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Capturing the Picture > Capturing the Picture - Pg. 73

Getting Power Before worrying about the visual quality of your live-performance footage, worry about the power. Are the batteries charged? Do you have enough battery power to flm the entire show? If so, have you thought about when you can swap batteries without missing something good? If you're flming with permission, you may be able to plug your camcorder into a power outlet, which neatly solves this problem. Unfortunately, because of the extension cord tripping hazard, this solution presents itself fairly rarely. (If you do get permission to lay down extension cords, tape them to the foor using duct tape, like generations of professional flm crews before you.) Live Stage Performances Capturing the Picture Now you've got to worry about where you're going to sit or stand. Sometimes you don't have a choice--you'll just have to sit in your seat and do the best you can. (Keep your LCD screen closed when shooting; keeping it open both distracts the other audience members and gets you in trouble with management.) Thanks to the powerful zoom feature on today's camcorders, standing at the back of the theater is frequently a more attractive alternative. There you may even be able to use a tripod, much to the beneft of your footage and the relief of your muscles. Do-