THEORY: When using a video camera with an IR Light (infrared) the spirit/ghost may reflect off of the IR light, allowing the video camera to see it, where the naked eye cannot.
HOW TO USE: We use different types of video cameras, which are: the HDD camera, Mini DV camera, Hi-8 camera, and DVR cameras. All of the cameras that we use have night shot, which is an IR light that allows you to see in the dark. We use video cameras to capture paranormal evidence, for documentation to prove the investigation really happened, and for time stamping a location. The first thing you should do is, remove the lens and turn the camera on to the “record” position. Then do a pre wrap, stating your name, location, date, and time. During the investigation you should always have the camera recording. Never pause the camera during an investigation. Also try and keep the camera steady. If we are at a location where we are able to use a tripod, you should do so. At the end of the investigation, make sure you do a post wrap, stating your name, location, date, time, and if there was any activity or not.
- HDD Camera: Records on a built in hard drive and has approximately 7 hours of record time. The range from the camera to the active field is 8 feet with the IR light turned on.
- Mini DV Camera: Records on a Mini DV tape and has approximately 1 hour of record time. The range from the camera to the active field is 8 feet with the IR light turned on.
- Hi-8 Camera: Records on a Hi-8 or 8mm tape. Hi-8 is better quality and has approximately 2 hours of record time. The range from the camera to the active field is 12 feet with the IR light turned on.
- DVR Cameras: Records on a DVR unit that has a 250giggabyte hard drive. The range from the camera to the active field is 70 feet with the IR light turned on.
READINGS: When analyzing video footage you want to look for any unusual anomalies or movement. On the cameras that can record sound you also want to look for EVPs. You also want to check the time recorded on the camera for any skips in time in the recording. Make sure that if you find something on video, you log the time it happened and the location.