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Digital Video Advanced Created By Jenith Mishne/NMUSD Summer 2003 Agenda Useful Tips Create a shooting plan Pre-production Video editing Titles Lighting Capturing Audio Special Effects Exporting in many ways Things I have learned Create a Shooting Plan

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Digital VideoAdvanced

Created By Jenith Mishne/NMUSD

Summer 2003


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Agenda

  • Useful Tips

    • Create a shooting plan

    • Pre-production

    • Video editing

    • Titles

  • Lighting

  • Capturing Audio

  • Special Effects

  • Exporting in many ways

  • Things I have learned


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Create a Shooting Plan

  • Start with a simple list of planned scenes

    • Establishing shot

    • Medium shot

    • Close-up

    • Long shots/semi-long shots


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Pre-Production

  • Imagine the end result

  • Write the script

  • Create Storyboards

    • Storyboarding Activities

    • Storyboard Tutorial

    • Storyboard Template

  • Prepare equipment


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Rule of Thumb for Video Editing

  • Don’t string together scenes in which the camera is moving. Pans, zooms, and other moving shots should always be separated by static shots.

  • Shots that follow one another should be from different camera positions. It should vary by at least 45 degrees.


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Titles

  • Titles should be informative, describe the contents of the movie and gain audience interest.

  • Titles should be short, and in large, legible font.

  • Title colors should be easy read: Good background/text combinations are: white/red, yellow/black, white/green.


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Titles (Continued)

  • Titles should be on screen long enough to read through it twice.

  • Allow about 3 seconds of onscreen time for a title with ten letters.

  • Natural titles, such as street signs, or title pages of newspapers create interesting titles.


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Lighting

  • Hard and Soft Light

  • White balance

  • Shooting outside


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Hard and Soft Light

  • Hard Light-refers to the light produced by a direct source which creates shadows with clearly defined edges. Hard light is usually bright like the sun at midday.

  • Soft Light-refers to light that isn’t as direct, and produces shadows that are blurred at the edges or fade away. This light would be filtered light or natural means such as fog, clouds, shade.


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White Balance

  • White light is a combination of all the colors of the spectrum, as you’ve seen in a rainbow.

  • While videotaping, light is not always white due to the a lot of factors.

  • Your camcorder automatically adjusts to compensate for this color temperature of the light by setting the white balance.


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Shooting Outdoors

  • Avoid shooting in the middle of the day.

  • Clouds are your friends, great diffuser of sunlight.

  • Shade is also good, the shade of a tree or side of a building.

  • Maximize natural light, shoot early or late in the day.


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Capturing Audio

  • Headphones

  • Camcorders microphone

  • Microphones

    • Lavalieres

    • Directional

    • Wireless


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Add-Ons

  • Special Effects:

    • Hollywood FX Pro

    • Hollywood FX Plus

  • Menus/Backgrounds

  • Soundtrack Music

  • Sound Effects


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Exporting

  • Moving back to tape

  • QuickTime and the Web

  • Exporting to DVD


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Things I wish I knew back when…

  • Always label tapes.

  • Always check sound and lighting.

  • Always bring back up tapes and batteries.

  • Videotape ambience sound.

  • Videotape extra footage before and after scenes.

  • Teach students as much as possible, but take the time to learn from them as well.


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