A home movie is an uncomplicated, short, amateurish video or film usually intended for viewing in the home by friends and family, and made mostly for private viewing. While home movies may originally have been designed to relax and entertain, today’s home movies often are the product of a commercial, reality television program, or other form of media that emphasizes quick, action-packed entertainment. Home movies are frequently rented from on-line video rental shops. Most home movie systems are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. You can create your own home movie by recording several favorite home videos or using an existing recording device of your own.
There are various options available when making your first home movie. Perhaps you’ve decided to make a home movie based on a vacation you once took, such as a trip to Las Vegas with your family. If so, you may want to gather some of your memorable Las Vegas memories and gather them as part of your home movie. Or maybe you want to document the birth of your first child, or your marriage. Or perhaps it’s just the whim of someone sitting at home who loves watching videos. Regardless of why you want to record your own home movie, there are several ways to do it, so let’s look at some of your options.
An older method of home video recording would be to use a VCR, or a video recorder. You’d plug the VCR into your home theater system and then use the VCR’s tape drive to record your videos. Each time you used the VCR to record a video, the recording device would erase one blank spot on the tape. Thus, you’d have to start over from the beginning if you wanted to record a different part of your home movie. These older home video recorders were bulky, cost effective, and required the user to carry around a bulky VCR.
The newer model home video recorders (such as HD-DVD) are much smaller, more stylish, and require no additional equipment. They record in high definition, so all of your favorite videos will be crystal clear. Additionally, many modern home movie machines also allow for the recording of three separate home movies onto one disc. You can then choose to play these back in order, or view them one by one on your TV. The advantage to this method is that you won’t have to waste time waiting for each individual movie to buffer on the VCR.
However, the downside to recording your own home movies is that you’ll need to have a home video recording device. Fortunately, there are a few options available. One option is to purchase a professionally designed home video recording device. These devices are usually priced at a few hundred dollars and can give you a great looking home video. Of course, there are also lower cost alternatives such as using an old VCR or DVD player.
The final choice is whether or not you would like to streamline your home video recordings through to your television. Many home theater systems offer free viewing tapes of their featured movies via the internet. You can also download home video content from companies such as Hulu, HBO, and similar companies, which will offer you even more choices and better quality than the free options.