Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
December 18, 2013

Thanks to the rapidly evolving technology, just about everyone can shoot a personal video of some sort.

My wife and I share a growing interest in our ancestry, and knowing that all we have from our childhood are a few old photos, we can't help but produce both photography and video of our family. I can tell you that a photo of my daughter's first steps isn't nearly as thought provoking as watching the video; luckily, I have both. Even at six years old, she has grown and changed so much that it's easy to forget what she was like as a toddler, and videos allow us to revisit those times at the click of the computer's mouse.

From an automotive standpoint, I have owned 36 vehicles and only have video of maybe three of the most recent ones. Some I don't even have pictures of. My father used to regale me with tales of his Tri-Power GTO, LS6 Chevelles, and numerous drag cars, but he only has a handful of faded pictures to remember them by. I plan to do better.

In 2006, Google purchased YouTube for a measly $1.65 billion. Yes, that was billion with a "B." There are hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube, not to mention other sites that aggregate YouTube videos on their own pages, and there are millions of people watching them every day. They are a great way to see cars alive and in motion.

You can listen to exhaust notes, lopey cam profiles, and more. If you're looking to buy a car that's not in driving distance, sellers can perform walk-around videos to give you an idea of what the car looks like rather than sending you dozens of images that clog up your email inbox. If you are selling a car, you can shoot your own video, upload it, and then direct potential buyers to it.

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Your car videos can also serve as tuning tools for both car and driver. You can mount cameras underneath the car to see how a suspension is working, how a tire is contacting the pavement and whether or not it's sticking or spinning. From inside the car, you can pick up what the driver is doing and sometimes capture other elements you may not have noticed during your time behind the wheel. Things like missed shift points, your hand moving the steering wheel during gear changes, how you approached a corner or apex, and more. Passing a competitor right at the finish and posting your win online is always an excellent way to start a bench racing session as well.

More video education can be had in how-to videos that people record and post online. I've found that aspect incredibly useful, even for something as simple as how to take apart a door panel. It just might save you from breaking that dealer-only door clip or bezel.

Our cover article on the latest digital action cams is quite a departure from our normal tech features, but the subject is becoming increasingly popular as people learn how to use the cameras, how to edit the videos, and how they can enjoy watching them on their big high-definition TVs. Action cams lend themselves better to action videography, but you can use them for just about anything, and they're really simple to use for the most part. You'll spend more time changing their locations, once you've made one or two videos, than you will turning it on and pressing the record button. And you never know what you might capture on video, as MM&F tech editor, Mark Houlahan, found out during one of his video testdrives—you can check that out, as well as the rest of his video coverage accompanying the video story on our website at

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