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For low level production is a camera guy still needed?

We all have been in the situation where we wanted to be filmed doing whatever and we cant do it ourselves. But is a camera really needed in todays technical world for simple video production? We have all seen the huge sets on Hollywood and all the camera guys getting all kinds of angles and shots but what if you a general YouTube videographer. The simple answer to this question is no! Nowadays with selfie sticks and cameras that can be timed to start and stop shooting you do not need any help! If you are just doing a vlog you can get away with setting multiple cameras up all around you on tripods recording at the same time. When you are done recording you can edit it so that it looks like you had cameraman at different angles filming you. Maybe soon this kind of thing will be available for high level production and the camera man will be phased out by technology. What do you think?


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ermini2

thats a good idea though! sometimes just doing a few different videos is the trick, especially if your just doing some vlogging!

what kind of camera do you have? there should be a timer setting in with all the other options...!




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Lynne

I know, but I don't like fiddling. I am terrible. I like to just push a button and go.

Talking about just winging it, my sister said she saw a Youtuber once that just filmed. People would interrupt her, her phone would ring or the doorbell would go and she just goes about her life while talking to the camera.

So yes she answers the door lol, so she made it almost into a reality show LOL. But apparently she has lots of followers and her audience love it.




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ermini2

hahah i dont blame you either, why bother of its easier this way! !! LOL


i guess that's a good idea for making it more realistic for her viewers!!! gets your publicity up!!




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ermini2

oh wow! at first when i started reading this, i was like well yea you need a camera man!.....who else is going to hold the camera while you do your thing!

i forgot about tripods and how easy they are to use and set up especially when filming and recording by yourself!

i agree, the camera men will eventaully be phased out with moving and hanging cameras that can get you at every angle and wont miss a thing!




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Lynne

I have a camera and a tripod but I hardly know how to use the thing LOL.

I have made a few videos with it and I can't set it to be on a timer. It can be done but I haven't figure it out.

I do low level production videos for Youtube. I can't edit or anything so I shoot a few videos and then pick the best one and just go with it.




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MusicMoguls

Yes Low level productions are becoming more popular now. People on YouTube are really being innovative in the ways they record themselves. Often time its someone by themselves trying to record for the world. Ermini i agree eventually technology will be so advanced that we will see a decline in camera men. Tripods work very well i just hate having to walk to it every time to replay footage or to restart it. I have a cheap $40 camera that takes pictures and shoots video. My camera is nothing special but i like it and it gets the job done. Lynne i had no idea that you were a Videographer, do you have a channel? Push the button and go is what im talking about! Thanks for sharing guys!




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galegatling

It also depends on the type of production and how 'motion' it would be. For instance, if you are just doing product reviews then I guess it's fine because somehow it will be steady. But if you are always moving and you need to use both of your hands while doing the close up review or video shoot, then it will be kind of tricky.

For example, me and my cousins want to do a low level production of our band filming our low level music video. We won't just pu a tripod and let it record because it wouldn't look realistic and it will sound boring. Unless there is a camera guy who keeps on moving and zooming in on different angles at different players or instruments, then it'd look really cool.




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TheArticulate

It all depends on your budget and what kind of quality you want. When in doubt, give it a shot yourself and see what you can produce. If you're happy with what you can shoot on your own, then by all means, forego the cameraman and spend that money somewhere else. The thing to keep in mind, if you hire the right camera person, they should know their camera inside out, and be able to get the footage you want and make it look the way you want. You may be surprised at how much better it turns out when you can be focusing on your strong suit rather than the camera and all of its settings.




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Authord

Quality matters in all level of production if your aim is for public feeding,or marketing and that's when budget comes into play, if you have a low budget , there is always a guy out there that will do it for cheap bucks, so you look for him.
But if you have no budget at all, then you don't actually need a camera man, you really need a good camera for that. then you learn video editing online, so you can tamper with abnormal sequences




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CancerNinja

I've seen in Youtube people filming with the use of regular smart cell phones. I was very amazed with that. How powerful is the smartphone nowadays? you can do almost anything with it not just for texting and calling but also good quality pictures and fast reliable internet connections. Search them in Youtube and just follow the steps how they do it and you won't need to even buy a very expensive camera. Regular smart phones are already easy to use and it can do more functions if you can use it properly.




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tophew

for me it depends on the situation there are situations that you cannot do that one post without a cameraman or with at least expert in angles but for youtube blogging yes you can do it on your own. but for me if ill travel for video blog i would like to have a cameraman so that i can focus on myself and less hassle in editing.




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Heatman6190

I really think not, there are some little production one can simply do on his/her own without needing the assistance of any camera person. I think there are gadgets that can allow you film himself or herself without needing anyone to hold the phone or camera for such filming.

Tripods can do a very reasonable job and do it perfectly so long as you focus your display directly to the camera lens in order to have it captured accurately and pinpoint perfect.




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fulstaf

I'm not a camera guy and still shoot better then a professional, filming is one of those things that needs a sense of space and time, and it's basically an art form, something which is seldom overlooked by camera guys.




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Judas2018

There are plenty of gizmos and tutorials that can turn you into quite a decent camera operator overnight. Not to mention most devices like phones have cameras and stuff you can use to film yourself. If you're shooting a small project or vlog or video? You of course don't need a professional camera person. A big project like a film, you most likely do. What you should worry about more than anything in the case of YouTube video production is the quality of your video and the quality of your devices. Your video needs to be of the highest quality and caliber possible in terms of output. HD preferably, where things don't look too dark, bright or most of all... blurry.




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vinaya

If you are not in the video, you don't need a cameraman. Even if you are in the video and doing nothing except talking, you can set the camera and talk to the camera. After you are done, you can eliminate unnecessarily scenes. Even if you are showing something on the video, you can set a couple of cameras and do the shooting. You can keep the necessary scenes while editing the video. Unless you are doing an elaborate video where you are walking or doing various activities, you don't need a cameraman.




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jaymish

I agree that you don't necessarily need a camera man especially with a video that does not require a high level of production. I also think that it would depend on how much money you are making from the video. If it is not that much and you are still starting out you can just set your camera. You can actually also do this b phone if you have a good phone e.g an iphone takes amazing videos, this would be enough.




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