My New HD Video Blogging Setup

New Video Blogging Setup

My video blogging is about to take a leap into the AVCHD dimension thanks to the addition of the new Canon Vixia HF S100 HD camcorder to my blogging setup. The HF S100 is Canon’s new top of the line consumer/prosumer level HD camcorder. It’s identical to the Vixia HF S10 with the only difference being the S10 has 32GB of flash memory built in while the S100 has none. Since I have about 100GB of SCHD cards, there’s really no need to pay the extra $200 for the S10’s built in memory.

I rounded out the new blogging setup by adding a Canon WD H58 Wide Angle Lens (the thing is HUGE!) and a Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone (now shown). I also picked up a BP-819 Lithium Ion Battery Pack because the battery that comes with S100 doesn’t last very long. The entire setup sits on a Manfroto 785B Tripod, which was the gadget of the week on last Saturday’s Dot Com Pho.

At nearly $1,700, the setup isn’t cheap but it’s still way less expensive than going for a professional studio setup. It’s also a lot easier to haul around. I’ll be testing the new video blogging setup tonight during my presentation for Third Tuesday. Should be fun.

New Video Blogging Setup

New Video Blogging Setup

New Video Blogging Setup


64 thoughts on “My New HD Video Blogging Setup”

  1. Alex says:

    I am in love with this cam, but still in between that and the Sony HD HandyCam, will have to decide soon

    Bests,
    Alex (GuruOfSales)

    1. This cam can be used 2in 1, seems the best choice, if you can afford it.

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  2. This is really damn cool! 🙂 Looking forward to the first movies.

  3. Nice setup. I’m interested to hear the sound quality, particularly how much the mic can pick up.

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  4. TheXFrame says:

    Looks pretty beastly John. Definitely awaiting your first vLog with this baby.

    I was thinking of getting just a pocket HD camcorder with a tripod so that I can take it on the move or use it for HD recording.

  5. Shawn Knight says:

    Looks nice, can’t wait to see some footage from it. What site will you be using to host the videos?

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    1. fas says:

      I think John hosts most of his videos on Vimeo and youtube. Its best to host everywhere. Helps to get viral traffic.

      BTW John that is an amazing lens.

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      1. Yes, and if can upload it to even more platforms even better, more traffic and mybe even links.

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  6. Owen says:

    John, that’s only the video capture side. What are you going to use to edit it and put together the final package?

    1. John Chow says:

      Final Cut Pro.

  7. That is a nice piece of kit. I am looking forward to the videos.

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    1. I think one of the best investemens is the battery. I have one old digital cam that had a 40 min battery bet it lasts even less, its a real pain to recharge every minute.

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  8. Vincent Woon says:

    Can’t wait for the video ! 🙂

  9. Greg Ellison says:

    It looks awesome. I also can’t wait to see the video. Greg Ellison

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  10. dave online says:

    Love this set-up – I used to sell this stuff in my twenties. Back then it was Hi8 and 8mm haha

    Gotta love Digital Memory!

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  11. OMG! This is amazing, John. Cannon camcoders are really fantastic especially when it comes to HD Lenses and recording on Memory Cards.

    Well, the price is not still desirable, but I guess it’s worth it. My suggestion to serious bloggers is to get their hands on this wonderful camera.

    Particularly, those who are gloing to start a travel-based blog or have already got started, this one would be a killing.

    Thanks John for providing info on this professional camcoder and I really look forward to hearing about your new video blogging setup.

    Cheers,

    Hooshmand

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  12. Why did you select Canon.

    Any special reason ?

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    1. John Chow says:

      I went with Canon because they’re the best. 🙂

      1. Cam Birch says:

        Any sites or reviews, etc that prove the claim?

        I’ve been seriously looking into getting into HD Video lately and have been consuming reviews and whatnot like crazy. What made this particular camera the ultimate choice for you?

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        1. try epinions.com for reviews

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          1. Benjamin Cip says:

            There’s also Nikon which is a famous camera compagny. I’m wondering if Nikon is as good as Canon.

