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Rycote Invision Softie Lyre with mic on camcorder

How best to film an audience debate?

Answer: Let’s start with the bad news (sorry): quite simply, no camcorder on earth is going to do the job you want, even half decently unless you invest in the audio system. By this, I mean neither an internal mic or any single shotgun mic...

Canon XF100

Boost for pro camcorder sales

The death of the camcorder could be far from nigh, according to new research. A decline in sales over the last couple of years, coupled with the instant access, ease of use and “decent enough” quality from smartphones had led some commentators to suggest that...

EDIUS Pro 7

Review: Edius 7

Think of editing software and it’s unlikely that Edius is the name that springs first to mind. That’s odd because in fact this powerful piece of software has a long and illustrious history. Version 7, though not bursting with new features, is a decent enough...

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*** Please note: this article has now been superseded by a later edition in October 2014 .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 –...

Review: Dailymotion Camera App for iOS

Review: Dailymotion Camera App for iOS

It’s much less well known than YouTube but French-owned Dailymotion claims to be the second most popular video sharing website on the planet. Now in an attempt to get more people uploading clips, it’s released an app for the iPhone or iPad, the Dailymotion Camera....

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...