Thursday, January 18, 2007
Shot Selection For Better Video
How you shoot video affects how you edit it. The new JVC Everio camcorder makes shot review easy.
Using these shots in editing is a personal choice, but here are some tips to keep in mind:
• Wide shots are great to introduce a scene and to help the viewer occasionally gain context for the action.
• Medium shots will provide the bulk of the shots because they show action and relationships. Use a close-up or a cutaway between shots if two medium shots are too similar in appearance, otherwise they fit together awkwardly.
• Close shots provide needed variety and give the viewer closer looks at important details. They can be used as a montage all together or as punctuation in the medium shots. Some videographers prefer these shots and use them as much as or more than other shots, and they still work for variety.
• Cutaways are used strictly to "cut away" from the main action. Consider them as punctuation and bridges to help bind together problematic or awkward edits.
The key to your videotaping is to shoot for variety, constantly looking for the wide, medium, close and cutaway shots as you're videotaping your subject. You may realize you missed certain shots when you're editing, which will be a disappointment for the subject at hand, but it will motivate you to get them the next time.
JVC GZ-MC200US Everio
JVC's little Everio camcorders are remarkable, compact units. They're truly pocketable camcorders and can go everywhere with you. I had a chance to work with the GZ-MC200US unit. Don't you love these names! Regardless of the challenge of remembering its full moniker, this Everio proved to be an excellent camcorder.
The size and unique design, which JVC calls Cube Style, certainly make this camcorder stand out. One thing that really sets it apart from competitors is the way it records video onto a memory card. This Everio comes with a 4 GB Hitachi Microdrive, or you could use a CompactFlash card, which means no moving tape. You can instantly access any scene you've shot by going to a menu of scenes that's much like the thumbnails of still photos on a standard digital camera.
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