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Is the Camera Actually Recording? > Is the Camera Actually Recording? - Pg. 38

Get the Shot Both human and mechanical obstacles may conspire to prevent you from capturing the perfect footage. Here are some examples: Is the Camera Ready? Your camcorder is only ready when its battery is charged and it's got fresh tape inside. MiniDV cassettes these days cost about $4 apiece (from, for example, www.bhphoto. com or warehouse discount clubs like Costco), so you have no excuse not to have a stack of blanks, at least a couple of which should live in your camcorder carrying case for emergency purposes. If you bite the bullet and buy a box of ten or ffty, you'll save even more money, you won't have to buy any more for quite a while, and you'll be able to keep a couple of spares with the camera. Tip: Professional broadcast journalists never go anywhere without fully charged batteries and blank tape in the camera. Even if you're not a pro, having enough tape and power at all times can pay off, since you can make good money selling your video to news shows because you caught something good on tape. The same goes for battery power. The battery that comes with the camcorder is ad- equate as a starter battery, but buying a second one--especially if it's one of the fat, heavy, longer-capacity batteries--is further insurance that some precious shooting opportunity won't be shut down or lost by equipment failure.