If there was any joy shooting broadcast video in the 1990s, it wasn't in the equipment.
In the Army, I was recruited to be a broadcast news journalist. My commander handed me this huge video camera that I had to hoist onto my shoulder just to shoot. When I wasn't taping, I had to drag the camera around in this huge anvil case. When we arrive at our location, unpack, mic the subject, grab some video.
It was a cumbersome process, but we did it because it was the only way to ensure professional broadcast quality video.
That was then. Today, most of us can create HD professional quality video straight from our cameras.
But it's not as simple as pointing and shooting. Let's talk about some of the things you'll need to consider to get great video. In another episode, I'll talk about principles for shooting videos.
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- Picture settings - Adjust the picture to your desired look. Bake it into the shot.
- Frame rate - Choose 30 frames per second for video.
- Shutter speed - Select a shutter speed that is double the frame rate.
- Resolution - For best results, choose 1920 x 1080.
- Manual focus - Don't use auto focus. Your camera audio will pick up the auto focus motor.
- Stabilization - Invest in a good quality tripod with a video head.
- Audio - Don't use the built in microphone. Try an external shotgun mic or a lavalier mic.