Vidster Digital Video Camera for Kids

Versatile videocamera for children comes with three-step photo and video editing software

VidsterIn October 2005, the Vidster Digital Video Camera from Mattel was a virtual movie studio in a box that enabled kids to produce their own music videos and movies. Combining a versatile videocamera with three-step photo and video editing software, the Vidster Digital Video Camera gave children everything they need to shoot, edit, and distribute short films.

"Vidster was designed for today's tweens and teens who want to capture events in their lives and tell stories visually," said Phil Jackson of Mattel. "We've developed a hardware-plus-software combination that, in essence, is a movie studio in a box for kids. It includes the functions most applicable for this age group: taking digital photos with zoom capabilities, shooting video footage that can be easily assembled into short movies using the super-intuitive software, and plug-and-play connectivity that enables viewing footage on their TVs or computers. And frankly, with Vidster, parents can feel comfortable that their own high-end cameras are not bouncing around in their kids' backpacks."

Vidster was ergonomically designed specifically for kids, with ease of use being paramount in its creation. With 32 MB of on-board memory, kids can use the camera right out of the box and capture up to ten minutes of footage and dozens of digital photos.

At eleven ounces, Vidster can be used with one hand - all of its functions can be controlled with just five, thumb-able buttons and a selection switch. Its recessed lens, viewfinder, and durable casing enable kids to keep it in their backpacks with other day-to-day items, so they can pull it out quickly and not miss any action from their everyday lives.

Vidster and its bundled photo and video software were built from the ground up and designed to work seamlessly with one another. Its video editing software, a Vidster version of muvee Technologies' autoProducer, enables kids to add digital music files, and edit and customize their footage and still photos into complete short films or music videos in three simple steps. Films can be easily e-mailed to family and friends, uploaded onto Web sites or burned onto DVDs.

Vidster features a 2.0 digital zoom lens, built-in microphone, color LCD viewfinder, tripod mount and removable hand grip attachment. An expansion slot accepts up to a 512 MB SD card for hours of footage and photos that can be captured and stored. The camera connects directly to a TV via standard A/V cables for easy video and photo playback or to a PC via USB cable.

Vidster Digital Video Camera sold for $79.99.

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