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Top Ten Video Mistakes: 1. Shake

  1. Camera Shake

One of the defining characteristics of the amateur video is the shaky, handheld look.  Even Hollywood will sometimes use the Camera Shake on a big-budget film to demonstrate someone using a home video camera.  It can be annoying to watch at best, and nauseating at worst.

You can avoid it with a simple device called a tripod.  Get a nice one with a fluid head, and you can do steady, uninterrupted pans and tilts, following the action smoothly.  For an interview, lock down the camera and focus on the performance and sound.  Don’t rely on camera-stabilizing software; it won’t stop the shaking and it takes away from the picture quality.  If you can’t avoid shooting handheld, aim for slow fluid moves, using your body like a tripod.

This blog continues tomorrow with tip #2

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