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The mission of the Greater Austin Professional Videographers Association is to promote high-quality professional video production in Central Texas. Geared primarily toward wedding and event video production, we encourage all types of video professionals to join and contribute. Founded in 2008, GAPVA members benefit from a broad support network and the collective resources of the organization. If you would like to buy more equipment to make high quality videos, you could make use of an Argos Card. One call to the Argos Card contact number will allow you to sign up to the card and explain the details in full. An Argos Card allows you to buy a wealth of electricals, phones, home products and more.

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Purchasing video equipment

Buying the right video equipment

With a huge range of options on the market to suit varying budgets, buying the right video equipment for your needs can be confusing, time consuming and a painstakingly long process. Not only that but to find the right type of equipment for your project can be expensive.

Taking videos is now easier than it ever has been before, with more technology now out there to allow you to do so. Leading retailer Argos has something to suit everyone – whether that’s a video camera for the kids to get them started, a dash cam for your car, or a video camera to capture those special family moments, you’re sure to find it at Argos.

You will find many items at affordable, and competitive prices, and it is worth taking a look to see how much you can save by buying your equipment from Argos.

Technology has moved on so much in recent years, and depending on the product you may also be able to not only take high impact videos, but photographs as well to help get your money’s worth from your purchase, day in and day out. This could also help save you money if you’re looking to purchase a camera as well as a video camera

Making it even easier to purchase your equipment

To make it even easier to purchase the equipment that’s right an Argos card can help you to spread the cost and pay at a later date. Credit plans are available from three to 12 months, depending on the amount that you spend. As well as benefitting from buy now, pay later feature, the Argos Card also acts like a standard credit card too for anything under £50, making it even easier to get the equipment you want if you can’t wait until payday.

Delivery

By using the check stock facility on the website, you could have your purchase within a matter of minutes by using the fast track feature if you live near a store, to avoid delivery fees. And even if you don’t live near a store, you can still receive your item within hours by taking advantage of Argos’s same day delivery feature, depending on the item purchased.

Trusted manufacturers

With so many rogue websites around selling cheap, knock-off video equipment you can be reassured that when you buy from Argos, you are receiving your products from trusted manufacturers which are high quality and will last the job for you.

Returns

If you find that the video equipment you’ve purchased isn’t right for you, then not to worry, as long as it is in its original packaging, Argos have a hassle-free returns guarantee meaning quick returns within 30 days as long as it is unused and you retain your proof of purchase.

Whether it’s a high impact movie, adding a safety feature to your car through a dash cam, letting the kids be creative, or capturing those special family memories, Argos is the go-to place to shop for video equipment to suit all budgets.

Videographer trends for 2018

Virtual Reality and 360 degree Video

Virtual reality is recorded by videoblocks.com to be the most pursued trend in videography by 2017. The success of this dynamic field is due to platforms coming up with features like virtual location scouting, 3D, etc. The recently held Develop 3D Live conference on October 2017 showcased features that are getting mainstream attention. These features include combining 3D scanning, virtual reality and AI applications for use by the video-game industry. 360 degree video and virtual reality are proving to be an impressive combination in the world of movies, games and video marketers. This duo has the brightest future into 2018.

Go-Pro

2017 proved to be the best year yet for Go-Pro. with a 1253% increase in the demand for Go-Pro footage worldwide. Go-Pro's current revenue amounts to over $1.19 billion worldwide, with most purchases coming from North American region. Mostly used to showcase travelling and vacation activities on platforms like Yotube, Vine, etc, some of the most popular Go-Pro videos include leisure athletic activities such as skydiving, surfing, biking, hiking, swimming, skiing, etc.

Drone footage

If 2017 has been the year of Go-Pro, then 2016 was the year of the drone footage. Most of the legal regulations associated with the usage of drone footage hasn't been able to stop the popularity of this variant of aerial footage, which seems to be able to continue well into 2018. The cost-efficiency of drones are still low compared to Go-Pro cameras, but it is an evolving market that is becoming more consumer-friendly every day. Instagram currently shows more than 5.2 million posts tagged with #drone. The site also has dedicated drone photography accounts like @dronenerds (213,000 followers) @dronesdaily (54,400 followers) and @experienceabove (14,400 followers).

Live Stream

In 2017, Cisco recorded the internet live video streaming accounting for about 13% of the total video traffic online. Live streaming has gained popularity because of gaming sites like Twitch, Youtube live gaming, and Periscope, the Twitter livestream app. Apart from its traditional usage in sports, the avenue of live streaming is thus making its ever-widening foray into social media.

Subdued Lighting and Color

Since 2015, there has a a strong tendency within cinematographers to pair down lighting rigs to keep things as simple and soft as possible. Coupled with this, as a report from New York Film Academy shows, is a growing tendency to go for softer lights especially in the turf of independent film-making. "Less is more" has been the morale behind the production design and cinematography of many films recently. This trend has continued strong into 2017 with directors like the recent Cannes Golden Palm winner Sofia Coppola, Lynn Ramsay, Sean Baker, etc. all including subdued lighting and color into their aesthetic.

Shallow Focus

With the advent of Canon 5D MkII and other cameras with gigantic sensors, shallow depth of field has exploded into visual media. Such cameras offer apertures that can afford the stunning cinematic look and realism without telephoto lenses. For shallow focus, 2018 looks promising.

March 26, 2013
Continuing our casual theme for 2013, we’ve got a room reserved at the Blackfinn Ameripub in the Domain. We’ll be gathering from 6:30-8:30pm on March 26 to eat, drink, & network. Do you know someone in the videography (or related) industry that might benefit from GAPVA? Feel free to invite them. It’s going to be a great time.