Give your home movies that professional touch

Dec 20, 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 camcorder. A new feature that can help eliminate some of the more obvious traits associated with poor filming is the OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) Duo feature.

This essentially helps remove 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 shacking 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 and tracks, 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 steady filming and a smooth and clear image.

Other important features that can help improve your filming are sound and lighting. Most camcorders now come with enhanced audio features, with zoom microphones sometimes 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.

Lighting is another helpful feature that can be source in a variety of manners. It doesn’t have to be expensive studio-style lights, as there are plenty of other options. Smaller, attachable lights can be found for most camcorders, and provide enough lighting to enhance your final product.

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