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Three easy steps to covering an event - part 2

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This post has two supporting documents. Firstly there is the embedded video below and secondly there are two diagrams which you can download here. (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=143860) I have also addressed this same subject in an earlier post (/pro-videoblogger/three-easy-steps-to-videoing-an-event). 'How to' instructions A friend of mine is about to head off for a week long visit to some aid projects in Cambodia. He is travelling with a group of teachers with the view to him leading .. click to read full post.
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Digital data storage

Martin Johnson - Friday, August 23, 2013
Back in the 'old days' when you had finished editing the film you'd shot, it was stored in metal cans on a shelf. When videotape took over, the tapes were stored in plastic cases. (Pic L) Whilst one of the proposed advantages of videotape was that it could be re-used, often it wasn't because of the risk of drop outs and so the amount of physical storage needed grew and grew. Digital Media Whilst storage of data in the digital world takes up a lot less space (probably 90% less or more .. click to read full post.
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Lighting - gels, diffusion and what does it all mean?

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A week or so ago I talked about colour balance (/pro-videoblogger/colour-balance-what-do-you-need-to-know) and which option to select in your camera when filming.Today's post looks at the 'gels' and 'diffusion' material camera operators use on their lights. Why use gels? Firstly, 'gels' is short for the word 'gelatine' which is what these coloured filters used to be made from. These days they are made from less flamable material. Coloured gels and diffusion material are used to con .. click to read full post.
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How big is video on the web?

Martin Johnson - Saturday, August 17, 2013
The statistics for how much video is uploaded and watched on the web each day are staggering.You Tube is the biggest video based site on the web. Here are their most recent stats: More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that's almost an hour for every person on Earth, and 50% more than last year 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute YouTube is localized in 56 countries and acros .. click to read full post.
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Colour Balance - what do you need to know?

Martin Johnson - Saturday, August 10, 2013
One of the most misunderstood settings on a video (or still camera) is the one labelled 'colour balance'. The menu behind this setting often looks like this one. From left to right, these symbols tell you what settings the camera has available - so which one do you select? When colour photography was first invented back in the days of film, there were two basic types of film available, daylight or tungsten. The manufacturers of the film had 'balanced' the chemicals on the film so t .. click to read full post.
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Plugging a Pro mic into the iPhone

Martin Johnson - Thursday, August 08, 2013
One of the drawbacks of using an iPhone to shoot video for video production, is the poor quality sound. The images are pretty good and there are lots of blogs (https://vimeo.com/31013938) showing how great iPhone footage is. I recently helped out a mate who wanted to shoot pit reports from his motor-racing and post these on his web site and You Tube. You can imagine the background noise in a race pit, right beside the track. I knew the best solution was a hand-held mic, cabled to the iPh .. click to read full post.
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Find out how well your videos are performing

Martin Johnson - Thursday, August 08, 2013
There are lots of ways to find out how well your videos are doing on YouTube- whether you make videos for fun or for your business. YouTube analytics is perfect for just that task. With a new update that, among other things, features new charts to track your video production, you can see better than ever how well your video is performing. Check out this post (http://video1pro.com/videographer-tips/basic-of-youtube-analytics) from the guys at Video 1 in Chicago .. click to read full post.
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DSLR Camera rigs

Martin Johnson - Sunday, August 04, 2013
Using a DSLR camera for video production is not as simple as shooting with a conventional video camera. Video cameras are meant to be held resting on the shoulder or in two hands. The smaller size and mass of a DSLR camera makes it a lot harder to do steady hand-held shots. Enter the DSLR rig ... There are lots of manufacturers of these with prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to over a $1,000. They generally consist of the following components: 1. A block that mo .. click to read full post.
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Editing with iMovie vs FCP

Martin Johnson - Saturday, August 03, 2013
I've been editing for over 30 years. I started on a Steinbeck, editing 16mm mag stripe positive film for a local news service. I graduated to the Editec system on an Ampex Quad videotape machine, onto CMX in a one inch suite and finally onto Final Cut Pro. It's great to now be able to do High Definition editing on my laptop - compared to the room full of tape gear that was needed in the old days. Recently I delved into iMovie. I had to buy the book to help - but I think I have a handle on it .. click to read full post.
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