Why Having a Real Tripod Will Save Your Attorney Video

A “real” tripod.

Anyone who shoots video on their own must have a tripod. You cannot hold a video camera in your hand and expect to get a stable looking video.

There are all sorts of adapters and extenders that are on the market today that allow you to attach a small camera or your iPhone to shoot video on the go. This might be fine for a quick and dirty on-the-street video, but it is certainly not ideal when creating quality attorney videos that your consumers are looking for.

As many of you know, I take my video equipment with me when I go to seminars and on vacation. I use a lightweight, aluminum folding tripod that allows me the ability to quickly and easily set up my equipment with a minimal amount of fuss. However, there is a major drawback to using a lightweight and small tripod.

The drawback arises when my camera equipment is top-heavy because of the size and weight of my camera and microphone equipment that then rests upon the tripod.

I personally like to shoot my attorney video outdoors as often as I can. One problem arises when there is wind. You will not realize it as you are shooting the video or even when you play back and watch the video on you small viewfinder on the camera. Instead, you’ll immediately notice the problem when you upload the footage to your computer and begin to edit.

What you will notice is that every time the wind blows, your camera will move.

This is highly distracting and annoying to a viewer who is eagerly looking for your information, but is continually distracted by the shaking movements caused by the wind.

How do you fix this problem? The answer is simple.

Use a well-built, sturdy tripod. Those types of tripods are many and your limitation will be only the weight and size of what you are willing to carry. If however you only intend to shoot your lawyer videos in your office where there’s likely no wind, most any tripod will do.

You might be shocked to learn that some of the better tripods cost hundreds and thousands of dollars…for good reason.

Don’t skimp and by a $20 tripod just because it’s cheap. Make sure that whatever tripod you do purchase is sturdy enough if you take it outside to shoot your great attorney videos.

Remember, you want your attorney videos to be transparent so that the viewer focuses only on you and your content. If your video shakes while you are shooting it, you already have one strike against you.

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I decided to create a whole video library to help educate consumers in my market about auto accidents and other injury claims, and also to help supplement other advertising. I chose not to do this on my own because I do not have the time to sit down and put all this together and figure it all out. And I wanted sort of a turnkey solution. I definitely recommend Gerry. I mean, you know, I think it’s a great program and I have been here all day and I’ve shot, I don’t know, 40, 50 videos. And so it’s hard to get that accomplished especially for what you’re getting. You know, you have to go to a studio somewhere, it’s on site. And I would definitely – the ease of this – I would definitely recommend it to any colleague or friend.

Charles Pitman
Charles Pitman Injury Lawyers, LLC