Purchasing video equipment

Buying the right video equipment

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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.


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.


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.

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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.


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).

Camera Drone

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.

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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.

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February Meeting Notes

Someone to log into meetup and chat people up.
Limited liability partnership
LLC, partnership with liability…
LLC, family owns equipment and equipment leases from llc. LLC rents equipment from the family.
Compartmentalizes the categories.
Financial planner. Attorney, cpa and financial planner. Get three who can work together. Lawyer for contracts, business stuff.
S corp, $600 to set up. Laws and rules change every year. Self employment tax. 21-22%. Wants more passive income. More like 15.3%. depends on profit range.
Dba should go to corporation not to individuals.
$150 for an LLC. If you have DBA only. Single member LLC.
Jerry has three color schemes and themes. CSS.
Multimember LLC. Websites dont support e-file.
If you work with a pro, they are less likely to make a mistake and have insurance.

Chris nelson, kxan photog who will bring in reel and talk
Music copyright
Sliders and rigs
Promo videos, marketing, demos, web
Shooting with camcorders / tecgniques / consequences
Business topics, end of production, selling, closing
Photo and video

Field trip, full studio at channel austin.

March – production meeting, austin montage

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March Meeting Notes

GAPVA members Jerry Malcolm, Phil Goetz, Brian Kennell, and Janak Anarkat among others discussed various issues and situations that can and should be addressed in contracts and service agreements.

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April Meeting Notes

Chris Nelson of KXAN discussed his experiences as a photographer/editor/field producer and showed demo reels.

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February Meeting Notes

We skipped our January meeting (and December, November, and October for what it’s worth) and decided to bring us back together with a bang on Feb 26, 2013. We met at the Blackfinn Ameripub in the Domain. Turnout was good, and even a few new faces came out to say hello. The Blackfinn Ameripub turned out to be a great place to meet so we’ll meet there again in March.

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GAPVA Gives Back: Eat The Heat

Produced for the local chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), a team of GAPVA camera persons traveled the length of 6th Street in Austin, Texas in the heat of August in 2009 to record the Cancer fund raising event. Edited by our own Brian Kennell, the finished product was presented to NACE who used it to promote their 2010 event.

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ISES Austin: Let’s Talk Weddings Video

Networking is a big part of any successful business so GAPVA teamed up with Mary Baird-Wilcock and ISES Austin to produce a promo recap of the ISES Austin: Lets Talk Weddings event held on October 19, 2010 at Sullivan Steakhouse.

Wedding-related vendors from all over the area were in attendance to discuss business development, strategic relationships, and design trends.

Check it out: http://vimeo.com/16352868

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GAPVA 2011 Officer Elections

The November election is over and the results are in. A new slate of GAPVA officers has been elected for the 2011 calendar year. Phil Goetz will take over the office of President, a position held by Mike Strycharske for the past several years. Phil is a relative newcomer to the organization but brings s wealth of knowledge and an unflagging energy to the role of President.

Jerry Malcolm takes over from Joe Kennell as Vice President of the group. Jerry held the same position two years ago and regained the seat in a very closely contested election. Joe meanwhile moves over to the Secretary’s chair, a slot held by Jason Rude during 2010, and Brian Kennell will continue in the role of Treasurer for the next year.

Two additional positions have been available within the organization: Membership Chairperson who maintains the membership list and ensures that member dues are paid on time; and Program Chairperson who is responsible for arranging for a speaker and the other items that make up the monthly meeting. These two positions are either voluntary or appointed by the Board of Directors. Mike Strycharske will remain President of the non-profit corporation and plans on calling a meeting of the board within 60 days..

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