Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What's all the NOISE????

Despite the name "video," audio is a pretty big part of any production. And unwanted noise can really mess up a great shoot or a great production. In this episode I talk about some of the things you can do to watch for it and eliminate, or at least reduce, it.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lighting, without it, it's called "radio"

Lighting is pretty important to video. Heck, if you can't see anything, you might as well call it radio, right?

In this episode, I talk about how to use both artificial and natural lighting, especially in an interview setup.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Audio Gear, making your videos a LOT better!

First...THANK YOU to everyone that is subscribing to my YouTube Channel! We're on our way to 100 subscribers, which means I can then pick a custom URL! If you haven't subscribed yet, please do, it helps a lot!

Capturing audio using the camera's microphones, whether it is a DSLR or smartphone is a bad idea. To put it bluntly, your audio will suck. There are other ways to do it, and this video talks about the tools and techniques that you can use to make your videos 100% better. Well, ok, maybe not 100%, but a LOT better!

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What's in my Bag?

I've had a few questions on gear, what I use, etc., so I put together this video,"What's in my Bag" to show you the equipment I'm using and how I'm carrying it.

My goal when I started was to configure a setup that would easily go into an airplane overhead compartment because I was certainly not going to check my gear, I wanted it by my side all the time to protect it!

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below, and please subscribe to my channel! When I reach 100 subscribers, I can pick a custom url...

Thanks!  Ed

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Comparing Audio

What's more important, video or audio?

You might think video, but in reality, audio is pretty darned important. Think about the videos you have watched-aren't you willing to put up with some pretty weak video as long as you can hear what is going on? But if it is crappy audio, you are going to click away. 

Our brains are good at filling in the blanks visually, but not as effectively when it comes to audio. 

In this episode, I'm going to put out the differences in how to capture audio so you can realize just how important it is, and in future ones we'll be going over some techniques and equipment you can use to make your videos just hat little bit better.

Have some ideas or suggestions, please let me know!

By the way (BIG ASK HERE), when I reach 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel I can pick a custom URL better than https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqOVpcG8Xj3ZCbfyRrSC31w, so if you can go there and subscribe, I'd really appreciate it!

Ed Comeau

Teaching yourself video

It is incredible how much information there is online when it comes to video. I've learned a ton, and this video is going to cover some of my "go to" channels for information.

  • Lynda.com This is the grand-daddy of sites for online learning. It is subscription based, but there may be workarounds. For example, anyone with a Boston Public Library card gets free access, and anyone living in Massachusetts can get a BPL card...therefore, I can get in free! You might check with your local library or see if there is something similar where you are.
  • Basic Filmmaker A great channel by a quirky kind of guy. I have learned a lot from here.
  • Basic Filmmaker University The Basic Filmmaker has started up a separate, subscription-based, page of video tutorials. I've looked at the free ones, and they are very well done, but I have a hard time dropping the cash for stuff that I probably can find elsewhere, especially in lynda.com. 
  • Vimeo Mastering Mobile Video A really great site on how to shoot good video just using your smartphone.
  • DSLRGuide This is another great channel by a guy in England who has been chronicling what he has been learning and doing through the years as he progresses.
  • Dave Dugdale YouTube Channel  Website  This is the first channel that I started on and I bought his eight-part tutorial on how to use my camera. Best $35 I spent.
  • Film Riot Admittedly, this channel is beyond where I am right now, but it is pretty entertaining and you can learn a lot from it.
  • Knoptop This channel hasn't been updated in quite a while. He focuses on a lot of DIY stuff for video production, and is fun to watch (and learn).

Here's looking at Cameras!

Throughout this series we're going to be talking about two cameras, the smartphone that everyone has in their pocket, and a DSLR, or digital single lens reflex camera.  Each one has their pluses and minuses, and each one can do a great job of shooting video. With some simple techniques, you can make it even better, which we'll be covering in future episodes.

Have some ideas or suggestions, please let me know!

By the way (BIG ASK HERE), when I reach 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel I can pick a custom URL better than https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqOVpcG8Xj3ZCbfyRrSC31w, so if you can go there and subscribe, I'd really appreciate it!


Ed Comeau

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Video for Fire Safety, a new series

I'm launching a new series, Video for Fire Safety (and I keep having to backtrack when I type it, because for some reason I keep typing "Fire for Video Safety").

These are going to be very short YouTube clips about what I am learning as I do more video production. Equipment, techniques, tips...pre-production, production and post-production. Software, workflow and a lot more!

This series was born out of a class that I did for the Fire and Life Safety Educators of Colorado Conference of the Rockies. I'm using the format for what I did there as the starting point, but I can easily see me moving beyond it into a whole host of different areas.

You can subscribe to this Blog by either email or through your RSS feed in the column on the right, or you can subscribe to the YouTube channel itself, which I would like to ask you to do...once I reach 100 subscribers, then YouTube lets me pick a custom URL instead of the long, random numbers it has.

Lots more to come, and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Video for off-campus fire safety

I'm really getting more into using video for fire safety communications (or even all communications!).  Here's the latest video I just produced for the See It Before You Sign It campaign I'm doing with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Fire Protection Association and the United States Fire Administration.

This was really interesting to put together, and the hardest part of all, for all of my videos, is keeping them short. This one came in at 30 seconds, and even something that short does have three acts to it:
  • Act I - What the problem is (most kids die in off-campus fires)
  • Act II - What parents can do to help protect their kids (check for smoke alarms and two ways out)
  • Act III - Call for Action - See It Before You Sign It (the lease)
No matter what you are producing, having three acts seems to be the way to go, it is a tried-and-true methodology.

Each time I do a shoot, I learn so much more. This one...
  • I should have watched the lighting more and tried to get consistent lighting between the different shots.
  • What was really interesting on the first shot with Chief Nelson is that you'll notice there is a strong light coming in from screen left. While this was shot in the early morning, with the sun low, it turned out the reflection was coming off of the windshield on my car, which I could have easily fixed by just moving the car!
  • I didn't frame all of the people consistently in each shot. Not too bad, but I could have done a better job of framing them so it would flow easier between the six shots.
  • With Chief Partridge, we were filming on a partly-cloudy day, so the sun was going in and out which created two different lighting situations. I was able to balance it out in post-production a bit, but something to watch for in the future.
  • I got lucky while doing the voice over in the beginning. I was actually videotaping myself in front of an off-campus house when a fire engine went by with its siren on, which made for a great sound effect. I decided to not use the video portion, just the audio, with the photos I have taken of real fatal fires instead.
More to come!