Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gearing Up With The Best Video Equipment For Production

It is necessary to gear up with the best video equipment when working on a production. However, you have to understand that this doesn't only mean having the right gadgets but also having them in perfect working condition. Much like a soldier going into battle, you can't win the fight if you don't have the weapons working aright. In this article, let's have a rundown of the working equipment you ought to have.
Camera. Obviously, you can't shoot without a camcorder. This is the most vital video production equipment you shouldn't forget. Make sure to power it up. Test the zoom, the black and white balances, and the likes. Then, don't forget to turn it off (basic, but commonly forgotten).
Batteries. Granted that you have charged the batteries fully, you still need to bring some extra packs. Also, don't forget to bring the charger in tow. You'll never know how long the shoot is going to be so you'd better have sufficient power source.
Tapes/hard drives. Depending on what you're using, you need to bring your storage. Make sure that you bring several extras too. If you're still using tapes, pre-label them. This will save you a lot of time.
Microphones. It is likely that your camera would have a built-in mic, but this isn't the best video equipment to use for audio or sound. However good the camcorder brand is, the built-in microphone can't produce the quality sound you need for the production. Hence, see to it that you have reliable microphones with you. It may be handheld or wireless, depending on how you need to use it for the video. Again, just like the camera, test each mic before packing.
Headphones. You need headphones to run audio tests. Listening to the speakers won't suffice since it won't allow you to hear small distortion or audio drop-outs. It is crucial to detect them early so that problems can be fixed in advance as well.
Lights. Depending on what time and where you're going to shoot, you may need a light kit for it. Remember to have some extra lamps or two, just in case the main one gets busted.
Extension cables. You may need to do a lot of moving while taking a shot. You may also need to add a lamp here and there. Extension cables can be very useful in such instances. They would let you shoot wherever you think is appropriate rather than just the spot where the sockets are.
Tripod. Tripods are amazing tools but you won't realize this unless you have spent hours and hours of shooting or waiting for the perfect shot-- like the sunrise, or the sunset, or when the sea is going to kiss the horizon. In instances like these, you need a tripod to hold the camera steady and long. No matter how good your hands are, they can get tired and wiggly.
These are the best video equipment you ought to have whenever going to a shoot. Keep this list handy at all times to ensure that you are geared well for the battle.

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