Best DSLR for Video as a Beginner? Here it is…

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The BEST DSLR For Video Beginners: Canon 70D

I’m just going to go ahead and say it… the Canon EOS 70D is the ABSOLUTE BEST DSLR for video in 2014 under $1500 dollars!

As a DSLR videographer myself, I can rightfully say this camera is the most jam packed Canon model ever released with new features for videographers and enthusiasts alike.

Don’t believe me? Check out this video on the Canon EOS 70D from What Digital Camera just to show you how awesome this DSLR camera truly is:

The Best DSLR for Video has Some Badass “Technical” Features

I tend to get way ahead of myself with excitement when talking about amazing DSLR camera gear.

If you’re a beginner to DSLR video, I’ll start by giving you the tech specs that might make more sense… best dslr for video under 1500 dollars in 2014

The 70D is the best DSLR for video under 1500 because it has Dual Pixel CMOS AF functionality; meaning it has the ability to shoot videos in “live view”.

This is a revolutionary autofocus technology similar to that of a high-end camcorder costing well over $5,000.

(Translation: This is the EASIEST DSLR for beginners just getting started in video production with a less than 1500 budget.)

According to Canon US official website, here are some of the best Canon 70D features:

  • Built-in wireless technology that allows you to wirelessly transfer images to social networking sites through Canon iMage Gateways
  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to H:25600) for shooting bright to dim light, and high performance DIGIC 5+ Image processor
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 7.0 fps
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for improved continuous focus tracking
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen with 3.0-inch Clear View LCD Monitor II
  • 19-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision f/2.8 dual cross-type AF center point)
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with superimposed LCD display provides approximately 98% field of view
  • Advanced in-camera imaging features such as High Dynamic Range, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Nigh Scene and HDR Backlight Control, along with seven Creative Filters that can be displayed in real time during Live View shooting

Although built specifically for videographers, the Canon EOS 70D can still produce quality photos with its Scene Intelligent Auto Mode in MOV format.

It also has improved scene detection for great results when shooting at night.

Canon is known to have the best DSLRs for video creation around and the 70D is no exception.

Even if you’re just getting started and plan to edit your movies in iMovie or Adobe Premiere Elements.

DSLR Videography User Tip

I’m an avid fan of teaching newbie DSLR video shooters. As a special treat to you; here’s a quick rule for the setting your video’s ISO on your new camera (even if it’s not the Canon 70D). Click play on the video below…

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Best Part About the 70D for Video

This bad boy is a good deal with a retail price of around US$1,500 at Canon USA  for JUST the camera body.

Of course, a better deal is to always go through resellers like Amazon.

They’ve got full 70D DSLR starter kits for beginners as low as $1,300!

This includes a few kit lenses, camera bag, tripod, etc. (Don’t worry, if you’re just getting started you can check out my Camera Lenses Explained beginners guide.)

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This site is 100% amazing and lets you rent out ALL the gear you’d ever need for any production shoot.

I usually get all of my gear from them days ahead of my shoots so I can get a chance to play with the settings before my productions.

Rent the camera for a few days, and if you’re sold on the best DSLR of the year (which is hard not to be).

BorrowLenses also has a Purchase Used Gear offer so you can basically get the camera at right around half the cost.

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If you follow my blog, you know that I advocate quality shooting style over equipment.

However, for newbies just getting into DSLR video production, the Canon 70D offers a learning curve unlike any I’ve ever seen in the market before.

Whatever camera you decide to purchase, I wish you the best of luck.

If you have any questions, I’m always available in the comments below. You can also follow all of my blog posts by subscribing to the newsletter here.

 

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Camera Lenses Explained | DSLR for Beginners

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Camera Lenses Explained | DSLR for Beginners

DSLR cameras are incredible for a variety of reasons.

But one of the most sought after features with these camera bodies is the ability to change its lens whenever you want.

Check out the video below to get a deeper understanding of how camera lenses work, and which one might be best for your DSLR camera.

Keep reading below to get a deeper understanding of camera lenses.

Aperture

You see, the lens on your camera is what really makes all the magic happens. And once you know how to control your lens, you can really start to make incredible videos.

