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

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Shoot Some Tests

You'll only know your new camcorder well enough to trust it under field conditions–after you've worked with it under field conditions. So shoot lots of tests. Tape is cheap, and that old saw about an ounce of prevention is time-tested wisdom.

We know a man who bought a DV camcorder in order to record meetings at his social club. He bought a lightweight tripod to hold the camera, since several speakers were scheduled and he didn't want to hold the camera that long. He knew that Mini DV cassettes hold only 60 minutes of video, so he had a pocketful of them. He figured he would reload between speakers.

After the first speaker had gone on for almost an hour, there was a short break. But when our videographer attempted to eject the ...

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