Do your videos include remarks that are pre-scripted for delivery on-camera? If so, then you need that ingenious gadget that lets TV politicians read canned speeches while seeming to ad-lib them as they gaze sincerely into the lens. You need a video prompter. (Professionals informally call them TelePrompTers(tm), but "TelePrompTer" is actually a...
If you're like most videomakers, you probably have more project ideas than you can shake a camcorder at. So with a little talent and the right equipment, you should be able to produce top quality video work, right? Right. Then why do so many great ideas fizzle out somewhere between...
When Oliver Stone turned over the massive amount of raw footage that became JFK, editor Joe Hutshing knew it would be a challenge. "I wondered if it could even be watchable," Hutshing says. "It was so incredibly complicated. It was like looking at a schematic for a TV set...
Owning a desktop computer won't help you with standard video production techniques. Computer or no computer, you must still master the basics of camcorders, audio, lighting and so on. Where the computer is a big help is with any project that 1) requires organization; and 2) lends itself to automation....
What's the one factor that usually separates the video novices from the burgeoning pros? Talent. When you tackle the trials and tribulations of working with real live talent, you know you've become a pro. For the sake of this article and for most videomakers' purposes, we will define talent as any purposeful...
A renewed interest in wildlife preservation has increased the frequency of animal "shootings." Fortunately, they're happening with video cameras! There's no better way to capture the reality of the wilds than with the "aliveness" of video. However, taking a video camera outdoors to record animals in their natural habitats presents...