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I live in a small town/city and can certainly vouch for the effectiveness of Earl’s recommendations that I have used with success.
In some way, working in a small town is more challenging and more exciting – everyone knows everyone. Getting work is also a matter of who you know. You need to be out in the community, be a member of local organizations, volunteer where appropriate.
I am assuming that you have the basics in place? I.e. website, business cards, etc? You need to be a member of the local chamber of commerce. When you go to businesses, or attend networking events, you need to have the basics in place. People these days don’t like to read (information overload) so keep any handouts as short as possible and direct them to your website for more information.
When you are networking at community events/meetings(PTA, Chamber of Commerce, etc) don’t push your business too much. Rather say that you are new in the community, and what could you do to assist. Be open to unexpected business opportunities. And do follow up after networking.
I was not able to view your videos on your website (short of buying them). I personally use a Canon HV40 because it does HDV and has an external mic input. Another important feature is that you can buy wide angle adoptor which I think will be useful for the kind of videos you will be taking. I use both a lav mic and a shotgun mic with the camcorder depending on what I am shooting. If you intend to anotate the video while you are shooting someone else doing the yoga exercize, then a lav mic could work best. If you need to videotape and record the person doing the exercise, then a shotgun mic would be your answer.
If you will be videotaping yourself doing the exercizes, then I would not use the lavalier as it would pick up too much noise. I would use the shotgun mic. The HV40 comes with a remote contol that would be useful in this case.
If you want to go tapeless, I would go for the Canon HF series.
Normally the PC is easier to access than the projector. Perhaps it would easier to have an adaptor box next to the computer with one output going to the projector and one to your camcorder?
The easiest is to select your timeline in Premiere, and then select File – Adobe Dynamic Link – Send to Encore.
Burning a DVD is still a bit of a learning curve. There are good online tutorials on lynda.com for both PP CS4 and Encore.
You can use Photoshop Elements – it is available for both Mac and PC. You can get templates for the cover and dvd here: http://www.bmyers.com/products/item29.cfm
Azden.com is agood source of inexpensive mics. They have a stereo shotgun mic for about $100
Two suggestions: 1) Take the tutorials on lynda.com (http://www.lynda.com/home/ViewCourses.aspx?lpk0=356)
2) Use the book “Creating Hollywood Style Movies with Premiere Elements 7” by Paul Ebert
Whenever possible, do the white balance in camera at the time of shooting.
The Canon is great. I am not sure about your model though. The Canon HV40 and the HF S20/21 should shoot 24P natively.
There are many effects in Sony Vegas but you should concentrate on your shooting tecnique first. Make sure that you use a tripod wherever possible, and that your focus is sharp. Blurriness and non-smooth video is more likely caused by technique rather than the fact that you are using 24P.
The success of your films will be determined by your sound quality. Be sure to use good external microphones with manual level adjustment which the Canon allows.
If it is your first short film it is really COOL! There are some really neat shots. I liked particularly the ones taken from the board.
That said, it is too long. It does not seem to have a point to it, other than that skateboarding is fun. A short film needs a story, with a beginning, middle and end. You need to get into the story right off the bat. For more info, read “Making Short Films” by Jim Piper, and “Making it Big in Shorts” by Kim Adelman.
I agree with your comments. As Earl knows, I am a firm believer in his direct mail approach. I have been doing it consistently and it has worked for me, except in the case of legal video. I still send out legal postcards because one never knows, but not as often as for the other video services.
Word-of-mouth is really important. If you do your job professionally you will get referrals.
On my old PC I had 3 GB ram which was basically the limit when using a 32bit Windows. Then long projects would be a problem. This is the reason why I upgraded to Windows 7. I now have 8GB of ram.
You need a firewire connection to your camcorder. In Premiere Pro when you create a new project, it will ask which capture format you want to use. There are several HDV options so it would depend on which camcorder you used and what settings you had selected for the camcorder. Typically you would use HDV 1080P30 or HDV 1080P30(60i). If you are not sure, try both.
I created a postcard direct mail to a mailing list for my region. I also dropped off flyers in person at lawyers offices. I wrote to their professional society to ask how I could make my services known and did not even get a reply. About then I gave up.
I read about legal video some time back on the Video University websiteand also thought it would be a good career option so I bought their how to course. Then I started marketing my services for many months and did not get any takers. Hmmm…
I used to use PE7 without any problem with Windows XP. Now I have upgraded to Windows 7 and PE8 and still no problem. Could it be that it is a Vista problem? Certainly if you do not have enough RAM it could also cause crashes.
If you are familiar with Premiere Elements, it might be a good idea to stick with it. CS4 will place even greater demands on your system.