Digital Video Equipment Specs

Digital Video Cameras

The Education Department has 21 digital video cameras which may be checked out for 48 hour periods by Education students or faculty.
Please consult the following table to determine which camera will work best for your particular project. (Note that one of these is a Canon camera, and the department generally recommends using one of the Panasonic cameras for maximum compatibility.)

If you’d like to view the full Owner’s Manual for the camera, click on the name of the camera model. All of the manuals are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. The Acrobat Reader is free from Adobe. (The reader is already installed on WFU ThinkPads.)

Kit Color Camera Model Analog Video In? Microphone Input?
Yellow #1 Canon ZR-50MC (PDF-5.62MB) Yes* Yes
Yellow/Purple #3 Panasonic PV-GS250 (PDF-17MB) Yes Yes
Purple #4 Panasonic PV-GS300 (PDF-17MB) No Yes
Green/Purple #6 Panasonic PV-GS250 (PDF-17MB) Yes Yes
Green/Orange #7 Panasonic PV-GS500 (PDF-17MB) No Yes
Red/Orange #12 Panasonic PV-GS200 (PDF-9MB) Yes Yes
Red/Green #13 Panasonic PV-GS120 (PDF-9MB) Yes Yes
Blue/Purple #16 Panasonic PV-GS250 (PDF-17MB) Yes Yes
Green/Gold Star #18 Panasonic PV-GS39 (PDF-17MB) No No
Purple/Orange #19 Panasonic PV-GS300 (PDF-17MB) No Yes
Orange/Gold Star #20 Panasonic PV-GS39 (PDF-17MB) No No
Purple/Gold Star #21 Panasonic PV-GS39 (PDF-17MB) No No
Red/Gold Star #22 Panasonic PV-GS39 (PDF-17MB) No No
Yellow/Gold Star #23 Panasonic PV-GS320 (PDF-17MB) Yes No
Blue/Gold Star #24 Panasonic PV-GS320 (PDF-17MB) Yes No
Red/Purple #25 Panasonic PV-GS250 (PDF-17MB) Yes Yes
Red/Yellow #26 Panasonic PV-DV800D (PDF-17MB) Yes Yes
Green #27 Panasonic PV-GS500 (PDF-17MB) No Yes
#28 Panasonic TM-700 (PDF-30MB) No Yes
#29 Panasonic TM-700 (PDF-30MB) No Yes
#30 Panasonic TM-700 (PDF-30MB) No Yes
*These cameras require the use of the remote
to record from an analog source (VCR, TV, etc.) to digital video
Kodak Zi6 Handheld Camcorder

For faculty and students using the Kodak Zi6 handheld camcorder to record footage in the schools, please consult this handout (PDF, about 500Kb), created by MTA student Beth Allen, for instructions on using the camera.

DVD Recorder

The department has a Panasonic DVD recorder which can be used along with the JVC miniDV deck (described below), or a digital video camera to easily record footage from a miniDV tape to a DVD-R disc, using a Firewire cable. Instructions for this process are on the cart with the DVD recorder and JVC deck, or you may download them here:

Recording to a DVD from the JVC deck or a digital video camera to the Panasonic DVD recorder

Digital Still Camera

The Education Department also has a Kodak digital still camera which may be checked out by students and faculty.
The camera is stored in the CMC, near the digital video cameras. For basic tips on using this camera, please review the PDF guide below.

How to Use the Kodak P850 Digital Camera

JVC MiniDV and S-VHS dual-deck VCR

The Education Department has a JVC miniDV VCR which will help with several tasks which previously would have required the use of a digital video camera. The device is stored in the Tribble B216, on a cart with a large television set. It is basically a VCR with a deck designed for normal VHS tapes and one for MiniDV tapes (the type our digital video cameras use).

With this device you can:

  • View your video on the attached TV.
  • Convert your video from MiniDV tape to VHS, for easy viewing on any normal VCR.
  • Transfer your video to a computer for editing, through an IEEE 1394 (AKA “FireWire”) cable.

Each of these things can now be easily done with our JVC dual-deck VCR, taking much of the demand off of the video cameras, and reducing the wear on the cameras. Please consult “How to Use the JVC MiniDV/VHS VCR” for details on how to perform these tasks with your ThinkPad.