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    About the Team:

    Avid Technical Support is responsible for the provision of high quality technical and operational support for our software and solutions. Avid has a very wide portfolio, ranging from host based products through to high-end infrastructure solutions, including dedicated mixing surfaces, video editing, music production, post production, and broadcast news.

    Location: Szczecin, Poland

    Working in association with our Technical Marketing and worldwide Support and Engineering/Testing Team, Resellers as well as Avid’s (international) Support, the individual will be responsible for ensuring consistency of support standards throughout the territory to both Post and Music Production customer bases.

    About the Role

    Providing technical support, predominantly for Avid Media Composer to customers across all market segments, from creative enthusiast to professional broadcast.
    Managing support cases through web based submissions and via phone for emergency level issues.
    Adhering to Avid’s contractual SLAs (Service Level Agreements).

    About You

    You have a passion for video editing, but you are willing to learn “the bigger picture” like asset management and storage solutions.
    You will serve as the customer’s primary point of contact.
    You will own customer issues, from start to finish.
    You are a keen problem solver, excelling at figuring out logic puzzles with a unique ability think on your feet.
    You are self-starter who is comfortable with taking the initiative.
    Sometimes you won’t know the right answer, but you’re the kind of person who is always up for the challenge.
    You’ll rely on your resources and your team and quickly research a response.


    BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in Digital Media Production, Video and Streaming Technology, Film and Video Production (or similar).
    Existing knowledge/user experience with Avid’s Video Editing systems is a plus.
    You possess high degree of computer literacy.
    You are fluent in English; second language is a plus (German, Spanish, French).
    Knowledge about network architecture, OSI models, cabling, Ethernet, Internet Protocol is a plus.
    Knowledge about Linux shell and computer programming is a plus.

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    Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. Our digital audio and video solutions continue to revolutionize the art of creative storytelling, and have earned us hundreds of awards, including two Oscar® statuettes, a Grammy®, and 15 Emmys®.

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    I’m a little more wary than Jack. Alarm bells are ringing (said after many years of teaching in colleges). I’m to a degree playing devil’s advocate – but it may make you think, and tell me I’m wrong – it is NOT meant as criticism.
    So I’ve decided to learn video editing, build a portfolio, a network and go from there.

    Why? Is there a need, and a proper business model that indicates you can make a living editing? I’d suggest that the network is the primary feature – people want YOU, so you learn and deliver. Not learn (perhaps badly) and then cannot find clients.
    Also, one of my professor at university – now almost ex-professor, since we’ve basically finished – worked for Stanley Kubrick for years and he told me that I should focus on this, so I’ll take it as a sign of destiny. 🙂

    Stamley Kubrick was a story teller – he employed editors. What attributes is he seeing in you that suggest you will be good at editing?

    This has always been one of my biggest passion and I want to make it work. Any suggestions on how to start? Which software is it better to learn, where to find footages to use and so forth?

    No it hasn’t – if it was a passion, you would have been doing this for a long time. Passions develop over years, and don’t suddenly appear. They are fads, not passions. You have already bought the software, so this question is a bit pointless. Where to find footage? Buy a camera! Steal it off youtube? grab stuff from DVDs – the passion is a bit dilute here if you don’t actually have any footage? None of the software is better to learn – they are all different. I have been almost exclusively using Adobe products for years – they are NOT easy to learn, because they are powerful. The kids at school with a passion have been using free editors or ones provided my windows/apple for years, before moving on.
    I’ve just installed Avid and Adobe Premiere Pro, because it seems like most people use this in agencies/production companies. I’d like to learn all the important theory first (formats etc) and then dive in with the software. What’s a good start?

    Your passion hasn’t led to any research or knowledge building then? Do NOT try to learn two different applications – that is plain suicide, you will confuse yourself.

    You haven’t done any research into editing at all, seem to have never edited anything, and have no preferred area of interest – so why do you think you could be a good editor if you’ve no knowledge, no experience and no idea what it’s all about. This really is not passion. People who have passion are doing it, experimenting with it, and pushing the boundaries of their available funds. Do you have a suitable computer, with the right facilities, and a BIG budget. Adobe subscriptions are expensive – so why did you take one out before you had to? Last week – my expensive edit suite earned me zero! One quick job came in that is tied up with shooting not completed yet – so I worked for free, until more work appears. Editing for an income is also very boring. You take on work with no interest in the content. Many people shoot AND edit, which is better for me – others just edit whatever turns up. Clients are also very green on editing and do not understand why three minute programme might take a week to produce, with the week’s price ticket.

