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The Videomaker Guide to Video Production, 5th Edition by Videomaker

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6 Stabilization: Tools and Techniques

Randal K. West

Figure 6-1

Figure 6-1

Like most people, you probably began shooting video handheld. After all, when confronted with a camcorder, often your first instinct is to pick it up, hold it to your eye and begin rolling tape. Chances are that your initial handheld footage was pretty shaky too. Sure, shaky shots have their place. Where would MTV and Blair Witch Project be without them? However, in the video world, shaky footage makes a statement about your professionalism. In the mind of the viewer, shaky video equals home video. And home video is considered the work of amateurs.

Figure 6-2 Tripods.

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