Category: Tutorials

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Use a microphone – not the one on the camera

Professional audio requires a microphone that plugs into your camera. The one that comes with camera isn’t a good solution when you have talent that is speaking. Unless you like the sound of someone talking like they are a mile away . . . that’s up to you.

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Freelancing etiquette: working with people that you don’t know

Being a new freelancer can be exciting and challenging. Here’s some quick tips to start your life as a freelance production dude.

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Backing up your projects

Some good tips to backup your project each day before you leave. Follow these tips and you will always cover yourself for that inevitable hard drive crash.

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Getting organized with your edit

Having good organizational skills will definitely make you a better editor. Follow these simple steps before you start your project and you will be least likely to be the one who causes the dreaded “Media Offline” screen again.

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First stop on the camera tour: the lens

The camera’s lens is probably more expensive than that car you’re driving now. Here’s a detailed look at all of those buttons, switches and moving parts so that you don’t accidentally ruin your career.

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Cameras – an inside look

In order to be a great camera operator, you must first understand how your equipment works. In this post you will learn a little about the inner-workings of a professional 3-CCD camcorder. It’s not as fun as shooting a skateboarding video, but it may help you figure out what to tell the manufacturer when fall on your camera and it stops working.

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Component, Composite and Digital

Do you know the difference between composite, component and digital signals? Are you sure? I’ll bet you might learn a thing or two about how to properly hook up those colorful cables that you see lying around the edit suite . . .

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The basics of editing

Getting the itch to start cutting some cool videos? Before you jump into the editing hot-seat, take the time to learn some of the basics.

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“A” is for audio

Without good audio, your production is pointless. Make it a point to always consider audio BEFORE you begin any production. Your editor will thank you.

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Your PA backpack – what to bring with you to the set

It is important to be prepared for any situation so try to keep a backpack loaded with the stuff that you need to survive the grueling workload of a PA. This article highlights the things that are essential for you to bring with you each and every day while on set.