    I am not having a pop – I am trying too shake you back to reality. Look at my comments and tell me how wrong I am – justify your decisions to yourself. Why did you install Avid? I actually have it on this mac – never used it once. This passion – try to quantify it. Casual interest, career aspiration, genuine need, true passion? You don’t need to post it – but you MUST think. The people I have known at college who really had passion, used college as a vehicle to get access to better equipment, new ideas, business advice etc – they do not expect the course to teach them anything – every unit we did they were already half way through, just cherry picking the new stuff. That’s passion. The ones who said they had passion before they started, rarely stuck it through to the end once they discovered reality.

    Editing, for me is necessary, dull and terribly boring. I am adequate but not exceptional, I get bored easily and I have no passion whatsoever. It’s part of my job. Today I have to add scientific captions to a section of an edit on industrial chemical treatment of fabrics – want to swap? Can you get excited by the thermal decomposition of sodium hydrogen carbonate. Stanley Kubrick it is NOT!


    I think I posted this originally in the wrong area, and for that I apologize.

    Hello Everyone !

    As I said in the subject heading, I am new here(and in the field) and need some help for my son(single dad, he is 24), who has Autism. My reason for seeking help here is that given the relative lack of opportunities for a person with Autism to have a fulfilling life and employment career, I have thought about starting him in his own video production business, ultimately with the goal of selling his finished work. Another goal is to provide a beacon of hope, perhaps be an inspiration for other families who have a special needs person in their lives, as we are going to catalog every step in our journey. I will not go into details here, but I do believe there is a niche in which he is highly interested, which has some possibilities.
    I am a complete novice, and as with most things in his life, I will be there to teach him and help him along the way. As a newbie, I have many questions, which I am sure to most if not all of you will be elementary in nature, and I ask your forgiveness in advance, but his challenges are my challenges, and I learned a long time ago that breaking things down into small steps, is for him, the most productive way to learn a new skill. A quick word about my son, he takes to technology VERY well. I am not saying he is a savant, but sometimes he does make me wonder. Sorry for the rather long introduction.
    The first question I have, is what camera has the most shallow learning curve ? Ideally, it would be as close to point and shoot as possible and still fill our needs. I know that it is the photographer or in this case the videographer, not the camera that makes the video, but we need all the help we can get. At this point, I would have to say nearly 100% of the shooting will be with the use of a tripod. Please keep in mind that the goal is to ultimately sell his production(s), so it would be easier to get a camera to use for that purpose rather than buying something less involved to learn on. As challenging as it is to sometimes teach him something, it is harder by far to unteach something,and then try to teach a similar skill using a different methodology. In this case it would be “easier” to teach him on the camera he is going to use for production. That brings me to another question. He definitely will be shooting in HD, though I wonder about getting ahead of the curve and shooting in 4K ? Is it worth the investment now to get and begin shooting in 4K ? Initial plans are to sell DVD’s of his production(s) in HD and in Ultra HD, which I believe is Blu Ray. Would it be “easier” tojust shoot and produce everything in 4K right from the start ? I guess I need to say that for the initial camera purchase(s) ( I intend to buy two to begin with as we will be traveling for our shoots, and I thought it would be wise to have a back up camera), I would like to keep it $3000 or under for each camera if possible, as I will also be purchasing a new computer and software to do video editing as well.
    I have looked at many cameras, but my fundamental lack of knowledge in this arena has led me here to seek guidance to try and shorten the learning curve for me and for my son. Another question I have for now is should I get “shotgun boom” for sound ? I understand that this directional mic reduces any noise heard in the recording that the camera may make, and in this case the operator as well.
    As we go along, I will have many questions, some will be about computers for editing and the software, types of lens or lenses (if needed), batteries, storage mediums, DVD production etc. With him and his needs, included, I have a full day now,but I am willing to put in the work to learn the things I need in order to make things understandable for him.
    I will have lots of questions, and I thank all of you in advance for any help you are willing to give me/us.

    Michael and Mackenzie


    ToutApp is looking for a full time Video Producer. Ideally you are a recent or soon to be college grad coming out of a Media/Arts/Videography major.

