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Videographer's Boot Camp

Learn all the basics of professional videography, equipment selection, how to shoot, lighting, and recording professional audio.

Videographer's Boot Camp

Learn all the basics of professional videography, equipment selection, how to shoot, lighting, and recording professional audio.
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The array of equipment on the market today can be confusing. I'll tell you what features you need to look for when selecting equipment and why. Codecs and Bitrates explained -Camera Features -Zebra for proper exposure -Iris and F-Stop (Manual vs Auto) -Neutral Density Filters -Shutter Speed -White Balance (Color Temperature explained) -Focus (Manual vs Auto) -Focus Enhance -Zoom: Servo and Manual -SDI/HDMI Output (recording uncompressed video) -Formats
Continuing the equipment selection process... camera audio, tripod, audio, portable lighting -Your Camera's Audio Features: -XLR Inputs -Line/Mic switch -Trim (gain) -Auto Level vs Manual Level -Wind Filter -Necessary Camera Features Summary -Tripod: -Fluid Head -Pan & Tilt tension adjustment -Pan & Tilt locks -Bubble Balance -Ball Level adjustment -Spreader -Audio: -Be Quiet! -Microphones -Shotgun -Lavalier -Hand Mic -Wireless Audio -Extra batteries, windscreens, clips -Lighting: -On-Camera Light -Reflector Battery Chargers, power strips, extensions, adapter
We learn everything from setting up your camera, how to correctly operate it, and discuss types of shots and camera moves. -Setting Up Tripod & Camera -How to White Balance -Iris/100% Video/Using Zebra -How to Focus -Types of Shots -Types of Camera Moves -Dolly vs Zoom -Handheld Boom Shot -Video “Handles” -Rack Focus -Camera Placement -Shooting Handheld -Telling a Story -Trick for Limiting Depth of Field
You'll learn how to shoot interviews outdoors with both lighting and audio issues. You'll also learn how to frame your subject and the different types of "B-Roll" you'll need to shoot to support your story. Finally, I'll shoot a story with both interviews and B-Roll and you'll learn how everything we've learned up to now comes together. -Shooting Interviews Outdoors: -Bright Sun -Shade -Check Your Background -Audio Considerations -Framing & Headroom -Wide Angle Adapter -B-Roll -Putting It All Together: Shooting a Story
Light is the videographer's paint. You'll learn about the color temperatures of different light sources and how to manipulate the temperature to your advantage. Reflectors are indispensable and you'll see how to use one outdoors as well as indoors. Finally, we'll discuss different ways to control light to unleash your creativity. -Color Temperature: -Daylight -Indoors -Reflector -Gel -Diffusion -Outdoor Lighting: -Reflector Techniques -Diffusion Technique -Indoor Lighting: -On-Camera Light -Ways to Light a Scene -Reflector Indoors -Controlling Light: -Barn Doors -Flags -Snoots -Gel -Dimmers -Mounting Solutions -Black Foil
You will learn how to calculate amps to avoid blowing electrical circuits. It's easy and there's no Common Core involved. I'll teach you different ways to light an interview...from a down and dirty 2-light set-up if you're in a big hurry and then we'll add a third light and then a fourth light if you have more time and want to get more creative. I'll also demonstrate lighting for greenscreen. -Electrical Extensions -Electrical Circuits: How to Calculate Amps -Spare Bulbs -Lighting an Interview w/2, 3, & 4 Lights -Lighting for Greenscreen -Light Meters -Cheap-o Low-Budget Greenscreen Lights -Resources
The audio basics...We discuss what type of audio to record on separate channels of your camera. You'll learn about different types of microphones and wireless audio. You'll learn proper placement of lavalier mics and make sure your talent is using a hand mic properly. -Digital Audio Considerations -NAT Sound & Main Audio Tracks -Shotgun, Hand, & Lavalier Mics -Wireless Audio -Lavalier Mic Placement -Fabric Tape Tip -Hand Mic Position
I'll show you why, like video, audio is better when set to manual settings than automatic. We'll look at all the audio settings on the camera and in the camera's menu. You'll learn what level to record audio. I'll also teach you to be aware of audio problems to pay attention to. -Main Audio: Manual vs Auto -Audio Settings on the Camera -Audio Settings in the Camera's Menu -Correct Audio Level -Wireless Mic Settings -Noise: Environmental & Electrical -Windscreens -Audio Cables & Electrical Cables -Summary
Chapter 1 of various things I have learned through my own experience over the years. Hopefully, these tips will make your life easier and your production days more productive. -3 Things You Need to Have on You Always -How to Clean a Lens -What's in the Bag? What to Carry in Your Kit -Doormats & Step Ladders -Lighting: Stands & Cold Shoes -Reflectors Indoors -Field Expedient Reflector -How to do an Extreme Slow Zoom -Shooting from the Ground -Shooting from Field Expedient Support -Field Expedient Dollies -Handheld Tips
Chapter 2 focuses on helpful tips for working with talent (the people who are on-camera...actors, reporters, interviewees, spokespersons, etc.) You'll also learn the right way to wrap cable (Yes there's a right way and a wrong way) so your shoot stays organized and on-schedule. There's an interesting tip on making your own windscreen if you get into a jam. What's the easiest way to move all your gear from Point "A" to Point "B"? I'll show you a couple of ways. And finally, I'll fill you in on making sure your camera is "environmentally sound". Watch the segment to find out what I'm talking about which has ruined many a shooting schedule...now that you know it'll never happen to you. -Talent Tips -Cue Card Secrets -Sitting Position -Time Code -Wrapping Cable -Field Expedient Windscreen -How to Move All Your Stuff -Environmental Concerns
An insider's guide on making a career of videography. This is all about doing well and getting your next gig and building your reputation. You'll learn how to act professionally, how to stay organized, delivery of media, and how to get paid. I also struggled with this next one on whether to put it in this section or in the "Tips" section but you'll also learn why you shouldn't lend out your gear (Nice guys and gals finish last.) Probably the most important part of the series is my advice on "Valuing Yourself." Now get out there and practice your craft!!! -Traits of a Good Professional (Talent is NOT #1) -Organization -Deliverables -Getting Paid -Don't Lend Out Your Gear! -Valuing Yourself

This course is for the newbie who wants to make a career as a videographer. This course is not for intermediate and advanced students (although intermediate students may find useful information throughout the lectures). Also, this series is about how to shoot professional video. We are not covering editing.

Please note that we will be discussing equipment and techniques for typical "Run and Gun"/ENG (Electronic News Gathering) type of productions. This is the most common type of production you will encounter in the news, events, and audio-visual type environments where the ability to move fast is key. For this reason, we will be discussing all-in-one type camcorders with servo zoom lenses and not DSLR cameras with fixed focal length lenses (although many concepts apply to both).

The course is divided into six chapters: Equipment, Shooting Video, Lighting, Audio, Tips, and Tricks, and Best Practices (i.e., how to act like a professional). Each chapter except for "Best Practices" is further divided into two parts so as not to inundate the student with too much information all at once.

Requirements

You do not need any materials to take this course. You should only have a desire to create a compelling video.

The array of equipment on the market today can be confusing. I'll tell you what features you need to look for when selecting equipment and why. Codecs and Bitrates explained -Camera Features -Zebra for proper exposure -Iris and F-Stop (Manual vs Auto) -Neutral Density Filters -Shutter Speed -White Balance (Color Temperature explained) -Focus (Manual vs Auto) -Focus Enhance -Zoom: Servo and Manual -SDI/HDMI Output (recording uncompressed video) -Formats
Continuing the equipment selection process... camera audio, tripod, audio, portable lighting -Your Camera's Audio Features: -XLR Inputs -Line/Mic switch -Trim (gain) -Auto Level vs Manual Level -Wind Filter -Necessary Camera Features Summary -Tripod: -Fluid Head -Pan & Tilt tension adjustment -Pan & Tilt locks -Bubble Balance -Ball Level adjustment -Spreader -Audio: -Be Quiet! -Microphones -Shotgun -Lavalier -Hand Mic -Wireless Audio -Extra batteries, windscreens, clips -Lighting: -On-Camera Light -Reflector Battery Chargers, power strips, extensions, adapter
We learn everything from setting up your camera, how to correctly operate it, and discuss types of shots and camera moves. -Setting Up Tripod & Camera -How to White Balance -Iris/100% Video/Using Zebra -How to Focus -Types of Shots -Types of Camera Moves -Dolly vs Zoom -Handheld Boom Shot -Video “Handles” -Rack Focus -Camera Placement -Shooting Handheld -Telling a Story -Trick for Limiting Depth of Field
You'll learn how to shoot interviews outdoors with both lighting and audio issues. You'll also learn how to frame your subject and the different types of "B-Roll" you'll need to shoot to support your story. Finally, I'll shoot a story with both interviews and B-Roll and you'll learn how everything we've learned up to now comes together. -Shooting Interviews Outdoors: -Bright Sun -Shade -Check Your Background -Audio Considerations -Framing & Headroom -Wide Angle Adapter -B-Roll -Putting It All Together: Shooting a Story
Light is the videographer's paint. You'll learn about the color temperatures of different light sources and how to manipulate the temperature to your advantage. Reflectors are indispensable and you'll see how to use one outdoors as well as indoors. Finally, we'll discuss different ways to control light to unleash your creativity. -Color Temperature: -Daylight -Indoors -Reflector -Gel -Diffusion -Outdoor Lighting: -Reflector Techniques -Diffusion Technique -Indoor Lighting: -On-Camera Light -Ways to Light a Scene -Reflector Indoors -Controlling Light: -Barn Doors -Flags -Snoots -Gel -Dimmers -Mounting Solutions -Black Foil
You will learn how to calculate amps to avoid blowing electrical circuits. It's easy and there's no Common Core involved. I'll teach you different ways to light an interview...from a down and dirty 2-light set-up if you're in a big hurry and then we'll add a third light and then a fourth light if you have more time and want to get more creative. I'll also demonstrate lighting for greenscreen. -Electrical Extensions -Electrical Circuits: How to Calculate Amps -Spare Bulbs -Lighting an Interview w/2, 3, & 4 Lights -Lighting for Greenscreen -Light Meters -Cheap-o Low-Budget Greenscreen Lights -Resources
