RUSS BAILEY ON VIDEO RECORDING   Leave a comment

Russ Bailey and camera crew record the crappie action on Rend Lake for upcoming TV program.

Russ Bailey and camera crew record the crappie action on Rend Lake for upcoming TV program.

With more and more outdoorsmen and women recording their activities the quality of the recordings can vary significantly.  Videoing hunting or fishing action moments can be a rewarding experience to share with family and friends.

With a little patience and attention to detail everyone can produce a quality video.  Toward that end Russ Bailey has some advice.

Russ is a veteran videographer and crappie fishing professional from Ohio.  He has a television show making its debut this month on the Pursuit Channel entitled “Brushpile Fishing.”  Russ also has a number of crappie fishing videos available through sporting goods stores.

Recently at Rend Lake, IL recording a program for the television series Russ took the time to talk about the process of recording videos.

The discussion began with the choice of cameras.  Russ is very impressed with the Go Pro cameras that have burst upon the market in recent years.  He also indicates that he is using JVC cameras and has had much success.  The feature Russ likes on these cameras is the ability to monitor the recording with the use of the screen on the back of the camera.

Bailey pointed out that HD cameras have become cost effective.  Most Digital cameras on the market have the ability to take videos but they do have some limitations.  Most avid video makers will move up to studio models as soon as they can afford them.  Those prices are steadily declining in the market place.

Videoing on the water does present some problems.  Temperatures, water conditions, etc. do affect the end product.  For instance wind tends to cut out the voice recording.  It is also important to limit the use of the zoom function of a camera.  Russ recommends that if you must use the zoom function do so slowly.

In outdoor recording it is advisable to be aware of the position of the sun.  As with most camera work, be sure to keep the sun either behind the camera position or at best to the side.  Shooting toward the sun distorts the images and often makes them worthless.

For the angler it is important to make sure the camera is water proof.  After all you are on the water and accidents happen.  Speaking of being on the water, if you are alone you can mount the camera on a bracket attached to the boat and let it run.  You never know but what you might catch some great action that would not be the case if you have to dig into a camera bag.

Russ begins every recording session by taking a sample and playing it back.  It gives a chance to correct any problem that might arise.  He also makes sure to take extra batteries as video recording eats up a lot of power quickly.  If possible use a wireless microphone for each person in the video.

Once back home it is time to edit your produce.  There are a number of software products on the market and online.  You don’t have to start with an expensive on.  There is always time to move onto those in the future.  Often the camera comes with a disk that allows for downloading titles and step by step editing.

Russ recommends using background music to enhance your product.  It is important to use only music that is not copyright protected.  You can get such music off the Internet by Googling “Free Music.”

Finally, you can open a free “YouTube” account and place your video on it.  Then send emails to everyone you want to view it indicating that it is available on line.

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