Yesterday I used some of the money I had been saving with all of the frugality tips I've shared and bought a low-end digital video camera. It's a Canon ZR-800. I picked it out because I've always liked Canon's optics and it had a 35x optical zoom. It required a firewire cable and card to transfer the movies directly to my PC, but being frugal, I did not buy them. Nor did I buy the expensive tapes or long life batteries.
I did, however, get the 4 year warranty from Best Buy. It protects me from accidental destruction of the camera and will give me the confidence to use it in unusual and hazardous situations.
In order to get the videos from the camera to the PC, I followed the instructions found here and hooked it up to my TiVo. Using TiVo Desktop and Video ReDo Plus, I had a way to get the data to my PC without buying anything else.
The results were truly glorious. Here's my first test movie with the camera.
The sky's the limit now.
Update: I threw this one at the Friday Ark and Carnival of the Cats because it had a video of our Maximum Leader. Was that gratuitous? Let me know in the comments.