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Managing your digital data

Martin Johnson - Monday, March 31, 2014
I was asked by a friend yesterday how to tackle the editing of over 3TB of video data? That's a lot of footage and if it's all high definition, then that's about 750 hours of footage or over four weeks of continuous viewing. The simple answer is that you tackle this the same way you'd tackle any big task - one small piece at a time, but first you need to: Get organised No matter what editing program you end up using or what the finished project will look like, you need to g .. click to read full post.
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Andrew Stoik commented on 12-Apr-2014 12:34 PM
Yes! The key is organization and pre-planning. As you said, breaking the files down into segments makes really good sense. It may even be helpful to think ahead about what those segments will be, so you can create a strategy for the data to come.

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Why 'Noah' doesn't work

Martin Johnson - Sunday, March 30, 2014
This post is slightly off topic, but it is about video. Sort of! (Caution - spoiler alert) When I went to see Noah I did so after having read some of the press from US Churches that it was 'unBiblical' and therefore should be boycotted. I also read an article and saw a Phil Cooke (http://philcooke.com/christians-should-see-noah/) produced video (https://vimeo.com/89714097)which put the case that Christians and churches needed to engage with the film - an approach I agree with.  .. click to read full post.
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Annie Marie Peters commented on 31-Mar-2014 08:48 AM
Interesting! I haven't seen Noah, but I have to admit: I was skeptical right away when I saw the trailer. I actually feel more interested to see it now, after reading your review. I'll try to go into it with an open mind and let you know what I thought!

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Data storage

Martin Johnson - Friday, March 28, 2014
I've recently been reviewing how I store my data. In the world of digital video, data storage is everything and you need to have a system that works. When it does fail, and fail at sometime it will, you also need a good recovery plan. I can't say my system is perfect, I have had two hard drives crash to date, but so far no real disasters have affected me. Why store data? Unlike the early days of digital or non-linear editing, when you captured your data from camera tapes which we .. click to read full post.
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Annie Marie Peters commented on 29-Mar-2014 07:48 AM
Oh yes! Backing up your files is an essential part of video production. I back up my memory cards to my computer. Then, I back up my computer to an external hard drive. Martin, what do you think about cloud storage? I have always preferred to have a physical copy of my files, but last Fall, an F5 tornado ripped through the town 5 miles from my house. If it had destroyed my home, having an online backup would have been a virtual lifesaver...
Andrew Stoik commented on 12-Apr-2014 12:40 PM
I use 2 Toshiba 1TB external data drives for my video files. I'm going to make a note of the Virtual Labs recovery software you mentioned. I'm bound to need it soon. I also use Crashplan to back up a few of my key files online.

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The creative process

Martin Johnson - Sunday, March 16, 2014
I've recently been training a good friend to use a digital editing program to edit short promotional videos for web use. So far, the results have been good, not sure if that's due to the skill of the trainer or the talent of the person being trained. Maybe it's a bit of both. Is creativity a process? But it got me thinking about the creative process overall. This thought was also sparked by my shooting some videos for internal use within a community organisation on the subject of cr .. click to read full post.
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Mike commented on 25-Mar-2014 05:59 AM
Martin I totally agree with you on building a "reservoir of ideas". Its always tough to stay ahead of the game and as long as we educate ourselves, I think we typically can accomplish any problem we may have.
Annie Marie Peters commented on 28-Mar-2014 05:45 AM
Great question, Martin! I agree completely that the creative process is not necessarily linear. After all, creativity is an art, rather than a math problem. I've done a bit of web video in the past too, and I think I work similarly to you. I tend to start with a solid idea, then work my way toward a goal. Later, I find myself adding or making changes after some time has passed. Oftentimes, just sleeping on it for a night gives me a fresh perspective. If I'm feeling stumped, I will set a project aside, start working on a another one, and then come back to the original idea with a renewed motivation. Every day and every project is unique!
Annie Marie Peters commented on 13-Apr-2014 12:12 PM
Hey Martin. Nice site. My creative process is a lot like your lava lamp example. Good ideas rise to the top, but the motivation can sink back down quickly too. I think connecting with other artists is a good way to refill the well. Everyone needs inspiration now and then.

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Using video to promote your service

Martin Johnson - Friday, March 07, 2014
(This is a reprint of an article I wrote for an aged care industry on-line newsletter) (http://www.visionlp.com.au/value-of-promotional-videos) An on-line search for ‘Video Marketing’ will give you hundreds of web pages that highlight the rapid growth of on-line video. Here’s some recent statistics: 89% of online Australians watch video content on Facebook. [Source: ACMA] In Australia, the top types of downloaded content are: photos (78%), music (64%), YouT .. click to read full post.
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Mike commented on 25-Mar-2014 06:39 AM
I recently started using video in all of my blog posts and saw a huge difference in regards to response and engagement. If its not something that you're already doing, I would highly recommend it.
Annie Marie Peters commented on 28-Mar-2014 05:55 AM
Interesting article, Martin! So many industries are seeing exponential growth by adding video production to their marketing strategy. Being able to see a retirement facility or nursing home through video allows the consumer to actually experience what it might be like to live there. It gives an inside view and allows the human side of the business to shine!
Annie Marie Peters commented on 14-Apr-2014 06:53 AM
The power of web video is it's ability to connect you with your potential clients in a real, everyday type of way. It's changing so many things about how business is done. Finding a way to incorporate it into your marketing strategy is a wise move.

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The next big thing

Martin Johnson - Monday, March 03, 2014
I've been shooting images on film and video for over 30 years (scary when I think about it) and was one of the many pioneers who started using the first video cameras and recorders in the early 70's to shoot news and current affairs stories on video for local television. There was no initial benefit as the cameras and separate recorders were almost twice as large as a single system/mag stripe CP16 film camera. The one advantage for mid-sized regional TV stations was that they no lon .. click to read full post.
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Mike commented on 25-Mar-2014 06:43 AM
For me one of the most important things here is sound quality. You may have a great looking video, but if you can't hear the person talking then you have a big problem. Most cameras now a days come with great audio, but there are still plenty that are horrible.
Annie Marie Peters commented on 28-Mar-2014 03:03 PM
Oh, how far we've come! Lucky for us, the equipment seems to be getting smaller, while producing a better quality at the same time. I still don't think camera phones are quite there yet. As you mentioned, these smaller cameras still need to be stabilized to get a clear quality video production, and the sound quality is lacking (to say the least). However, looking at the bigger picture, we are certainly headed in the right direction!
Annie Marie Peters commented on 14-Apr-2014 07:01 AM
It's interesting that you've been able to see the evolution of video production over the past 30 years. Things have changed quite significantly. The technology is getting better while the equipment is downsizing and becoming cheaper. Not a bad deal.

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