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      Adding Supporting Footage To Your Hunting Videos

      Adding Supporting Footage To Your Hunting Videos

       

      Supporting footage is a giant part of story telling. Learning to shoot supporting footage will greatly increase the quality of your production irrespective of what camera you are using.

      If You Say It, Show It!

      When you watch a hunt you want to watch a hunt. You don’t just want to sit there and watch someone talk. You need to apply that when you are filming yourself or filming others. If you mention that its late October and the leaves are falling, show a video of leaves falling and pan your sounding area. If you mention that you are sitting 30 yards from a big scrape, show a video of the scrape. Its a great idea to keep a mental note of what is talked about during the pre-hunt interview so you can capture the supporting footage needed to keep things interesting.

      Dig Into the Archives

      Supporting footage is great for during interview during the hunt and for voice overs. You may want to tell a story of something that happened in the past. That is when you can dig into the archives and give people a visual to match what you are talking about. You might be talking about a particular hunting location and what it was like. You might be recalling a memory of hunting with a special individual. You might be pulling footage from a previous year of a buck you’ve been chasing for multiple years. Diving into the archives to help tell your story can really liven up your hunting video.

      You don’t have to have all the expensive gear to tell a good story. Supporting footage is a critical part of telling entertaining stories and you can get supporting footage with whatever camera you might have.

      Gear Add-ons For Adding Emotion To Your Hunting Videos

      Gear Add-ons For Adding Emotion To Your Hunting Videos

      In a prior blog we reviewed what equipment is absolutely necessary for filming hunts. Today we will be looking at two add-ons that aren’t essential but really help add emotion to your videos.

      Wireless / Lapel / Lav Mics

      Shotgun mics are great for picking up good overall ambient sound. They do decent for when the hunter is talking toward the camera. If you want to step the audio game up to the next level and really add in some emotion to your videos, a lapel mic is the way to go. Lapel mics are worn on the hunter and can capture so much more personal audio than a shotgun mic. A lapel can capture the hunter whispering to the camera man. A lapel can capture heavy breathing as a monster buck comes into range. Sometimes you can even capture a heartbeat on a lapel mic. A mic on the hunter can make the viewer feel like they are actually there experiencing exactly what the hunter is experiencing. Audio is so key in any film and having close up and personal audio of your hunter really ads emotion to your hunting films.

      POV / Second Angle Cameras

      Wireless mics help add emotion through audio and POV cameras add emotion through the visual. When you only have one camera pointed toward the animal you are hunting you can’t see what is going on with the hunter. You don’t know if the hunter is freaking out because they are looking at the biggest buck of their life. You don’t know when the hunter is about to shoot because you can’t see them drawing back their bow. After the shot takes place, you don’t know if the hunter is worried or is celebrating. A second angle camera pointed at the hunter allows you to much more easily tell the story of what happened. When you see the hunter do everything that leads up to the shot, you really feel like you are there. Second angle cameras dramatically increase your ability to add emotion to your hunting videos and make them so much more enjoyable to watch.

      If people are going to take the time to read or watch a story, it must have emotion and it must be relatable. Wireless mics and second angle cameras do just that when it comes to hunting films. If you are looking to step up your storytelling game, a wireless mic and second angle camera should definitely be on your list of gear add-ons for this season.

      What You Need To Get Started Filming Hunts

      What You Need To Get Started Filming Hunts

      There is so much information out there in the filming space about what you need to film hunts. To someone just getting into filming hunts, it can be hard to figure out what you really need to film a good quality hunting video. In this blog we’ll be covering the very basics of what you need to start filming.

      Budget and Expectations

      Your available budget and your expectations for your videos will be the driving force when it comes to what you actually need and what level of equipment you need. A lot of people just film their family and friends for fun so the level of equipment they need will be much different from those who are looking to be a professional producer in the outdoor space.

      Be honest to yourself about your budget. Also, make sure to consider everything you need before you blow your entire budget on a camera. A great place to start is to check out prebuilt packages like the ones available from Bedford Outdoors. Keep in mind that camera’s drive the price of the package. If you get a small/inexpensive camera you don’t need super expensive accessories to go along with it. However, if you want a more expensive camera, the accessories you’ll need to take full advantage of the camera’s capabilities will be a little more money.

