Getting Started: In-Camera Editing
Video production is most exciting when you do it by the seat of your pants. You can capture some great video with just a camcorder, a tripod and some guts o' steel. Today, we're going to take that seat-of-your-pants approach to the next level. I'm talking about in-camera editing, a...
Sports Videography: Tips from a TV Sportscaster
A professional sports videographer may have better equipment and more experience than the casual home shooter, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to shoot good sports video with your consumer camcorder. In these next few pages, we'll give you some tips on how to shoot the big four in sports:...
Wedding Ready: A Beginner's Guide to Wedding Videography
Summer is in the air, flowers are in bloom, songbirds are returning to the skies, and here come the brides! Perhaps you're a new camcorder owner who's just been volunteered to tape a friend's upcoming nuptials. Or maybe you're a dedicated prosumer interested in earning some extra cash as a...
Storyboard: Treasure Hunt
It has been said that you can understand the quality of a person's heart by looking at the things he treasures. This production will allow you to lead two characters to whatever treasure you please. 15 shots are already defined, but the ending is up to you. This treasure hunt...
Shooting A/B -roll: Tips for Single camera A/B-roll Shooting
A/B-roll editing is a term used in linear editing to describe the process of combining two or more sources of raw footage together with transition effects. In the realm of linear editing, it is scientifically impossible to add a true A/B-roll transition effect between two images on the same...
Watch a pair of fine movie actors together (say, Morgan Freeman and Dustin Hoffman in Outbreak) and you'll notice that their scenes are sometimes presented in relatively few shots. Instead of cutting quickly from angle to angle, the director and editor let the pros carry the drama by the strength of their acting...
The Chase: Mini Movie Series
A chase sequence is a common element of both suspense and action adventure movies. It's a very successful tool used by video and film directors world wide. The purpose is to grab the attention of the viewer, both emotionally and psychologically. We have designed a ready-made chase sequence that...
Videomaker Glossary of Terms
This handy glossary of video-related terms is guaranteed to help the video hobbyist understand the lingo tossed about by fellow shooters. You may even choose to cut it out, staple it together and keep it in your camcorder bag for ready-reference. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H,...
Videomaker FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do they call it a camcorder? The word is takes its "cam" from "camera" and its "corder from "videotape recorder" just as the camcorder itself combines both a camera and a recording mechanism.Q: Is it a good idea to use head-cleaning cassettes on my VCR or camcorder? "Wet"...
Video Production Equipment to go Shopping on Location
Video Production Equipment Needs The use of visualization techniques will help you remember your gear when preparing for any video production. Visualize your camera equipment, then the subject of your production. Talk yourself through every shot. It may seem a bit simplistic, but think through every step of the video process and ask yourself...