When video takes over
by, 10-09-2011 at 06:02 PM (4704 Views)
Cameras are everywhere and broadcasting to the world via YouTube. Mobile phones provide high quality videos in a tiny package, and phones like the nokia n8 even provide instant editing and upload. It's never been so easy to film, edit and share your video. You could say we're in a golden age of instant access and portability. A position only dreamt of 5 years ago. Anyone can become a video star, and by the look of YouTube, everyone has.
So why do I insist on lugging a small broadcast unit around to film home videos? Why do I endure the strange looks and inevitable questions by tucking a tripod under my shoulder. And why would I carry two lenses, a glidecam or glidetrack, and strap a gopro to my head? After all, I've got a powerful HD camera in my back pocket? Why? Because that's exactly what everyone else would do.
I've tried to rely on my mobile to film. I've tried to avoid making every walk, holiday or trip into a minor outside broadcast, but I just can't do it. Truth is, the video isn't incidental to the trip, the trip's an excuse to video. And the worst of it is, I fear running out of things to film - there's only so many things the wife will put up with.
But fear not, I'm a dad to be. There must be at least 18 years of mileage there. And I'm sure that such a forward thinking society won't think twice about me filming my child in public...