Give your home movies that professional touch

Dec 21, 2011

Woman using Samsung camcorder to video man balancing girl on tricycle

The line between amateur and professional film-making is quickly blurring as new technology becomes readily available. Combine this with the latest editing suites on most home computers, and you have everything you need to create your very own movie magic. Is your creative side getting curious? Take a look at some of the many ways you can make that jump from unwatchable to enthralling.

You might not have a Hollywood budget to work with but that doesn't mean you can't transform your home movies into little masterpieces. All you need is the right tools and not all of these have to be expensive; actually, some of them are built-in to the very camcorder. Some new Samsung camcorders have a feature that can help eliminate more obvious traits associated with poor filming such as the OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) Duo feature.

This essentially helps reduce the effects of a shaky hand, while also reducing the amount of blurred images. There is nothing more annoying than going to the trouble of shooting something, whether it is an important family moment or for your own creative enjoyment and then watching bumpy and out of focus footage. You notice the incessant shaking more than the actual event you're attempting to capture and the worst thing is that you never realised that you were doing it. Obviously, there are tools such as tripods, which help solve this problem, but for those with perhaps smaller budgets and also not the need for lugging about extra equipment: the OIS Duo is the perfect way to enjoy your filming and a smooth and clear image.

Other important features that can help improve your filming are sound and lighting. Some Samsung camcorders now come with enhanced audio features with zoom microphones built in to the camcorder. If it doesn't feature any advanced audio, then attachable microphones are also a sure way to add quality to movies.

Finally editing: it must never be underestimated how important post production is to a final product. Since editing suites are becoming available with most new computers, it really is a must-have tool. It simply adds the final touches and helps highlight the good work that both you and features like the OIS Duo have done.

  • • These accessories are not included.