Lighting and Your Video Recording

The old saying “lights, camera, action” was instituted for a reason. You have to have proper lighting to make a great video movie. Regardless of what your objective is you are going to need the right lighting to get a great movie.

Most video cameras that are on the market have features that are used to set the video camera up for capturing the best video in different lighting configurations this is simple enough to use; it is usually a button somewhere on the video camera. Even when using this feature you still are going to have to make sure you are using the right setting for the right type of light. It really does make a difference!

Check Out the Lighting

Before you start filming check out the lighting that you are going to be filming in. Do a test run to see how the movie is going to be displayed with this type of lighting, try a couple of different settings to get the image exactly as you want it.

You can also try for interior shooting turning on and off various lights in the room that the filming will take place to get a better feel for things. Maybe turning off the overhead lights and turning on a lamp or two will help in getting the shot that you want. Different type of lighting can really affect the images that you capture on your video equipment.

Individual Lighting Sources

You can also try using a lighting source like a lamp situated right behind your shoulder. You should never use direct lighting head on but you can try some diffused lighting by hanging a scarf over the lamp (be careful though light bulbs get hot do not leave the lamp unattended with the scarf across the shade). Using diffused lighting is a great way to add some punch to your movie.

Lighting really does make a huge difference in not only conveying the message of the movie but also in setting the mood of the movie. Get creative with your lighting sources and you will be richly rewarded with exceptional movies that are unique.

Making video movies should be fun and should convey all types of messages; they can become a chronological memory of your family long into the future to be enjoyed for generations to come. Making sure that they are near perfect can be enhanced by the lighting options you choose. Have fun and experiment before you know it you will be an expert at making grade A movies! Lights, Camera…….Action!

Create Your Photo and Video Movie For IPhone

Application is an innovative and easy to use tool to show off your imagination and create your entertaining slideshows on iPod. Tons of dazzling transition & Ken-burns styled effects, powerful photo/video editing, various photo/video formats to iPod mp4 files converting, and the program’s simplified three-step workflow enables you to make show-n-tell custom movies for enjoying easily on the go!Experience application now, just 3 easy steps:

  • Add your photos, videos and background music. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate photos and videos. It’s that simple, isn’t it?
  • Select from variety of magical 2D transition & pan-zoom effects. Add soundtracks and your own voice narration to bring more fun to your photo/video movie. Then, personalize them with cool titles and captions.
  • Generate to MPEG-4 format quickly and share your professional-looking on iPod anytime, anywhere!

What is iPod? iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Inc and launched on October 23, 2001. As of 2008, the current product line-up includes the hard drive-based iPod classic, the touchscreen iPod touch, the video-capable iPod nano and the screenless iPod shuffle. Former products include the compact iPod mini and the spin-off iPod photo (since re-integrated into the main iPod classic line). iPod classic models store media on an internal hard drive, while all other models use flash memory to enable their smaller size (the discontinued mini used a Microdrive miniature hard drive). As with many other digital music players, iPods, excluding the iPod touch, can also serve as external data storage devices. Storage capacity varies by model.What is iPhone?The iPhone is an Internet-enabled multimedia mobile phone designed and marketed by Apple Inc.. It has a multi-touch screen with virtual keyboard and buttons. The iPhone’s functions include those of a camera phone, portable media player (iPod), in addition to text messaging and visual voicemail. It also offers Internet services including e-mail, web browsing, and local Wi-Fi connectivity. It is a quad-band mobile phone that uses the GSM standard, and hence has international capability. It supports the EDGE data technology.

Get Started With Video Work From Recording Till The Online Final Product Use

How to record and upload movies on video broadcasting and
video streaming websites

If you are not familiar with video working or have not a certain expertise in this field let’s see together what and how you can do to record movie clips and videos from any source.
Sources of external video movies: These move are those which you play on your video camera, VCR recorder, satellite receiver, or TV channels. Our objective is here to learn how to get those movie clips digitised and upload on your computer ready to upload later on video broadcasting websites and share them with your friends and family.

