• Operating a Video Camera

    The first step in creating a video is to know the equipment and how it works. Following are twelve important aspects of using digital video cameras which you should be able to do before beginning a project with students.

    * Mount a camera on a tripod and be aware of different kinds of mounts.

    * Turn on camera using either battery or AC power and realize the advantages and limitations of each.

    * Put camera into appropriate mode for recording or playback.

    * Use menus on the camera to establish appropriate settings.

    * Insert and remove a videotape from the camera.

    * Use either the viewfinder or camera monitor while shooting video.

    * Zoom in and out smoothly.

    * Pan a scene at an appropriate speed.

    * Adjust tilt, angle and height of tripod as needed.

    * Use alternate shooting techniques when no tripod is available.

    * Connect camera to a computer.

    * Remove and recharge battery as needed.