Thursday, 29 October 2009


A lot of the research I am doing for my video podcast is to get myself hands on experience in the field of video production. I feel I learn best by partaking in practical work to see how things work in the really world.

Yesterday I went over to see the students at LS:TV

The LS:TV website describes the station as

"Leeds Student Television is a University society at the University of Leeds Students' Union.

Our members work together to produce television programmes for the students of the University of Leeds. These programmes are broadcast on screens around the Student Union and online."

I am going to be working with them on a regular basis to help produce shows for the station. I am hoping this will give me an opportunity to demonstrate my editing skills as well as get more experience as a camera operator and possible diversify in to vision mixing too should the opportunity arise.

AT the first meeting with LS:TV they asked me to camera operate which I now have pervious experience of after working at a BBC event with JayJay Media in Hull.

I have been working more with live video lately and my knowledge and confidence in this area has grown vastly.

I am now able to rig a talk back system and rig cameras into a vision mixer.

Working with live video has also made me question how I go about producing my video podcast for the DMD brief, Originally the plan was to use one camera and deliver my lines using a mid shot. However I am now thinking it would be beneficial to use two cameras. One at a mid shot and the other at a close up shot, this would give me more footage to work with in the final edit and would also all me to provide more entertainment and maintain the interest of the viewer.

I have a room booked out to work in I now need to check with Matt that I can hire two cameras at the same time. This will give me the opportunity to use the dual camera set up for some initial experimentation work.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Lighting considerations for video podcasts

Three Point Lighting

Interview Lighting

Monday, 19 October 2009

Sourcing Some Kit

I am hoping as part of the DMD brief I will be able to build some contacts and get my hands on some kit to review and test

One are of emerging tech that interests me is 3D. It currently seems we have pushed the limited of picture quality and sound and the next logical move is to take video in a 3d direction.

I have enjoyed watched a couple of 3D films recently and having the extra dimension did lend some extra interest to the film. It is particularly interesting to see that the PlayStation devision of Sony have also been investigating the possible use of 3D for future video games release.

As I continue to follow the use of 3D I would really enjoy finding out and experimenting with some consumer 3D product that all "the man on the street" to be able to produce his own 3D media

Cue the Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W1 (see below)

Today through the power of twitter I managed to speak to Tom Dunmore of Stuff Magazing

I am hoping that using my contacts within my social networks someone somewhere will be able to point me in the right direction with regards to getting my hands on test kit

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Export Settings

These are the export settings I have always used and to export video for web.

These are setting that I have found to be recommended by a number of video bloggers.

As I endeavor to give me work (and portfolio that I am building up) a professional edge I think it is high time I did some more research in to rendering video for the web.

*MENTAL NOTE* Use the college Library and photo copy relevant pages from a Final Cut book, on rendering video for web!

Subtitle Strip (Final Cut)

Just found a great tutorial for creating a subtitle in Final Cut, which is perfect to introduce an audience to who is speaking on screen

For anyone wanting a basic on screen subtitle check out the link!

Open Ended Questions

I have just been refreshing my mind on what is and how to ask open ended questions, as I prepare to gather some primary research for my dissertation

I found this video from bnet

Asking good questions gets good answers

This information will also put me at an advantage as I prepare to film and interview more people at up and coming technology conferences.

Monday, 5 October 2009

iPhone supports growth of online video growth.

I have been collecting research to support the fact online video is continuously growing

In part of my brief I have wrote

"I also believe as many phone networks upgrade to the 3G standard, a standard that has been designed “to allow simultaneous use of speech and data services” data services such as streaming video, coupled with the fact more people buying mobile phone handsets such as the iPhone and the Google Android based devices that come with access to the Internet as standard this will encourage more users to consume more video content"

I have just found some evidence to support this fact

"Following the launch of the iPhone 3G S, YouTube saw an increase in uploads of 400%" Accessed on 5th October 2009

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