But before we go into the different types of lenses, let me explain something that’s built into EVERY camera lens…

and that’s called Aperture.

What the Hell is “Aperture”?!

Aperture is controlled by the opening and closing of multiple blades inside of a ring in your lens. Each step, up or down, is what’s known as an F Stop and is represented by the F-Stop number on your camera lens.

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We’ll go into more detail about aperture in another post.

For now just remember that the HIGHER a lens’ aperture number is (which again, is represented by a number with the letter F in front of it), the LESS that lens will be able to see in low light conditions.

And the The LOWER the aperture number is, the MORE that lens can see in low light conditions.


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Understanding Aperture

Now, when you’re purchasing a lens, the F-number on the box is telling you the LOWEST possible aperture that you can achieve using that glass.

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So as you can imagine, the lower the number, the better it can see in the dark (and the more expensive the lens is going to be).

Depending on what you plan on shooting will determine which lenses you might want to invest in.

NOW! Let’s talk a little bit about the different types of lenses and what kind of results you get from them…


Kit Zoom Lens

The lens that usually comes with a DSLR camera right out of the box is called a zoom lens.

So, for this particular example, let’s pretend that you bought a DSLR and in the box you found an 18 mm to 70 mm zoom lens.

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Now, what exactly do those numbers mean? “18 to 70” defines the lenses power of magnification.

So, basically how FAR it can magnify something as you zoom into it. And the numbers themselves are measured in millimeters.

What this zoom does is allows you to adjust your frame, so you can take control of what is and is NOT in your shot.

So for Instance:

If you’re trying to shoot an interview in a public place and you really only want to frame the interviewee, you’d typically zoom closer INTO them. This will eliminate any other distractions in your shot.

As a side note, zooming into a subject is usually used to add more emotion into the frame.

The tighter the frame feels on your subject, the more intense every facial expression, movement, and word seems when they do something.

Make sure to keep that in mind when you’re trying to convey any emotional moment in your videos.


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Focal Length Explained:

You’ve probably heard people before saying, “Oh yeah, I totally shot that on a 24 mm”.

That number is referring to the POWER of the zoom on that particular lens.

And the technical term for that “power” is actually referred to as your FOCAL LENGTH.

On most all camera lenses, you adjust the zoom by turning the ring on the top.

You’ll also see numbers next to and ON the ring which tells you what focal length you’re working with.

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Focal Ring

The other ring that you’ll find on ALL lenses is called the FOCAL RING.

This ring allows you to adjust the focus of your lens so that you can manually make your background blurry and really showcase the subject or item that you’re trying to convey in your shot.

The biggest benefit for most videographers using DSLR cameras is that using different lenses and being able to use this type of “focal blur” trick.

The “Focal blur trick” is what gives your videos that “cinematic hollywood” effect that used to cost upwards of $40,000 to produce!

But as you now know… that’s not true anymore.

DSLR cameras can make almost EVERYTHING look absolutely amazing. (they don’t always SOUND amazing, but there’s an easy fix for that too.

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Prime Lenses

A prime lens (also called a fixed lens) gives you the very best in optical quality.   great example of a prime lens shot

They’re absolutely amazing.

The ONLY problem with these lenses is that they don’t have the capability to zoom in and out.

pros and cons of prime lenses

So instead, if you want to zoom into something or get a close up on your subject, you have to PHYSICALLY move your camera and tripod.

This might sound like a serious pain in the ass, but in reality, these lenses produce the BEST quality, hands down.

In fact, with the exception of a few live event productions, I typically ALWAYS shoot with prime lenses.

Prime Lens Pricing $$$

And yes, because they’re so amazing, that also means they’re a little more expensive than your typical kit zoom lens.

 

 

My biggest tip to you when starting out and choosing a lens, is to stick with your kit zoom lens FIRST.

Learn what kind of shots you’ll be producing by looking at the millimeter gauge on your lens.

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THEN, if you’re actually ready to try out a prime lens, try googling a local camera lens rental shop.

They are usually super cheap if rent them by the week or on a weekend.

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Wide Angle Lens

A wide-angle lens refers to a lens whose focal length is substantially smaller than the focal length of a normal lens for a given film plane.

