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When I first started making videos for my YouTube channel, I used my macbook camera because my Nikon D40 didn’t have video capabilities. Back then, DSLRs that shot video were still pretty rare, and the ones that did were very expensive. Now, it’s more common/affordable to find cameras that are able to shoot great photos & videos, and after a lot of research, I decided on the Sony NEX-6. Although it has a tilt-able LCD screen, it’s impossible to see it when the camera is facing you – a big deal when trying to film yourself. I ran down a couple different options, but the easiest would be to just hook up the camera to my TV with an HDMI cable. I searched online forums to see if the NEX was capable of outputting video via HDMI, but couldn’t find a definitive answer. I really need to skip the online research & go straight to the Sony store with questions… I wasn’t able to get a straight answer about third-party external flash compatibility either (P.S. they work).
I took the camera to the store, and they used an HDMI mini > HDMI cable to hook it up to a TV – it worked perfectly! I asked if they had cables there I could buy, and the guy asked one of his co-workers “if they had any of those free cables they give out”. SCORE! Although cables & adapters aren’t expensive on Amazon.com (roughly $6 shipped), that saved me $ + a couple days of waiting. P.S. I stopped in a Radio Shack on my way to Sony, and they tried to sell me on a $40 cable… ridiculous & not necessary for this.
Now, I just mount the camera on a tripod in front of the TV – I can make sure I’m all lined up in frame, and the video quality is much higher than if I filmed on my macbook. Just make sure you mute the TV volume. If it’s turned up, it emits feedback. If it’s muted, it doesn’t affect the camera or the quality of recorded sound.