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Six Techniques That Could Make Your Small Wonders Videos Even More Wonderful

By the Editors at

We're always looking for ways to reduce the load of equipment we lug around on road trips. So we tried out the RCA Small Wonder™ digital camcorder on a couple of recent outings, and devised some simple-but-creative shooting techniques that might be difficult or impossible with a heavier, larger video camera.

Murder house.For normal video recording, we found the Small Wonder (a flip-style tiny camcorder) especially useful for capturing moments we might otherwise miss. We mostly ran around with the little camcorder tucked in a shirt pocket. We tried it in various shooting situations typical on our trips, such as while driving, on guided tours, or at the base of huge statues.

We left the camcorder by itself -- recording -- in the most haunted room in Villisca, Iowa's Ax Murder House (We still haven't looked at that footage).

Here are our six favorite no-budget techniques for capturing something extra special:

Our camera and accessories.
RCA Small Wonder™ digital camcorder and a few of the invaluable -- yet low cost -- accessories we packed: pocket tripod, rubber bands, modeling clay, and an old-but-clean tube sock.

1) First Person Inspiration

2) The Tele-Scraper Technique

3) The Drive-Over Technique

4) Up Close and Far Away

5) You Are There -- in Jesse James' Coffin!

6) The Steady Sock Technique


Note: Always behave responsibly when recording with a digital camcorder.

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