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Cali Lewis, of GeekBrief.tv walks us through a quick 30 mins on video production
Choosing the right camera –
Go for biggest lens, best glass and external mic jack for a camera that you can afford
- Kodak Zi8 has a handheld HD camera with external mic around $180
- canon vixia HF200 is an ecellent upgrade camera around $550
- Canon Vixia HF D10 with 1080p and the rest for almost $1k
Visit CamCorderInfo.com for all the in depth information on cameras with reviews and benchmarks.
Orange, blue or yellow is a white balance issue. Find, use and test white balance every time and bring something white along to use as a base. Shooting in the same room everyday it is not necessary to whitebalance, just when you make a new site.
Do not move the camera. Motion then happens in front of the lens and makes it rough, bumpy. A better way to hold the camera is to make cuts instead of a swinging camera. Stay away from zooming in and out.
When you have to buy lights –
- Kino Flo makes Diva-lite 400. Indoor lights mainly. About $700 for a kit. They stay cool and use low energy. They are dimmable without changes.
- Litepanel in 1×1 are about $1500 but last 10 years with no bulb replacements for a long time and are portable. Also can be battery powered.
- Buy wired mics to save money. There is even $9 short wired lavalier mics. Audiotechnica is about $40 and can be found online.
- Lectrsonics Wireless Mics are high cost and for when y are making money. Popular with film and tv production.
- Sennhieser wireless mics are good, but have issues.
- Rode VideoMic is a good boom mic from reviews and comments.
Shooting blue or green screen-
- Chromakeying takes out the background color. Final Cut handles this well. Live demo from Neil and they use blue screens at home
- Green is mathematically better for keying, but blue can be worked with
- DvGarage and Final Cut Pro/Express. BlogWorldExpo has a coupon under Cali09 for $35 off (video filters – > key -> smoothing and select. Then into DVgarage and select the lightest and darkest parts of the blue or green and choose foreground and keys it out.
- iMovie is harder and some plugins dont always work. Bring the picture in first and then the video.
The final section was on what site to use to upload/broadcast and more.