    About Us
    ToutApp is a fast-growing startup right in the middle of San Francisco. Come work with a bunch of awesome people who are making waves in Silicon Valley! We’re about 40 people and growing fast, and we love to bring on smart, motivated people who are excited about doing some really cool work and learning a ton along the way. We make software for salespeople, and we’re a leader in the space. Our customers are companies you’ve heard of and want to work with – companies like Dropbox, Box, Optimizely, Sacramento Kings, and Golden State Warriors. We just raised our Series B funding, and 2015 is already turning into a kickass year so far. Come join us!

    Job Description
    We’re looking for an experienced and energetic video producer to create original, engaging video content telling the story of how sales teams raise their game by using Tout. You will own and manage all of our video production, editing, photography – you get to start and run with our entire visual media strategy. This isn’t just about creating marketing content – you will get to create all kinds of videos and work on projects across Marketing, Customer Success, Product and Recruiting.

    Projects will include customer case study videos, product overview videos, product screencasts, customer support videos, recruiting videos, thematic videos, podcasts and more. Projects will be both internally produced (by you), and there will also be larger-scale projects where you will manage an external video production vendor.

    You will also manage the company YouTube account, with the goal of driving increased viewership and engagement. You will also get to work on producing podcasts, as well as managing the output of external producers as needed.

    Responsibilities/What You’ll Do:
    -Manage and produce video and audio projects across the entire company, from ideation to final delivery. Includes pre-production, planning, studio and field production, post-production and final delivery, as well as managing our in-house video and audio equipment.
    -Manage projects with external video studios: source vendors, manage budget, oversee projects from end of end, and measure and report on results
    -Direct, shoot and edit in-house projects
    -Operate and maintain in-house video and production equipment
    -Ensure quality, consistency and adherence to brand identity in all videos produced
    -Produce and publish company podcasts
    -Manage the company YouTube channel
    -Must be motivated, a self-starter, comfortable seeing projects through from ideation to completion on your own, but also take feedback and work very collaboratively with other teams across the company

    Qualifications/Requirements/What We’re Looking For:
    -Bachelor’s degree or beyond in communications, TV/video production or journalism.
    -Must provide a strong portfolio of production work that demonstrates range of skills and scope of productions
    -Deep understanding of the video pre-production, production, and post-production process
    -Expert in video standards, video production & editing tools including: Adobe Premiere Pro, -Final Cut Pro or equivalent NLE, Adobe CS6 Production Suite (After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator) & 3D Experience (Maya, Cinema 4D, 3DS Max), Encore, video compression.
    -Strong post-workflow knowledge (codecs & conversions).
    -Deep understanding of professional video equipment and maintenance
    -Experience managing and negotiating project budgets for a creative production company or department
    -Strong story-telling skills; ability to edit a video to adjust for emphasis, pace and visual effects
    -Ability to create compelling storyboards, video content plan / calendar
    -Knowledge of social media & video best practices in this space
    -Strong organizational / project management skills; enormous attention to detail and quality
    -Ability to work in a very fast-paced, startup environment juggling multiple projects
    -Demonstrated ability to execute projects on time and on budget, to take direction and work collaboratively as part of a team
    -Knowledge of, and a passion for, technology culture
    -HDSLR shooting and photography, including strong lighting techniques and product photography, a plus

    -Unlimited vacation
    -Employee covered benefits (medical, dental, vision)
    -An office located in San Francisco’s Financial District
    -Beer O’Clock every Friday (wine, whiskey and scotch welcome too)
    -A top-of-the-line Mac setup
    -Catered lunches

    NOTE: Please provide a link to your portfolio of work that you’ve done!
    All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

    Please apply directly here:

    AvatarLaguna Hiker

    I'd echo dellwovideo's comments, and add a couple more. First, an old joke in film school is, "I've got a script, let's shoot a movie!" It's not that simple. A script needs to be broken down into sets, props, actor calls, and so on. And the shoot needs to be budgeted, along with the post, and production.


    If you are serious about doing a film, look into film classes first. Here in Southern California, we have a half-dozen outstanding film schools, and one of them is at a local community college. Now, obviously, that's probably not going to be the case everywhere, but check out your local college, and see if they have a film program–not a 'film appreciation' program, but a program to teach people how to make films. You'd be surprised how good some of these local programs can be.


