Before you go on a shoot, remember to:1) Charge all batteries. Remember that some batteries such as camera batteries and portable light batteries need many hours to charge.2) Clean lens.3) Test the equipment by setting up the entire kit and filming something with audio. 4) When shooting your test footage, point the camera at different surfaces to make sure there are no thumbprints or dirt on the lens.5) Play back on a computer.6) Give yourself enough time between the equipment check and the shoot day for you to change something if it is not working.
After you go on a shoot, remember to: 1) Save footage onto a hard drive, and reformat memory cards.2) Recycle batteries on Penn's campus. 3) Return equipment in good condition.
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***Text from GSE Films checkout form. Credit with thanks to GSE Films and Amit Das for originally sharing GSE Film's checkout process and checkout form with CEE***