Why does it take so long to upload my videos to YouTube?

John from Yorba Linda, CA

Episode 1220

John records his daughter's volleyball games and he's having issues uploading the 4K video. Leo says that's not surprising. We're all uploading more, and bandwidth is usually "asymmetric" where download speeds are much faster than upload speeds. John could pay for the next tier of service. If he has Google Fiber in his area, it's symmetric which is much faster.

What camcorder should I buy?

Episode 1218

Timothy from Michigan
Sony RX100

Timothy wants to know what camcorder should he buy. Leo says that point and shoot cameras have great video recording capabilities now and the Sony RX100 is great. The Olympus OM-D will allow him to have interchangable lenses. But the bottom line is, he'll likely shoot most of his video with his mobile phone anyway. So he shouldn't get a separate camcorder. But what about long shots? Leo says he doesn't really want long video shots.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1217

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the RICOH THETA S 360 degree camera. It has two 14 MP cameras, N/S, E/W and it shoots 1080p video. It's the size of a TV remote and after you shoot your video, it processes the video so you can see the entire 360 spectrum. Maximum recording time of video with the new model is 25 minutes using the 8GB of built in memory. It also does live streaming video. Supported by YouTube as well. Cost is $349, and will be available in November.

How can I edit AVCHD files?

Doug from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1216

Doug just got the Sony A6000 camera with a kit lens and he thinks it's a great entry level camera. Amazing camera, especially with video. It shoots though in AVCHD, which is new to him. Leo says it's a very standard format. It's essentially Sony's own version of MPEG4. But don't worry, every editor can import it. If he wants to convert it to a more familiar format, he can try Handbrake.

What's a good point and shoot camera in the $500 to $800 range?

Episode 1216

Elliot from Boston, MA
Sony DSC-RX100M II

Elliot wants to get a new camera and he can spent about $500 to $800. Leo says that the Sony DSC-RX100M II is a great point and shoot. It's the best out there because it has a 1" sensor, making it great in low light. It's also great for video too. Canon makes a good one as well, but Sony is really making the best stuff right now.

Why is video always buffering on my iPhone 4?

Joe from Florida

Episode 1214

Joe is frustrated because video is constantly buffering on his phone. Leo says it could be the phone. Older hardware has to work harder to play hi-res video. But more likely, it's Joe's carrier, which can have limited bandwidth. Since Joe is using Sprint, they've been late in coming to the LTE party, and it may be that LTE isn't available in Joe's area. An older phone, like an iPhone 4, won't even support LTE. A new phone will help, but Joe should make sure LTE is supported in his area.

How can I get better audio in my videos?

Episode 1213

Robert from Pasadena, CA
Beachtek adapter

Robert is an aspiring filmmaker and he uses a DSLR to make his films. He's planning to upgrade to a better platform, but wants to know how he can improve his audio. Leo suggests Beachtek. They make devices that will allow him to run real XLR microphones into his camera's minijack and take advantage of better preamps as well. That's the best place to start.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1200

Chris Marquardt

Today's photo segment has been pre-recorded because Leo is on a trip to Germany, where Chris Marquardt is located. He's on a river cruise through the Netherlands down the Rhine, and will be stopping at several cities and castles. One of Leo and Chris's favorite things to do while traveling is taking pictures, and Chris says he likes to capture different cultures. He went to to areas of India with limited tourism. He says one of the things you'll learn as a photographer is there are different standards when it comes to things like eye contact and personal space.