My favourite camera is the one from the new Sony GX900, which has a new form factor which allows the lens to be tilted for easier composing. You can easily tilt the camera 90 degrees and not have to worry about the camera orientation. The only problem is that the camera has a very low-resolution front-facing camera which isn’t nearly as good as some of the other more-expensive options.
What software do I need to use my camera?
You’ll need Camera Raw, which will give you everything you need in one place. You can also get a free copy of Aviary from Flickr. Both of these options are great for editing and editing to a higher-resolution, so if you want more-end codecs, you will need to purchase another codec. You may wonder how I am going to manage to shoot in RAW (non-destructive) and still have access to editing. The short answer is that it’s super-easy. In fact, it’s one of the things I love about shooting music videos. You don’t even need to learn anything about computer-based editing or effects. If you want, you could even go the extra step of exporting the videos to your favorite video software, like Premiere Pro, After Effects or After Effects CC.
What is the hardest part about shooting music videos?
I’ve shot hundreds of music videos myself over the past 10 years (and counting), as well as on assignment with music publishers and music radio stations. My advice for this part is to not let your hair down. Be as organized and focused as possible, but also be very comfortable with yourself and your equipment, because when you have to go through a shoot like this, you really shouldn’t have any worries.
Will there be editing equipment included with the package?
That’s really up to you. If you’re looking to go beyond shooting in HD, I suggest shooting with a decent editing software like After Effects and then editing to a higher resolution. It’s a bit more time consuming to export the videos to a higher resolution, but it would help to be able to edit down your music videos to your liking. It’s also a good idea to shoot some quick video edits and compare them to your final version from the footage and edit for clarity.
If you’ve shot music videos before and want to learn even more, check out our tips on shooting in HD or editing to HD.
If you just want to give music videos a try,
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