28-2011 Occurred On: May-28-2011
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  • yeah, it still sucks. Sorry.

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  • Freemake Video Downloader and converter by the same outfit works very well. Free too.

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  • Ah shit, I had to watch it again because I just noticed the thing about the folded paper, but I didn't recall seeing it first time around. Good design.

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    • @Phil_Mahoal

      If you try to think about this stuff, you'd still be doing it a week later. I had the elastic bands, and couldn't make them work on their own.

      Nearest thing to hand was a piece of A5 paper. Fold it over three or four times and you're done.

      I put the broom away with the stuff still on it, and it's ready for re-use instantly.

      A bit MacGyver, but it works eh?

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  • Im sure porn movie makers will use this design.

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  • I'm going to have to delete this video in time...

    "hamster video converter" is crap. It makes the final video run twice as fast as the original. Nice quality, but framerate screwed.

    Just tried Freemake converter, and the outoput is not as good, but at least the framerate is correct.

    Freemake is also amazingly fast, although you do need an active web connection.

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