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February 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Welcome to Video QuickTips. This is a place where you will find information on video, audio, storytelling techniques. The webshow Video QuickTips brings you tips and techinques to help you produce better video. I also operate Mecca Video Productions, a full service video production company.  You can find out more at I hope to share what I have learned during the past 30 years in the media. Television and radio news, video production, voiceover, audio recording, just about anything. If you have questions, just drop me a line and I will do my best to answer. I plan on some video tutorials, tips and tricks of the trade. So enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes of a College Video Class Project

March 10th, 2014 · No Comments

This semester I began teaching Location TV Production class at the local county college. My eldest daughter is taking the class, with another teacher or course. One of the projects is a pre-made storyboard they have to go out and shoot. They can tweak it to make it work for them. It’s called “Treasure Hunt.”

She used a couple of her siblings as actors, and shot it at Allaire State Park. We had recently been there on a walk, and she liked the location. I shot some stuff there that time, testing out a new gadget, more on that soon in an episode of Video Quick Tips. ( I have several episodes to shoot and edit so bear with me, the show is not dead).

This time I did a little behind the scenes shooting with my Canon T3i and put a short BTS video together. So without further adieu…

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Inexpensive HD Action Camera

March 10th, 2014 · No Comments

I just came across this youtube video from last year that reviews an alternative action cam to the one people know and love. It looks very similar, can use the same accessories, and the video quality looks PDG (Pretty Darn Good) so check out the link, and the video

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A Little DIY Test. A Walk in the Park

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Nearly 60 degrees in February in New Jersey? Yes, after being battered by more snow this season than I can remember in many years, we got a brief respite and thankfully it came on a weekend. The family and I went out to Allaire State Park and walked around a bit. I took the opportunity to test out a new piece of DIY gear, that I created from a design by Scott Davis from You can see evidence of the gear in two shots at :30 and :46.

I have plans for an episode of Video QuickTips detailing the gear and a little how-to. It takes a bit more practice, but in general I like it, even though the kids think it looks goofy, but they always think that about their dad. Okay here’s the short video, see if you can figure out what gear I am using.

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Benro Monopod Review [VQT 57]

December 20th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Stable video has become more difficult since cameras and camcorders have gotten smaller. Tripods are great but not the best choice in all situations. You may need to move more quickly say when shooting a wedding or getting event coverage or maybe you just want to travel lighter. Most monopods are made for shooting stills, the Benro Monopod is different. Take a look.

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More Royalty Free Music for Your Video

October 25th, 2013 · No Comments

We’ve talked about how you should stay on the right side of the law and not use copyrighted music in your videos without permission. That permission can sometimes be difficult to get, and in the case of popular music near impossible or downright expensive. So what is a conscientious video producer to do? Royalty-free music is that which you can use for a far more reasonable price.

There are libraries out there, I have several I have purchased over the years from Digital Juice, Narrator Tracks and the like, but what if you don’t have a budget for royalty free music? Well that’s where these sites come in. we have discussed earlier, but always worth a mention.

Recording artist Moby has made some of his music freely available for your non commercial or non profit work will let you use his work for a credit in yours. is another. Some is free, some you need to pay for in order to use. is another we have mentioned before, various styles, lengths, all good stuff here.

And then there is my latest favorite from Footage Firm.

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