      Everyone has different expectations for their hunting videos. Why you are filming dictates what you’ll really need. If you are just filming to review shot placement or show your buddies your archery hunts, sometimes just a cell phone suffices for a camera. If you want a cinematic feel to your videos to submit your films into film fests, you’ll need some better gear. If you want to become a professional, you’ll need high quality enough gear where you’ll be able to create the type of quality content TV shows will want.

      Camera

      The camera is obviously the most important piece of equipment for filming. As previously mentioned, for beginner filmers sometimes their cell phone will suffice. Fourth Arrow makes some great accessories for people that just want to film with their cell phone. If you want the ability to optically zoom you will want some type of actual dedicated camera. There are a wide array of options out there for cameras. Some cameras are better for people that self film. Some cameras are better for people that want to capture a cinematic look with a shallow depth of field. If you want to figure out what camera might be the best fit for you based upon the type of videos you want to create and your budget, the guys at Bedford Outdoors specialize in helping people do just that.

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      Support System

      If you want decent quality video you will need some type of support system for your camera. There are 2 pieces that are important in that support system: the actual camera support and the camera head.

      Your style of hunting will dictate what support system you will need. If you film from the ground or from blinds you’ll want a tripod or a monopod to support your camera. If you want to film hunts from a tree stand, you will need a camera arm. Fourth Arrow specializes in camera arms for any and all level of filmers. Some of us hunt both from the ground and from a tree so we need both types of support systems.

      A camera head will be needed with either a tripod or a tree arm. Make sure to select a camera head that is designed specifically for video. You want to purchase a had that pans and tilts smoothly. The great thing about most camera heads is they can be used on both your tripod and your camera arm so you don’t have to buy multiple of them.

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      Mic

      A external mic is not an absolute necessity when it comes to filming hunts. However, the quality of your content will be greatly increased with good audio. A shotgun mic is a great option for upgrading your audio game. Shotgun mics pic up audio where they are pointed so you can get some great audio of deer moving through the woods for example. External mics also do much better with wind than a built in mic. You get a lot of wind noise with built in mics but shotgun mics usually come with windscreens which greatly decrease that annoying wind noise.

      SD Card

      An SD card is necessary for filming with a camera. Sometimes guys forget to pick up and SD card when they purchase their camera. There are a lot of different speeds and sizes of SD cards. The folks at Bedford Outdoors will be able to help you pick the right SD card for your camera.

      Be Careful Where You Buy Your Gear

      Now that we’ve covered what gear you need, one final thing to note is its important to be careful where you buy your camera gear. If the deal looks too good to be true it probably is. You want to stay away from grey market cameras that won’t have a manufactures warranty. Its important to purchase your camera gear from a trusted retailer like Bedford Outdoors. If you are looking for the best camera support systems for on the ground or in a tree, make sure to check out Fourth Arrow Camera Arms.

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      Filming your hunts is a ton of fun and is very rewarding. Now that you know what equipment you need to start filming, go out there and start creating some awesome hunting content! If you’d like to learn more about filming hunts, make sure to check out Film The Hunt. Film the Hunt offers both online and on-site video education. Their on-site courses are phenomenal if you want hands on training with everything in the outdoor production space from storytelling to running your camera to video editing.

      Buck At 5 Yards - Self Filmed Hunt Breakdown

      Buck At 5 Yards - Self Filmed Hunt Breakdown

      Bowhunting the rut is a ton of fun! You never know where the deer will come from. In this self filmed hunt breakdown, Dean with Tag N' Brag walks us through his self filming setup on this close encounter in the timber during peak rut.

       

      Filming Hunts On A Budget

      Filming Hunts On A Budget

      Self filming has become more and more popular over the last decade than ever before. With cameras getting smaller and more powerful it has become easier than ever to film your hunts. Most of us have very capable cameras right in our pocket — our cell phone. A lot of people don’t realize how inexpensive it now is to start filming their hunts. In this article we’ll go over the basics of filming hunts on a budget.

      Capture Those Special Moments

      Everyone has their own reasons why they want to film their hunts. For me personally, it is so much fun to be able to capture what happens in the woods so I can share it with others. Even if a shot doesn’t happen, just being able to show people what happened during your hunt is so much fun. When the hunt does come together and you fill a tag, being able to share that with family and friends is awesome. When I’m not self filming, I love filming others. There are so many priceless memories that you can capture with family and friends when you film their hunts. Another huge benefit of filming is being able to review your shot placement. Whether you are gun hunting or archery hunting, the the moment of that shot happens so fast its hard to always know exactly where you hit the animal. Being able to watch the shot back frame by frame can be super helpful in knowing when to start tracking an animal. Filming is a ton of fun for a lot of reasons and once you start, you won’t want to stop.

