A Videographer's Guide
Video production is no easy feat. If an individual is not familiar with the appropriate video technology, the taping session may be a waste of time. It is wise to do some research on getting clean camera shots, angles, and movements. As well, most audio-video equipment is expensive. Using the equipment improperly could damage the products whether it be a camera, microphone, or lighting structure. Most people do not realize how much time, equipment, and money go into a professional camera shoot. To gain some knowledge in the video field browse the following resources to get a better idea of what to expect.
VIDEO EQUIPMENT AND CONCEPTS
Terms for the Visual Anthropologist: a glossary of video and film related concepts.
Video Format Identification Guide: a database of all format options with descriptions of each.
Microphones for Video: a guide to microphones including how they work, important characteristics, possible malfunctions, and accessories.
Camera Shots: an overview of the range of possible camera shots with examples.
Camera Angle: a slideshow of various camera angles and movements based on degree level.
Camera Movement: the basics of camera movement with tips on other video styles techniques.
Shot Composition: 5 basic rules to organizing picture elements within a frame.
Basic Lighting: an overview of the equipment needed to properly light a scene.
Tripod Use: an outline of the importance of getting a steady shot. Also provides tips for obtaining a steady shot without a tripod.
Choosing a Medium: an article on the way digital video is taking over the industry.
Production Suggestions: tips for various stages of video production.
Beginning Production: a checklist of questions to ask before starting the production.
Equipment Checklist: a technical checklist of all equipment needed to begin taping.
Advice on Equipment Care: a manual for the use and care of specific video equipment.
Advice on Basic Audio: a guide to using audio equipment properly.
Advice on Videotaping Interviews: a step-by-step list of guidelines for filming an interview.
Advice on Videotaping Classroom Presentations: a video of tips for videotaping classroom presentations as well as an overview of the equipment basics.
Advice on Critiquing Shots: an overview of how to write a technical video technique.
Advice on Content Logging Your Tape: a technical overview of steps to take while logging.
Content Logging Your Tape: tips to viewing, listening, logging, and selecting footage.
Choosing Your Video Clips: suggestions on adding and removing video footage.
Basic Concept of Analogue Editing: a how-to on editing video the “old” way.
Analog and Digital Editing: information on converting analogue to digital video for editing.