It is necessary to gear up with the best video equipment when working on a commercial video production. However, you have to understand that this doesn’t only mean having the right gadgets but also having them in perfect working condition. Much like a soldier going into battle, you can’t win the fight if you don’t have the weapons working aright. In this article, let’s have a rundown of the working equipment you ought to have.
Camera. Obviously, you can’t shoot without a camcorder. This is the most vital video production equipment you shouldn’t forget. Make sure to power it up. Test the zoom, the black and white balances, and the likes. Then, don’t forget to turn it off (basic, but commonly forgotten).
Batteries. Granted that you have charged the batteries fully, you still need to bring some extra packs. Also, don’t forget to bring the charger in tow. You’ll never know how long the shoot is going to be so you’d better have sufficient power source.
Tapes and hard drives. It would be wise to label the promotional videos, tapes and hard drives before shooting to save you time. Also, don’t forget to bring a number of them for back up. Hard drives are convenient because you can easily access and edit the files in them through a computer.
Microphones. Microphones are essential and are absolutely one of the best video equipment pieces to have. While all the camcorders have built-in mic these days, they can’t perform as well as handheld or wireless devices can. The audio just doesn’t sound good. So, it’s imperative that you have a separate microphone for recording.
Headphones. Headphones are a must for running audio tests. They catch the tiniest nuances and help you achieve the flawless sound you want. If you’re going to depend on the built-in speakers in the camera, you would likely miss a lot of audio drop-outs and irregularities as they are not sensitive to them.
Lights. Even if you’re shooting at day time, you may need to use some lights particularly if you’re shooting indoors and wish to achieve certain effects. Apart from bringing the main light, don’t forget to include a couple of extra bulbs too. The one may get busted and require a replacement.
Extension cables. You may need to do a lot of moving while taking a shot. You may also need to add a lamp here and there. Extension cables can be very useful in such instances. They would let you shoot wherever you think is appropriate rather than just the spot where the sockets are.
Tripod. Even if you’re only shooting a short commercial or video for marketing, it can take you hours. And no matter how good you are, you will surely get tired. A tripod can be a convenient gadget to hold the camera in your behalf. Also, it can be a fantastic option when you need to capture a scene steadily.
These are the best video equipment you ought to have whenever going to a shoot. Keep this list handy at all times to ensure that you are geared well for the battle.