Choosing the equipment is important - getting the right price for your budget but still fit for purpose. If you are unsure about what equipment to get, advice can be sought from Media Matters Education Consultancy.
Contact: Angela McEwan, 104 Barscube Terrace, Paisley, PA2 6XH
Glasgow and Edinburgh Camcorder Centres provide a ‘Digital Video Classroom Kit’
In June 2005 the budget price was £469 which includes a DV camcorder; tripod; spare battery; carry case; boundary microphone; 3x60 minute tapes and a DV Firewire cable.
For up to date information see Camcordercentre.com or contact The Glasgow & Edinburgh Camcorder Centres at either
717 Great Western Road
Tel 0141 339 3722
78 Haymarket Terrace
Tel 0131 313 5166
Planning a video shoot
Whilst it may appear a good idea to go ahead and shoot video and then edit it, it is not a good idea and a waste of very valuable time!
In planning the shots it is useful to think in terms of the size of their content, see
http://www.mediacollege.com/video/shots/ or search for other web pages.
Shooting the video
• Use a tripod otherwise the ‘shake’ will make it unwatchable! (insert link).
• Lighting is important and makes a huge difference to the quality of the shots. See this great info sheet.
• Remember to pause or switch off camera between locations otherwise you waste a lot of video minutes/hours!
Digital video editing
To edit the video, download to a computer using the Firewire then use editing software such as Pinnacle.