Where do you turn for pictures and sound if you are a director or producer with a skeleton crew and a modest budget? Where do you turn for footage of a polar bear and her cubs, if you live in California? You turn to Stock Footage - that's where.
Video camcorders are available in all price ranges and for all types of people - regardless of age or occupation. Knowing the type of camcorder that best suits your needs will result in one happy camper.
In your front pocket sits a more sophisticated filmmaking tool than all of Hollywood had for the first half of last century. It's your smartphone, and in addition to games, maps and email, it also sports surprisingly robust video capabilities. So, pause Angry Birds for a moment and start shooting smartphone video you'll want to call home about.
Video creation is sometimes a singular business, but video producers are a social lot who work and play in many areas of video production and love to share their stories. This column introduces you to your fellow video producers.
Whether you're out for a quick shoot, or are lugging your gear a long distance, you can't always take a tripod along. Here are some tips for hand-held shooting when you don't have your trusty stable 'pod around.