Choose and use simple camcorders to create Hollywood-style results
Apple computers all come with built-in FireWire. Many current PCs do as well, but if your system doesn't, you can add one using a FireWire expansion card. This interface not only provides you with the means to download your video, but also allows you to rewind, advance and pause your camera using the controls available in your video-editing software.
While video cameras are designed to produce excellent results automatically, sometimes you need to manually control focus and white balance. Manually controlling the white balance is important when shooting under mixed lighting conditions or when the camera is being fooled by colors in the scene. Low-contrast scenes make automatic focus difficult; manually focusing the lens ensures that you get sharp results.
One of the most important details to consider is battery power. Video cameras include a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which provides a few hours of power. Invest in a higher-capacity battery, however, so you don't run out of power during the middle of a shoot.
We recommend purchasing a camera whose battery is attached to the rear, rather than a compartment built within the body. The latter limits you to the same capacity battery as your original. With the external battery design, larger, higher-capacity batteries can be easily attached. While it adds weight to your camera, the battery delivers longer shooting time.
Shooting The Best Video
To achieve good-looking video, follow the same principles when shooting still images. Shoot under the right light, carefully compose your frame and use a variety of angles and focal lengths.