      Use Your Cell Phone

      The most important thing you need to start filming your hunts is obviously a camera. Cell phone cameras have gotten better and better over the years and have become a viable option for filming hunts. One disadvantage of using cell phones is they have limited zoom. A lot of recent phones that have been released actually have a lens for anything from 2x to 4x optical zoom which helps a lot. When you want to zoom in even farther, there are a lot of options out there for zoom lenses you can attached to your phone. Companies like Moment make zoom lenses that mounts right to a phone case. You can also get cheap clamp on zoom lenses that will help get you a little extra zoom. If you do film your hunt with a phone, shooting in 4k is a great option. Shooting in 4k allows you to zoom in during the editing process as most people export videos that are 1080p. If a cell phone is all you can afford to start filming, definitely give it a shot. You will find it has some limitations, but you can really get some great quality footage out of phone cameras these days especially for archery hunting where the action happens relatively close to you.

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      Buy A Used Or Refurbished Handycam

      For anyone wanting to step up their game from a cell phone, you can get inexpensive used or refurbished handycams. The main advantage of a handycam over a cell phone is you get better zoom and a little better low light performance. If you do a lot of rifle hunting then a handycam is definitely for you. There are a lot of great handycams options out there that might be a little older but will still be sufficient for filming hunts. Some of the more popular cameras for filming hunts are the Canon G series cameras and the Sony AX Series. One spec to look for is sensor size. If you want good low light performance, get a camera with a larger sensor. Do your research when shopping for used or refurbished cameras. There are plenty out there on sites like Craigslist and eBay. Sites like BH Photo also sometimes have a decent selection of refurbished cameras.

       

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      Get An Inexpensive But Functional Camera Arm

      The camera arm you use is a crucial part of your filming setup. No matter what camera or phone you use, you need something that will hold your camera steady. Fourth Arrow Camera Arms offers a great budget camera arm option. That arm is called the Baton Arm. The Baton is specifically designed to hold cell phones and small handycams. The arm itself is super easy to set up and easy to level. It is also very lightweight and packable. It extends out to 25” of reach but yet it collapses down to a 15.5” for easy carrying. The whole setup only weighs a little over 2 lbs. Fourth Arrow also offers a mini video head that is a great entry level head. For anyone looking to film with a cell phone, you have the option of including a phone holder with the head. With the Baton Arm coming in at $99.99, it is a very affordable yet capable arm for anyone looking to start filming their hunts.

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      Get A Used GoPro

      Second angle cameras really help you tell the story of your hunt. I like to mount my second angle camera facing back at me when hunting. Being able to show people what happens in the tree makes the hunt so much more engaging and really makes people feel like they are right there with you. If you can afford it, a second angle camera is definitely a must for self filming. There are several great options for inexpensive second angle cams. The used second angle cam market is flooded because companies like GoPro are always coming out with new cameras. You can get cheap used GoPros or Tactacams off Ebay all the time. A second angle camera can really help elevate your video and the small amount you spend on one will be well worth it.

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      A Mic Helps

      External mics for your camera really help you produce video with cleaner audio. My favorite inexpensive mic is the Rode VideoMicro. It runs off phantom power so you don’t have to remember to turn it on. It comes with a great wind screen for those windy days as well. A cool feature of that mic is you can use it with either your handycam or your cell phone. An external mic isn’t absolutely necessary, but it really does help make your videos much more enjoyable to watch.

      To put everything together, below is a breakdown of a the different things you will need to start filming your hunts and the prices for them.

      Item Breakdown

      Camera

          •    $0 if you use a phone you already have
          •    Around $200-300 for a used or refurbished camera

      Camera Arm

          •    $99.99 for the Baton Arm
          •    $39.99 for the mini head and $10 upgrade to include phone holder

      Second Angle Camera

          •    $49-$149 for a used Second Angle Cam

      Mic

          •    $59 for a Rode VideoMicro - Additional $10 to include cable for cell phone

      Filming your hunts is becoming more popular for a reason. If budget is your barrier for getting into filming, it shouldn’t be any longer. You can start filming for as little as $150 if you use your phone. You won’t regret starting to film your hunts.