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  • TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    Just connect your USB microphone to your IOS device
    https://www.labnol.org/gadgets/connect-usb-mic-to-ipad/28683/

    Other than that what are you trying to do? Do you really need two separate files?

    in reply to: Looking for an editor which does this? #72012579
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    DaVinci Resolve is free

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    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    Yep, compositing. Bring in the old photo then superimpose over the new. Edit the still in Photoshop then bring it into your video. http://www.topdesignmag.com/35-incredible-combinations-of-new-and-old-photos/

    in reply to: Solar Eclipse #215870
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    We have a video on thedvshow.com that includes astronomer Dr. Gordon Telepun who describes his “drift method” for shooting the eclipse. Regardless of what camera you use, you will have everything you need to make videos of the upcoming eclipse. Take a look here: http://www.thedvshow.com/tips-shooting-2017-eclipse/

    in reply to: Help with pricing on a BIG gig #215426
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    Really know what you’re getting into

    First off, you should get an agreement or ‘statement of work” in writing and lay down the expectations for payment before you even begin any work and only charge for what you work on. You should have a general idea once that SOW is in place.

    Factor in insurance for you and your equipment. What will happen if you’re equipment fails or you get sick or injured?

    Production costs:

    You would make small daily videos for them about 3 times/week as well as a weekly recap video using your own equipment. The final piece is a 1 hour long documentary.

    For shooting video: 1 hour = $x

    For editing video: Plan on about 2-5 hours of work for each minute of final video product. In the old days a rule of thumb was 1 hour of editing per 1 minute finished. Charge accordingly.

    Make an estimate on how much it would cost for equipment maintenance, recording media, etc.

    Travel costs:

    Seems like they’re paying for travel and accommodations – like most clients they are likely expecting you to work for free in exchange. I would tackle that false expectation right up front if it has not been done already.

    I would go the reimbursement route and get cash up front if you can this way you can charge extra for overhead and any costs that come up along the way.

    So let’s say you shoot and edit for a total of 100 hours… x $50/hour labor = $5,000 + profit (labor x X%) + overhead (labor x X% (a percentage of your annual costs for overhead)) + cost of materials (tapes, hard drives, batteries, gaffer tape, stock music, etc) and that is your minimum selling price.

    in reply to: What would you do? Lighting Issue. #209098
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    Color correction is one thing….there are tons of software applications that digitally brighten, correct gamma, modify contrast, etc, (like: http://www.vreveal.com/videofix) but if you have what you thought was perfectly lit footage until the shadows started showing up you have two options: shoot all over again or be creative in editing with the footage you already have.

     

    (Not that it matters now but I remember back in 2010 Lyric Media came out with a plugin that basically added a fill light in post to your footage. It was called “Shadow-Highlight”. I think it may still be compatible with the latest version of Final Cut Pro http://www.lyric.com/fcp-plugins/index.htm)

     

    Anyway….

     

    Headshots shot in HD that include harsh, dark shadows can be cropped to actually hide those shadows and, in turn, create an entirely new angle minus the poor lighting.

     

    If someone lifts their hand or an object in your shot and it casts a huge shadow cut down on costs and simply create a cutaway until the shadow disappears in your original footage.

     

    Colorize the footage: black or white and sepia tone dramatizes shadows.

     

     

     

     

    in reply to: Videography rates? #195209
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    for a 5 or 10 minute promotional gig for businesses I would go with a packaged flat rate route if you have a tight production schedule in place that you can stick to.

    I produce strictly :60 second web videos for business with no more than 24 hours turnaround time given to any project of this type. Time is broken up into story boarding, location shooting, breakdown, editing and sweetening, changes and approvals, then final edition to website and bulk upload to all social media sites – all within 24 hours – which is roughly two 8 hour working days- at a flat rate of $1000

    16 hours is how much time it take me to produce 1 minute of quality video – the other 8 is a pad for any changes the client requests – which is time paid for anyway depending on how good the edit and final production turns out.

    Figure out how many hours you think it will take to produce a 5-10 minute video and go from there…

    For some this sounds impossible but I’ve been doing it for so many years and have become very proficient at it while maintaining creativity.

    in reply to: Best Website for Building Video Business? #181563
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    Here we go talking about the tools again….

    It’s the content you put on a website that matter regardless of what tool you use. You could have a whiz bang, full blown webdesign suite but if you’re not including what matters most to your visitor your site is dead in the water.

    We had a live webinar a few months back speaking about this very subject and may have it again because most video business websites just miss the mark.

    in reply to: So what do you think of FCP X? #195100
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    FCP had a great foundation and now Apple decided to tear it all down and rebuild it again from scratch. What happens to all of the professional editors, the certified trainers, all the books, the supermeets, the websites – all the investment of time and energy was for nothing.

    Relying on future upgrades or waiting for it to become what
    it already was is just weird – it doesn’t make any sense.

    in reply to: FBI warning…Stock footage? #193998
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    FYI: any warning that includes the letters FBI or use of their official seal is a federal offense – you could be prosecuted under Federal Criminal law.

    Only members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) are authorized to use FBI property, subject to each member entering into a formal Uniform Authorization Agreement.

    I would pull that stuff off your site Sonnyboo or at least remove the seal and FBI…Videomaker, you should check into these things before announcing usage.

    in reply to: Too poor to get lite panels led video lights? #199946
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    Rolson is the manufacturer of that light…..do a Google search and you will find dozens of stores carrying different options from them.

    All work lights are complying to “green” standards so you will find many new styles and redesigns of old using LED bulbs.

    Here is another great one from Rolson

    in reply to: What’s the best camcorder/camera? #197342
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    The best camera is the one you have.

    It’s not uncommon to use a separate audio recorder with your cam. The most popular is
    the Samson Zoom H4. Drop the audio and the video in the same editing software and match the two together.

    If you’re not interested in the additional work added to your production with the above method you can always attach the BeachTek DXA-5D where you connect your camera to an external audio microphone.

    Brian

    in reply to: smooth glassy faces #167257
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    There are at least 4 plugins for Final Cut Pro that do the trick

    http://www.thedvshow.com/smoother-skin-using-final-cut-pro/

    in reply to: Looking for a “Combat Cam” to take to Afghanistan #180892
    TheDVshowTheDVshow
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    Have you tried the Riflecam?

    http://theriflecam.com

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