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This type of lens allows more of the scene to be included in the photograph, which is useful in:

  • Architectural
  • Interior
  • Landscape photography (where the photographer may not be able to move farther from the scene to photograph)

wide angle vs prime lens focal lengths

A wide-angle lens contains a large piece of glass, which makes the focal length much smaller than a normal lens.

This allows it to somewhat squeeze more information into the frame and output a “wide” style photo.

You can use these types of lenses to shoot wide architectural, interior and beautiful landscape structures in your videos, which can be used as “establishing shots”.

wide angle usage tips

Wait… What’s an establishing shot?

Well, in general film practice, it’s the first shot of a scene that tells your audience where everything is about to take place.
(We’ll go over some more of these detailed filming techniques in a later post.)


Macro Lenses

The last type of lens that I want to cover is the macro lens.

This type of lens is usually used for shooting extreme closeups.

And by that, I mean it focuses incredibly close to whatever it is you want to film.

macro lenses explained in visual

This type of lens can take a shot of ants, legos, or even a shot of something seemingly bland (like the leaves on a tree) and really make the subject POP in the frame.

That’s what it’s built for.

And if used properly, it can add a sense of giganticism to anything that you’re filming.

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So, if you’ve always wanted to shoot a film starring your teacup yorkie or that brand new litter of kittens that you just acquired… You’d do it using a macro lens.

Alright! Camera Lenses explained!

That wasn’t so bad… was it?

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments below.

In our next post, we’ll be talking about aperture, iso, shutter speed, and all that other camera jargon that you HAVE TO KNOW to make great video.

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How to Sync Audio and Video (DSLR / H4N Shooter Tutorial)

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How to Sync Audio and Video (The Manual Way)

Most of the time, audio/video synchronization is not something you think about when you’re recording video, as the camera takes care of everything for you.

If you record your video and your audio separately, however, making them match up can be quite the challenge. Thankfully, we can draw upon the decades of expertise from Hollywood film editors, made much easier with modern audiovisual editing software.

Why the “Clap board” is Your Best Friend

 

dream-sync-clapper-board-no-longer-neededYou may not know what a clap board is by name, but you’ve certainly seen these iconic objects many times before.

They are the little black items that have scene information written on them, and with a yell of “Take!” and “Action!” the filming begins and the actors know to begin acting out the scene.

The clap board is not just an easy way to signal the start of action for the cast and crew. The sharp, piercing snap of the clap board has been a simple, yet invaluable, tool for film editors tasked with synchronizing the video and the audio for their movies.


dreamsync-putting-files-togetherHow so? Most audio/video editing software displays a visualization of the audio. This can take on a bevy of different looks, but the most common is of a simple graph, with the sound appearing as a very busy wave snaking across a baseline.

In general, the louder the sound, the more that line will variate from the baseline.

This is useful for isolating individual sounds, and the clap board editing technique takes advantage of this phenomena.

That loud snap is very easy to see on such a visualization, not just because it will stand out on the graph, but because it will likely be at one end or the other of that graph.

If you do not have a clap board, clapping your hands is also a great substitute.

NEVER Use the Audio From Your DSLR Camera

 

how-to-sync-audio-and-video-dslr-shooter-tutorialIn this example, there is a video file shot with a DSLR camera.

The DSLR camera is capable of recording audio, and has done so. However, the microphone on the camera is not very good.

The sound will be muffled, tinny, and if used in windy conditions, it will be plagued by clipping (that unpleasant effect you get with audio that is too loud for the recording device).

That is why this video was shot along with an external recording device.

That means there is a video segment that has its own audio accompaniment, but we also have a second audio segment recorded on the external audio recorder in higher quality, and the goal is to synchronize that with the original video segment.

Upload both the video and the external audio files into the A/V editing software of your choice. It doesn’t matter which, because they are similar enough for this simple task.

Synchronizing in your Video Editing Program

dream-sync-audio-video-out-of-sync-in-final-cut-xObviously, the audio that is attached to the video needs to be replaced, but not just yet, because there is a use for it.

