Tips for DIY wedding videos from a video professional
Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:10 AM
Put the second camera on the tripod and extend only one leg. Hold the tripod above where the legs meet and below the tripod head. Your hand should fit comfortably in this space. The tripod leg will provide a counterweight to the camera and your hand position will eliminate a lot of the handheld camera shake. This is the same principle as a Steadicam. When you lift the leg off the floor you can glide around. When you put the leg down and the floor and stay in one spot it steadies the camera. The best way to avoid camera shake is not to touch the camera, so hold the tripod, not the camera.
Before the ceremony starts, start both cameras at the same time and slate them by standing in front of them and clapping. It's OK if you don't do this but DO NOT STOP RECORDING on either camera once you start them. All of this will help synch the shots in editing.
Let the camera on the tripod in front of the speaker record one steady shot with good sound. Give the other camera to someone else who can move around and get close ups and interesting angles. The tripod/steadicam technique will help immensely. it would be good for this person to practice it and adjust the tripod for comfort and balance before the ceremony starts.
I recommend AVCHD cameras. They are inexpensive ($500-$1000) and shoot in HD. Do your best to find HD cameras, the quality difference is huge. Canon has the best picture for the price when it comes to video.
Everyone should have a decent video of their ceremony. Of course a professional will do it best, but with these simple steps your home video will be much better.
Posted 12 December 2009 - 11:24 AM
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