Nowadays, a camcorder is an essential part of every household whether we want to capture everyday life or a special family moment. Despite companies’ efforts to make these gadgets as user friendly as possible, the truth is that most people end up with less than satisfactory video images. Here are some tips that you can use to make sure you can use your camcorder to its full potential and record magical moments in all their beauty.
Most people tend to zoom in too much making a video painful to watch. Moreover, there is a tendency to zoom in and out extremely fast. In movies or documentaries, you’ll notice that the camera zooms in or out very slowly to make viewing easier. With some camcorders if you use the digital zoom too much all you’ll see are a bunch of pixels, so use with caution or better yet go for the optical zoom. This will give you a much better quality of video.
2. Framing Your Shot
We’re all tempted to focus simply on our kids’ faces, but that makes it a tedious watch when you’re reviewing your video. Instead, don’t back down from putting the subject of your video to one side or the other. This will allow you to capture the rest of the setting and makes for a visually more captivating video.
3. Shoot from Different Angles
Whether you’re recording a party, a football game, or scenic view, don’t stick to one vantage point. Try to mix it up a little and get shots from different angles. When reviewing your video, you’ll find it a lot more interesting to watch. The angle of the shot can make the difference in a dull or fun video. For example, if the camcorder’s face to face with your children while you’re recording, it will render a more intimate effect as opposed to towering over them.
4. Record with Discretion
Most of us aren’t extreme recording buffs and we don’t plan to edit our footage once we’ve recorded it. In this case, make sure you only record the most important moments. People tend to go overboard with recording. Recording your dog coming out of the kennel, playing with your kids, drinking from the hose, chasing a bird, and then finally doing the trick you’ve wanted to capture. It may seem worthwhile at the time, but when you watch it later, you’ll get bored too soon.
5. Special Effects Warning
Use special effects of your camcorder sparingly. Like in a powerpoint presentation, too many effects can become tiresome. If every scene opens with some transition effect or is shot in sepia, your efforts of making it visually charming will backfire. Let the content of your video bring magic not the artificial effects. If you want to add certain effects, you can always add them later with the help of any number of software.
There are some tips that you can use so that you’re videos don’t look like some amateur’s work and instead make them fun and easy on the eyes.