If you line up both audio segments together on the timeline, you may or may not be able to notice how similar they are, even though the original audio file probably looks messier and more clipped.

This is what the clap board technique is for.

Finding the spike on the graph where the clap sounds is not very hard to do, and this is the focal point you’ll use to synchronize. Once those are lined up, it’s easy to go down the rest of the graph and see how similar they are.

However, you will want to zoom in closely on the audio segments, so that you can make the most precise synchronization you can.

A delay of even a quarter of a second may not seem like much, yet be impossible to ignore in a finished product.

A bit of careful nudging can make all the difference.

Depending on the software that you are using, you may be a feature that automatically does this for you, but once you know what it is you have to look for, it is not difficult to get it right simply by eyeballing it.

Once you’ve achieved satisfactory synchronization, you can now discard the video’s original audio file and play back the new coupling. 

If your video happens to feature scenes of people talking, watching their lips and listening to the words is a great way to tell how good a job you’ve done.

That’s all there is to it. Now, you’ve got the great audio to go with your great video!

How to Sync Audio and Video (The EASIER Way)

For a much easier approach on how to sync audio and video, there are two solutions:

If you are using the latest versions of Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere CC, then we recommend trying out PluralEyes by RedGiant.

And if you’re using a simple editing software like Vegas Pro, iMovie, or even Final Cut 7 or Adobe Premiere Pro 6, DreamSync is absolutely the answer for you.

This little tool will save you tons of time in post-production and make it super simple to piece your audio and video content together.

Check out a demo of DreamSync below and let us know what you think!

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How to Use iMovie (For Beginners)

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Trying to learn how to use iMovie? Glad to help!

Here is an easy 4 step breakdown to get you started in less than 5 minutes.
(BONUS: Make sure to check out our tutorial on how to turn on hidden advanced features in iMovie)

How To Use iMovie

Name Your Project and Choose The Aspect Ratio

When you first launch iMovie, you will see this screen (below). This will allow you to start a “Project”.

Think of your “project” as the Video that you are trying to create.

Whatever you plan on calling your iMovie video, that’s what you will name it in the “Project Name”

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iMovie also allows you to choose the “Aspect Ratio” of your video.

Rather going into the technical definitions of each one of these options, just make sure to choose Widescreen (16:9).

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This is the standard these days and will make your final product look the best.

 

 


 

Choose a Theme in the Menu

The themes that iMovie offers are interesting. It’s like a shortcut for giving your video a style or particular flavor that you’re trying to convey to the viewer.

We suggest playing with themes by choosing one that interests you the most.

(Don’t worry, you can always switch to a different theme or turn of the Theme all together if you don’t like it)


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PRO TIP: “Automatically add transitions and slides” is a good option if you are trying to create a slideshow.

But if you’re creating a video, it might not be the best option. We advise not to use this option because turning it off is a manual process which can be tedious and time consuming.

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File > Import Movies to Get Footage Into iMovie

iMovie likes to have all of its footage imported directly into the program so that it can manage all of the media in the background. To get your video clips into iMovie, you’ll need to go up to the “File” in the menu bar and select “Import” > “Movies…” Import-movies-in-iMovie-how-to-use-imovie-dreamsync   From here, you will choose the video files that you would like to import into iMovie using the Finder window. How-to-import-movies-into-imovie-beginners-guide


 

Drag Clips Into the Timeline

Once you’ve got your clips loaded into the iMovie database, select which ones you would like to add into your video, drag, and drop it into the timeline above. What you are doing is building a video “timeline” that lets you cut from one video clip to the next whenever you want. how-to-use-imovie-drag-and-drop-footage-into-imovie And that’s how you build your video.  


 

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There you have it. Learning how to use iMovie is that easy!

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of how to use iMovie’s basic functionalities.

Please let us know if you have any questions or tutorial requests in the comments section below!

 

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Top 5 Shooting Tips When You Plan to Sync Audio and Video in Post

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Top 5 Shooting Tips When You Plan to Sync Audio and Video in Post

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We know when you’re planning to sync audio and video on a DSLR and a separate audio device, it can be tricky to put those files together in post production.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Follow the 5 tips below when shooting separate audio from video and you’ll be guaranteed to have great success with syncing the two forms of content for editing:

1) Press record on audio and video device at the same time

Before yelling action, get your production devices close to each other and press record on both of them around the same exact time.

