I finally got a video recording of my ants in action. I believe to be Camponotus noveboracensis, but I am unsure due to lack of information. The video is crude at some points since it was my first time dealing with my video camera and youtube. It is also a bit pixelated because the site blows it up, so if you would like the original then contact me. Hopefully you enjoy my first attempt at filming ants. (Bear in mind I am filming through the side of an aquarium).
Well I thought that film was excellent and enjoyed every minute. I could have watched them for longer; any of us that use a camcorder knows how difficult it is to get something of ant size.
They came over clear, and you could see all the activity in the nest. I don't think you could improve on what you have achieved, as video camera's will struggle on occasions with focusing.
Did you use auto or manual focusing?
I haven't attempted at filming ants in a tank only outside in the wild. To my cost of them running up the trousers, and I have had to run out of a ditch with legs and arms flying, and Wood laughing at me ;D
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Nice video Ghost. Your ants all look well fed and healthy, and it isn't that easy to get video footage of ants when they move about so fast, as it does effect the focusing.
I know, as I have filmed Formica rufa both in the wild, and under captive conditions; and you find that you have to get really up close. I have also done some of Lasius flavus too. Also filming inside glass tanks can have problems with condensation forming and clouding the picture; so I reckon you've done a good job with your film
If Jen and I can figure out how to do it, we will have to try and put some of our ant videos on
I am confident I can do better for the next video I take. First off, I would probably clip the bad parts where the ants are hardly visible or the camera casts a large shadow over the ants. I am excited to get out in the wilderness and get some video before it gets too cold for ants. I would love to see videos of your ants.