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  1. Technicians are people too.... Supposedly

    My first blog.... ever.

    So, we have a studio based broacast with an insert from a separate studio. The scene is a presenter in a dark, atmospheric room, bookcase as background, giving a serious piece to camera. Down in the studio there are two monitors. One connected to the camera and one from the control room, showing what will go to air. In between me and the broadcast image is a technician...

    Technicians are usually bright people. Often geeks with a hint of nerd ...
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  2. Does size matter? Do you really want a big one?

    It's not how big it is but how you use it that matters. True I suppose, great content will always be king, a video of plane load of orphans in a crashing into Prince Harrys personal chinook party mobile filmed on a phone camera is far more exciting than a plane load of tourist fools landing safely shot in IMAX.

    However the size of your thingy will affect how you use it.

    My first proper camera came along about seven years ago, it was a small 300 panasonic. I did ...

    Updated 02-08-2009 at 07:59 PM by Mark W

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  3. Manual Labour

    by , 02-08-2009 at 12:39 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Let's not be snobs about this, using a cheap (or not so cheap) camera on fully automatic settings is something we all do. You either don't have the time or the inclination when filming for fun, or filming to capture the moment. But sometimes, when those automatic settings simply won't do, you just can't do without manual adjustments. Two settings you'll always need are manual focus and manual white balance. How easy are those on your camera? Do you know where to find them?

    So when ...
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  4. The tale of the tape: tapeless filming

    by , 02-07-2009 at 04:56 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    I've always felt hampered by tapes. There's just too many things that can and often do go wrong. And when you're filming live events where your first take is your last, a small error can be costly. We've all heard of tape horror stories. From corrupt to broken tapes, the videographer is at the mercy of those pesky little tapes.

    With solid state media falling in price, I finally took the plunge into the AVCHD world. This hasn't been without its problems, but there's one thing for sure, ...
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  5. Shoot to Edit: A Guide to Using Your Camcorder

    by , 02-07-2009 at 11:26 AM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Post a watchable video on almost any forum and you're guaranteed to be asked the same question, "what software did you use". Or perhaps, "what camera did you shoot that with". Although perfectly understandable questions, they expose the first faux pas of the video editing newbie... that the editing suite is a magical place that creates professional looking video. In the right hands, and with a lot of ingenuity, even the most dire of video can be made to look presentable. But ...
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