Sunday, June 1, 2008
Easy Digital Video
Add some movement and sound to your next trip into the wildsLike many of the small cameras, the G9 doesn’t allow you to zoom while you’re recording video. I’m not sure that that’s really a problem. All too often, photographers who aren’t used to using video will overuse the zoom control. The camera is lightweight, so it’s easy to use as a moving camera, panning across the scene, and even literally moving the camera through things like a clump of flowers.
Always check your movement in shots like this by looking at the LCD playback. How fast you move the camera through a scene or across a scene does makes a difference, but sometimes it’s hard to predict what speed you need. A given scene may have more or less detail that looks best at a certain speed of movement. And many scenes look best with a camera locked down on a tripod while you let the movement of the scene, such as flowers blowing or waves crashing, carry the action.
Often, photographers using video for the first time will use the camera like a regular still camera. They capture snippets of the scenes without giving any shot a long enough capture of video. For editing purposes, you need to have at least 10 seconds of any given video shot. Yes, you can edit shorter bits, but you’ll find it frustrating to work with very short bits. Having at least 10 seconds gives you a lot more flexibility and options when you edit your video.
When shooting video, you need a large memory card. A 10-second clip of video can take 20 MB of storage space, while a minute can take 120 MB of space (this depends on the video resolution and the camera). You can see it wouldn’t take very many minutes to use up a small memory card. But to be honest, I don’t use these little cameras for epic video productions. When I go out to specifically shoot a lot of video, I take a dedicated video camcorder, such as my high- definition Canon XH A1. I use the little cameras simply to have the opportunity to shoot a variety of scenes when I’m at a great location, scenes that can be combined later to create a short, fun piece that can help me remember and reexperience that location.
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