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Assumptions

I’ll be using these basic assumptions throughout the book.

  • You may be flying solo— I’ll assume that many of you are both camcorder operator and onscreen interviewer (when applicable), so in some scenarios you won’t be able to accomplish certain tasks, like panning the camcorder around the scene or zooming in and out. Since some readers may also have someone to drive the camcorder, I’ll describe how to work solo and with a helper.

  • You probably only have one camcorder— Most shoots simply look better when shot with several camcorders, but I’ll assume that you may have only one. I’ll cover where to set the camera up and what to shoot in these instances, and also where to position and point additional camcorders if you have them available.

  • You’re editing digitally— I’ll assume that you’re editing the video on a computer, rather than simply playing back the video as recorded to tape. All computer editing systems are nonlinear, which means that you can place the sequences that you shot in any order in the finished video. This means that you can take your shots in the order that’s most convenient, rather than having to shoot them in the order they will ultimately be used.

  • You’re producing for professional distribution— Whether you work for a corporation, university, government institution, or other organization, you’re producing this video for enterprise use. You may not be trained in video production, but you’re expected to produce professional results.


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