First of all you need to have a video signal digitiser which takes the signal of your video device where the movies are running. For this most of the programs have a capture option to capture the signal from the USB or the 1394 firewire input of your computer. If you are using a digital video camera all of them provide a DV exit which you send to the USB input of your PC. You can also use the VCR output and connect it to the 1394 firewire input of your PC. This is a necessary condition if you are going to use your digital camera as a transfer media when you need to digitise analog camera’s signal using the conversion capabilities of a digital camera (PC — Digital camera — Analog camera; digitise the analog signal via the digital camera and send it to the computer). After capture of the movie clip you can work it out with the video software and save it on your hard disk in various video formats (AVI, MPG, WMV depends on the video manipulation program you are using).

Now, if you are going to copy movie clips from the TV or VCR recorder or a satellite receiver this is another story. In this case you need an intermediate device to digitise the signal and send it to the computer. There are various such devices to purchase in the market such as DAZZLE 170 from Pinnacle. In any case the USB input to your PC is used.

To capture the signal you need a software program such as Pinacle 8, or Video 9 from ULEAD or any other from 100s in the market. But you can use also AVS Capture Wizard which in his basic functionality is freeware and you can download it here.

Getting the movie clip into your hard disk

I am, actually, using DAZZLE 170 (is not an expensive digitiser) and the AVS capture wizard (downloading AVS you get more free modules such as AVS Video Converter and AVS Video ReMaker) and i am very happy of the quality of the videos I obtained. Selecting Dazzlee 170 as video and audio source (you may also select your microphone if you need to speak in a text during capturing or the sound blaster playing a music lead but i do not advice to do so. Better to use later a more sophisticated method as we will see) you will have the playing movie on the preview monitor of the AVS capture wizard. You can then start/stop recording what you see coming from the source (VCR recorde, TV channel or satellite). The video file at the end will be automatically stored in a predefined by you folder on your hard disk in MPG format. You may also convert if you wish to another format as explained at the next paragraph.

Now we are ready to work out these captured movies. If you have used as capturing program the software you are using for video manipulation then you are ready. Your movie is automatically placed in the movies library and you can start working with it.

If not you have to start your favorite program you are using for video manipulation and import the movies you captured previously with the ditiser (in my case AVS capture wizard).

Once you have all your clips together, have made the relative video montage, have put background music then you can save as movie in a format such as MPG or AVI or WMV(Microsoft movie maker) at your hard disk.

Convert your movies

In a lot of cases you may need to convert your video files to other formats depending on the use (burn on CD/DVD, make a smaller file to upload, play it on your website which uses a player script for a certain format, etc..). There are 100s of video converters but some of them are free to download such as : RIVA FLV Encoder or Media coder 0.5.1. Riva Flv Encoder will convert your file to FLV Macromedia file format which becomes then small in size and easy to upload at any broadcasting service. You can play it also on your computer using the SLV player or FLV Player or Total Video Player (you can free download from internet) which plays lot of video file formats. Media Coder will convert your video to any, by you defined, format such as AVI, MPG, etc.. If you have a very big file (example over 300 MB) Media Coder can convert it to a file of about 30 MB in FLV or AVI formats and still very good quality.
That’s it.

Conclusion, you can record any movie clip from TV or video camera or satellite program and upload it on your website (to let watch by your visitors) or you can upload to a broadcasting service as in http://www.gooclip.net after having converting it to smaller sizes because from one hand, broadcasting services can upload maximum up to 100 MB movies and on the other hand it will occupy less space on your computer.

How to play the captured and worked out movies on your website

Depending on the format you have obtained as final video product, you have to use the appropriate player script in oder to play a video file format on your website. For AVI, MPG, WMV, FLV, SWF, ASX etc.. there are the different scripts to do the job. To learn how read my article at http://www.gooclip.net/gooclip/html/tools.html

I hope this article has helped some of you to start a very entertaining hobby. If you want to test the results post your movie on my website http://www.gooclip.net or http://www.youtubemovies.net a users share movies broadcasting service.

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