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  1. What gear does an amateur really need?

    by , 07-22-2013 at 01:30 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Amateur film-making is a ludicrously expensive hobby. Buying the latest must have gear will set you back a small fortune, but as amateur, do you really need all that gear? I've made some poor investment in gear choices over the years, so I thought I'd share my experiences with fellow enthusiasts and newbies to the hobby. So what do you really need if you're filming for fun?

    It may sound ridiculous, but you may not need a camera. Chances are your smartphone will be a capable ...

    Updated 07-23-2013 at 10:13 PM by Marc Peters

  2. Changing times

    by , 05-29-2013 at 09:22 AM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    What's changed?
    Having used Google Adsense on the site for several years, my recent experience has led me to investigate an alternative. My decision was based on the following:

    • I want full control over the ads that are served to guests and regular members. I found that recent adverts were not in line with what I find acceptable, or would be happy to promote.
    • A recent exploit to Adense diverted guests and regulars to a site that could potentially expose a user to virus. I
  3. The poor persecuted filmmakers

    by , 05-09-2013 at 10:48 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Filmmakers and enthusiasts are a persecuted bunch of people. If the stories are true, we're frequently harassed for innocent and entirely reasonable filming. These stories always feature a misinformed officer to raise interest. And always accompanied by a raft of outraged comments. In my experience, this is far from the truth. In fact I seem to have the opposite problem. People are just too nice. My shots are normally ruined by polite people stopping or apologising. Clearly I'm just not the videographer ...
  4. Get the best from feedback (and accept the negatives)

    by , 04-29-2013 at 07:32 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    Sooner or later you'll get a negative critique. Unless you hide your work away, someone will have something negative to say about your work. And it will hurt. How dare they? After all, everyone else gives you nothing but love.

    Asking for a critique can be painful, particularly on forums where diplomacy and tact are rarely in abundance. But the tough love of a video review will help expose unseen weaknesses in your technique, technical ability and other skills. Receiving feedback is ...

    Updated 04-29-2013 at 07:36 PM by Marc Peters

  5. What camera should you buy?

    by , 04-27-2013 at 02:01 PM (The Digital Director Experience: Video Editing Fundamentals)
    If there's been one constant in my ten years of running this site, it's been the question, "what's the best camera". (And you can tell we're not as trendy as those DSLR sites, as we rarely get asked what's the best lens.) I can see the logic behind the question. After all, camera's aren't cheap and you'll want to get the best value. But it exposes that age old misconception: you need good gear to get great video.The real question you should be asking isn't what's the best, but "how ...

    Updated 04-27-2013 at 05:04 PM by Marc Peters

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