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TV Host and Filmmaker, Zeke Piestrup, discusses all the equipment and shooting tips you'll need to make and share your video on the go. No need to wait until you get home to share your footage after this!
Outdoor filming tips
Ever wish you could show your buddies a video you just took, but a TV or computer connection is nowhere to be found. Hi, I'm Zeke Piestrup, and today we're going to talk about how to make and share your video on the go, the equipment you'll need, some style tips, and show you how easy it is to share your home movies in a big way.
When choosing your camcorder, look for one with a built in projector. Also make sure it has a wide angle lens and high quality speakers. Some camcorders such as this one have built in editing options that actually pick the best scenes from your day and stitch them together. I don't know how it works, but it does and it's awesome.
First, let's talk about some tips for capturing great shots when your camping, backpacking, or on a road trip. Now when I'm camping, I always like to start with a few early morning scenery shots. You want to remember where you are, not just what you're doing, but don't overdo it. As breathtaking as the outdoors may be, don't get carried away with long, drawn out scenes. Keep them short, five to eight seconds.
For action shots, look to activities. If you're fishing, try to focus on baiting the pole and catching the fish rather than just sitting on a boat. Building the tent, starting the campfire, or prepping a meal also make great scenes. When backpacking with friends, it is important to have your camera's image stabilizer turned on to help compensate for camera shake. If you're filming while hiking, you could walk backwards in front of the group to capture every one. Try to get some spontaneous moments as well as some interviews from everyone.
It's also cool to take some moving shots while you're in the car. Roll down the window and steady the camera so the lens is peeking out about three inches. You'll get some great scenery this way.
With the projector capability, you'll have endless entertainment no matter where you end up each night. Once you have gathered a library of great video shots, it's time to replay and share those memories. The great thing about a camcorder with a built in high contrast projector is that you can instantly view your videos. All you have to do is find a clean, flat surface, such as the rock wall or side of a tent.
This camera is cool, because I can just turn it on, and with just a few taps of the screen, create an instant video slide show with the highlights of my day complete with music and transitions without even editing. Plus, it has advanced stereo speakers, so the audio will sound great. Cue the popcorn.
I'm Zeke for Sony with Howdini. For more tips, visit sony.com/howdini.
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