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Creative Vado HD - Creative Vado HD

By James Morris

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Uploading was the only purpose of the previous version of Vado Central, but now a Create Movie option has been added, mirroring some of the capabilities already found in Flip's built-in app. This allows you to select clips from your Vado HD, add an editing style from the 34 preset options, and apply a musical soundtrack. Only one music option is provided but you can import your own in WAV and MP3 format as accompaniment. The editing is automatic, performed according to the style you choose via the ubiquitous Muvee engine, with just a few parameters user-configurable.

You can choose the text and font for opening and closing titles, or use a picture for either instead. The movie duration can also be set, either according to the source media, to the music soundtrack length, or a custom time. The mix between music and existing audio can also be varied. However, only three videos can be mixed at once unless you upgrade to the Premium version, which costs $17.95.

There is also no software provided for the Mac, so in this case you would have to rely on iMovie, or another app you already have installed. However, the movies use an AVI container, rather than MP4 or MOV, so the Mac software must be able to recognise this PC-oriented format. If you want to use other software on the PC, we had no trouble importing the files into any app we tried. However, whilst Pinnacle Studio, CyberLink PowerDirector and Corel Video Studio edited the files with relative ease, Adobe apps didn't recognise them correctly, only showing the first couple of frames.

Verdict

The Internet camcorder has opened up a new market for those who can't be bothered with configuring settings or editing, and want a device which will slip smoothly in a pocket. The Vado HD checks all these feature boxes well, and moves the bar up to meet the new HD options now available on YouTube. However, the £200 price is a little steep, when Kodak's Zi6 is available for £115. Whilst this is a larger device, and you have to add your own memory cards, it still works out better value.

Kanu

February 15, 2009, 1:25 am

This is supposed to be a review of an imaging device. However, it was appalling to find that the entire assessment of image quality was so tiny that if you blinked, you would miss it!





What we have here then, is a 4-page regurgitation of the press release and product datasheet, garnished with a cursory 4-line sprint through image quality.





This does not deserve to be called a "review" of a product, let alone a "trusted" one. Seriously.....

James Morris

February 15, 2009, 11:42 pm

Erm, okay... you seem a little angry. But I'm probably going to make you angrier here by telling you that you clearly missed the point about this product. Maybe you blinked a little too long. It's not meant for "seriously" anal types who measure the quality of every pixel produced. It's meant to grow the camcorder market towards those who just couldn't give a monkey's about that. All they need to know is - does this thing shoot decent or rubbish video, and under what conditions? This review tells you precisely that. Since there are no manual settings, you can't tweak it as with higher-end devices, so there is no way of adjusting performance. You point, you shoot. Why go into more detail on this aspect, when it is the other features which are more important in this case? I wouldn't even describe it as an imaging device, because its ability to upload straight to YouTube is equally, if not more significant. You would definitely not buy this instead of any "proper" HD camcorder, if you had the money. But for the target, non-specialist market it does the job intended pretty well. It would be better if it was more like 𧵎, though.

zenmeister

November 20, 2009, 8:11 am

I just went to pixmania.com and bought one of these for £89, together with the correct case for £9. Add in the cheapest P&P option and the whole package came to about £106, which is a heck of a good deal compared with the prices quoted in the review.


Maybe Creative are about to bring out a new model or something, but I'm very happy with my purchase.


The review was very good by the way. A friend has one, which I have tried and it is great. However, a mini-tripod is essential, partly to overcome the problem of the USB cable attachment projecting from the bottom of the case and partly to get decent shake-free images.

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