Ok, so I'm a film student at the college I attend and have been shooting random stuff since High School. Last year I upgraded to a Canon Vixia HF M40. Love the camera, but my first project with it DESTROYED my laptop. So, since then I've been computer less. But I got a credit card, slowly built up my credit, and now I am able to finance a computer from Best Buy for up to 1200. Now, at first I thought I would get a Mac. All the computers at the school are macs and all the classes use Final Cut and Avid on Mac. A promotion they have at the moment is $100 dollars off a Mac with a student I.D.
I am pretty new to production video, and I am wondering if there is a way to set up 5-10 cameras for recording without having each camera independently record? Instead of having 5-10 flip video camcorders set up (around $200 each), is there a better way? I am looking for the video only feed to record on a laptop or other recording device, and I don't need each camera to independently record, like all consumer video cameras do. I hope that makes sense.
Greg Olson - June 04th, 2012
I've been seeing a number of questions in the forum from members who are taking on paying gigs but obviously lack considerable technical skill and working experience. Just for my own curiosity, I dug around to find information on a reasonable time-frame for going from hobbyist to professional. The miniscule amount of info I found wasn't practical or all that informative for that matter. (Before I go on, any of you who write articles for VM, I'd seriously appreciate you not lifting my post topic for an article and not giving me any credit. It happened once before and I let it go.
Hello there! Hope everyone is doing well! I've been reading a lot of posts here and I have certainly learned a lot!I have a client meeting coming up in two weeks and I just want to get some advice from some seasoned videographer/pros out here. This newbie here would appreciate it a lot! :)
To give you guys an idea, here's an overview of the project:
1. Interview 3-5 people and ask them a series of questions like what they do and why they chose this business center (the client).
I thought I would start this thread after reading a post in another thread by Earl.
I have to think almost everyone on this forum is a dreamer. I know that I am. I don't dream of the big screen but I certainly enjoy and appreciate those that do. I dream in 3-4 minute segments at a time. I have a list of production ideas that I continue to add to when an idea comes along.
I have watched some of the shorts that Daniel Hart has posted and I have to think that he dreams somewhere around 100 miles per hour. :) I think I'm in the 20 mph range myself.
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Just want to share a few things that work for me before, during and after a depressed economy. Much of this I've shared before in one form or another but regardless of the redundancy it's well-worth repeating. Whether you're an established video production professional, amateur, hobbyist, or just now considering video as an income or extra money generator, something here might just help get you up and running.
mikerosen - March 22nd, 2012
We're always interested in stories of up-and-coming indie movie projects. One such project that caught our eye was Sledgehammer, an Aliens-inspired science fiction film about a group of space marines marooned on a distant planet full of hostile monsters. The design of the monster was what really did it for me.
How cool would it be to turn things around in your video related business where you are so busy you develop a need to QUALIFY your clients before YOU accept THEM, rather than THEY accept YOU?
I have a friend in an entirely different line of work (contractor, home builder) who, even several years into this housing and ongoing economic slump has a waiting list of people who HAVE to have HIM for their project ... be it a swimming pool installation, kitchen, bath or room addition/remodeling, new home, mountain or lakeside cabin, whatever.