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A planned workflow means a successful project

Martin Johnson - Thursday, October 31, 2013
When The Shooting Stops ... The Cutting Begins: A Film Editor's Story. This is a great book by Ralph Rosenblum, a New York feature film editor (http://www.amazon.com/When-Shooting-Stops-Cutting-Begins/dp/0306802724/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383175718&sr=1-1&keywords=ralph+rosenblum). Whilst it's written about editing with 35mm film, there are some great lessons for any one who is about to sit down to edit their footage. Workflow - plan it out first Before you ev .. click to read full post.
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Polariser filter a must for exterior shooting

Martin Johnson - Saturday, October 26, 2013
One of the accessories I always have on hand when I'm shooting EXTeriors is a polarising filter. Here's how Wikipedia defines the filter. "A polarising filter is often placed in front of the camera lens in photography in order to darken skies, manage reflections, or suppress glare from the surface of lakes or sea. Since reflections (and sky-light) tend to be at least partially linearly-polarized, a linear polariser can be used to change the balance of the light in the photograph. The rot .. click to read full post.
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Paul Sheaffe commented on 30-Oct-2013 07:42 AM
I used to use a polariser on my ancient film SLR, but haven't thought of it since those days. Interesting thought to apply to the video rigs. Thanks MJ.

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Top 10 reasons to use online video

Martin Johnson - Thursday, October 24, 2013
(Re-posted from http://video1pro.com/top-benefits-of-using-online-video) 1. Online video was the fastest growing advertising method in 2012 with nearly 55% growth. (eMarketer, January 2012) 2. According to Internet Retailer, 52% of consumers say that watching product marketing videos makes them more confident in their online purchase decisions. When an online video production is information-intensive, 66% of consumers will watch the video two or more times. (Internet Retailer, .. click to read full post.
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Check list for your first video shoot - part three

Martin Johnson - Monday, October 21, 2013
Welcome to part three of my check list for your first video shoot. Shooting INTerior The first two posts in this series were based on shooting EXTerior and using the sun as your light source. Shooting INTerior is both easier and harder. It's easier because you can control the light on your subject. It's harder because you may have to light not just the subject, but also the background. This post (/pro-videoblogger/check-list-for-your-first-shoot-1) covered the basics - now we're  .. click to read full post.
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Paul Sheaffe commented on 30-Oct-2013 07:53 AM
Where possible I try to employ your version of natural daylight from one side & fluro daylight to balance the other. I usually also carry a full kit of tungstens, but find the CFL Softboxs much cooler & softer, particularly for short throw lighting, though bulker to transport to/from the shoot. Thanks MJ.

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Check list for your first shoot - part two

Martin Johnson - Saturday, October 19, 2013
'Rolling ... ' With your lighting set and your on-camera talent in front of the camera, there are a couple more things to check before you start rolling. Lense height Unless there's a reason to do otherwise, your lense should be at the same level as the eye-line of your subject, so the camera is 'looking' directly at the subject. Focal length should be between 35mm and 50mm. Any wider and the lense may distort your subjects face. 50mm is reckoned to be the standard focal length to sho .. click to read full post.
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Check list for your first shoot - part one

Martin Johnson - Monday, October 14, 2013
So, you've been booked for your first video shoot and while that's great news, how do you go about making sure it will all work? This is the first in a series of posts designed to help your approach your first few shoots with the confidence that you'll have great footage when you say 'cut'. 1. Location If at all possible, you need to know where you're going to shoot, INT or EXT. These two abbreviations are standard in the film industry INTerior or EXTerior. Above almost anything else .. click to read full post.
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Knowing your camera

Martin Johnson - Thursday, October 10, 2013
Using a video camera is like driving a car After you have been driving a car for a few months you no longer have to think about how to slow down -- you automatically put your foot on the brake pedal. You don't need to think about how to turn left or right, you just do it. It becomes automatic. But when you first started to drive you had to think through each of these actions. "I need to slow down, so I need to put my foot gently on the brake pedal, which is to the left of the acce .. click to read full post.
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On location

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, October 09, 2013
On location ... This week I was involved in shooting a promotional video for an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Kangaroo Recruitment March from Wagga Wagga to Sydney during World War I. The march will be re-enacted during September and October, 2015. The video is to promote the educational aspect of this re-enactment to primary school children who live in the regional centres that the original march travelled through. This involved working with a small group of children who .. click to read full post.
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Paul Sheaffe commented on 10-Oct-2013 08:43 AM
I recognise that slider! Good to see it getting a good workout. Have fun MJ.

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Is this blogging game worth it?

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, October 08, 2013
After two months of posting, it's been tough to make any real impact in the world of blogging. Everyone who has 'made it' says blogs take time to find readers. That's sure my experience to date. So, am I giving up? Not yet. I gave myself a year to build a site that people would find interesting and engaging, so there's still 10 months to go. What have I done? I've found Darren Rouse's (http://http://www.problogger.net/)Pro Blogger blog very helpful. Lots of great ideas about how  .. click to read full post.
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Paul Sheaffe commented on 10-Oct-2013 08:19 AM
Stick with it MJ!
I'm thinking of converting all my own previous published newsletter articles to blog posts as well.

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How to share your videos

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Now that you've shot and edited your video, how are people going to see it? Here are just some of the ways to get your video out there. YouTube or Vimeo? These two video sites are probably the most popular, followed closely by Facebook, for uploading and then sharing videos. So which one to chose? YouTube used to be the site where you went to see cats doing silly tricks or people falling over unexpectedly. Those videos are still there, but so are videos from major media companies. O .. click to read full post.
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Paul Sheaffe commented on 10-Oct-2013 08:26 AM
Totally agree with MJ. I use both YouTube & Vimeo, although Vimeo is my preferred platform. I share/link from there to the Social Media platforms. Everything goes up there, although as you say, some is passworded for client only access. I prefer the embedding & playback control options. The extra upload to YouTube happens when I get round to it, for Google's sake.
www.vimeo.com/paulsproductions :)

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