    Second, if you are serious about making a film, make a short film first–something ten minutes or so in length. It will give you an idea of the amount of work involved. And don't plan on doing everything yourself. As dellwovideo said, find a good shooter to act as your Director of Cinematography. Cinema shots make up a language of their own, and the language has to be learned.


    And that goes double for editing; a good editor can make an average film look great, and a bad one can make a great film look crappy. I saw a documentary last night that was well-written and had great source footage. Unfortunately, bad editing made it long, tedious, and boring. Editing cuts are as much a language and cinema shots, and it's another language that must be learned.


    All of this is not to say you shouldn't pursue your dream. Go for it, but do so with your eyes open. The story that dellwovideo tells a pretty common story about investing tens of thousands of dollars in a movie project that fails. It can, and does, happen to the best of us pretty regularly.


    Robert Rodriguez wrote a great little book called 'Rebel Without a Crew', and I's recommend it. Rodriguez is one of those rare characters who can do it all–write, direct, shoot, and cut. But before you decide to go out and make a movie, watch one on TV, and ask yourself: Can I really shoot like that? Can I really edit like that? Rodriguez may not need a crew, but I know that I do. 


    Hello everyone, this is my first post here and I want to make it a good one.


    So what brings me to Videomaker is this, I plan on bicycling around the world and want to film the whole experience. So to make such an epic goal doable I have to break it down into bite sized bits.

    One of the biggest chunks to bite off is the video part, and thats why I need your help. Video is huge and I’m an amateur, I need to learn everything from the ground up and don’t want to miss a single step.


    So my hopes with this post is to start a conversation on learning the in's and outs of film. From basic camera knowledge, shooting, and all the way to editing and finely production.


    The site is filled with a plethora of useful information on film, but to an amateur like me it’s all over the place and I need a firm foundation to begin learning. Maybe this post has been started already but I can’t find me.


    So what I’m asking is for links to useful sites on learning film basics, intermediate, and advanced. Hopefully we can put together an epic list and maybe even get this post stickied so other ambitious new film makers have a place to start.


    Thanks in advance for all the help.



    We all have opinions based on our experience but ultimately you have to decide what's best for you. Here is my War And Peace length explanation of my opinion.   I’m still not sold as to why a high school student needs to be dropping hard earned cash on gear.  Here's my path to working in the business for the last 30 years.


1- Started running sound at church since 3rd grade.  Started out on 4 channel amps and was doing live music with 16 inputs, multiple monitor mixes by the time I went to college.  By today's standards, that's pretty lame but we are talking about the 70's.


    2- Studied mass comm. in college.  While in college, I worked on as a camera assistant on a feature, did live sports, freelanced with ESPN, interned at a local news station, ran sound in a campus theatre, worked on a short directed by Joel Douglas and lensed by a guy who did second unit on several Spielberg films.  The 1st ac later shot high school musical.  The 1st ac on the feature offered me a gig in the camera dept of Miami Vice, which I turned down to stay in school.  Do you see the pattern?  I plugged into every paying and non-paying gig out there to learn and network.  I took a job running live sound on a nationally broadcast cable show and then started running master control.  That led to doing satellite uplinks for ESPN, World News Tonight – all while in college.


    3- a full time audio job opened up and I took it at the same network.  I worked my tail off nights and weekends to learn every piece of gear in house.  Everybody left at 5:30, not me.  I worked into a producing gig and traveled the US and oversees a few times to produce dozens of live national events and documentaries.  Not happy with how other people were editing our projects, I started learning how to run one of the most amazing edit suites I've ever seen.  The state of the art digital effects device of the day was the Ampex ADO.  I learned the thing from top to bottom and the effects I programmed were used on Entertainment Tonight for years.   I stayed there for 8 years until I had learned everything I could possibly learn. 



4-For the next 8 years I worked as a staff editor at a production company and did thousands of commercials for regional and local accounts.  


    5-Then and only then did I buy my first piece of gear.  For the past 15 years I've owned a my own production company and when I finally bought, I bought big and dropped about $750,000 and built a facility equipped to do the work I had trained to do.  We've done national spots for Sun Sweet Prunes, DIY Network, HGTV, a video that aired on MTV, work for the US Army, US Postal Service, Crystal Geyser Water and more hospitals and car dealers than I can count.  I don't care what part of the country you live in, I absolutely guarantee you've seen one of our spots.

