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 MeccaVideoPro.com 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!
February 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments
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 themissing.tv. 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.
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.
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.
Incompetech.com 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 http://www.mobygratis.com/
Danosongs.com will let you use his work for a credit in yours.
Freesoundtrackmusic.com is another. Some is free, some you need to pay for in order to use.
Audionautix.com is another we have mentioned before, various styles, lengths, all good stuff here.
And then there is my latest favorite FreeStockMusic.com from Footage Firm.
September 24th, 2013 · No Comments
DSLR’s give you great image quality in a small package for a good price. You can change lenses depending upon the look you want. Audio can be an issue, but many use separate digital recorders, and they are not the most ergonomic of devices for shooting video handheld, (give me a big honkin’ shoulder mounted camcorder anytime, but I’m not wealthy so…. lol). Thus the advent of shoulder rigs.
Shoulder rigs come in various shapes and sizes and at various price points. One thing they all share is that is that you must take you hand off the rig, thus disturbing the balance, in order to start recording. Until now. Albion Art Works has come up with a solution that uses Magic Lantern firmware and a little DIY. Follow that link for instructions, and here is a little video to show it in action.
Looks great, but I like to use the half shutter to check my exposure, as it brings up the exposure meter in the LCD. But this is a great solution, and quite inexpensive.
If you try this be sure to comment below and post links to your videos etc. I have some ideas of my own for it.
September 17th, 2013 · No Comments
Not directly from me but I love these videos from Fenschel and Janisch. DSLRs have opened up a new world for video/filmmakers, and getting better shots in low light is just one way.
There is a link to their blog at the end of the video, check them out.