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Recently I was asked to shoot the piano recital of my friend’s seven-year-old. Her total performance time (including walking on stage, playing, and bowing and exiting) was just about 2 minutes.
I get your advice about short shots, but how can you tell parents that you’re only going to give them 10-second clips of their daughter’s performance? Is this a case where you have to bend the rules … what good is capturing a musical performance if you don’t get the entire song? Unfortunately I only had one camera (and one me) so I couldn’t get multiple shots from different
I am reading your book and have an urgent question about sound.
I’ll be taking video of an upcoming family celebration. If I follow your advice to shoot short shots, I’ll be starting and stopping the camera a lot. I understand your point that our brains make visual sense of these cut-together images, but what about the sound? When I stop and start, conversations will be cut off and the resulting audio will be a jumble.
How do I fix this?
It’s true that when you start and stop the camera at a live event, sound … Read the rest
I like to make DIY videos about boat repair that will help my friends. Several have indicated that they think the clips go too fast and should go into more detail. I try very hard to keep them under 5 minutes max. How would you handle this time problem?
–Vern Mowrey, Newburyport, MA
Great idea, Vern. You already seem to be getting a lot of views, and your videos have unique tone– very New England!
As to improving– there’s a difference between what your friends are saying and what their real problem is. Your friends are left frustrated and wanting … Read the rest
Some of my friends and I shot this film a couple months ago. Since then I’ve read your book, Could you tell us what we’re doing wrong and how not to make videos that suck in the future?
There’s much more good here than bad, Max. But let’s see if we can improve it. It’s 7 minutes long, but everything I’m going to talk about you can see in the first 45 seconds:
First: This is a great looking video. You’ve cut it in a way that makes it clear what’s going on. Good scoring. … Read the rest
Today’s video critique: A toy geek boldy submits his review for our review.
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I collect toys as a hobby, and very rarely come across reviews that are entertaining enough to watch.
So I set out to make review videos of my own. I wanted to do entertaining and informative videos, and also wanted to put myself out there so people can recognize me as a person, and not just another pair of clumsy hands clutching random pieces of plastics.
Your book has been very helpful, and I’d appreciate any comments on what can I do to make my
I bought your book, How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck and this morning I shot my first video – a documentary of a local pancake breakfast. The finished product was 1:46 and includes 17 cuts. If I hadn’t read your book it would probably be a lot longer and much more boring!
One question I have is sound. I was concerned that the sound from the individual clips would be discontinuous…but I overlayed some music that came with Corel Video Studio and magically it all seemed to work out really well. I don’t know if I just
Great video transcends equipment. You can shoot an awesome film on your cell phone, or a terrible video on a Panavision digital rig with a crew of 200.
Case in point: This video, shot on a Nokia N8 Mobile phone. It surely wasn’t edited on a mobile phone, but that doesn’t obscure the big idea: great video comes from the brain, not the machine in your hand.
This video has a terrific sense of style, a clear organizing idea, and great music holding it together. A complete tale in under 2 minutes. Watch:
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