I have a love/hate relationship with video cameras. On the one hand, it’s so great to have little video snippets of your kids as they’re growing up, because they grow up so freaking FAST, and there’s nothing quite like video. Photos are awesome, but video gets you right back in the moment, as you sit hunched over the video player sobbing to yourself and humming “Sunrise, Sunset” like a big sappy WUSS.
On the other hand, I think a video camera is very difficult to deal with in terms of finding the right balance between “capturing the moment” and “being an OCD psycho and whipping out the camera every time they do something cute”. I can personally attest to going overboard at one point and ending up with approximately 295739295 digital files of Riley engaged in such scintillating activities as breathing.
There’s also the question of what to do with your video files once you’ve got them on the camera. In my case, I have a super-neat little JVC digital camcorder that unfortunately records in a video format my Mac doesn’t recognize — so in order to download clips, I first have to run them through a program that re-interprets the data and barfs it back out in a format I can import into whatever editing app I’m using. Which is way too time consuming and definitely keeps me from doing as much with video as I’d like to, but that’s my personal problem, presumably your camera isn’t so fussy.
So! Assuming you capture video on occasion, what do you do with it? Here’s what I tend to do: