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Old 11-12-2010, 08:52 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Northern IL
Posts: 602

As FD stated we could offer more detailed suggestions if you gave us an indicator of how serious you want to get. We all seem to start filming as a hobby and a way to share our hunts with friends and family. As you realize how rewarding it can be to get good footage of a successful hunt you'll probably want to get more into it that a basic camcorder can acheive. A few basic pointers are - if you want good footage you'll more than likely need to have a cameraman (or woman), yes you can film yourself and it will work but it is very hard to get a properly framed and focused shot of a moving subject while you are also trying to shoot said subject! lol...Hunts where baits are allowed makes this a little easier, like deer or hogs under a feeder or a bear on a bait station. You can point your camera where you think the animal is going to be and just hit record, you could probably get some preroll of the animal before you shoot but after the shot it's almost impossible to get a reaction of the animal running away. So find a good friend who is willing to do this with you and split time in front of and behind the camera. Now for some of the more technical items that make it a little easier. First, get a camera arm that mounts to the tree if you do a lot of treestand hunting. The arm will make your footage much more stabil, especially when the person running the camera might be rattled by a big buck walking in or a gun going off. Also a tripod or monopod is a good idea, don't need to break the bank just something that is rated to support your camera with all the accessories you'll have on it (batteries, mics, extra lenses, or lights). These help a ton when hunting out of a blind, stalking, fiming recoveries, when you are zoomed way in on something, or even just getting scenic shots or time lapse stuff....nothing is worse than watching shakey footage. Along with the tripod and camera arm, get a good quality fluid tripod head, the cheapies just don't work that well for tilting or panning while actually recording. They may hold a camera steady while stationary but are all jumpy and jerky when moving. Another thing I strongly recommend is some type of Varizoom (there are other brand names but this it the one I'm familiar with). This allows you to run many of the camera functions like record, zoom, and focus, remotely (like mounted on the tripod handle). Again, that just aids in getting smoother footage. Wireless mics are a huge benefit too, but can be kinda expensive. I have tried some of the ones available for about $100.....don't waste your money, if you are going to buy a set get something a little better. Those are some of the basics that would apply to just about any camera (if you are going with wireless mics, make sure your camera has the required inputs). These things will help and make filming your hunts a little easier....good luck and let us know when you have more questions!!!
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