New equipment arrived

FenderAcousticGuitarWe’ve added a few items to our already extensive equipment collection here at Studio 300. Our new Fender acoustic guitar joins our electric and bass guitars and all are available for use in the space. This acoustic guitar also has an electronic pick-up which makes it even easier to record. Of course, you can use our extensive mic collection, too.

Two new Canon Vixia HD camcorders bring added functionality for video productions made in Studio 300. These powerful camcorders are also available for 3-day checkout. Best of all these units accept an external microphone which makes them ideal for video interviews, promotional videos, mini-documentaries, and more.

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We are always adding new equipment to the options available to our patrons and to keep up with growing demand. Is there some equipment or software that you wish was available for use in Studio 300? Let us know.

No more shaky video

ImageWe’ve all made this mistake. You grab your camcorder, hold it at arm’s length,  and start shooting.  Later when you watch the video it’s too shaky and looks terrible.  And should you play the video on a big screen TV,  it’s almost unwatchable.

Here are a few tips to avoid having shaky video:

  • Don’t hold the camcorder at arm’s length.  Pull it closer to your body.  Better yet, hold the camcorder against you using your entire body as a stabilizer.  Stand with your legs slightly apart.  Lock your arms against your body, too. This will help reduce body sway.
  • For even better results, follow the above tips and also lean against something like a pole, building, or tree.
  • Set your camcorder on something stable and frame your shot.  Just look around for something that’s not moving, such as a table top, shelf, or other flat surface.
  • Of course the best thing to use is a tripod!  It’s well worth the extra effort to carry around a tripod, especially for special video events such as a wedding, graduation, 1st birthday, or vacation.  Any place that allows camcorders will usually let you bring in a tripod.  Studio 300 has great tripods you can check out for 3-days.  They have fluid heads that produce ultra smooth pan and tilt shots for professional results. And they keep your video super steady.

Do your best to keep the camcorder still and your video will look far better and more professional.  Check out the examples in the video below: