Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Travel With Still+Video
Tips for better technical and creative results shooting video with your DSLR
EDITING AND SOUND
The architecture of storytelling should begin with a “killer opener.” Don’t save the best for last. A compelling shot will draw your viewer in, whether it be your family members or a theater full of people.
Apple Final Cut Express has plenty of applications that will give videographers polished-looking pieces. For those who want to go further, the full version of Final Cut Pro is the logical next step. For Windows users, Premiere is Adobe’s version of this video-editing software.
The key to mixing sound in your edit is to use your eyes on levels, not your ears on your computer’s speakers. A good starting point is to have dialogue between -6 dB and -12 dB and background “wild sound” and music between -15 dB and -18 dB.
The addition of music is a great way to create an ambience and flow for a travel video. Every culture has its unique music style, so I match the music to the location. If you’re going to have any commercial usage for your final product, make sure to have the rights to use that music. The web is full of sites that offer music at nominal fees.
After your piece is edited together, watch the finished product and write out a script that can be used for a voice-over. Recording high-quality audio into the computer requires an external mic. I record my narration using a Snowball microphone plugged into my MacBook Pro and recorded in Final Cut Pro.
Whether shooting halfway around the globe or in your own backyard, being involved in every aspect of your solo video production will help create a more disciplined eye and make you a more focused storyteller. Be prepared to take your bows.
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