    Look, I was fortunate to be at the right place many, many times but buying gear doesn't make you a director any more than buying a guitar makes you a rock star.  There are so many opportunities to train on someone else's nickel, why not avail you of those chances first?  Test the waters and learn what you really need, how to use THEN buy it. I don't know anything about you or where you live but in Birmingham, Alabama where I live, there are at least 4 major churches with top shelf gear.  My church has a 3 M/E Sony switcher, 5 cameras with stadium lenses, a couple of final cut suites, a studio with multiple HD camera options, c-stands, kinos, wireless mics, etc. We have a recording studio with an amazing Pro-Tools setup and fibre running all over campus so we can route audio and video at will.  We have Whole Hog lighting consoles and moving fixtures.  We have probably 5 digital consoles with at least 24 channels and enough portable gear to do a decent sized festival stage.  Another church here in town has a couple of Reds.  There’s a church in town with a 20 foot crane with remote head. There are churches equipped like this in most larger cities.  Honestly, where else can get ready access to this level of gear as a student?  We have had 3 guys from our church in the past 5 or 6 years get enough experience to get jobs at Disney World working on their biggest shows.  One guy is doing particularly well and is one of their top 3 lighting designers in Florida.  


    Sure you can buy a camera and grab your buddies and make a movie that you put on YouTube or you can get plugged in with folks who can prepare you for something more.  There is no offense intended to anyone or what they are doing with video but understand that there is a very clear delineation between folks who do national and regional work and those who do event work and enter clips into local contests.  Which do you want to be if indeed this is what you want to make a career?  Based on my experience, getting out there and working on real jobs in a professional environment is statistically the better path to success.
  Are there exceptions?  Sure.  The problem is that far too often mom, dad and your buddies will think every piece of crap you do is fantastic.  As you are learning, you desperately need ongoing and honest feedback. 


    Want to make movies over the summer, use your parent’s camera, an iPhone or check out a camera from your school but there is no compelling reason IMO to spend a penny until you know if this is really something you want to do or just a hobby of the week.  If it is a passion, jump in and start paying your dues.


    Opinions are like butt holes… we all have them and they all stink.  You’ll figure out what’s best for you.  :)




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    Hi, Eric here,

    I am 50 years old an amputee,(Rt,leg,BK), though neither of those things defines me. I am someone who tends to approach everyone else as if they are friends, even though I have just meet them. It is an oddity of my social decorum, and can be very unsettling for people I understand. I may be a bit naïve and idealistic, but I really think the Beatles had it right with, 'All We Need Is Love.' (I would like to think that, in some way defines me.)

    This is only the second Forum I've become a member of. Being a prolific member of more than 2 years at the other forum, and some would argue, maintaining a unhealthy level of participation, has made me a bit jaded toward newbs. I always try to correct myself, and keep the prospective that what seems silly, and yes, stupid questions from green tongues now, are not any different from ones I may have asked two years ago. Or, ones I may ask here now.

    My total knowledge of video production/post production consist of about 6 months working as a camera operator for a public access TV. Show about 15 years ago. This included a tiny bit of instruction in editing. Oh, and I was given and subsequently sold a TK-47, which means little, but a very interesting experance.

    I have come to this forum because I want to produce a online video, that I have spent a good deal of time scripting and story boarding. I understand, (I think) that quality cinematography is not something one learns from an online forum. As a satirical online comedy piece, I am not looking to produce anything of high cinematic quality. (though, of course, I would strive for it to be the best quality possible with in my skill, or lack there of.)

    What I hope I can learn through this forum, are some basic video/audio post-production editing skills. Which I believe will give me a better idea of what should be shot, and how to shoot it. I will go no further here, as this is an introduction thread, and I have covered that plus.

    I would be very receptive to any advice anyone might offer here, or in a PM. I am an attentive learner, and of all my faults, feeling I know anything enough, that I do not appreciate kind advice, is rarely one.


