Clunky camcorders, oversized movie cameras, and miles of unedited tape use to clutter most movie studios. But thanks to digital video, you can hold a palm-sized camera that records everything to disk. The money you save by not having to buy film should be reason enough to make the switch, but the advantages do not stop there.
Advantages of digital video
After you have completed gathering your footage, all you need to do is eject the disk, insert it into a computer and start the editing process (also digital). Thereafter, you can create stunning backdrops, amazing action, and intense storylines without having to use expensive sets, numerous re-shots, and tedious splicing. The amount of time and money it takes to produce new material has been drastically reduced thanks to digital video technology.
A career in digital video
What this also means is that Hollywood no longer has a monopoly on entertainment. Big budget films are well within reach of aspiring directors who want to add their input. Already, amateur filmmakers around the world have begun shooting projects that would have been too costly just ten years ago.
If you would like to join their ranks, you should take the time to master this new medium through formal training. By pursuing a degree in digital video, you'll learn how to shoot and edit video footage in addition to all the other movie-making skills that most film schools teach you (storyboards, composition, lighting, character development, etc). Of course, you can work in Hollywood as well. The point is, you have options if you have the right training.
Publish date: February 10, 2011