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Post production sound

Martin Johnson - Friday, January 17, 2014
I love doing post-production sound on my video projects. Partly because as this is the last thing I do before producing the masters, I'm close to the end of the project (and sending out the invoice!). But also because it's amazing to 'hear and see' the improvement properly post-produced audio brings to the finished product. (See previous post (/pro-videoblogger/getting-the-sound-right) on why good sound is important.) Steps to audio post Until the images are 'locked off', you ca .. click to read full post.
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Getting the sound right

Martin Johnson - Thursday, January 16, 2014
I'm not sure who said this, but its true. "Viewers will more readily accept poor pictures with great sound than great images with poor sound". At first reading, this sounds wrong. Surely, it's all about the image? On-line discussion in video forums, etc seems to be always about the latest camera and its 4K abilities. Isn't image quality the thing? Don't get me wrong, you do need good quality images but you also need good quality sound. Poor sound accompanying your crisp 4K images .. click to read full post.
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Working with clients

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
One of the most important relationships you have when you're shooting corporate video is the one you have with your client. After all, they're the one who has contracted you to produce the video, so you need to get along with them and ideally involve them in the process. Now that doesn't mean they get involved with the technical or the aesthetic details. Rather you want them to help you make the shoot run smoothly. They have hired you to shoot the video, so you need to tell them how  .. click to read full post.
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The grammar of editing

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
This post is part 2 of a series on editing your first video. (Read the first post here (/pro-videoblogger/your-first-video-edit)) Know your Grammar When you write, you use grammar. Grammar is what gives you the structure of a sentence. Defn: Grammar: The study of how words and their component parts combine to form sentences. Film and video also uses a form of grammar, which like the grammar you use when you write, gives you a form or structure to edit images together. For example, tr .. click to read full post.
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Your first video edit

Martin Johnson - Saturday, December 14, 2013
This is the first post in a series that follows my three earlier posts on check list for your first video shoot. (/pro-videoblogger/check-list-for-your-first-shoot-1) I'm assuming you know your way around whatever NLE you're using and you're now ready to start editing the footage you've shot. (NLE - Non-linear editing. This describes programs such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, etc. Linear editing refers to editing using video-tape or film where the edits were normally done in order.)  .. click to read full post.
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Why shooting video is like compiling a dictionary

Martin Johnson - Sunday, December 08, 2013
Every time you write something, an e-mail, a blog post, a script or something longer you use words. Those words usually come from your memory and experience. You think about what you want to say and then you select the right words and put them in the right order to communicate your thoughts. Another way of looking at it is to think of having a dictionary in your head. Whilst you might not actually visualise looking at the index and then turning the pages to find the right word, that's what y .. click to read full post.
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Six steps to getting serious about web video

Martin Johnson - Friday, December 06, 2013
6 steps to getting serious about web video If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll know that one of the subjects I often write about is using video on the web. In my business I produce videos for a range of businesses and organisations. They're all distributed on a web site. Often this is the businesses own web site or their YouTube or Vimeo channel. Making a video to go onto a web site takes a bit of planning. Unlike uploading text or images, which you can do almost instantly, you .. click to read full post.
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Making interviews work for lighting and sound

Martin Johnson - Sunday, November 24, 2013
Making interviews work - lighting and sound by Martin Johnson (https://plus.google.com/109779213830668270857? rel=author) In my last post I talked about shooting interviews on the 'shop floor'. In other words, in the middle of where the story was happening. If done well, these can be very effective but managing the lighting and sound become even more critical, compared to shooting in a studio or quiet office. 1. Sound Getting the sound right is one of the areas that can be q .. click to read full post.
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Making interviews work with the right background

Martin Johnson - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Making interviews work with the right background by Martin Johnson (https://plus.google.com/109779213830668270857? rel=author) Once upon a time, interviews were generally filmed without too much happening in the background. This meant that the audience would not be distracted by either movement or activity behind the person being interviewed, nor would they hear any distracting noise. Both these principles are still worth considering of course, but for web videos, more and more int .. click to read full post.
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RODE product turns iPhone into digital audio recorder

Martin Johnson - Friday, November 08, 2013
Here's a great idea from the guys at RODE, who make great audio products. It's a lavalier mic that plugs into an iPhone that then runs an app that records digital audio. Check out the promo video which has some great uses for it. Cool. Martin Johnson (https://plus.google.com/109779213830668270857? rel=author) .. click to read full post.
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