While a camcorder is just an electronic gadget, most people consider it as a gateway to accessing their most precious memories. If your camcorder has such an important function, wouldn’t you treat it like royalty? It’s extremely essential to take good care of it and make sure it’s always in a condition when you can pick up it and start to film. This article discusses some of the basic tips you can use to make sure that you’re able to capture every important moment of your life.
1. Prepare Ahead of Time
Never make the mistake of waiting for the space on your memory card, disc, or tape to run out. Always note when you are getting to the end of the camcorder’s storage space and have a backup ready. You can miss out on some great moment that can’t be recaptured because you didn’t plan ahead. Plus, if you wait till the last minute, you might not even find a store which has your disc or tape, so be sure to keep two in stock.
Tripods came seem like an obstacle to easy filming because as opposed to simply holding the camcorder in your hand, you have to adjust filming to the tripod. Handheld footage tends to be shaky and you run the risk of making viewers dizzy and the camcorder’s stabilizing features aren’t enough when you are filming for a long time.The stability that you get with the tripod, therefore, makes it worthwhile.
Your battery is all charged up and ready to go. You’re fully prepared, right? Wrong. Depending on how often you use your camera and the conditions you keep your battery in, it may be coming to the end of its shelf life. Similar to the case of disc storage, you should keep a backup battery with you. There are different types of batteries available in the market, which have a longer life before they need recharging, so you don’t have to stick to the battery that comes with your camcorder.
4. Preserve Your Memories
If you have some important documents, you usually make photocopies of it, just in case of an emergency. Your precious footage is no different. Would you want to be left without any videos of your children’s first steps or your parents’ 50th anniversary just because you didn’t make any back up? Whether you store on a disc or on your computer, be sure to have some other place where your footage is stored.
5. Other Considerations
Your camcorder may shoot perfectly, but remember that you won’t be viewing the footage on the camcorder. In the case that you’re going to be watching on a widescreen TV, make sure that you’ve recorded everything in widescreen. Most of the digital cameras today have the option of shooting in a 16:9 widescreen mode which is tailored made to playback on your widescreen TV. Conversely, if you don’t have a widescreen TV, then film in the standard screen of your camcorder.