There's a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want to shoot a scene that can be cut together to achieve great continuity with a good variety of shots. The 180-degree rule is a useful tool to help you achieve this. In this segment we talk about the basic principles of the rule, establishing action lines, working with shifting action lines, and redefining the action line using neutral shots, camera movement, and cutaways. Knowing how to apply the 180-degree rule, and when you might want to break it can take your production skills to a higher level.
Videomaker's Tutorials are a step-by-step look at video production. Learn the ins-and-outs of a variety of topics including documentary storytelling, wedding videography, genre types and special effects. With the following tutorials you can learn how to create muzzle flash effects and light saber effects, obtain legal clearance to shoot on location, and how to set up interview lighting.
One thing that separates amateur videos from professional videos is shooting a scene from multiple angles and cutting on the action. Cutting on the action is an editing technique where the editor cuts from one angle of a shot to another, while maintaining the continuity of the action in the scene. In this segment, we'll show you how we cut four different camera angles together to form one continuous scene.
Particle generators are a powerful tool for motion graphics. Go behind the scenes as we recreate the exploding Videomaker logo used in the open of some of our web videos. We use Red Giant's Trapcode Particular to create this effect, which is a third party plug-in available for Adobe After Effects.
Directed by Andrew Dominik, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” uses creative lighting and camera work that results in effective visuals to enhance the story. Released in 2007 this film's cinematography earned Roger Deakins an Academy Award nomination.
Live switching an event can be a little overwhelming if you've never sat behind the controls of a switcher before. But if you keep it simple, you can nearly eliminate the need for post-production. In this segment we talk about getting video and audio into a switcher, the basics of switching, and adding live graphics over your shots. If you prepare properly and practice a bit, live switching can be an exhilarating experience.
You've captured stunning footage and pristine audio, and now it's time to tie everything together into a cohesive edit. In this segment, we talk about labeling your clips, syncing your audio and video, setting up a multi-camera clip, and using the multi-camera editing tools. Knowing how prepare your clips and utilize the tools properly can help streamline the post production process, and get your project completed on time.
With intensive pre-production and tight budgets, you're all set up and ready to shoot. Now the pressure is on to get great footage and capture the event. In this segment, we talk about last minute preparations, shooting techniques, and how to direct a crew. This is where the real fun begins, and all your skills will be put to the test.
With cameras, mics, and lights, you've got all the essential gear you need; but there's a few more choices left to make before shoot day. In this segment, we talk about choosing a multi-cam production workflow, ensuring good communication, and setting up on the day of the event. Choosing the right workflow and setting up properly will ensure that you're ready to roll when the event begins.
You've toured the venue, extracted pages of details from the client, and you're ready to put your gear list together. Most of us would feel lucky if we even had one complete set of equipment in our arsenal, so you may need to borrow or rent additional gear to pull off a multiple camera production. In this segment, we talk about choosing cameras, support, audio gear, and lighting. Using the right gear is the core of a good shoot, and a great final product.
The last step in the Final Cut workflow is one of the most important. After all, if your video never leaves the timeline, what good is it? In the final installment of our Final Cut Pro X training series, we show you how to export a master file, and upload to YouTube.