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Video: Airborne Attack
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Video: Airborne Attack
Featuring the track: Violent War
Album: Epic Adventures 3
Created by JewelBeat Royalty Free Music Library

Our first review in our ‘JewelBeat In Action!‘ series, Airborne Attack is a health community message about the deadly spread of germs and diseases pared with epic, action, intense trailer style background music. Feeling of chase as the deadly droplets spread. Share to pass on the awareness to avoid the spreading of unwanted diseases be it the common flu or other more deadly diseases.

Find more creative and cool videos produced by the JewelBeat creative staff incorporating JewelBeat’s Royalty Free Background Music:
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JewelBeat In Action!

You’ve probably seen a couple of videos the JewelBeat staff have produced that incorporates our royalty free music. If you haven’t, yes we have a good number of videos produced inhouse by our creative talent featuring some of our favorite tracks.
Find them all here: JewelBeat In Action Videos.

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Know Your Camera – Part 3: Focus and Zoom

We’ve all been in the situation where we are waiting around for the auto mode to focus in on something. This is not only frustrating, it can be scary. If you’re getting paid to produce a video you can’t afford to have out of focus shots. Letting your camera autofocus is one solution, but knowing how to access manual focus controls is another.

Just pick a location zoom in to get your desired framing, hope the camera focuses on what you want and hit record.

Focus

  • In auto mode your camera will continually search for something to focus on.
  • Most camcorders and cameras have a manual focus feature. Most webcams and phones do not. Consult your operating manual or the web to find out if you do, then learn how to access that feature.
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Know Your Camera
Part 1: Auto and Manual Settings

Shooting video is easy, just point and shoot, right? But cameras are jam packed with features that are there for one reason, making your pictures and videos better. There’s nothing wrong with auto mode, in fact in a lot of situations it works. But hidden deep inside most cameras are manual settings that can help take your videos to the next level. This 5 part series Manual Settings will go over the basics, but first:

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Audio Recording For Videos: On-Board vs. External Microphones

The modern camera is truly an ingenious device. The image quality that cameras produce is continuing to grow exponentially. But recording audio is a whole different ball game. The microphone on your camera, or on-board mic, works, but if you really want to get serious you’ll have to explore other options.

There are many things that affect audio recording.

  • Low Quality Mics

    While most cameras have decent audio recording capabilities, many do not. These include still cameras that also shoot video, webcams, and camera phones.

  • Proximity

    If your microphone is not close enough to your subject, audio will suffer. That’s why you see those big boom poles in the movies. They want to get that microphone as close to their subject’s lips as possible.

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There’s good news and bad news. If you’ve happened to change your name on YouTube, you can revert back to your old name pretty easily. And if you’ve recently joined YouTube you can also choose a new channel name, rather than using your real name. Just use the link below and follow the directions. For me choosing a YouTube channel name is pure magic; it’s like having my very own TV channel, only better.

Changes are always happening over at Google, and YouTube, a subsidiary of Google is no different. You may find these changes cumbersome and annoying.

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Don’t Forget to Frame Your Subject

The video is a classic study on framing and scene composition.

Philip Bloom does some very cool, very detailed gear reviews. I’ve been a fan since his Christmas Showdown Special a few years ago. Besides from doing great gear reviews and having an awesome accent, he produces a lot of neat videos. While I was writing about framing and scene composition, I kept thinking about a music video he made for a band called Olly Knights, entitled “Bitten By The Frost.”

Bitten By The Frost from Philip Bloom

The video is a classic study on framing and scene composition…

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There are a lot of great resources for video makers out there on the web. Over the years I’ve subscribed to many blogs and YouTube channels. Here’s a list of some of my favorites.

Philip Bloom

I love this guy. He has a marvelous accent and his short films are definitely worth watching, especially because he usually follows them up with a behind the scenes. He also does gear reviews. If his videos aren’t enough he gives workshops in many locations. http://philipbloom.net/

NoFilmSchool

I subscribed to these guys recently. They have a ton of stuff on their website including tutorials and news about film projects and gear. If you are interested in DSLR cinematography definitely check them out. They offer a free 114 page guide. http://nofilmschool.com/

Dave Dugdale

This guy is all about DSLRs. In addition to nice gear reviews he offers in depth DSLR tutorials. Although he charges for some tutorials his thoroughness and almost scientific precision is a value for the price.
http://www.learningdslrvideo.com/

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Taking Your Videos to the Next Level : Intro / Title Sequences / Credits

To see some great intro/title sequences all you have to do is turn on your favorite TV show and watch for a few minutes. After the opening scenes, a sequence will appear, usually containing the title of the show and some credits. The sequence typically features a montage, a sort of video slide show of some of the characters and scenes from previous episodes. titles

Making a title sequence is fun, exciting and can really make your video stand out. But a poor title sequence is boring and viewers may go on to the next video before yours gets started. Here are some things to consider when making an intro/title sequence.

