Want to make a video? Anyone can pick up a camera and start filming, but the quality won’t be the same. If you want a great video, hire a professional video production company. However, the types of gadgets used in the manufacturing process will be just as important when it comes to quality.
For this reason, film crews invest heavily in acquiring the latest gadgets for filming. Below are some of the ideas we took from the TechTV blog, where they highlight some of the best ones to come in handy while filming.
Tripods and Stabilizers
When you shoot amateur video, you can hold the camera with your hand; cocktails and pans won’t bother you after all. However, if you are looking for professional-level video, it is better to use camera support systems.
A tripod is one of the most popular camera support systems used for video production. It is essentially a three-legged portable stand that acts as a platform to support the weight of the camera, eliminating the need for manual support. It is one of the most important gadgets used in video production as it helps to ensure that the camera is still running. As a result, you can capture sharper images without distortion. A tripod will also come in handy when panning the camera. Unlike manual panning, the movement is very smooth, which ensures that there are no wobbly movements. As a result of using a tripod, you get professional-level video that pleases (and does not irritate) the eyes.
In addition to tripods, film crews also use stabilizers to support the camera. Unlike tripods, stabilizers are used for non-stationary shooting to ensure smooth, fluid shots. As with tripods, they greatly improve video quality.
Rapidly advancing technology is completely revolutionizing the film industry. A few years ago, shooting from the air used to be completely impossible, as she usually used a helicopter, a rather expensive task. However, nowadays you can enjoy smooth and inexpensive aerial shooting with a drone.
Today, drones are equipped with high quality cameras, including 4K UHD cameras, which guarantee you the best footage. There are also high-end drones that are designed specifically for the film industry. These drones are equipped with professional video cameras, which allows you to shoot footage from the air.
Drones offer a wide range of benefits when it comes to capturing footage. For starters, they allow video production professionals to capture and showcase landscapes, properties, events, and even people in an unprecedented way. Secondly, drones are very versatile due to their small size. Consequently, they can get into hard-to-reach places and capture footage in ways that would otherwise be impossible, and faster. A perfect example of this use of a drone was footage of the London Underground Crossrail that was captured by a drone.
Finally, drones offer video production professionals a wide range of options when it comes to capturing footage. In addition to taking pictures from antennas, they can be used for other purposes such as still pictures, crane shots, panning, and others. And because the camera is securely mounted on the drone, the footage is smooth, crisp and clear.
Most camcorders come with built-in microphones and the sound quality is satisfactory unless you’re looking for something professional. However, if you are looking for high quality video, like a corporate video, then you will need a better microphone. This is where external camera microphones come in handy. External microphones help produce clear, high-quality sound that, when combined with high-quality images, helps enhance your footage.
There are several types of external microphones used by video production teams. The most common of these are wireless (more forgiving) microphones, handheld microphones, and shotgun microphones. Depending on the model you choose, they can be omnidirectional (recording sound from all directions), bidirectional (bidirectional sound) or directional (nearly one direction). The choice of microphone depends on factors such as the type of shooting, environment, desired sound quality, and budget.
GoPro cameras are another type of gadget that has taken the filmmaking industry by storm. They started out as cool gadgets for aspiring amateur videographers, but they are quickly becoming popular among video production professionals.
Miniature cameras are becoming favorites of movie producers when it comes to action games because of the several benefits they offer. They include a small size that makes them easy to handle and move, and their excellent in-camera stabilization that ensures smooth video recording. They are also waterproof, which means you can shoot underwater without worrying about damaging your equipment. Finally, they are equipped with many features, chief among which is the warp effect, which is ideal for shooting slow motion videos.
For several years now, smartphones have been the gadget of choice for many amateur photographers and videographers. However, this is slowly changing. Smartphone cameras have evolved over the course of the year, with each new model featuring a better camera.
Today, you can find high resolution cameras up to 40MP with various features such as wide angle lens, telephoto lens, optical zoom, multi-camera and more. These features have turned smartphones into devices capable of capturing professional-level footage. And although they have not yet become popular in the professional scene, they are slowly being used by various professionals, mainly for low-budget (but still high-quality) video projects.
The use of smartphones for professional video production has been further supported by the development of gadgets that help improve the quality of footage. One such gadget is IndieVice, which you can install on your phone, turning it into a full-featured professional camera.
The filmmaking industry is gradually transforming for the better thanks to technological advances. Above are some of the latest gadgets on the market that are available to video production teams. These gadgets help improve the quality of your footage while making shooting easier and cheaper. If you want to make a professional video, here are some of the gadgets you want your videographer to have on hand.
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