Some digital stories will require original content. You might have to take your own photos, shoot original video, or create your own sound effects/music.
Now that most people have smartphones with such good cameras, taking pictures and video with your personal device is a great option. See the Filming Tips box below.
Below is a sample of some of the audio and video equipment you might find helpful to complete your project.
Examples of Audio Capture Devices
Zoom H4N Audio Recorder - A portable recording device and a 2-channel USB interface in one palm-sized unit, the H4n Pro Handy Recorder from Zoom features a built-in stereo microphone, two low-noise preamps with combination XLR / 1/4" inputs, multiple recording modes, on-board effects, a built-in metronome, a chromatic tuner, and more
SONY MP3 DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDER - a digital voice recorder with 2gb built-in memory and a swing-out USB arm that you can connect directly to your computer
Examples of Video Capture Devices
Smartphones and Tablets - If you own a smartphone or tablet, you can use it to capture video to communicate a digital story or idea. Check out this link to learn techniques of capturing good audio and video with your personal device: Shooting with a Smartphone
Canon DSLR Cameras - DSLR cameras can be used to capture both still pictures and high quality video.
Canon XA10 and XA11 Video Cameras - Professional HD cameras with XLR inputs and headphone jack for audio monitoring.
CHECK YOUR BATTERIES & EQUIPMENT: This is something you want to check and double-check. Nothing is worse than being out on a shoot and having to call it quits because your camera died.
TAKE YOUR PLANNING MATERIALS: Don't forget to take your interview questions, maps, release forms, storyboards, and anything else you prepared for your shoot.
USE A TRIPOD: Using a tripod is a much-overlooked aspect of filmmaking. Your footage will look a lot more professional.
AVOID ZOOMING: Zooming is an art. Films with a lot of zooming resemble home movies.
STICK TO ONE ASPECT RATIO: Pick one aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) in your camera settings and don't change it. It will make editing much easier.
SHOOT MORE THAN (YOU THINK) IS NECESSARY: If you're not quite sure if you got the take right, try it again while you have everyone in place. Scheduling reshoots is difficult and inconvenient!
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