What to worry about when filming talks, presentations, and speeches: the sound. Exactly as when
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 finished iMovie film 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.
Filming sporting events is, in general, a
If your aim is to film a player for training purposes, or to study a golf swing or tennis stroke as it's
The high-speed shutter is effective only in
bright, sunny, outdoor light. If you try to use it indoors, outdoors when it's overcast, or in shadow, all kinds of unpleasant side effects result. You may get
3.6. Photos and Old Movies
Most people associate video with
images, but video "slideshows" can be extremely
If the photos were taken with a digital camera, there's nothing to it: Just import them as described in Chapter 9.
The challenge is what to do about photos that
digitalthe old kind, the paper kind, the kind you'll confront if you put together a biographical video about
3.6.1. Old Photos
Tactic one: Get the old pictures into the Mac using a scanner. As described in Chapter 9, you can then drop them into your iMovie storyboard
Tactic two: Film the photos with the camcorder. Take each photo out of its frame, prop it on a music stand or tape it to the wall, and slip a big black piece of cardboard behind it. Set up the camcorder so that it's directly aimed at the photo (
Scanning produces a more professional effect. Still,
3.6.2. Shooting Slides
You can transfer slides to your movie in either of two ways:
3.6.3. Transferring Old Movies to DV
Transferring old movies to the camcorder is another good idea. If these older movies are on videotape, such as VHS cassettes or 8mm videotapes from an older camcorder, you're in good shape. Transferring them onto your DV camcorder is
to your camcorder is a more difficult proposition. Photographic catalogs sell mirror-based gadgets just for this purpose. In essence, this apparatus lets you run the film projector, which projects the old movie onto a tiny movie screen. Your camcorder simply
You can also send your old reels out to a commercial transfer shop. Most local photo-developing outfits and camera