Surely, if you’re using a camcorder instead of just your phone, it means you are after a little more than a quick video of something funny you just saw. Knowing your device and ahead preparation are key to obtaining the perfect video. But sometimes we learn that even the things we knew best can be improved, so here are a few tips that will help you get the best performance out of your camcorder.
The manufacturer knows
Nobody knows what are the best ways to enhance a device’s performance that those who developed it. In most cases, they have already share part of their wisdom with you. Check the user’s manual of your camcorder to learn all the tricks you couldn’t discover by yourself. Furthermore, most serious producers have tutorials and learning videos on their websites, and if you’re dealing with an older model, be sure the internet is full of forum discussions and reviews that will teach you a thing or two on how to best use your camera.
Keep it short
New models have a large recording capacity, so you can film for hours and still have space left. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to edit your raw recording in order to get the essential. If you have the opportunity to plan ahead, make sure you’ve already prepared the scene and props and you won’t be wasting any time with the camera on. If the filming is more of a spontaneous idea, try and figure out which moments are actually revealing, so that you won’t have to later review full hours of boring videos.
Find the white balance and the right exposure
You know what can really ruin a film? Bad image. If you’re white balance is off the tracks, most of the times everything in the image will appear either blue or red. A white balance setting will allow the device to reconstruct the color scale after focusing on something that’s white. You can either use the auto mode settings or, on some models, you can manually set the white balance, which we encourage you to do. Under and overexposure can also destroy precious moments caught on camera. While underexposure can be easily repaired by increasing the aperture, in order to avoid overexposure you will need to pay a little more attention, especially to the bright objects.
Finally, if your camcorder doesn’t have an integrated image stabilizer, find something stable to put your camera on when filming, in order to avoid that annoying shaking.