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
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.
August 11th, 2013 · 2 Comments
Digital SLR cameras give great video images. But their handling of audio can leave something to be desired. Many don’t even have a mic input. Dual system audio is one solution, but you can get better audio directly on the DSLR. Episdoe 56 shows one way to do it. More are coming in future episodes.
BTW, yes I know this should be episode 55, but 55 is taking longer to cook, so I decided to release this one first. Remember to join us on Facebook and follow MeccaVideoPro on Twitter. Subscribe, and comment.
July 10th, 2013 · No Comments
I got a call Sunday from a producer friend of mine who was in a bind. He needed a last minute voiceover for a TV commercial that was to start running Monday. Long story short, he emailed me the script, I turned it around in no time flat, and the client approved it. It is airing now on Comcast in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and on WBRE-TV and WNEP-TV.
He kindly gave me a copy of the proof, sorry its only 480p. But Jump Motion Design did the motion graphics.
Video QuickTips will return, I promise. Lots of new information to share, just have to try to find some time.
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