Setting a Video Camera or Camcorder Budget

At Last the Big One – Your Budget
Finally we arrive at your last line of defense or at least the line you need to defend the most and that is, your bottom line.
Before you even entertain the idea of beginning your search for the right camera you MUST get this point settled.
Trying wade through all the technical information laced with smooth marketing is no mean feat these…
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The Friday Roundup – YouTube Pre-production Planning and Tutorials

How To Plan A YouTube Video – A Pre Production Process
Over the past month or so I have been helping a friend get started on YouTube by doing most of the video editing for her until she finds her feet and can operate by herself.
One thing that has become abundantly clear is just how vital being organized really is.
The sheer amount of wasted time in double handling steps…
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Audio Plug-ins for Editors

Audio professionals understand the critical importance of plug-ins for mixing and editing audio.
When it comes to professionals working with videos, they often neglect this important aspect of their final product.
The rule of thumb says that half of project that deals with video content is made of audio components, which only emphasizes its importance.
There are many filters…
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A Step by Step Guide for Dealing With Unfinalized DVD Discs

There are a few possible scenarios that could have led to you having a disc that is unfinalized:

For whatever reason you have a disc which a reading device or software is specifically saying is unfinalized.
The finalization process was (or you suspect it was) begun on a disc and for some reason failed.
In the case of some camcorders or DVD recorders, the disc was still in…
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Editing Software Basic Version or Advanced Version?

I received a message the other day from someone who wanted to get into some video editing but was uncertain about just how deep he wanted to dive into the software pool.
Basically he was asking whether to go for a basic version of the software he was looking at or should he go the whole hog and get the super deluxe version.
You can see the original exchange below but I t…
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Plan a Successful Live Stream Event in 5 Easy Steps

If you are planning on having a successful live streaming event there are a few things you need to do right off the bat.
First make sure that you have a specific goal in mind that can also target a specific audience.
You want to develop content around the events topic so the event has substance as well.
Finally, make sure you have the proper equipment to run a live streaming…
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The Friday Roundup – Metadata, Audio Tips and Getting Organized

Edit Faster with Metadata – Editing Workflow Tip
Just about every video editing program I know of has at least some kind of tagging or metadata capability for sorting out your media.
Most of the time no-one uses it because either their projects aren’t big enough to warrant it or… they just don’t do it!
I have friends who are pro editors and believe me, the amount of…
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A Guide to CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Game Disc Recovery Software

On this page I have outlined and summarized the features of the main disc recovery software solutions I have used over the years for repairing or extracting data from various types of optical.s discs.
Generally speaking there is no real need to discern between software that works for CDs, DVDs or Blu-Ray discs as these days they cover them all.
Each example of recovery…
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The Friday Roundup – Reaction Shots, Match Cuts and Isobuster

The Reaction Shot – Much More Than Essential Film Grammar
Although the video (below) I have added on this subject covers it quite well the full story is at the linked article.
If you look at most “home” or amateur movies they tend to be randomly shot and stuck together in a kind of montage arrangement.
That’s fine as far as they go but realize it takes very little to…
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