What's the Scoop on Videomaker Workshops?

Videomaker Workshops

I am interested in learning how to create video tutorials for various topics and procedures in our company. I haven’t worked with video equipment before, but would like to attend your workshop on Basics of Video Production and Advanced Techniques.
What kind of editing software is used in the Videomaker workshop? What equipment is used or should I have equipment of my own on arrival? (I have no video equipment at this time). I would assume it would make sense to attend, see what kinds of hardware and software are used and recommended, especially for specific applications, then make purchases afterwards. What are class sizes and teacher/student ratios? What do I need to know that would help you help me get the most out of your program?
Monica S.

We’re glad that you are interested in learning how to create video tutorials, Monica. You seem like the ideal attendee for our Basics of Video Production class.We like to be cross-platform in our lectures and hands-on time. Our attendees edit their workshop projects in Adobe Premiere CS5 or CS4, but all of the editing techniques we show can be easily done in any editing software.

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You are absolutely correct about attending the workshop first before making purchasing decisions if you don’t have your production gear yet. There is no better way to make a good purchase decision than by getting your hands on some equipment first. It allows you to see whether it fits your shooting style, know what to look for in a different camera, and be better prepared to use the gear once you buy it. Some attendees bring their equipment for us to help explain its application, but it is not required for the course. We provide all of the equipment that you’ll need here. We also bring out several makes and models of gear from several companies for a Show-n-Tell demonstration and comparison.

Our maximum student-to-teacher ratio is 9 to 1. Since we do a lot of hands-on field work on-location and in our studio, it quickly becomes impossible to give each attendee a good experience with more in attendance than that. This means that you’ll have plenty of time to spend with the instructor while at the same time having a decent number of fellow attendees to network with.

A bit of advice that we usually give attendees is to make a list of questions that are hard to get answers to and ask the instructors. It’s helpful to organize your thoughts. Workshops are the perfect place to find hands-on help to each question that you may have!

We hope to see you at one of our workshops soon. Good luck with your video training productions.
– The Editors

Audio Editing

I have been a subscriber for the past two years and I enjoy gleaning information from the website as well. Your last couple of articles concerning audio recording does a fine job in describing microphones, equipment techniques and software.

I would like to add another side to audio recording for video and film, the personal side. Having recorded a number of short films, features and ADR – directors, actors and others involved need to be aware that every utterance they make is recorded as well. It is worth mentioning a few basic ground rules when recording dialogue audio to make the end result a more realistic sound. Directors allow a few seconds to call “cut”, do not rush to end the scene. Those few seconds at the end of a recorded audio track include the ambient noise. The recorded audio scene becomes unnatural when the audio editor must “silence” out your call. On the same notion do not verbally direct the actors in low hush tones, those come through as well.

When actors are reading to another for a single camera scene allow some time, 1 to 2 seconds before delivering the lines. Abrupt silences again must be made to remove the “other” voice. ADR is much the same way, allow the actors a moment of silence before and after the lines for each take. These basic rules may not seem like much, but in the end natural silence is better than being mute.
Kevin Yares, Lo Gap Media

Thanks, Kevin, good tips!
-The Editors

Two Mics, One Problem

I was using acid music studio 8, and I came across a problem. I wanted to use 2 different microphones, but I can’t figure out how. I want to use two microphones on two separate tracks. How would I go about doing this?
Ephraim R.

As long as you have the required inputs (USB, XLR, etc.) you should be able to go into Preferences, then audio device, and then scroll down on the list to find your interface. If you have the right drivers installed for your operating system it should be on the list. If it is not, you will have to install the correct ones by doing an online search or inserting the driver CD if you have one.

If you are recording a mono source such as a microphone, Acid tends to record the track as a stereo track leaving one channel blank. To fix this, right click on the graph that shows the sound waves and choose the first selection called “event clip.” Next, select “channels.” If you’re recording is on the left side only, then pick “left only.” Otherwise pick “right only.”
-The Editors

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