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Mark Davies
Film Handler

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From: Stourbridge, UK
Registered: Jan 2018

 - posted September 14, 2018 06:58 PM      Profile for Mark Davies   Email Mark Davies   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So someone asked me to transfer a load of DVcam tapes.
Turned out they were Hi8.
So I have purchased a camcorder just to get the project moving.
I also have coming a Hi8 player at the end of the month so the camcorder will be surplus and this got me thinking.

I give the camcorder to my 6 year old son. Hopefully it will spark him into something he likes (no matter if it doesn't) and he can start filming things and then editing maybe.

But then I think.. hmmm this day and age? Kids recording other kids in the playground etc..

It's surly not wrong, but I suspect it would be?

And of course, yes, un-supervised, I'd want him to film what he wanted.

Thoughts.. Am I being over protective or over … something?

It's ok for everyone to film with their phones and their car cameras etc..

Kind Regards Mark.

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Ken Finch
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Herne Bay, Kent. U.K.
Registered: Oct 2011

 - posted September 15, 2018 09:26 AM      Profile for Ken Finch   Email Ken Finch   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Mark, I should think its o.k. your boy using a camera as it is not connected to the internet and neither are the editing programmes. Just do not him upload anything to You Tube or any other social media. However there is the danger that other parents may object due to "over the top" child protection climate we live in. Suggest you have a chat with the head teacher. Ken Finch. [Roll Eyes]

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Bill Phelps
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From: USA
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 - posted September 15, 2018 11:19 AM      Profile for Bill Phelps     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
When my son was young, about 6 or 7, I was filming a lot with my video camera and for a day I let him (at his request) have a 8mm Hi8 video cassette and film whatever he wanted too. He had fun and it never did blossom into anything but he just toured the house and showed off his toys. So let your son do the same before having him film kids on the playground...he will more than likely just want to play with the other kids!

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Osi Osgood
Film God

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From: Mountian Home, ID.
Registered: Jul 2005

 - posted September 15, 2018 11:40 AM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I must say that, while, when I shot the footage, it looked pretty darned good (especially when I attached a scope lense to the front of the camera!)

... but that darned miniDV footage is still sitting on the tapes and I haven't been able to archive it or even look at it for years now, and it really ticks me off!

I even got a head cleaning tape for the TWO cameras that i have and they still won't play these back! GRRRR!

"All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "

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Graham Ritchie
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From: New Zealand
Registered: Feb 2006

 - posted September 15, 2018 01:31 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Mark

Not sure its a good idea to let him loose in a playground with a video camera, nothing wrong with running around the house with one though. Hopefully his primary school are involved with A/V and school projects with other kids in the use of the camera I think would be the way to go.

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