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.
We all try to make the most out of the gear we have, but every video producer hits points in their career where they become limited by their equipment. Anybody who does video seriously knows it can be an expensive venture, and that it takes time to acquire all the gear we want. The world of camera support equipment is vast and can range from relatively affordable to shockingly expensive. A good tripod is worth it's weight in gold and everyone should have a shoulder mount to get basic handheld shots, but eventually, you're going to want to get some more dynamic shots.
My manager and I are having a disagreement over text in this video. We send out monthly emails to our database over how to improve their business in certain ways. This year I have convinced them to do all the videos on a white background, sort of "branding" the videos to have a similar look and feel.
As you may have seen on Videomaker.com, we recently got our hands on the Pocket Rig by Edelkrone. At Videomaker, we're strong believers that if you're shooting on a DSLR, support is essential. Since the bodies are so small, these are cameras where the center of gravity is often in the lens. Combine that with the fact that the grip is vertical rather than horizontal, and you have yourself a recipe for wobbly video if you choose to shoot hand-held. We put the Pocket Rig on a Canon 5D Mark III and took it for a spin.
Tripods are one of the most traditional camera stability equipment used by professional videographers. Their portability, ease of use and wide array of applications have made them a versatile tool. Tiffen Davis & Sanford with their All Terrain Pod and FM18 fluid head have incorporated modern materials and techniques to make this traditional piece of equipment even better.
Traditional tripods may be adequate for most field applications requiring camera stability. But for certain situations, these cannot be used. Examples are when filming in cramped locations or filming shots that require camera to be at a low height. Miller, which has been designing filming equipment since 1954, has come up with their innovative MINI tripod to cater to these requirements of video and photographing professionals.
The MINI tripod is basically a miniature version of the traditional tripod. It utilizes the advantages of a small size without compromising with the stability a tripod needs to provide.
There is no doubt that a tripod lends itself to steady camera shots, as well as smooth pans and tilts. However, when you're shooting a run and gun documentary, a tripod can become too cumbersome to lug around. Sometimes, a tripod isn't needed when attempting a more stylistic handheld approach. Either way, without a tripod, your camera work is more likely to suffer from the shakes. To reduce the amount of excessive movement in your video try practicing the following handheld camera techniques.
Vinten is launching its new Vision blue at IBC 2010. A pan and tilt head and tripod system designed to provide the experienced camera operator with professional support to match the extremely high-performance of todays popular small lightweight camcorders andDSLRs equipped for video.
Vision blue addresses the need for a broadcast quality tripod system capable of balancing the smaller, lightly accessorised cameras, managing payloads between 4.6 11lbs with a low center of gravity.