    AvatarJackson Wong


    Videomaker Forum readers, please lend your eyes and minds to a message that came to us recently from one of your fellow videographers about where to go with a career change and specifically transitioning from regional workshops to national distribution. Please offer serious advice and encouragement as only Videomaker posters can.
    Thank you, the text of the message follows (Jackson Wong, associate editor):


    I'm in process of transitioning from my existing career (kitchen remodeler) to production/filmmaker.  I also teach classes for women in construction.  For last several years I have been moving my skills and knowledge into new formats and this year is the final year to finally make the big move, which is to go completely digital with all my dvds, subscription to training on our website and 3x year carpentry events for women.  
    I know it sounds unusual but I would like to take my training to a national perspective instead of just local (northern california).  To that end, we have full workshop that is slowly being transformed into a production studio where we would film and make podcasts of our content for national distribution.  What I need help with is someone who can (consultant?) tell me how to build the new sets and studios so that eventually we can start shooting there instead of building kitchens.  Its probably an unusual request but I was hoping you might know someone in industry that helps to set up production studios, I'm not expecting this for free and willing to pay someone for their time.  Specifically I know I want a sound studio (because I plan to broadcast or produce a radio show, that is tied to website), and a few production studios where we can shoot students and our specific dvds (for sale).  We will also be on location shooting projects and doing editing ourselves.  
    Right now I have a canon dslr and some lights and audio equip but know the actual set locations and lighting is critical.  I just don't want to build something and then have to rebuild it when professional says it won't work well.  I really want to produce exciting high quality content (opposite of old guys teaching woodworking) and don't mind learning and growing to get to that point.  This will be my new career going forward (I'm 45).  Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

    Hello everyone, my name is Kenny Taylor, I live in Cullman, Alabama and this is my first post to this group forum. I strolled across this site looking for information regarding video production and shooting techniques.

    Career wise, I’m a Paramedic supervisor and aside from farming, healthcare is all I know. As a kid however, I could have possibly been the first one to utilize 5.1 surround with nothing more than a mono cable. Lol. I have always been fascinated with the engineering involved in sound and in some ways video. Life intervened and it was healthcare that I set my feet in.

    Most recently, I have started in with the sights and sounds ministry at our church. While I don’t have anything to compare my church to others with, I am impressed of the huge emphasis on video and sound production for adults, youth and child services. All three have their own sets and is streamed in HD on LCD’s and large projection screens throughout the church. In the main service we have snippets of what is happening throughout the other services so everyone is involved someway.

    I will admit that my short time spent on the camera has renewed some of my youthful interest, but when it boils down to true experience, I don’t have much more knowledge than turning the camera on. lol So, to get to the point, if I were to decide to take some classes, which type of classes would those be and in what type of order? I know this is a rather wide question, but essentially, as someone who has just got their feet wet, what can I do to learn the aspects of video production from taping the cables down to editing content for distribution?

    I’m not really looking for a mid-life career change, but don’t mind stepping up to the plate to take classes as to help with our video production needs at our church. I’m sure most of this I will learn by simple time and dedication to working with those who already do this each week, but still, I often wonder what type of educational opportunities I might could jump on to make me a better at what I do.

    All the best,



    Hi everyone!


    I'm I guess what you'd call an "intermediate" videographer.. I'm pretty capable with most production duties (including the "pre" and the "post") and have made a good amount of videos, some of which I'm pretty proud of. Still, I've yet to feel comfortable with the "pro" handle as it seems like there's always something more I have yet to learn! Anyway, I am actually just finishing up my first wedding video (shooting and editing) and have just been approached for a new project.


    The company where I work full-time (not video related) has requested that I give them a quote on making a video about "Safe Lifting".. Basically something that employees can watch which is tailored specifically to the types of lifting they will do on the job. It will be up to me to figure out the structure of the video and to write a script, and I will most likely use employees for the talent. The goal is to make the video (or possibly videos if the topic warrants it) fairly short – 5 minutes or less. My question to you fine folks is this – How do you think I should price for a project of this nature?


    Whenever I've done videos for pay in the past, I've either done an hourly rate or just threw out a price off the top of my head – Usually in the latter case I'd end up feeling like I didn't charge enough. This time I want to do myself right, but of course I don't want to ask for too much and scare away my boss!


    What do you think?




    While I think it has all been said.  I will add my experience.


    Yes you can edit on a laptop.   But editing on a desktop that is configured with the fastest processor and the right graphics card and at least 8gb of ram, will be smoother and faster than a laptop.


