In late 2016, I first started learning something about shooting and editing video.
My plan then was to use my 5DMarkII and some ancillary equipment. While that system works well for some people, I was never able to get it dialed in where I thought it was the right setup for me and I sort of let video go for a while.
When I was assigned to the Rattlesnake fire in eastern Arizona a couple of weeks ago, I became the “video guy” for the incident management team; shooting and editing the morning briefings in both English and Apache. This was done with an iPhone7plus, a Pop Voice wired lav microphone, and a Joby cell phone mount atop a Leitz ball on a tiny Gitzo tripod. Not real sophisticated but it got the job done.
I was also tasked with some other video assignments for the fire and was able to get them done but found myself limited by the iPhone. So when I returned from the fire, I jumped in with both feet and bought a real video camera and all the sundry stuff needed to do a proper job.
The briefing videos posted on Facebook by the Incident Management Team would routinely get nearly two thousand views along with a bunch of shares. Not that I had any doubts the power of video, but this experience really hammered the point home.
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