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Tip: If the show is really important, consider shooting it twice. At the second performance, position the camera in a different place and shoot different kinds of shots. Later, you can use iMovie to combine the footage from the two performances. By splicing in one camera's shot, then the other--thereby changing camera angles and zoom amounts without missing a beat--you simulate the effect of having two cameras at the same performance. You also have a backup in case you missed a key entrance, joke, or pratfall during the frst performance. Live Stage Performances Speeches What to worry about when flming talks, presentations, and speeches: the sound. Exactly as when flming live stage performances, your camcorder's built-in micro- phone does a lousy job of picking up a speaker more than 10 feet away. To remedy the problem, use a tie-clip microphone on extension cords, get a wireless mike, or run an external microphone to the loudspeakers (if the talk is amplifed) or even directly to the sound system's mixing board. Otherwise, the only other problem you'll encounter is the question-and-answer session, if there is one. In an auditorium situation, not only will you have a terrible time (because there isn't enough time) trying to train the camera on the person asking the question, but you won't pick up the sound at all. You can only pray that the guest speaker will be smart enough to repeat the question before providing the answer. Tip: Capturing audience reaction shots for use as cutaways is a great idea when you're recording a talk. Splicing these shots into the fnished iMovie flm can make any speech footage more interesting, and gives you the freedom to edit the speech if necessary. If your goal is to capture the entire talk, and you've got only a single camcorder, you'll have to get the reaction shots before or after the talk. Don't just pan around to the audience while the speaker is speaking. Sports Filming sporting events is, in general, a breeze. Most take place outdoors, neatly solv- ing all lighting problems, and the only sound that's important at a sporting event is usually the crowd's reaction, which your camcorder captures exquisitely. Most of the time, you'll be zoomed out all the way, because there's too much motion to worry about closeups. (And when you do want closeups, you'll know exactly when to zoom out again, thanks to the structured nature of most sports. Every baseball play begins the same way, for example.) If your aim is to flm a player for training purposes, or to study a golf swing or ten- nis stroke as it's played back in slow motion or frame by frame, consider using your camcorder's high-speed shutter feature. When you use this special recording mode, the camcorder records the action in a strange, frame-fashing sort of way. When you play this footage back, you can use the slow-motion or freeze-frame controls on your camcorder with sensational, crisp, clear results. chapter3:specialeventflming 75