Category Archives: How To

ef9ed8e06ec656b08adbdc631a19568c2

How Long Should Your YouTube Video Really Be?

Ef9ed8e06ec656b08adbdc631a19568c2

 

“Which is the most popular video-sharing site today?” Virtually everyone asked this question reply with “YouTube.” This can’t be helped since there’s no other video site that can boast of popularity, activity, and revenue like YouTube can. In a Sysomos report in 2009, it’s said that YouTube attracts 81.9% of all video embeds and direct links. With that number, surely, all of us will agree that YouTube dominates the video-sharing industry.

 Check out the rest of this article at webvideocrew.com Continue reading

Your Basic Filmmaking Kit & Crew: A 3-Level Guide

Basic Filmmaking KitsOne of the biggest problems most first-time filmmakers face is that of planning for – and providing – the right resources for the all-important shoot. You’ve written the script, or found someone to write it for you. You’ve found a cast, and you’ve arranged a day (or days) on which to shoot. And you’ve raised a budget that will allow you to make a film without also serving up a significant dent to your personal bank balance. Continue reading

df_4k_wkflw_011

Offline to online with 4K

The 4K buzz  seems to be steam-rolling the industry just like stereo3D before it. It’s too early to tell whether it will be an immediate issue for editors or not, since 4K delivery requirements are few and far between. Nevertheless, camera and TV-set manufacturers  are building important parts of the pipeline. RED Digital Cinema is leading the way with a post workflow that’s both proven and relatively accessible on any budget. A number of NLEs support editing and effects in 4K, including Avid DS, Autodesk Smoke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Grass Valley EDIUS and Sony Vegas Pro. Continue reading

Shooting Clouds_1

Light Reflection: 6 Reasons Videographers Love to Shoot in the Winter

Photographer shooting under cloudy skies using a Canon 5D Mark III

As Old Man Winter lowers his cold frosty mantle upon the earth, creating dark chilly nights and crisp wintry days, many video producers think of hanging up their gear until Spring returns. But from shots exploiting winter’s lovely light reflection to the striking colors of the magic hour, the dead of winter can be an enlightening time to shoot creative scenes of beauty, peace or desolation. Continue reading

ballfield-bokeh

5 Tips for Controlling your Video Backgrounds

silhouette photo of fans cheering at a baseball game, the field is in sharp focus.

What’s in YOUR background? Recently I wrote about5 Poor Excuses for Bad Video and today I’m going to break one of them out into deeper study.Backgrounds. I’m not talking about green screen or computer generated backgrounds, I’m talking about the natural elements you’d focus on and find behind any subject you’re shooting, because unless you’re shooting with a completely black or white backdrop, you’re going to have some background in your video, and many people seem to forget about that important feature. Backgrounds can hurt an othewise great image or help spice up your story, so let’s give it more thought. Continue reading

micssmall

Lavaliers, Shotguns, and Handhelds, Oh My!

So, you’ve got a small budget and you finally believe that the audio you capture for your project is just as important as the video, (we told you so!) but you can only purchase one mic. Shotgun mics on boom poles are the mainstay in Hollywood, but maybe you just shoot weddings in your spare time, or do a local commercial every now and then to help make ends meet. Well, here’s some pros and cons of the most common mic types, and what they’re good at: Continue reading

5 Poor Excuses for Bad Video

The classic “my dog ate my homework” excuse that people joke about as a cop-out for carelessness is easy to poke fun at, but the underlying lesson from that line is that many excuses are just that: coverups for not being prepared, not being alert or not being savvy enough to know what you’re getting into. Continue reading