So I’ve seen these new camcorders from JVC
Of particular interest to me in the last few weeks as all I seem to have been doing is downloading video from tape which happens in real time, and then my PC takes as long again to process that into a file and again to take it into the editing package. So a twenty minutes of footage can take an hour from the time I plug in my camera to when I can actually get down to what I set out to do in the first place. An hour during which of course my PC is out of action for anything else and so I am out of action for all practical purposes too.
So, lovely. Here’s something that might help – a camcorder that records straight to a hard disk albeit in a less than superb format, but nonetheless, it must be worth having a look at. How can I get my hands on one?
Hey, perhaps they’d like a videoblogger to trial one for them – if he liked it a lot and then blogged about it, they’d get some good vibes in the blogosphere, which of course all press people know is “a good thing” – other videobloggers looking for a new toy might go out and buy one, etc. Well I took a look at the JVC site and found the details of Niomi Jayasinghe in the press office and asked her by e-mail if I could borrow one for review purposes – isn’t that how it works?
Well yes, and no. After a little misunderstanding where she thought I was asking for a freebie to keep forever and ever, Niomi said “The only way I can help you is by sending you a
review sample for two-three weeks.” Yes, that’s what I was after. “And usually I need to see a review before sending anything out” uh-huh.
Well that would be cool if I were from “What AmateurDigiCamCorder Monthly” but all I have is reviews of is men’s grooming products…ahem… So I tried again: “I do think this would be a great product for bloggers like us but
reviewing kit is just something we haven’t done before and we’re caught
in a bit of a Catch22 if we can’t start reviewing until we’ve done a
review. If you could waive your usual rule on seeing prior reviews in
this case and let us borrow a camera for a couple of weeks we would be
able to turn something round very quickly and we’d be enormously
That was 2 weeks ago.
I just got mail from Niomi:
totally understand your predicament but I’m afraid until I see a review I am
unable to lend you any product.