Hey Western, That GL2 is


Hey Western,

That GL2 is a good camera. I have a few of them myself. Treat ’em kindly and you’ll be very happy with the results.

If you didn’t get the manual for the camera from your organization, it might be worth grabbing it and reading through it sometime soon. It uses needlessly simplistic terms at times, but it does a great job of showing you all the features of the camera that you might otherwise miss.

Once you know what everything is, learn how to set it without looking at it. Believe me, being able to do this comes in really handy!

As far as what software you use for editing, that’s really up to you. Here’s my thoughts:

Movie Maker: Overly simplistic. It’s great to learn some basics on, but outside of cuts, dissolves, and few embarrassing effects and transitions you should NEVER IN YOUR LIFETIME USE, there’s not much more to it.

Vegas*: Far more power than Movie Maker (Which isn’t necessarily saying much: My great grandmother is more powerful than Movie Maker), and a very easy to use interface. A BIG downside to Vegas however, is that the interface is almost nothing like what you would find in a professional broadcast studio. That’s probably not a huge deal if you never plan on stepping foot in a TV studio, but it does make conversing with the pros a lot more difficult, since there are a lot of differences between Vegas and most of the rest of the Industry.

Premiere*: This would be my favorite for the PC platform. It’s very powerful, and Premiere Pro is in the second place position for being industry standard, right behind Avid. And if you want, (at least in the Pro version), you can swap the keyboard controls to clone Avid’s key setup. It’s the most powerful of these three, and it gives you a lot of great features that Vegas simply doesn’t have (yet).

And now, my *disclaimer. I own the professional versions of Vegas and Premiere, so I don’t have any clue as to what sort of functionality is in the basic versions. I will say that if you already have Premiere, it might be worth using it, just for the positive learning experience. Vegas is good stuff, don’t get me wrong, but if you want, in my opinion, the most powerful program is Premiere.

By the way, as an unrelated side note, can I assume that you live somewhere in Western Minnesota? If so, I live not too far from you, and I actually offer video training classes and consulting. If you or anyone at your organization want to learn one-on-one editing from a pro with over a decade’s experience, shoot me a message sometime.

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