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!

Thanks..
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!

Thanks..

Ed Comeau