Today’s videographers do it all. From handling lighting and sound to editing the final cut, these professionals have their hand in every step of the filming process. It should come as no surprise then, that many videographers are asked to shoot while in motion, either in a vehicle or on foot.
If you’re new to the game and aren’t sure how to best capture video on the run, we’ve shared a list of tips from Juan Mejia for NewBlueFX.com below. Whether you are the next Spielberg or an aspiring multimedia journalist, these tools are sure to serve you well.
Choosing Your Weapon
Mejia says that the first thing you need is a good – but not great – camera. Mejia recommends the GoPro, the LG V10 or iPhone 6 smartphone, or a point-and-shoot like the Sony RX 100 MIII. There are pros and cons of each, but all of them are versatile making them the perfect tools to shoot on the run.
Stabilization and Composition
Having steady video is a must, says Mejia, but that’s often overlooked. To deal with shaky video, Mejia recommends the use of tripods, such as the Gorillapod, and mini tripods which are “the most indispensable tools a videographer can have.” Mejia also says that in-camera stabilization can help deal with “mild movements caused by a shaky hand or walking motion.” Mejia also says that dedicated stabilization software can fix jittery footage and offers more control over your final look than in-camera stabilization.
Mejia says that just like great cameras, audio capturing devices have also become smaller and better than ever. Mejia recommends the Zoom H1 microphone which was designed with portability in mind. For interview audio, Mejia says videographers should consider a lavalier mic which can help in “cutting out noise around your subject and provide a crisper sound due to their proximity to the interviewee’s mouth.”
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