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by Chris Miller at 02:52:01 PM on Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Cali Lewis, of walks us through a quick 30 mins on video production

Choosing the right camera -
Go for biggest lens, best glass and external mic jack for a camera that you can afford
  • Kodak Zi8 has a handheld HD camera with external mic around $180
  • canon vixia HF200 is an ecellent upgrade camera around $550
  • Canon Vixia HF D10 with 1080p and the rest for almost $1k

Visit for all the in depth information on cameras with reviews and benchmarks.

White Balance-
Orange, blue or yellow is a white balance issue.  Find, use and test white balance every time and bring something white along to use as a base.  Shooting in the same room everyday it is not necessary to whitebalance, just when you make a new site.

Do not move the camera.  Motion then happens in front of the lens and makes it rough, bumpy.  A better way to hold the camera is to make cuts instead of a swinging camera.  Stay away from zooming in and out.

When you have to buy lights -
  • Kino Flo makes Diva-lite 400.  Indoor lights mainly. About $700 for a kit. They stay cool and use low energy.  They are dimmable without changes.
  • Litepanel in 1x1 are about $1500 but last 10 years with no bulb replacements for a long time and are portable.  Also can be battery powered.

Audio -
  • Buy wired mics to save money.  There is even $9 short wired lavalier mics.  Audiotechnica is about $40 and can be found online.
  • Lectrsonics Wireless Mics are high cost and for when y are making money.  Popular with film and tv production.
  • Sennhieser wireless mics are good, but have issues.
  • Rode VideoMic is a good boom mic from reviews and comments.

Shooting blue or green screen-
  • Chromakeying takes out the background color.  Final Cut handles this well.  Live demo from Neil and they use blue screens at home
  • Green is mathematically better for keying, but blue can be worked with
  • DvGarage and Final Cut Pro/Express.  BlogWorldExpo has a coupon under Cali09 for $35 off (video filters - > key -> smoothing and select. Then into DVgarage and select the lightest and darkest parts of the blue or green and choose foreground and keys it out.
  • iMovie is harder and some plugins dont always work.  Bring the picture in first and then the video.

The final section was on what site to use to upload/broadcast and more.

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