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Tripods

It often happens that when you first start shooting video, the footage can be pretty shaky. One way to deal with that is to use a tripod, which allows you to anchor the camera and get a steadier shot and smoother video. You'll want to use a tripod when you're shooting scenes that are relatively static and do not have a lot of movement in them. You don't want to use a tripod if your subject is particularly mobile or if you want to give the viewer the impression of walking or running for instance.

Videomakers on the go often use a monopod, which with a little practice is as steady as a tripod but far more mobile and often cheaper. The option of choice for the serious professional is the steadicam, which pretty much allows you to be as steady as you want to be under any conditions. Steadicams are pretty expensive, but if you're adventurous you can make your own. The following sites provide instructions: www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam www.bealecorner.com/trv900/steady/steady.html www.videouniversity.com/xlstablz.htm

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