Shoot the plan. We've all said those words. We set up our shot schedules, have our prop lists handy and make sure our talent is well briefed. But none of these tools - essential as they may be - has the visceral impact of a single storyboard panel.
From the beginning, filmmakers have known the value of good lighting. One of the first movie studios, Thomas Edison's Black Maria, rotated on a turntable so it could follow the sun across the sky for the best light.
The stars of video production equipment are not tripods, dollies or jibs. That's not their role. They are meant to blend into the background, be sturdy and dependable and never have tantrums on set. Of course, they may be typecast into supporting roles, but replace that sturdy, fluid and dependable friend with a loose lackey, and all of a sudden, everything else doesn't seem to matter.
When you move into some serious sound editing, you just might need more robust audio tools than your camcorder and editing software supply. Welcome to the realm of mixer and audio editing software from a pro in the know.