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Take Your Tech Up a Notch

Adding video to your Web site, presentations and CD-ROMs

This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

Six years ago, Web sites, PowerPoint presentations and CD-ROMs were comprised of lots of text, little to no graphics and very little color. As the years passed and computing power and modem speeds increased, content creators began to add graphics, flash animations and powerful databases. Today, video is bridging the gap between static presentations and more dynamic ones. If done properly, adding the video dimension to your Web site or presentation can be a rewarding tactic with a small price tag.

Almost any type of media can be converted to the computer with relative ease: VHS, MiniDV, 8mm and DVD, to name a few. You must install a special card in your computer in order to connect the video players. A fire-wire capture card is about $100 and supports devices such as MiniDV or 8mm cameras that have a fire-wire output. To connect a VCR or analog camcorder to the computer, you need a Pinnacle capture card, which goes for about $299.

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