Handy hints for capturing and protecting your memories

Jun 21, 2012

Remembering to bring the camcorder and have it fully charged is just the beginning of capturing and preserving important memories. To help you look back on important moments in your life and see them as they were, you should practice using a combination of filming techniques and the latest advancements in recording technology.

Capture true-to-life videos

Capture true-to-life videos

Quality visuals with great colour reproduction and clarity help us relive moments as they really happened and connect with them in a deeper way. Use of up-to-date technology, such as the BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) CMOS Sensor, will help you record quality visuals.

A BSI CMOS sensor helps ensure that images are benefitting from the optimal amount of colour intake. By moving the internal wires to the back of the BSI CMOS Sensor, the BSI CMOS Sensor helps capture images as you remember them.

Another benefit of filming with the BSI CMOS Sensor is that it can remain effective when filming in darker areas. Through the improved structure of the BSI CMOS Sensor, the Sensor helps pick up colours in, for example, shadows and poorly lit rooms.

Obtaining quality visuals, even with the help of the BSI CMOS Sensors, still relies on you capturing decent footage. So, here are a few filming techniques that will hopefully help you capture the best possible footage.

Filming techniques

A few basic filming techniques can help you get more from every frame. There usually isn’t an endless supply of memory, so it is important that you make the most of what you have.

Plan the Shoot

Before you turn the camcorder on, think through what you are trying to achieve. Who will be watching the footage? What will they want to see?

Clean the Lens

Get into the habit of checking your lens for water spots or dust, as this will help avoid hours of ruined footage.

Zoom

Try to avoid using the zoom on your camcorder. You are far more likely to see the camera shake when you are heavily zoomed on a particular point. Use the zoom facility between shots to compose your picture.

Frame your shots

Be sure to frame your subject properly. This involves moving closer to create good proportions. Don't be afraid to place the subject slightly off-centre to give context.

Hold your shots

A common mistake is to stop recording too soon. Try holding your shot for an extra three seconds. This will allow time for any post-production. You may insert scene transitions.

Filing system

There is no point in filing anything if you’re not going to save it properly. A good storage system, such as an external hard drive, helps ensure that your footage is ordered, secure and easy to access. Often our precious memories remain unwatched because people don’t know where to start looking.