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Dummies Guide to Video/Editing

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Dummies Guide to Video Editing

Written By Ravergirl

 

Step one

Pre-Filming/Set-up

 

This step alone, can make or break the quality of your video. For glowsticking/stringing video, there are numorous things that can affect the viewing plesure of a video.

 

-Space. You want a LONG shot of your body. Your entire body should fit in the frame of the camera shot. Also include extra room in the shot for over the head moves/traces.

-Clothing. Wear light colored clothing. Light colors reflect the light of the glowsticks. Not only does lighter colors create a cool effect, it also increases visibility of the glowsticker/stringer.

-Lighting. Often overlooked, This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT parts of creating the video. There is no perfect lighting, but there should be enough so we can see the glowsticker/stringer comfortably without having to play with the contrast settings on the computer. (TIP: Too much light it better than too little light)

 

Step two

Filming

 

-When filming it is prefered to use a tripod or any kind of flat surface, this will keep the camera steady.

-If you are using a digital camcorder, take OFF the auto Focus. Taking off the auto focus will keep your video from blurring.

If no tripod or flat stable surface is around,

and freehanding a camera is mandatory, have your camera person try to stablize their shots.

 

Make sure they aren't walking around.

Maybe have them sit down and use their legs to sturdy themselves.

 

Stable shots = easier to see glowticking. Which in turn means the best critique for you.

 

 

HOW SHOULD I FILM PARTY FOOTAGE?

Sometimes if your at a party, people will bump into you and stablized shots can be difficult.

 

But some things can still be taken into consideration.

-Keep a LONG shot. Keep the sticker in the camera. Try to keep party goers out of the shot by having some friends stand around the main person and form a circle.

 

- Lighting at Parties is always dark, and if your sneakin a cam into it you really don't want to draw attention to camera lights or anything.

Use Nightshot or a similar mode to see more.

If not have the sticker use Ultras or High Intensities to make some light.

 

-Parties and Autofocus do NOT MIX! just like regular filming, take it off! Autofocus will = massive blurs if you don't. So many people and so much light, a camera can't on anything!

 

Step three

Editing

 

This is where novice editors show their newbie side.

 

-The Key to editing and making a video look better and more professional is simplicity. Use fast and basic trasitions (such as a simple blur) between cuts. Not only will people watching not notice the cuts as much, your video will obtain a seemless effect.

At the start of your video, use a glowsticking.com title screen from the mediacenter. Keep it there for 2-4 seconds before fading or cutting into the first shot of your video. When Ending a video some people like to add credits and thanks, but I personally like to end my videos by a simple fade to black. But overall its your decision whether to have credits or not.

-Mute raw video sounds and add music. By doing this you can keep the attention on the dancing. Plus, this makes your video flow better overall without any other noises that can be distracting.

-Other Special GS.C alterations, if possible add a gs.c watermark to your video. (can be downloaded from the media center) You can add this in programs such as "Adobe Premier" and "Adobe Aftereffects" Simply overlay the .gif image over your video and export it.

 

Step four

Publishing to the web

 

This is what really confuses a lot of people who are not used to compressing videos.

 

-The First/MOST IMPORTANT step to publishing a video is to compress it first. Use Windows Movie Maker 2 (Works with XP) to compress your video. Save it at 340 kbps from 'other settings'.Windows Movie Maker Tips and Tricks

-Next Find a server. Whether you get it posted FTP from a friend or you get a free account from http://www.hostrocket.com it doesn't matter too much. Upload the video (Via FTP or through a server control panel) and link it in the member's video gallery or media box.

-When Posting your video on gs.c, Give the song ID and other info you might want people on gs.c to know before viewing your video.

 

 

Happy Editing GS.C members!

 

-RG

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Thank you for posting that for me!

 

-RG

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If no tripod or flat stable surface is around,

and freehanding a camera is mandatory, have your camera person try to stablize their shots.

 

Make sure they aren't walking around.

Maybe have them sit down and use their legs to sturdy themselves.

 

Stable shots = easier to see glowticking. Which in turn means the best critique for you.

 

HOW SHOULD I FILM PARTY FOOTAGE?

Sometimes if your at a party, people will bump into you and stablized shots can be difficult.

 

But some things can still be taken into consideration.

-Keep a LONG shot. Keep the sticker in the camera. Try to keep party goers out of the shot by having some friends stand around the main person and form a circle.

 

- Lighting at Parties is always dark, and if your sneakin a cam into it you really don't want to draw attention to camera lights or anything.

Use Nightshot or a similar mode to see more.

If not have the sticker use Ultras or High Intensities to make some light.

 

-Parties and Autofocus do NOT MIX! just like regular filming, take it off! Autofocus will = massive blurs if you don't. So many people and so much light, a camera can't on anything!

 

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That should be a decent update.

 

-RG

 

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wow that was fast :biggrin2:

 

i put it under step two since that seems to be the best fitted place for it.

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