Video Camera Tripod

 

Video Camera Tripod

Video Camera Tripod

By Anne Ahira

You have a new video camera and are ready to go out into all the world and make your award winning video! So you start in the neighborhood shooting everything that is remotely interesting and head back home to edit your fine work.

The problem is the video is jerky and looks like a two year old was in charge of the camera! Before you throw the video camera away and give up on your dreams, you might want to consider trying again with a video camera tripod.

That means it is time to shop for the perfect video camera tripod, but you have no idea where to begin. Well here is exactly where you need to be to determine which video camera tripod is right for you.

Description

A tripod is simply composed of a set of legs and a head, which the camera attaches to. You can purchase a tripod with or without a head, and once you are more familiar with how each one works you may prefer without.

The head supports the camera and provides the movement. The type and quality of the head you use will determine how well your videos turn out.

Heads

You will find that most heads on the market today are fluid heads. What this means is that they contain fluid, which creates a dampening effect known as drag. Cheap models may have no way to adjust this drag or resistance, while good heads will allow you to fine-tune this feature.

Another essential piece is the quick release, this is a mechanism that allows you to detach the camera and begin shooting free hand if the need arises. A quick release is generally a device that attaches permanently to the camera.

There are also ball heads which a few people actually prefer, however they are considered more of a still shot tripod head than video.

Legs

When it comes to the legs, you will have to look around to determine which suit your needs the best. The most important thing to consider is the amount of weight they can support.

In other words if a video camera tripod is rated for 5 pounds and you place a 7 pound camera on it, you could have a disaster on your hands. You want a tripod with correct weight range and sturdiness. Take for instance the Tiffen Davis & Sanford ProVista 7518 video tripod.

Features

  • Perfect for field, studio, educational or industrial applications
  • Weight limit up to 18 lbs
  • Heavy duty, double-strut, 3 – section tripod
  • Fluid Head w/18 lb capacity
  • Quick release plate
  • $199 on Amazon

This is a good all around video camera tripod; it has a good weight limit, heavy-duty legs and a fluid pan head.

Bottom Line

Finding the right tripod may seem like a daunting task at first but with a little practice, you will be an expert in no time.

Remember to consider maximum and minimum heights of the tripod as well; if you are going to be shooting videos of an ant colony in the back yard, you will not need an extremely tall tripod.


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