When you have an important event coming up, you may want to consider a video camera hire or rental. You don't need to actually purchase the video camera and other equipment you'll need to film a wedding or family reunion, or for adding security to an event, as you can typically rent even the most modern and updated pieces very easily. When you're thinking of a video camera hire, note a few questions you should ask so you know what's involved with the rental and how to properly operate the pieces.
Ask what to do if something breaks or fails to work
Most video cameras and other equipment made today are very sturdy; even if dropped, they may continue to work just fine. However, this doesn't mean they're indestructible! If you should drop a camera, you need to know what to do if something cracks or obviously breaks, or if the camera should stop working for any reason. If you rent from a local shop, you may be able to get a replacement sent to you. If you rent from an online store and they send the equipment via the postal service, they may still have a toll-free number you should call for such emergencies. In some cases, you might be instructed on how make some quick adjustments or fix certain parts yourself, and the equipment will be working again in no time.
Ask if it automatically adjusts for indoor and outdoor shoots
It's easy to think that your video camera will automatically adjust when you take it indoors versus outdoors and vice versa, but this isn't always the case. When stepping outside, you may need to switch lenses or add a filter to reduce glare. For indoor use, you may need to add a spotlight or a flash. Unless your chosen camera specifically says that it automatically adjusts between indoors and outdoors, always ask about how to manage this.
Ask about volume control on microphones
If a built-in microphone doesn't have volume control, you may need to step away from stereo speakers or lean in close to people to pick up the sound of their voice. If it does have volume control, you might still ask how to override this. A camera with a built-in microphone might filter loud sounds automatically, and this might include music or background noise you actually want to include in your video. Be sure you understand how the volume works on your camera so you don't miss any important sounds while recording.