handheld steadicam for smooth video footageConstant panning, shaky filming and unlimited zooming are just one of the common video camera practices of an inexperienced videographer. But the good thing is, these problems can be avoided just by learning the basics and stay away from the “don’ts” of video shooting. Aside from using some videography gear systems such as DSLR shoulderrig or steadicam stabilizer, here are some tips on how to stabilize video shots. Some amateur videographers often forget they are using video camera instead of a still camera and usually end up in snap shooting. Snap shooting means recording scenes that are too short. When taking a video, you need to hold at least ten to fifteen seconds before pressing the record button. Try to record more footage that you need and start five seconds before and after the action ends. Another problem that you need to avoid is the constant panning from side to side. Panning is okay but don’t pan too quickly. Your video will look like you are fire hosing and it will not look appealing to your viewers. Much more if you are not using any camera stand or any type of camera stabilizer. Always be conscious of the camera movement. Always plan where you point your video camera. Always follow the point A to point B rule and move the camera slowly. The best option is to use an external camera support such as a tree or solid surface, or if you have some extra to spare, invest in a camera stabilizer such as the steadicam or Blackbird brand. These types of camera mount will absorb the shock while you are in motion when filming. Lastly, always shut your mouth when filming. Remember that you are the closest person to the camera, so any single word, groan or comment will be picked up. Any sound that comes from you will drown out all other sounds. By following these simple techniques, your video will improve remarkably and you will no longer call yourself a newbie.