This helps audio video sync software like DreamSync to better understand where each clip needs to meet in order to find a sync point.

PRO TIP: MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT SHOOTING AT A VARIABLE FRAME RATE!
This will save you HOURS of frustration while editing.

If your footage is currently not synchronizing, you may have accidentally already made this mistake. No worries, here’s a quick video we created that explains how to fix it:


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2) Clap your hands or make a loud noise while recording

Before yelling ACTION!, most independent video creators use their hands to clap in front of the camera and in close proximity to the audio device so the loud noise will be captured by BOTH devices at the same exact time.

BONUS TIP: Try doing the “clap method” at the start of the recording so your sync software won’t have to search through minutes or hours of footage for a sync point.


 

3) Let audio stay rolling and only pause the camera

A general practice that we like to use is to keep the ZOOM H4n rolling while on set and hit record and stop on the camera when needed.

Why? 

HD video can become VERY LARGE files super quick.

The space it takes to house those files can make for a very expensive production.Audio, on the other hand, is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than video.

So, to save digital space, keep the audio rolling, and only hit “record” on the camera when it’s time to start shooting the subject.


4) Use a clip guide spreadsheet to record segments & sync audio and video later

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Whenever possible, ALWAYS have someone keeping track of when the “record” and “stop” buttons are pressed on your camera and audio devices.

Doing so will allow you to chart out exactly which audio clips go with the video files in post production.

Here we’ve illustrated an example of how we keep track of our interviewees using “color coded” blocks and rows to keep track of each camera (2 in this case) and our audio device.
If you want to get a copy of this spreadsheet to use on your productions, you can download it by clicking right here:

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5) Start each video clip by reciting info about the shot

Whenever you hit “record” on your camera, get in the good practice of stating exactly what you are about to shoot.

Then, clap your hands loudly to make sure both devices (camera and audio recorder) capture the spike in noise.

Example: Shooting an interview on the first take, you would say:
“This is Fred’s interview. Take 1. “CLAP LOUDLY”And then begin the interview.

Doing this will give you an audio (and video if you stand in front of the camera) reference for what video clip belongs to what audio file.

That REALLY comes in handy if you ever happen to lose your “clip guide spreadsheet”.

Following these 5 simple steps will help programs like PluralEyes or Woowave DreamSync to nail the sync job every time.

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How to Enter the World of Video Production

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If you are one of those creative souls out there who always dreamed of making videos for TV or films, then a video production job is unequivocally for you. There are a wide range of different projects to work on in the field of video production. You could easily find jobs for television, on the internet, or in the corporate world. Don’t be fooled by the amount of jobs available. Success will not come easy.

When you are a rookie looking for a video production job there is one thing you should definitely have under your belt, a degree. This is by no means a requisite though. Many producers are extremely successful without having a degree. So the key to advancement is not necessarily in your training, but it will give you a head start. The things to worry about are who you know, the projects you choose to work on and exactly how you go about getting into the field. The following advice should prove very useful for all of you graduates looking for video production jobs.

The first thing to do is study your craft by watching television or film. It does not matter what you watch so pick something that is interesting to you. Pay close attention so you can analyze the production of the piece which will give you an understanding of the process. Things like camera angles, lighting strategies, sound, and editing are good starting points.

Once you’ve completed this initial research it is time to get dirty and start making amateur projects. Get some friends together to help you. Work on lighting and camera angles and focus on how you are producing the video and not the end product. If possible, obtain some nice equipment to give you an accurate feel for the experience.

Once you have completed adequate training either by home study, or university training, your development should teach you one thing. That one thing is your calling or your specialty. You will no doubt have a favorite aspect that you want to pursue as a career. Whether it is lighting, cinematography or editing, the fact that you know what you want is a great sign. There are so many great corporate video production services out there that would love to utilize your talents.

You are now ready to go get the video production job that you desire. The last step is simply creating a show reel to promote your talents to the production companies. Your show reel should showcase all of the different production aspects that you flourish in. You could include anything from excerpts for television or dramatic pieces for documentary or film.

