Category: Tech Tips

Panasonic AG-AC90 - front

Best entry-level pro camcorder

*** Please note: this article has now been superseded by a later edition in October 2014 . Click here to see that newer article or read on for historical interest *** This category is surprisingly hard to judge. It’s not the level of competition –...

Zebras at 70% - image exposed correctly

Using Zebras for correct exposure

One of the trickiest aspects of video filming and one that is done badly by a remarkable number of people even on network television it seems, is getting exposure right. That’s because exposure can be tricky unless you’re shooting in perfectly controlled conditions such as...

Panasonic x920

Canon HF-G25 or Panasonic x920?

Answer: For starters, whilst the HF-G30 has features more on a par with the Panasonic, it is substantially more expensive, so on pure price terms you’d have to compare the HF-G25 with the x920. Then, in terms of “bang for the buck”, the x920 vastly...

Canon HF-G25 with screen flipped

How best to record audio for a fishing documentary?

Answer: Clearly the wired mic is a non-starter. As soon as you or the angler moves, the wire’s going to yank away from his clothes or pull out of the camera, or you’re both going to trip over the wire and so on. Your Rode...

Panasonic x920

Best bargain consumer camcorder

After some dismal years when enthusiastic videographers were denied camcorders with manual controls and a range of abilities unless they shelled out for low-end professional gear, the top end of the consumer camcorder market has of late been reborn, thanks in part to YouTube and...

Audio Technica ATR3350

Best bargain tie-clip mic

In a world of poor audio on far too many Internet videos, the Audio Technica ATR3350 lapel microphone proves that there is simply no excuse. An absolute bargain at around £20 GBP – and $25 USD apparently – this little marvel may be basic in...

How To… conduct an interview

How To… conduct an interview

It might sound easy; just jabber away with some questions and let the interviewee talk but in fact there’s a bit of a knack to a decent filmed interview. Unfortunately, it’s a knack that far too many people producing video for the Internet just don’t...