Are you planning to record lots of great video footage on your next trip? Have you packed all the gear that you’ll need to do that?
As much as it would be nice if all that was needed was a video camera and a good eye, the truth is that you’ll probably want to pack more than that. In particular, there are several pieces of essential gear that could have a huge impact on your videos:
• Travel tripods or monopods are great to have around and will let you keep your camera steady while recording. Depending on the type of head you may find it easier to pan and tilt the camera gradually as well.
• External microphones come in various types, and are crucial if you want to record audio to go along with your great travel videos. A shotgun microphone can be especially useful to record the audio coming from a specific direction.
• External lighting is optional as well, but if you’re going to be recording in low-light conditions you’ll be glad you brought it. Even the most basic external lighting will be a big step up from the built-in flash on your camera, and you can find a whole range of options depending on your needs.
• Spare batteries are definitely handy and will let you keep recording video footage throughout the day. Ideally, you should bring enough to last until you are able to charge them all – possibly overnight.
• Spare storage in the form of TF, SD or microSD cards are light and easy to carry. It should be sufficient to store enough videos till you get the opportunity to transfer them over to more permanent storage (if ever).
• Video camera rain covers can help provide protection and let you record while it is raining. It can help you produce some really unique videos by recording footage that is outside the norm.
In addition to the items listed, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a laptop with you if you’re on a trip that allows for it. That way you can edit or convert your videos during any downtime that you have. For example you can use Movavi Video Converter for Mac to trim, stabilise and prepare your videos as well as convert them into the formats you require.
Make no mistake there are lots of other items that you may want to pack, including a good and well-padded camera bag to carry everything. The items listed above are the ones that will have the most impact on your ability to record impressive video footage while you’re travelling however, so you should definitely put them at the top of your list and work your way down from there.
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