How to White Balance Your Camcorder
Proper camcorder white balance
will ensure that your video looks the best that
it can. Luckily, white balancing
your camcorder is very easy to do.
What is white balance?
Digital camcorders use the color of
white as a basis for the rendering of all the other
colors that it records. When you set your
camcorder white balance, your camcorder will be
able to properly record other colors accurately as well.
When should you white balance?
You should set your white balance on
your camcorder whenever your lighting environment
changes. For example, if you are
videotaping a wedding, you might go
from a dimly lit ceremony, to an outdoor receiving line
(with lots of sun!) to an evening reception. If
possible, you should white balance at the beginning of
each of these scenes.
How to white balance a Camcorder?
Most digital camcorders will have a white balance
button. If yours does not, read through your
camcorder manual to see if yours has a menu option
available to white balance.
Once you have located your white balance button or
found the white balance menu option, find something in
your room that is white -- a white wall, or a white
piece of paper (Hint: Carry a white hardboard card with
you to make sure you have something white with you at
all times) -- and zoom in until all you see in the
viewfinder is your white object.
Then press your white balance button, and you're