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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Matching a DV Camcorder to Your Shooting Style

You shouldn't choose a camcorder based on its feature set alone, however impressive it might be. Camcorder features are only important in relation to your style of shooting. You'll have very different sets of requirements for shooting in:

  • News style

  • Film style

  • Multicamera style

News Style

Whether you're actually covering news or simply can't afford to field a crew, here are the camcorder features you'll probably want for running and gunning:

  • A bracket (called an accessory shoe) for attaching a photo floodlight

    ACCESSORY SHOE: Bracket on a camera for mounting floodlights or flash accessories; if it also provides power, it's called a “hot shoe.”

  • A built-in microphone

  • The size, weight, and balance that ...

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