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Advice on camera type for product videos??

I own a small business and I shoot some homemade videos for info on my products. I have no experience doing this and I would like to get better results. My son has a HD hand held video camera that we use it is a 1080P camera that is all I know about it he did not pay a lot for it.

The problem we have is in shooting video to get me in the picture with products in my hand for demonstration, to get me in the picture it is too wide if it were a still camera we could just flip it sideways to get the desired picture but the video camera then has me sideways.

Is there a camera I can buy that would work good for this? I don't want to break the bank but I also don't want junk. The videos are uploaded to youtube we then share the link on my web site. I do have a backdrop curtain and lighting. The biggest problem is when he is far enough away to get me from the waist up the 8' background curtain is not wide enough and the products loose a lot of detail.

Thanks and sorry for the amateur questions I wish I had the budget to hire a pro.

Post was last edited on July 16, 2018 9:47 AM PDT

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As to wide etc.
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16:9 picture ratio

The camera is designed to provide a picture to fit a TV screen so it will always be wider than high.

Your solution may be a video editor. For example you could create picture in picture where the goods are filmed close up and you appear in the corner of the screen describing them. Or you could put a series of shots together alternating between yourself and the goods. Or you could just show your goods, in close up, and do a voiceover to explain them. A video editor gives you many more options.

If I were to suggest a camera it would be the Panasonic HC-V770 or the newer 800. Again these cameras give you options like an external mic socket to record the audio better.

Perhaps you could give us a lead to your YT site so we can see what you are trying to achieve.

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I found your YT site so some comments and suggestions.

1) A continuous recording and using the zoom in and out is not too effective. Set up your shots on one subject and film using a fixed zoom position. Change the zoom and re- frame between shots. Move from one subject to the next using separate shots. (Example your "table" video)
2) Show demonstrations in close up and use a voiceover to explain what is happening. This will remove movement behind the subject being filmed.
30 Try a higher table, just above waist height, and a lower camera angle if you want to appear in the shots alongside the goods.
4) Always let the action carry the shot and reduce the camera movement. The action played out before a static camera works best. Prepare each demonstration beforehand, rehearse the movements and the script.
5)The sound is good but could be improved by using a Lavalier mic direct to camera. ( the same mic could also be used connected to your PC for voiceovers)
Some ideas which may be of interest.

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Link to my youtube channel.
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This is a good example.
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No criticism intended

I apologise if you felt I was criticising your videos which I think are excellent but, on hindsight and taking into account your original post, I was trying to suggest techniques you may try to improve on your concerns.
Even when you watch the shopping channels there are changes in the angles of the shots. An example might be the craft channels where wide shots are interlaced with close up shots (and often overhead shots) to demonstrate the product.

One advantage of using an editor is that the sequences need not be continuous. Example: The wide shots could be taken in one session and the close-ups in a totally separate session. The shots can then be intermixed in the editor to make it look like a continuous video. This does require a form of scripting to ensure that the shots flow into each other.
My example was a video of one of our local railways where I took the on-board shots during one journey and the trackside shots on a separate day combining the video by location on the track. It looked as if two cameras were used, one in the train and the other running by the train.

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Posting at the same time.

Terfyn I was posting at the same time you were my comments were not in response to your post sorry it looks that way. I am very appreciative of your comments I was asking for help and you took the time to help me. That is the problem when posting online rather than talking to someone you can't convey your feelings very well in print or at least I can't. You are a very helpful person and I thank you. I know the videos are not great that is why I am trying to make better ones and I am not hurt by anything you wrote.

Mike

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Picking a specific camera or brand for product videos

There are so many video camera options available – it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choices. Instead of picking a specific camera or brand, it’s best to first decide what type of camera you need. Here is a handy guide for choosing the best video camera for your needs. Here are some of top choice in the photography industries -

1. Camcorders
2. DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras
3. Professional and Broadcast Video Cameras
4. Cinema Cameras

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Hi Mike
Have a go at some of the shopping channels especially ones that are demonstrating a craft or hobby. IMO your demonstrations mirror closely those types of presentations. You will note the use of a static camera for both the long shots and some of the closeups.

You have inspired me to repeat a film that I made some years ago. We have locally a series of railways known here as "The Great Little Trains of Wales". They are run on tracks originally used for the slate trade taking the roofing slates from the quarry to the docks for shipment all over the world.
My original film was shot when only part of the track was restored, now the project is completed and the railway runs through some very beautiful parts of the Snowdonia National Park.
Again a two day (or maybe more) filming expedition. Last time the train I was in, was pulled by an engine painted maroon and I recorded the trackside shots with an engine pulling the train that was painted black! Cry But, you know, I don't think anybody noticed apart from me. Laugh Won't make the same mistake twice. Blush

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