Imagine this: you're a freelance videomaker, and you've landed a great job covering election night for a local TV station. The job requires you to provide the equipment and crew. As you unload equipment at the packed voting center, Mr. On-Camera has a question. "How are you gonna mike the interviewees?" The teed-off...
These days, you either own a computer or you don't. And within the group of people who own computers, there are more subgroups. One group could tie ropes to their computers and use them as expensive boat anchors for all the good they do. Another group might use the contraption to play...
Next to shooting, the thing you most often do with your camcorder is lug it around. If you're a serious videomaker, you also tote around a lot of other equipment--tripod, lights, headphones, batteries, cables, and connectors. And whenever you're in transit, you need to guard your camcorder against a number...
The Confusion Solution We regularly receive letters from subscribers concerned that Videomaker is too complicated. Confused by acronyms like A/B roll, PCM audio and BNC, these readers believe making video must be easier than our magazine says it is. True, making video is easy--but you get what you pay for....
Ah, the holiday season! The feasts and festivities, the laughter and love, the torture and torment. That's right, torment...the sheer agony of sitting through typical holiday home videos: moving snapshots that have nothing to say and take five times too long to say it. Why are some holiday videos so...
"This poet's prayer was answered by the invention of the lens, which gave us a new gift for self knowledge. Might the cameras of the world provide transformative experiences? Could television possibly become the ultimate metaphysical guru?" James Broughton Video Poet Video poet George Aguilar has taken James Broughton's words to heart--and...
For many independent videomakers, the leased access provision of the Cable Act of 1992 is the key to getting programming on the air. The provision requires cable system operators with more than 36 activated channels to make a portion of their capacity available to all comers for a reasonable...
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...
Makeup and Clothing Tips For Video Bright lights glaring, camera in tight, tape rolling... cue talent Oops...what's that glare where your subject should be? This is no time to realize the talent's forehead reflects light like a beacon, or the color of the talent's clothing clashes with this upholstery. Makeup and...
Modern still cameras are so easy to use that you can snap a pin-sharp, correctly exposed photograph even with a bag over your head. We should all be grateful for modern automatic controls; the less there is to worry over the more we can concentrate on framing. But trouble arises...