Monday, June 25, 2012

Maintaining Raw Video Source While Editing

editing video on a nonlinear editing system
Video editing has come a long way
As a video editor, you learn very quickly that a lot of the heavy lifting in the editing process happens before you even start cutting video. That heavy lifting is the organization of your media. Keeping track of every shot from every tape can be quite daunting, especially when working with many hours of raw source.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Nonlinear Video Editing Depends on Metadata

A Ciro Guillotine Super-8 film editor
My very first editing system.
At one point in my career as a video editor, I was the corporate editor for Avid Technology - a pioneer in the development of nonlinear editing systems. During that time, I used to collaborate on edits with a very talented editor located in Maryland (I’m located in Massachusetts). In order to work together we had to devise a workflow where we could both edit the same video project.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Steadicam for your iPhone Video Camera

iPhone video shot from a Steadicam Smoothie
Using a Steadicam for shooting video on an iPhone
When I'm not writing this blog or working on a video, I tend to be outdoors and as far away from all computer technology as possible. That's not to say that when I'm enjoying the great outdoors, I'm completely devoid of all technology. In fact, I usually have a camera of some sort with me - I love shooting photos and video of landscapes

Monday, June 4, 2012

Encoding Video for Web Deployment and Archive

Encoding video for web deployment or for archiving.
Getting your video into a web-friendly format
When preparing a video for deployment on the web, I often hear questions about the best setting for video encoding. Often this question is answered with a series of other questions.
  • Are you being provided with any video specifications?