The audio basics...We discuss what type of audio to record on separate channels of your camera. You'll learn about different types of microphones and wireless audio. You'll learn proper placement of lavalier mics and make sure your talent is using a hand mic properly. -Digital Audio Considerations -NAT Sound & Main Audio Tracks -Shotgun, Hand, & Lavalier Mics -Wireless Audio -Lavalier Mic Placement -Fabric Tape Tip -Hand Mic Position
I'll show you why, like video, audio is better when set to manual settings than automatic. We'll look at all the audio settings on the camera and in the camera's menu. You'll learn what level to record audio. I'll also teach you to be aware of audio problems to pay attention to. -Main Audio: Manual vs Auto -Audio Settings on the Camera -Audio Settings in the Camera's Menu -Correct Audio Level -Wireless Mic Settings -Noise: Environmental & Electrical -Windscreens -Audio Cables & Electrical Cables -Summary
Chapter 1 of various things I have learned through my own experience over the years. Hopefully, these tips will make your life easier and your production days more productive. -3 Things You Need to Have on You Always -How to Clean a Lens -What's in the Bag? What to Carry in Your Kit -Doormats & Step Ladders -Lighting: Stands & Cold Shoes -Reflectors Indoors -Field Expedient Reflector -How to do an Extreme Slow Zoom -Shooting from the Ground -Shooting from Field Expedient Support -Field Expedient Dollies -Handheld Tips
Chapter 2 focuses on helpful tips for working with talent (the people who are on-camera...actors, reporters, interviewees, spokespersons, etc.) You'll also learn the right way to wrap cable (Yes there's a right way and a wrong way) so your shoot stays organized and on-schedule. There's an interesting tip on making your own windscreen if you get into a jam. What's the easiest way to move all your gear from Point "A" to Point "B"? I'll show you a couple of ways. And finally, I'll fill you in on making sure your camera is "environmentally sound". Watch the segment to find out what I'm talking about which has ruined many a shooting schedule...now that you know it'll never happen to you. -Talent Tips -Cue Card Secrets -Sitting Position -Time Code -Wrapping Cable -Field Expedient Windscreen -How to Move All Your Stuff -Environmental Concerns
An insider's guide on making a career of videography. This is all about doing well and getting your next gig and building your reputation. You'll learn how to act professionally, how to stay organized, delivery of media, and how to get paid. I also struggled with this next one on whether to put it in this section or in the "Tips" section but you'll also learn why you shouldn't lend out your gear (Nice guys and gals finish last.) Probably the most important part of the series is my advice on "Valuing Yourself." Now get out there and practice your craft!!! -Traits of a Good Professional (Talent is NOT #1) -Organization -Deliverables -Getting Paid -Don't Lend Out Your Gear! -Valuing Yourself

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Derek Fremd

Videography and Photography Professional
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I have been a producer, director, cameraman, and editor for 30+ years in South Florida. I create diverse video programming from 1/2 hour broadcast specials to news, educational non-profit, corporate, awards videos, Video-On-Demand, and events. My work has won Telly Awards (which every year honors the very best film & video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, & cable tv commercials and programs.) In partnership with Comcast we won a prestigious NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) award for Best Digital Media for a 10-part series I directed, shot, and edited (and also produced three of the segments.). With Warner Bros. Publications I directed and edited dozens of music instructional videos that sold hundreds of thousands of units in retail locations and online. I am an experienced professional in all aspects of media creation...lighting, audio, camera operation, directing, editing, and writing.

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