Many new computers are now fast enough to handle digital video cameras, which are video cameras built specifically for computers. There are several different companies that make these cameras, and prices vary from about $20 to several hundred, depending on the quality of the image and included features and software. These cameras usually operate only while plugged into your computer, although there are some regular video cameras that can be connected to your computer to download and edit the video. There are many different things you can do with a computer video camera: you can videoconference with other computer camera users, you can make and edit home movies, and you can e-mail videos over the Internet to friends and family. For home movie buffs, there’s a variety of software available that allows you to set up your own personal movie studio and edit video and sound, insert special effects, and view your completed masterpiece. Of course, the more powerful and versatile the software, the more expensive it usually is, ranging up to several hundred dollars or more. Also, before purchasing a camera, make sure your computer is powerful enough to support a video camera, and, if you plan on transmitting your video over the Internet, you may want upgrade your modem or even consider high speed Internet access services like digital subscriber line or cable modem.
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