Tips: How to take raw video footage for editing:
Use a tripod and optical zoom for your shots. To record without a tripod, the arm that holds the camera should be brought tight to your chest and the other arm should come firmly across your chest with your hand tightly holding your elbow.
The recording should starts with five seconds of stillness, then pan very slowly to the next subject (pan at a rate of 90 degrees of arc per five seconds).
Don’t record the video against the sun – the sun needs to be behind the camera at all times.
Shoot a lot of secondary footage (close-ups of the equipment/product or person, hands turning equipment on, faces, handshakes, technicians leaving or entering truck, etc). Give us a call for more tips for your particular video.
Use smooth transitions to record moving objects (trucks, cars, etc.) or people – try to not stop recording while your subject is still in the viewfinder. Follow the subject for as long as you’re interested in doing so, but when the time has come to push the stop button – slow down the speed at which you’re following the main character/object, or stop moving altogether; allow the subject to walk/drive out of frame, and then turn off the camera. Even without editing later, this will make for a lot smoother transition.
A standard rule in any shooting is OVER SHOOT – we can cut it out or edit it. Better to have too much footage than too little! You should also be prepared to get extra footage and to capture spontaneous moments. Some of the best content has come from moments when people didn’t think the camera was on and were acting more natural.
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