  • First of all make sure you’ve caught your viewers’ attention before your intro begins. Otherwise they may skip your video altogether.
  • Make it short and sweet. A three to five minute should have around 10-15 seconds of intro sequence, there’s no need to make it longer.
  • Use awesome music. Once you’ve selected your royalty free track consider buying both the full length version and the 10 or 15 second version. Use the full version in the video and use the shorter version in the intro.
  • Brand yourself with a unique font. There are thousands available. Find a font that says something about you!
  • Go easy on the titles and hard on the images. Make sure you use a proper font size and experiment with animating multiple layers of titles.
  • Use images that will elicit an emotional response in your viewers. Kittens, puppies and small children work great.
  • Create your intro sequence as a separate project. Export the video and when you are done you can simply drop it into your next video. When you are ready to change your intro you can go back your that project and make necessary changes.
  • If you have a long list of credits, put them at the end of your video, after your viewers have seen your work.
    (JewelBeat does not require crediting for our paid customers but any we regard all credits as a super big high-5 to us. Oh do email us your video link as we LOVE to see how our customers have been using our music.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then watch your favorite TV shows, write down what you like about their intros and make a list; does you intro contain some of the same elements? Is it something your viewers will want to watch over and over again, every time you upload a new video? If so congratulations, you’ve just created an awesome intro! If not, don’t be afraid to hit the drawing board one more time.

 

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How To Film An Interview

Interviews are important in journalistic and documentary style videos and there are a lot of reasons why an interview might be a valuable in your video.

  • Featuring prominent individuals in your vlog will attract viewers.
  • Interviewing locals in your profession can attract business.
  • Adding an interview to your corporate or wedding videos will really impress the client or add depth to the storyline

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You’re putting the time and effort into making the video, so here are a few tricks that will make your interviews shine.

  • Find a quiet place. Background noise can be very distracting to viewers. A royalty free soundtrack playing softly in the background can be added later to minimize background disturbances, but plan ahead and choose a quiet place to conduct you interview.
  • When possible use a lavalier mic.

For more information read Adding Narration To Your Videos.

Now that you’ve followed a few simple protocols for getting the best audio possible it’s time to think about lighting, camera angle, and scene composition. Following a few basic steps will help you impress clients and create energetic, dynamic, videos that will drive viewers to come back for more.

Lighting

  • If shooting indoors try to find a brightly lit room.
  • A natural light source is the easiest, but it is best to avoid shooting in the direct sun.
  • Avoid hard shadows on the face or body.
  • Position your subject at about a 35 degree angle to your light source so that it hits on either side of the face.
  • Using lights can be helpful in achieving a proper look, but are expensive and cumbersome to carry. When timing and budget allow, follow the basic principles of three point lighting.

Angles

  • Subjects gazing slightly off camera seem more friendly and accessible. Generally the subject being interviewed should gaze 10 to 15 degrees off camera. To achieve this sit in front of your subject and ask them to talk to you. Position your camera on either side of you.
  • Subjects gazing directly at the camera seem more authoritative. This can be a useful tool, but this technique should be used mindfully.

Framing

  • Subjects gazing directly at camera should be positioned in the middle of the screen or frame.
  • Subjects gazing off camera should be positioned on the right or left looking across the frame. In a two camera setup, if filming both the subject and person asking the questions, frame one on the left and one on the right for equal balance.
  • Ask the person you are interviewing to sit very still. This may seem unnatural, but is standard.
  • A medium shot is from mid chest to just above the head.
  • A tight shot is just below the chin to just above the forehead. This is done for emphasis, but don’t zoom in and out during an interview. Instead crop your video in post.
  • If possible place you camera 10 to 15 feet from you subject and zoom in. This will isolate your subject and give your background that blurred out effect.

Note: Don’t forget to set your focus.
We will be posting soon about “Manual Settings: Focus and Zoom” so do watch out.

Scene Composition

  • If outdoors try to find something interesting for your background. Movement in the background can be interesting if kept in the distance and out of focus.
  • If indoors try placing a lamp or other light source in the background. The idea is to create contrast between your subject and the background. Although your viewers will be focusing on the person you are interviewing they will appreciate the aesthetic touch.

There are a lot of factors that go into creating a good video; these are just some basics. But don’t worry even Geraldo had to start somewhere. Keep practicing and who knows… soon you may have celebrities lined up around the block waiting to be on your show!