    My computer has an i7 and I added another 8GB of Ram to total 16GB.  I have learned that an i7 on a laptop is not as powerful as one for a desktop.   My computer is almost 1 year old so it is outdated by now.


    I use Premier Pro 5.5 and it works well.   I have a lot of effect plug ins.  Depending on which effect I use the preview window slows down and I can't see the video at normal speed.

    And the more effects one adds the slower it takes to export to whatever format I choose.


    For example,  I have a 2000mm Zoom digital camera and I was taking photos of the moon.  One night clouds were passing over and I thought that would make a good shot to insert into something else.


    For fun ( at least fun for me)  I took 9 seconds and repeated it a number of times, each time I changed the colour of the moon. ( I was curious to see what colours evoked what reactions.)

    I added music and had a little video.


    I did it quickly so the coloured images are not perfect but it was an experiment.


    When I used the Fast Colour Corrector that comes with Premier Pro,  it did not stress the system.  But I tried something called Magic Bullet Colorista and that slowed things down.


    That video if anyone cares is at


    Now after writing this tome.  My point would be after rereading your inquiry is,

    If you are serious about editing and want to do it 24/7 then get the right desktop and monitor

    If you know how to put together a desktop you can save money and get exactly what you need.



    I was given good advice about the parts I needed at the computer store I sometimes go to.


    Editing with a laptop is more convenient but you will not get as frustrated if you use the proper desktop.   Especially if you plan on being serious about this.


    If you are just editing things together without doing any special post production a laptop will work.


    There that is my 14 cents


    Hope you end up with something that makes you happy






    Hey guys, I’m new to adobe premiere pro and video editing in general. I have a canon hf m31 camcorder and I live in Vegas. I’ve mostly been shooting vegas sites set to music. Check out this video I just made and any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I’d like to learn more about transitions, effects and post production stuff. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    I was trying to have the footage and edits fit the tone of the music. I feel like its decent but I’d like to make more professional looking videos.



    I was also fortunate enough to go to school on a sponsorship. So since paying for school isn’t necessarily an issue, then what you want to learn when you get there is.

    Now there are lots and lots of Universities with some sort of media studies department. Despite all that availability there are two primary options and a secondary which depending on the criteria of your sponsor, may not be available.

    Mass Communications

    This is the primary option many who go to college have available. Mass ‘Comm’s’ deals with broadcast and mainstream means of communication (i.e. Radio, TV, print and now internet.) If you’re looking for motion picture film in that pile, forget it. Mass Comms departments concerning video production are all about news and electronic news gathering (ENG.) Classes in Field Production and Editing will go at it strictly from the news gathering angle. Basic video production will include basic shooting techniques and gear, some scriptwriting for studio news should be taught but not much on writing for narrative programming. There will be some measure of Documentary Production at the Senior level of study, but again it will be more for a news style expose’ (48 Hours) than a Documentary Film.

    Depending on where you go, some Mass Comm programs can be quite good and you’ll get a fair amount of hands-on work alongside your academic training in the discipline. On the other hand, in my experience working with persons coming out of Mass Comms on the video side they were all hurting big time on basic production techniques I do in my sleep.

    Film & Television – Film School

    Here’s where you’ll find programs where the emphasis is on the filmmaking process for original Documentary and Narrative productions. Universities with Film & Television programs are moderately to well-equipped to provide you with opportunities to use various levels of professional moviemaking equipment based on Film or Digital media. Strong emphasis on story, pre-production, production and post-production editing will allow you to build your chops in an academic environment. Many of today’s successful and emerging filmmakers studied in film programs and made their connections in the industry via their classmates, instructors and via visiting production pros.

    Now, Filmschool isn’t always the ‘do all end all’ either. Some schools offer painfully small film programs, are under staffed and have little if not antiquated equipment/facilities. However, unless their instructors are just terrible you’ll get a lot more attention and access than if attending a much larger program. Schools with large well funded Film Departments offer a plethora of opportunities to work with gear on projects, use complex editing arrays and much more. One thing you’d better find out about any filmschool program you’re interested in is whether each student makes their own graduation/thesis film or if it is a group project.

    Many of the big schools like USC and NYU filmschool programs only allow so many student films a year. Competition to write the script, direct, DP and work on the film in different departments is stiff and you may not be on the crew that makes the movie. In those situations most times you just write an original script in order to graduate. However, the whole purpose of going to filmschool is to make a damn film!