Don’t be too picky about where you work at the beginning. There are plenty of different kinds of video production companies where you can get a job. Keep all of your options open for your best shot at landing a position.

 

How to Unlock Hidden Advanced Features in iMovie

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As a video production trainer, I get asked the “how to sync audio and video in iMovie” question… A LOT.

Believe it or not, iMovie does NOT have that sort of functionally built in.

That’s what makes it so different from Final Cut X or Adobe Premiere Pro.

So, for the sake of this article, I won’t teach you how to sync audio and video in iMovie (instead, check out this post for a step-by-step guide).

Manual Processes and Hidden Features

What I will say is that iMovie is already extremely effective for newbie to intermediate editors cutting simple videos together.

If you’re shooting with an iPhone or DSLR camera, it’s still an excellent tool when you need to sync audio and video.

Granted, this process will be done manually in the timeline by hand.

But as long as you’ve kept your video and audio footage neatly organized, it shouldn’t take you too much time to sort out before editing your talking head and interview footage together..

HOWEVER, (audio video sync aside) did you know that there ARE a set of ADVANCED TOOLS that are hidden in the Menu bar of iMovie??

Yup. And guess what? They’re actually kind of awesome.

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What Do These Advanced Features Do?

iMovie’s advanced features let you do the following:

  1. Keyword Controls: 
Helps to organize clips by keyword
  2. Cutaway Options: 
Let’s you test out multiple clips to insert the best looking cutaway
  3. Picture-in-Picture: 
Useful if you have multiple camera angles recording and want to present them at the same time
  4. Chapter Markers: 
Allows you to mark sections of your video and get right to a certain part in your finished .MOV file or DVD)

How Do I Turn Them On?

Click on our 40 second video tutorial below to find out how to activate these Advanced Features in iMovie!

 

Your Workflow is Officially Limitless

Using DreamSync for audio / video syncing and THEN using iMovie’s advanced features, you’re pretty much unstoppable when it comes to creating your videos. Here’s what your workflow now looks like on paper:

  1. Sync your videos with DreamSync.
  2. Import them into iMovie.
  3. Activate the advanced features.
  4. Go nuts.

 

Oh! And as for that “syncing audio and video in iMovie” dillema? Try using something like DreamSync… it’ll do wonders for your workflow and speed everything up.

Check out a demo of DreamSync below and let us know what you think!

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Hey, Film Geek – Sync Your Audio/Video Footage Fast!

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So, you’re the next Kevin Smith, huh?

You’re just waiting for the world to notice.

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Here’s the bad news, syncing audio to your short film or video project is a tedious process.

You’re spending precious college party hours getting your dubbing just right when there’s a full keg waiting for you in the dorm down the hall.

We’re here to make your life easier.

DreamSync: The Answer to Your Audio/Video Sync Issues

DreamSync is a miracle for film students.
Recording video and sound separately is vital to your project, but laboring over it doesn’t have to be.

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DreamSync does your homework for you by automatically sub-clipping your video and matching the audio up in just the click of a button.

We make it super easy to drag and drop (which may or may not be your preferred method of leaving the bar, but we digress…)

Save Time, Edit Less, Live More

We know you’ve (potentially) got the next great American movie on your hands.

But you shouldn’t be spending all your precious time syncing those 8,000 takes you took of your friend crying because she couldn’t stop laughing in-between the most emotional scene in the film.

Save those hours to watch the AFI Top 100, argue with your friends about film noir, or figure out what the hell David Lynch was trying to say in Mullholand Drive.

Don’t waste your college loans working harder than you have to.

DreamSync can take the toughest project and do the work of an assistant editor in moments.

After you’re finished putting together your masterpiece, it can be easily imported to your favorite editing software like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, or even Adobe Premiere for finishing touches.

Bottom Line

Not every student film is going to have an epic soundtrack to rock your film teacher’s face off.

Thankfully, now yours CAN with DreamSync. (Creativity not included)

Now walk yourself over to that keg before it’s tapped out…

You’re welcome.

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How to Become a Video Producer in No Time

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How to Become a Video Producer in No Time.

