Media Edits - Frequently Asked Questions
Do you know an inexpensive way to film a wedding?
Media Edits has suggested this idea to many couples getting married and they have thanked me for it. Before you send out your invitations, write out a request and ask your guests to bring their camcorders. If 10 people show up with their camcorders, that makes for multiple angles and some great footage. The great thing is your guests are personally involved in the making of your wedding video, which adds to the fun and you are not paying the high cost of hiring a videographer.
Inside your invitation, you can include a list on tips for how to shoot great video, which I have. The next step after the wedding is to have all this great dynamic film edited. This is what made Media Edits who we are! We have seen many wedding videos made this way.
How do I avoid shaking the camcorder when shooting?
It takes a conscience effort on the camera holder. Moving slowly and thinking ahead are two things that I keep aware of. Try to keep your subject in the middle of the LCD screen. Also, I like holding the camcorder low around my hips. This helps steady the camcorder, and if you are shooting children it keeps the camcorder down to their level, thus changing the angle of the shot. The other option is a Tripod, which I find hard to use when I am moving around a lot. There are many different steady camcorders out there for all needs.
Why do I need to set the time code on my camcorder?
Each time you turn on and off the play button, it sets a time marker which in turn creates a clip of video. In the editing process, this is extremely important because while capturing your tape, the time code is read by the software. Stop and starts are read while creating an individual clip or movie.
I have scratches on some DVD's and they won't play. What can I do?
I hear this quite a bit. Children and adults don't return the DVD movie after they finish with them and they lie on the coffee table or floor for a few days, resulting in scratches. It is important to train your kids and yourself to put the DVD back in the cases. With that said, there are companies that specialize in buffing the scratches from your DVD's. It is a fine buffing and can restore the DVD and it will play again. One company you can try is Kroll Ontrack.