There are some good practices and bad practices when it comes to video cameras and video production. This article is going to feature the worst advice we have ever heard about camcorders. Whenever you next listen to any of these, please ignore. We will tell you why.
- Technology is more important than technique
You have a camcorder and you are ready to create brilliant footage. No!
One of the negative implications of the rise in the popularity of video-making (largelydue to the rise of the smartphone camera) is that we have lesser control over what’s being produced. Whether it’s bad, sends a wrong message, is terribly misleading, or unintentionally political – we don’t know unless it’s been broadcasted worldwide already andhas had influenced many.
Even if you’re using anHD video camera, you might still not be a great storyteller if you don’t believe in learning technique.The technique of filmmaking is more important than the technology.
If you don’t have the right principles and the respect for the art, you still have a long way to go before you rank among the talented freshness of video filmmaking.
- Zooming and panning a lot adds action and interest
Zooming in and out and panning to follow your actions adds interest. No!
It just distracts the audience. Although keeping the camera at the same place would be equally wrong (boring) but too much of this and that and your audience will lose concentration.
- Rely on the audio, that’s what video cameras are for
A video camera is well-equipped with microphones for good quality audio, so do more talking and less showing. No!
Making films with a camcorder is still making films. And filmmaking should have visuals as the primary storytelling factors, not audio (by audio we mean direct dialogs to explain the story). Be creative and artful with your visual depiction of your story’s elements and you will be commended.