If you just want to create a “reality show” style video production, you can easily get by with a simple $200 HD camera and some mild imagination.

But if you want more professional, polished and highly presentable videos, there are a few things that you need to do first…

Take a minute and watch a couple of videos on Youtube and you will see a multitude of videos ranging from absolute embarrassment to totally awesome!

So what would you need to do to make a difference and actually stand out?

Well, let me show you How to Become a Video Producer in No Time.

Production Stages Every Video Producer Should Know

Having a solid plan is always better than a “second-hand run-of-the-mill technique”. In this post, I will break down the elements of video production from pre-production to wrapping things up. But first, there are three stages to a successful video production:

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Pre-Production


The most important step to become a video producer is to do pre-production planning. You need to know your main goals or objectives, style, message and the target audience of your videos.

You can’t expect to get anything done without a well laid out plan.

This also means that you need to plan out the type of equipment or editing software that you’ll end up using, create your script, scout for shooting locations, and even consider the talent (actors) for your videos.

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Production


Now this is where the ball starts rolling – the production stage.

You need to ensure to have an integrated production setup to capture high quality videos and sound.

As a budding video producer, you need to focus on your target audience’s experience once they watch your videos.

Producing HD quality videos and sharp sound is the name of the game.

Just imagine the frustration of your viewers if you have pixelated videos and poor sound while trying to tell your compelling story visually… your videos will be one click away to the back or next button on Youtube.

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Post-Production


No matter how hard you try to get it right during the production stage, there will always be some retouch to be made on your videos.

This is the purpose of the post-production stage and where the editing software will come into play.

Things that You Need to Become a Video Producer

Now that you know the process of producing a video, let’s explore the different types of equipment you’ll use to achieve maximum results.

Let There Be Light


To produce high quality videos, you need a pretty decent light set-up.

Without the proper lights, your videos will be dark, grainy and will have all sorts of problem during editing.

Likewise, every set is different and will call upon specific types of lights to get the best shot.

This is where PROPER PLANNING comes into play before the actual production begins.

Here’s an example of being prepared: Let’s say you were shooting a 2 person interview (most notably called a “Talking Head” in the industry), the best light to use in this particular scenario is a 3-point light kit.

This lighting will enable you to properly flush out the most common shadows on your talent.

Check out this video from Jon Acosta (creator of DreamSync) to understand EXACTLY how to implement a 3-point lighting technique:

 

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Prepare Your Camera


Since the dawn of video production, cameramen have carried bulky video equipment the size of a suitcase just to capture videos.

These things can be quite expensive and the video quality is not as great as compared to the latest HD enabled DSLR cameras available these days.

And if you want to produce HD quality videos on a shoestring budget, the best route for you is to use a DSLR camera like the Canon 60D.

Not only does this camera produce BEAUTIFUL HD images on a cropped frame, but it’s also priced under $800!

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It’s All About Good Audio


Did you know that viewers judge the quality of your video based on how well the sound is recorded?

For this reason, you should not rely solely on the microphone that comes within your camera.

It is better to invest on a decent external microphone available at your local camera/electronics store.

And for even cheaper deals, I would recommend checking the Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lavaliere microphone.

I’ve been using this one religiously for over 5 years for talking head interviews. The quality is crisp and always promising.

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Don’t Forget to Edit


The real magic in video production happens at the post-production stage.

During this time, you can add a variety of effects to your video including background music, color correction, animation or special effects, and save it in a format suitable for instant viewing and sharing online or off.

My most recommended editing software to novice editors or people who really want to get their feet wet in the post-production realm is Final Cut X, because of it’s wonderfully simple ease of use, logical application usage, and easily understood interface for those who are brand new to editing.

For a full list of cameras and all other equipment that I recommend, check out my previous post on the Top 7 DSLR Cameras, Audio, & Lighting Gear to Make Your Productions Look Awesome

 

That’s a Wrap!

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Hope these tips have inspired you on How to Become a Video Producer in No Time.

Always remember that learning to become a video producer requires a good set of equipment and a little bit of imagination.

If you want to learn more about becoming a video producer, check out our online course on how to Become a Video Producer.