2: Choose Equipment

What Equipment Should You Use to Collect Your Footage?

There is a good chance that you have or can get access to equipment you need to create a great advocacy video.

  • Have a digital camera? Great! Many digital cameras have a video option – and still photos can also be used in video!
  • Have a DV camcorder?  Even better!  Camcorders often yield better quality footage and enable you to film for longer.
  • Have a cell phone with photo or video capability?  Even with using only your cell phone, you’ll be able to make a great contribution to this campaign (read how to stream video from your phone).
  • Have a computer with a built-in or attached camera?  If so, you can use these to film interviews or statements of support for the campaign – and if others have them, you can record video interviews via Skype (or live-stream video from an event)!

Even if you don’t personally own any filming equipment, you may be able to get access to them.  Ask your friends, family or college/university if they have equipment that you may borrow. Also, if you have one, local Community Access TV Stations are a great place to borrow equipment.

Though makes and models of these techie tools vary and change often, review the links and resources throughout this section to help you use or find what is best for you.

What’s Next?  Equipment 101

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