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What about all those letters and numbers?

Martin Johnson - Friday, July 26, 2013
The world of digital video is full of strange names, numbers and abbreviations. Things like 'mpeg', 'avi', 'mov' and 'm4v'. Then there are numbers like 1080i or 720p. What do they all mean and which ones do you need to know? Film formats. When movie film first came out it also came with a set of numbers, 16mm, 8mm and 35mm. These were pretty easy as they referred to the width of the actual film. Home movies were shot mainly on 8mm with 16mm for TV and 35mm for feature films. Video  .. click to read full post.
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Get the paper work right and the rest will follow

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Getting the paper work right It might seem a bit unusual to be talking about paper work when it comes to shooting video, but getting the paper work right before you start always means a better shoot. Essentially it's about planning - even if you don't use paper but make notes on your Smart phone or tablet. Thinking about what you're going to shoot, what equipment you need to shoot it and then the workflow for the post-production process, will always produce a better finished product. .. click to read full post.
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So, what about sound?

Martin Johnson - Friday, July 19, 2013
So what about sound? This week I've had a couple of emails asking what sort of microphone to use with a DSLR camera. So I thought this post would look at some of the answers. Camera Mic All DSLR cameras have an in-built microphone, but it's not something you should ever use for any serious sound recording. Its best use is as a guide track for when you synchronise the sound recorded by another device with the image, generally from a high quality digital recorder. However you can m .. click to read full post.
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Focus pulls, tracking shots and other goodies

Martin Johnson - Thursday, July 18, 2013
In my last post I set out the three easy steps towards shooting an event so that you had the right shots to edit into a sequence. Regardless of how you see the finished product, getting these three types of shots is crucial. Getting arty Now you've ticked off your shopping list of wide shots, mid shots and close ups, it's time to get arty with some focus pulls. These work best if the camera is on a tripod as you don't want hand-held camera movement as well as a focus pull in th .. click to read full post.
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Three easy steps to videoing an event

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, July 17, 2013
One of the things that makes a great documentary cameraman or woman is the ability to 'cover an event' with a single camera so that when it's edited, it looks as if it was filmed from lots of cameras from lots of different angles. The secret is to shoot these three types of shots so that you give the editor (which may be you) as many options as needed to produce a slick finished product. (I'm assuming you don't need to film an event in its entirety, which will be the subject of another  .. click to read full post.
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Why did I set up Pro-Video Blogger?

Martin Johnson - Friday, July 12, 2013
After 40 years working in TV, you might be asking why I've decided to start writing a blog? 1. Sharing After 40 years behind the camera, I decided it was time to share some of what I have learned over all those years in the business. Interestingly, the principles of shooting video haven't changed a lot. Television is still a close-up medium and whilst we now capture video images digitally, it's still worth looking at the guidelines of shooting analogue video, as they still apply tod .. click to read full post.
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Graham McDonald commented on 14-Jul-2013 08:24 AM
Good on you mate. This is something where we can all benefit. Love what you do.

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Why poor video lets your whole web site down

Martin Johnson - Sunday, July 07, 2013
The world-wide viewing stats of on-line video continue to go through the roof. Up from 1 billion per annum in April 2011 to 2 billion in April, 2012. (Ref: Soul Arch Media. (http://soularchmedia.com/blog/tag/online-video-statistics-australia-2012/)) More people are watching more videos for longer. As someone in the business of making videos, these are good figures and show a growing industry. But if you're going to use video on your web site, make sure it's well done. You need to make  .. click to read full post.
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Tony R commented on 17-Jul-2013 09:13 PM
"The garden Hose" people film like they are watering the garden..

Go from boring to the action, don't go back..
Martin Johnson commented on 18-Jul-2013 05:28 PM
Tony,
Thanks for your comment. I like your analogy of a garden hose. Very apt.

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Why you can't e-mail video files

Martin Johnson - Monday, June 10, 2013
Can you e-mail me the video? I often get asked this question and my answer is usually ‘no - because it’s a video file and therefore too big’. I thought it might be helpful to set out the following explanation and then suggest some solutions. The growth of Smartphones with built in cameras has seen an explosion in the number of high quality digital images we all carry around with us. Generally each of these images is around 2mb which makes for a great print or screen d .. click to read full post.
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Matt commented on 11-Jul-2013 03:20 PM
file transfer websites are the way to go. wetransfer.com works great & has a sleek design. You can even customise your own page to suit the look of your business.

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