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Giving Your Student’s Graduation the Big Screen Treatment


Springtime means graduation, and graduation means graduation parties. You can give your graduate a celebration he or she will never forget – because the memories are preserved forever through the magic of video and presented for the entire party to relive on your backyard theater system! Here are some tips for bringing this magic moment to the silver screen as effectively as possible.

Use a decent camera. It’s wonderfully convenient to have a camera built into your smartphone, but don’t trust this handy device to produce video or audio that you’d actually want to experience on your outdoor theater. Mobile device cameras can have substandard resolution. Borrow or rent a dedicated HD video camera, ideally with a tripod so you can avoid the “shaky cam” effect (not to mention tired arms).

Think beyond the podium. The handing out of diplomas is just one aspect of graduation day. Cover the entire event by getting shots of students making preparations, talking to parents and teachers, and grabbing shots of post-graduation merriment. Even when you’re shooting the diploma ceremony, try to get multiple angles if possible.

Incorporate music and still images. Don’t forget that your outdoor theater system is equipped not only with a massive screen but also with powerful speakers. Make full use of audio by adding appropriate music cues to your final edited video. Still images will add variety while providing nice transitions between shots. You can edit your video in a basic editing program such as Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie, or you can let a professional do the work.

Once you’ve captured the historic occasion in the form of a terrific video presentation, all you need is a screen big enough to hold all those emotions. Order your complete setup from Backyard Theater Systems in time for that perfect graduation party!

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