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The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals

Enrichen your editing experience by learning from our mistakes. We share our hard learned lessons in the video editing field.

  1. 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 ...
  2. 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, ...
  3. 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 ...
    Camera techniques
  4. Creating a shallow depth of field

    by , 02-07-2009 at 10:30 AM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    It's relatively easy to achieve the fabled film look. We've featured various post production tips to get the look and feel of a Hollywood production, but it's not just film treatment that gets results. Long before hitting post production, camera technique goes a long way to giving your footage a film look. So rather than rely on expensive plugins, why not learn a few tricks (and in the process dispel a few myths) to give your footage impact without post production wizadry? This first in our series ...

    Updated 02-07-2009 at 10:57 AM by Marc Peters

    Camera techniques
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