Preparing your video for the web...

You can't get something from nothing. Ever tried making a soup with week-old ingredients and hoped it would still taste good? The same principle holds true for video production. Four primary factors influence the quality of your video footage: source format, image, sound, and subject matter. If you're planning to shoot video specifically to use on our website, you may want to review the following tips.

Recording medium: The recording medium is the container in which the video is stored, whether it's a digital recording encoded on miniDV or DVCAM tape, an analog recording on VHS or Hi8 tape, or a direct MPEG file recorded on your digital camera. Each recording medium has inherent resolution limitations. Some formats can store more information than others; the more information that the medium stores, the higher quality the recording will be.

Recorded image quality: Regardless of the source format you use for your video recording, the recording device may have other limitations. The recorded resolution of your camera may be significantly lower than the upper limit of your recording format's line resolution. Avoid shooting in low levels of light, unless you have a particular effect in mind.

Recorded sound quality: Every videographer should consider how audio is recorded during production. Most video camcorders have a decent built-in stereo microphone, but professional videographers equip themselves with accessories beyond those shipped with the camera. Position the microphone as close as possible to the source of the sound and monitor the audio feed with headphones connected to the camera. For most video recording, either a 32 kHz or 48 kHz sampling rate will yield superior audio reproduction.

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