In this video, learn what kind of equipment you need to make videos.
- So what I'm not going to do here is tell you a particular make and model of a camera to rush out and by straight away. That kind of advice would be out of date the moment that I said it. Instead we're going to talk about the kind of features that you should be looking for in any kind of camera. So there's a semi-serious phrase that is quoted quite a bit, which is that, the best camera is the one that you have with you. While that's not always true it is more true now than it ever has been before. Even simple, cheap cameras these days, are likely to be more powerful than any consumer camera you could've bought a decade or two ago.
For start, everything these days is in high definition. If you have a smart phone, it will shoot in 1080p without even breaking a sweat. So, for this course, and the kind of videos we're talking about, the kind of, high quality, semi-professional work that you're going to be doing. There are really two types of cameras that you want to take a close look at. So first, there's the humble smartphone. Now, whether you're shooting on an iPhone, or an android phone, it doesn't really matter, because whatever it is, it's going to have a camera on board. My phone's actually one of the cheapest, simplest, android phones you can get.
But it's still handles 1080p and the results are pretty good. If you gotten one of the latest iPhone's or Google Pixel, then it's only going to be better. So the important thing when you're shooting on a phone, is to not use the front camera. Cause that's really designed for video conferencing, and video calls, that kind of thing. What you want to do is, turn it around, and use the camera on the back. Because that's usually a higher quality camera. So, if you're worried about not being taken seriously. Just because you're filming on a phone. Don't worry too much about that, because most of your audience, will never have any idea what you shot it on.
And actually for your interview subjects, being filmed on a small phone like this can be far less intimidating than having a massive camera shoved in your face. If you do want to take it up a notch though, consider a DSLR. This is another type of camera that you might already own, or have access to. And they used to only be stills cameras. But these days most of them also have video modes. And the benefit is that you get all the fancy lens technology that goes into the stills camera, and you can apply it to your videos, which can result in pretty cinematic videos. Now, one thing to bear in mind is that a DSLR can be a bit more complicated to use.
They're often designed primarily as stills cameras and the video stuff comes later. But they're a great investment for a company, because you get an excellent stills camera, as well as a really good video camera. Ultimately, whatever type of camera you choose, what you're really looking for is the ability to have manual control over the settings. So, automatic settings have a time and a place, and can be useful. But if you want your work to look really professional. You need to get in there and set everything up yourself. You also need to consider the practicalities of the type of videos you're going to be making. Do you need to be able to record for a long time uninterrupted? Are you going to be running off mains power or batteries? All these kind of things will determine the type of camera you're after.
But, in the end of the day, the type of camera, if far less important than what you actually do with it. And that's what we're going to be covering in the next video.
- Getting started with HitFilm Express
- Setting up a camera and lighting
- Making a shooting checklist
- Shooting on a green screen
- Transferring from camera to computer
- Converting video formats
- Importing videos into HitFilm
- Using essential editing techniques
- Using multiple tracks
- Making color corrections
- Working with keyframes and composite shots
- Creating titles and lower-third captions
- Exporting and sharing video