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  13. Michael Zhao says:

    I knew that a post about the new camera is about to hit…and here it is! Canon is the best. I have a canon camera too but it’s not as fancy as yours…

  14. Pheak Tol says:

    i have a canon DSLR and its the best havent had any problems with it yet.

    your new camera withe wide angle is freaking crazy – im jealous and i want one, you’re lucky – but i cant wait to see the video blogging

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  15. Cam Birch says:

    I love that wide angle lens, that has got to be the most awesome part of the entire camera (visually). Serious gadget envy.

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  16. Danny Croft says:

    Very nice is that the same stand on What the pho edition? 🙂

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    1. John Chow says:

      Yes it’s the same tripod. I really like it. Nice and compact.

      1. Danny Croft says:

        Hah very cool, gona be using it for thos low down shots? 🙂

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        1. This one is the perfect example of perfect mechanism. I really like the down shots. Biy now you dont have to face back pain.

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  17. So is this the end to the Flip that you normally used for videos??

    great setup. Been looking for a similar setup (for non-blogging) recording. Think its time I splurge after seeing the vids you capture.

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    1. May be he will use flip for tour only and from his home or office broadacst he will use this one.

      If I am not wrong

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  18. Dave says:

    I got that camera, and had all sorts of problems trying to edit the format that Canon used. I was on Windows, hopefully Final Cut Pro can read it!

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    1. John Chow says:

      The Mac has no problem working with the Canon format. iMovie and Final Cut supports it naively. Seriously, if you’re going to do video editing, get a Mac.

      1. Michael Zhao says:

        I agree! I have a MacBook Pro! The Block, as they call it. And a 3K price tag, sheet…It better work!

        1. Benjamin Cip says:

          I own a 24-inch Imac and I agree that mac is exellent for video editing, or anything relating to professional use. I have Final Cut Pro and I’m wondering if there is an alternative to this great software.

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  19. John Chow has gone pro video looking forward to the new videos!

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  20. Looking forward to your new video. Setup is killer.

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  21. so I guess flip will be used by Sally 🙂

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  22. Caden Grant says:

    Sweet nice camera 🙂 Lookin’ forward to some new videos!

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  23. Awesome cam …..John

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  24. Patrick says:

    That’s not blogging gear, that’s expedition gear.. ;P

  25. Liane says:

    That cam looks great John! Wonder if you’d give this one on your next contest. lol

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  26. cienik says:

    wow , john you are really great….

  27. Wow it looks awesome! Damn I want to have a camera like that!

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  28. John is this camera the one Michael Kwan was holding in one af the last videos at the dot com Phos?

    It looks awesome, the price seems out of my reach right now, but it would be my choice whenever I got the chance to buy one like that.

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    1. John Chow says:

      No, that was an older Vixia HF100.

      1. It thought it was since the look its quite the same.

        But I bet the features are far more better in your new cam.

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  29. Canon is the best! I love their cameras, they’ve never disappointed me.

  30. I hope you have fun with your new blogging video camera.

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  31. Jesse says:

    Great piece of equipment but I have to say waaaay overkill for video blogging. I don’t expect to see any real benefit over using a flip HD with this set up.. Prove me wrong but honestly, $1700 compared to $250.. the thing better make lunch too, or you should at last have additional things that you plan on using it for 🙂

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  32. It’s nice to get the new gear from time to time. I currently use a Sanyo HD1000. The camera does HD, has mount for ShotGun external microphone and easily will fit into your front pocket.

    I’ve been capturing my video’s for well over 1 year with this camera using a 4gb SDHC card and it hasn’t missed beat yet.

    When you have some footage from the camera, please share.

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  33. Nice camera. Looks better than the regular typical ones.

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  34. John…you and gadgets! Seems like you can spend the money just like that.

    -Mike

  35. cameras says:

    Great looking setup. If this replaces your Flip, you’re going to have to make some more room in your travel bag!

    1. Ha, yeah I remember the travel blog video.

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  36. Thats a big lens! Love that your into the gadgets.

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  37. So another Gem in your gadgets store. I am sure this one will be really close to you. Really looking great … just have a look at the lens. So broad

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  38. This certainly have a professional look, with broad lens and all.

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