8. Tips and Techniques

Think about all the awful videos you’ve seen on YouTube. What are their common characteristics?

• Shaky camera

• Lousy lighting

• Wretched sound

The obvious solutions to these problems are

• Hold still!

• Turn on a light or go outside!

• Stand closer to or farther away from the camera!

Like I said, these solutions are obvious, but some nuances are involved. Keep these nuances in mind as you take a deeper look at each of these issues and their solutions in the following sections.

Stop Shakin’ All Over

As I’ve mentioned a time or two, the Flip camcorders (like all the other pocket camcorders I’ve ever used) have no image-stabilization circuitry. This lack makes their video potentially jumpier than movies made with traditional ...

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