How To Use A Video Camera


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How To Use A Video Camera

  1. 1. HOW TO USE A VIDEO CAMERA? This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  2. 2. HOW TO USE A VIDEO CAMERA? • Video cameras are used primarily in two modes. The first, characteristic of much early television, is what might be called a live broadcast, where the camera feeds images directly to a screen for immediate observation; The second is to have the images recorded to a storage device for archiving or further processing.
  3. 3. • The main function of the video camera is filming, but this tool also lets you taking pictures even when shooting. • It can record images and sound on a single medium. There are two types of cameras, the analog camera lets you record your video on tape (Video 8, VHS), and digital camera that record information in digital compressed format that can then be saved on the computer.
  4. 4. BEFORE USING YOUR VIDEO CAMERA • Learn where the record button is on your camera. Some units have more than one. • Learn where the recording indicator (usually a red light) is located. • Practice inserting and ejecting new tapes/memory cards. • Read your camcorder's manual about color balance. • Learn how to zoom in and zoom out smoothly.
  5. 5. • Learn the zoom capabilities of your lens. Become familiar with the widest (least zoomed) shot you can take, compared with the tightest (most zoomed) shot. • Look at a scene and try to figure out where the frame line of your shot would be for both a wide and a tight shot. Then take your camcorder and see how close you came. • Continue to practice matching your "mind's eye" margins with the actual ones your lens produces until you get it right most of the time. • Use your manual to find out about other camera status indicators: what they mean and where they're located. • Find out if you can control the sound level as you record. If so, learn how to adjust it as you shoot, so you don't interrupt a good shot to set volume. • Rehearse switching from one battery to another or from a battery to your battery eliminator. These are sometimes tricky, and if you don't get them in just right, they won't fit. • Learn accessory control.
  6. 6. HOW TO TURN IT ON? • Install batteries on your camera.
  7. 7. • Locate the power-on switch. Learn what position it must be to turn on the camera system. • Find out if the power-on switch has two settings: one for recording and one for playback. Become thoroughly familiar with which is which.
  8. 8. HOW TO DO A VIDEO? • If you want to make a video, make sure that your battery is charged and there is a tape/memory card in your camera. You turn the button to the position power on. Target well the scene you want to shoot, then press the red button to shoot. To stop filming again press the red button, the whole scene is recorded. • For reviewing the scene that you have recorded, use the playback mode after rewinding. For advancing press the forward button "FF/skip" to rewind press "RR/jump back".
  9. 9. HOW CAN I GET THE VIDEO TO MY COMPUTER (TRANSFER)? • To transfer videos from your video camera to the computer, you must use the transfer cable supplied with the v.c. and make a simple copy / paste from the memory of a videocam to a folder on your PC. • You need to make sure your computer has a connection for firewire. If you have to buy one you'll need to make sure you get the right size for your computer and camcorder inputs.
  10. 10. • If your movies are saved to a small memory card then you will also need a USB cable to upload your pictures, not necessary in case your computer is provided with a memory card input device.
  11. 11. HOW CAN I WATCH MY VIDEO? • It is possible to watch your videos on your computer only is you have some programs intalled that permits the view like windows media-player, VLC player, pinnacle studio, quick time player, etc., some of them are free some require a fee to download. • To view the videos on your PC, open the folder where you have transferred it and click on with the left mouse button or choose the programme with which you like to view it. • Some of those programs permits you also to do video editing.
  12. 12. HOW DO I GET THE VIDEO TO THE WEB UPLOAD? • To publish your videos publish your videos on the web you have to use sharing websites like youtube or vimeo. Go on those websites, register you personal data and follow the instructions to upload your videos.
  13. 13. • For example if you load a video on a sharing website like YouTube you must go to the website portal. At the top of the page, you just have to create your personal account with your name, age, e-mail address and choose a password. Whenever you access to the account, you must enter your password. • Once your personal account is created, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the website you chose.To upload a video you have to select the option "upload video" and follow the instructions. Within minutes, the video will be uploaded and available on line.
  14. 14. WHERE CAN I FIND THE VIDEOS ON THE WEB? • If you want to find videos on the web search engines or specific video web sites can help you. • Search engines like google or yahoo provide you directly with a specific research of videos, but you can also type on the searching bar the content you need specifying that is a video. • Or you can go directly to a video web site like you tube or daily motion, etc. and type your research. • To find your videos on the web just go to the website where you stored them, sign in with your name and password so you can have a direct access of all your videos.