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  1. 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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  2. Muscles of Love

    Some of you may have read this exerpt from "Diary of a cameraman" before but for those who haven't...

    The camera doesn't lie. Of course it doesn't, it's just a tool, it's like saying that a paintbrush or a pen doesn't lie. It's the person using the tool who can manipulate, distort and disguise the truth. Before going into a philosophical essay on moral truth I think I'll quickly nail my colours to the mast and state that it's the ability to use filters, lighting, effects ...
  3. I want a free wedding video....

    So many times we see these posts - usually along the lines of "I have no money left over but I really want a video"

    The wedding is (or should be) the biggest (or certainly one of the biggest) days of our lives - so why leave it to chance?
    Would you have a wedding without a cake for instance? Or flowers? Or a posh frock? No - so why skimp on the one thing that'll preserve the day forever - long after the cake is eaten, the flowers have wilted and the frock has gone off ...
  4. The price of videography failure

    by , 10-06-2009 at 07:27 AM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    It had to happen sooner or later. A videographer has been sued for breach of contract following a less than professional attempt. Parting with 1.5k for a video and photography package, Marc and Sylvia were presented with a video nasty. "Bowers (the videographer also missed the cutting of the cake and you can see how angry I'm getting on the wedding video - I even do a psycho slashing knife action, which I can't believe they left in."
  5. When video takes over

    by , 10-09-2011 at 06:02 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Cameras are everywhere and broadcasting to the world via YouTube. Mobile phones provide high quality videos in a tiny package, and phones like the nokia n8 even provide instant editing and upload. It's never been so easy to film, edit and share your video. You could say we're in a golden age of instant access and portability. A position only dreamt of 5 years ago. Anyone can become a video star, and by the look of YouTube, everyone has.

    So why do I insist on lugging a small broadcast ...
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