We live in an amazing time for video producers of all sorts and sizes. A short while ago, quality video production was possible for the few with very deep pockets. Today, affordable options abound, with a plethora of camera choices, as well as lighting and audio equipment, editing software and hardware, and training opportunities.
Terrific tripoding is a careful combination of tool and technique. These 8 tips hit the highlights to cover both aspects, so you know what features you need in a tripod for video production, and how to use it to shoot stellar shots that are smooth and stable.
Shooting great video is about more than what tools you use. In the hands of a creative camera operator, any camera, even a consumer point-and-shoot model, can be a powerful resource for capturing and creating compelling content.
My video needs are home video and I prefer something that can handle low light such as inside the home at night without going immediately for additional lighting. (My old Sony *mm had really good low light abilities. i also like to go with a wider angle. (I have had to buy screw-in wide angle conversion lenses previously. Last some type of recording to media like SD cards.
Or should I be looking at an "inexpensive" DSLR instead?
So I am looking for a camcorder to make youtube videos, small fun mocumentaries and just general filming. I am looking to spend under 1000 dollars, but like any reasonable human being, I want to get the most for my money. Obviously, of most importance to me is video quality. I am not trying to enter into film festivals or anything, but I would like a camera with nice options that will allow me to grow.
As technology makes the components for camcorders smaller and smaller, the overall form factor has shrunk considerably. In many forms of technology, smaller is definitely better, but I think camcorders are an exception to the rule. Give me a big, shoulder mountable beast of a camera, and I'll give you some stellar hand-held footage.