Sound Advice: Auditorium Audio
It's inevitable. If it hasn't happened already, you'll eventually shoot video in an auditorium. Aside from potential problems with lighting and available electricity, how will you record the sound? Authorities will probably confine you to some horrible cubbyhole at the rear of the auditorium with little or no chance...
Home Video Hints: Telling a Simple Story
Sooner or later, even the most casual shooter gets an itch to create a story not a record of a birthday party or vacation, but a real movie. Often, that itch gets scratched by second thoughts: too hard to find an idea, too tough to get actors, too...
Storyboard - Basketball
One of the interesting traits of the human brain is its natural inclination to create an association between two images juxtaposed together. With video, we can use this tendency to our advantage. For example, a picture of a child crying followed by a picture of a dog licking up...
Lighting Faces with Better Video Results
One of your most important jobs as a videographer is to make your talent look as good as possible. While this may seem like a simple task, it can get pretty complicated. Why? Think of the last five people who appeared in your videos. Were they the same? Did...
It's All in the Approach: Creative Approaches for Video Productions
Some informational programs use gimmicks like butter on popcorn, to hide the bland taste of the subject matter: "Hi! I'm Percy Peatmoss, and we're gonna meet some exciting lichens!" (Suuure, we are!) Though spokes-mosses like Percy went out with 16mm projectors, promotional, training and educational programs still need what...
Designing Training Videos
Faced with creating a training video that explained the correct procedure of filling out a new business form, I decided to open the video with a voiceover by an actor playing John Huston playing God: In the beginning was Management and Management created the Organization and the Organization was void...
Video Bag Essentials
Not only will a camera bag help to protect your camcorder, but it's also a convenient carryall for your essential video accessories. Spending a few minutes gathering the right tools can save you time, money and aggravation. The better the contents of the bag, the less aggravation you'll later...
Light Source: News-style Lighting
Whether it's for a high school news program, a corporate promotional video, your church's quarterly video newsletter or that community calendar show you'd like to do for public access, lighting for news and interviews can be complicated if you don't know the rules. Fortunately, you can create great news...
Video Production Planning Software Review: Parnassus Software ScriptWerx
Parnassus Software 1923 Lyans Dr. La Canada, CA 91011 (818) 952-5210 $129 www.scriptwerx.com One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of making video is pre-production (planning). Most videographers and hobbyists instead prefer to concentrate on production (shooting) and post-production (editing). But the pre-production stage is the place to make a blueprint for your project to...
Storyboard - The Guardian
The Plot A woman is carrying boxes out to her car. At the same time, a vehicle speeding into the parking lot, strikes her down. As paramedics try to revive the woman, the viewer wonders why such things must happen. Luckily, there is a solution to such problems: the Guardian...