    Another thing to consider is the film program part of a ‘General University’ or part of a dedicated ‘Art Institute’? I mention it because the approach to the program based upon that important detail makes a world of difference in the kind and quality of your experience. To help research potential filmschools check out:

    *Note: Many of the so-called ‘top schools’ are one’s I mentioned where it is unlikely you’ll get to make your own final project film. For some reason my old school is listed (Savannah College of Art & Design) despite it having one of the best programs I’ve ever seen and you can’t graduate without making a film!

    Whatever you’re looking for an emphasis (video production is a discipline, not an emphasis) like Cinematography, Editing, Producing, Directing, Scriptwriting, Sound Design, Set Design, etc., check out what programs the schools offer and get a feel on how strong their program is. Now, know this if you’re an undergraduate student you’ll have to fulfill your general university requirements first (two years worth) prior to taking so much as a single film related course. So don’t start cryin’ about you just want to study film….

    Trade/Professional Schools

    There are a number of programs out there where you can cut through the academic hoo-hah and get right to the point by going to a trade or professional School. Upon completion, you won’t get a degree but a certification in the basic concepts of the chosen discipline you’ve learned. You’ll get primarily hands on training with academic supplemental information.

    Be advised, that trade/pro schools are ‘cut and dry’ in their approach. Unlike in universities, nobody’s going to kiss your ‘boo-boos’ when you make mistakes. The pace of learning and performing tasks is quick and dirty, but expectations for professional standards are quite high. Many of your classmates will be your direct competitors for limited pro gigs or clients the second you walk off the graduation podium. If you’re a slacker, you want to stay away from these types of programs. Lastly, since it is not a university based program, your sponsor may not bankroll you to attend.


    Greetings all,

    I have been reading several threads of interest in the forum for the past couple of days, and I decided to join up to both contribute where I can and learn a thing or two where I am lacking.

    I started my own production company about a year ago with both entertainment and health education in mind, and have been in pre-production on three projects since.

    My expertise is most in writing and producing, though I have a solid intermediate level knowledge with Camera, Lighting, and Editing (I have a certification in Field Producing and Editing (Adobe Premiere Pro) from my local Public Access Station).

    My primary project, original programing for the internet, is schedule to start shooting in July, where I will shoot the first 5 episodes and then air them over a ten week period.

    My next project close to scheduling, will be several shorts that I will use in presentations and be also distributed via the internet (I am a certified Stress Management Facilitator), and they will include the use of chroma screen, and animation.

    The third project is going to be submitted, concept art, Show Bible, and Pilot screenplay, to a specific studio that is taking open submissions of original program ideas.

    So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, lol.

    My Equipment so far is…

    Camera – Canon Vixia HF G10 – Great AVCHD Camera, offers true HD video, and has 24p setting, and with proper lighting, the video looks at least as good as the professional level cameras, and was half the price of the introductory models.

    Sound – Zoom H4n – using as my DAT recorder (with assorted wireless and boom mics and a basic sound mixer), has XLR inputs and phantom power, it records in WAV and gives great sound.

    My other gear, Chroma screen, Chroma screen lights, Object lighting (Key, back, fill, background, and kicker), though essential to production, are not technically relevant in post production unless I have screwed up shoot set up.

    My Workstation, this is where my first question comes in…

    I have really been thinking of going Mac and Final Cut, most of my training, and experience (mostly family projects, and video/photo montages) is in PC and Adobe Premiere Pro, but lately (looking at the job market), I see tons of jobs for Final Cut Pro editors, and not much in Premiere Pro….what is the consensus here?

    The second question is a technical one…

    OK, so I go through the full editing process and compile, have a beautiful video, everything is perfect.

    I then go to create my DVD for distribution, add the video project, add my menus, etc., and burn…and the sound which was previously (and is in the original finished video project is) beautiful, when the DVD is played back, on a DVD player or the computer, is loud and distorted?

    Is there a volume level setting for the DVD itself when being created that I am missing before I print the DVD?

    What could be the problem?

    Thanks for your consideration,


    P.S. didn’t know where specifically to put this, being an intro, a general opinion question, and then a specific tech question, so just put is in head to head.

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