kdmc video tutorials

KDMC produces a wealth of digital media tutorials to support our training sessions and classes. While the focus of some tutorials is on technology and journalism, most are general enough to be of use to anyone.

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  • Video Cameras and Editing Software
    • Multimedia Storytelling: learn the secrets from experts at Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2014 Multimedia in Storytelling
       
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      Not all stories make good multimedia stories. The best multimedia stories are multi-dimensional. They include action for video, a process that can be illustrated with a graphic (e.g., "how tornadoes form" or "how this new surgery works"), someone who can give some pithy quotes for video or audio, and/or strong emotions for still photos and audio. Most multimedia stories require that the reporter go into the field to report the story face-to-face with sources, rather than doing a story entirely by telephone.

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    • Sony HXR-NX70U This is an instructional tutorial on how to operat
       
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      This is an instructional tutorial on how to operate the Sony HXR-NX70U. This camera, also colloquially described as simply Sony NX70, is a portable high-end consumer level camera that is also used by many professionals. This means the camera includes many automatic features for novices, as well as manual overrides that allows experienced photographer to control the look of the image with an high level of granularity. 

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    • Video Cameras Buying guide for video cameras
       
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      Choosing the right video camera gear can be difficult since the market is flooded with an abundance of choices. If you break down the elements each camera has to offer, you can significantly narrow your choices to a camera that offers you the best results at an acceptable price.

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    • Canon VIXIA HF10 How to operate the high definition video camera
       
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      This tutorial will cover the basic use of the Canon VIXIA HF10 video camcorder, as used in a journalistic application. This tutorial is written specifically for the students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Although the information will be catered toward the school's use, we are making this available to the general public.

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    • Sony PD 150/170 Video Cameras Using a video camcorder
       
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      This tutorial covers usage of the Sony DSR-PD170 or DSR-PD150 video camcorder. It is also an overview of video camera principles and hardware.

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    • Sony PD 150/170 Video Camera Accessories Important accessories for your camera
       
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      This tutorial covers accessories related to the Sony DSR-PD170 or DSR-PD150 video camcorder. There are several accessories you should have with your camera to improve the quality of the video and audio you get, and to protect your equipment. They include things like different microphones and a set of headphones, a tripod and a carrying case, and various adapters, filters and cables.

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    • Video Techniques How to avoid mistakes and shoot like a pro
       
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      People invariably make the same sets of mistakes when they first start shooting video: Trees or telephone poles sticking out of the back of someone's head; interview subjects who are just darkened blurs because there was bright light in the background or beginners take boring shots of buildings with no action.

      Here are some shooting tips to help you avoid some of these common mistakes...

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    • Standups and Voice-overs Be your own voice coach
       
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      A voice-over is a narration done by a broadcast reporter, usually reading from a script and a standup is when a television reporter appears in front of the camera to narrate part of a story - most often at the beginning to set up the story, or at the very end.

      However, reading that script is an art that requires both smooth delivery and emphasizing the key points in the story.

      Here are some tips for doing these standups and voice-overs...

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    • iMovie Edit video using Appleā€™s resident software
       
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      iMovie is a simple, easy to use video editing program that comes free with the Apple operating system (it has no Windows PC version). Despite its simplicity, iMovie offers many of the same features — dropping clips on a time line, cropping them, adding transitions between clips, etc. — as more advanced video editing programs like FinalCut Pro or Premiere.

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    • Final Cut Pro Sophisticated video editing made easy
       
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      Final Cut Pro is a sophisticated video editing program made by Apple. It is the editing software of choice for multimedia journalists using Apple computers, and is comparable to Adobe's Premiere video editing program. Final Cut Pro does not make a version for Windows.

      Final Cut Pro is also particularly popular with video journalists working in the field who want to edit their video on a laptop computer.

      READ
       
    • Premiere Pro CS6 Cross-platform video editing software: new version
       
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      Premiere is a popular video editing program made by Adobe that works on both Windows and Apple computers. It is comparable to Apple's Final Cut Pro video editing program.

      READ
       
    • Premiere Cross-platform video editing software
       
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      Premiere is the most popular video editing program that works on both Windows PCs and Apple computers. Made by Adobe, it is comparable to the Final Cut Pro video editing program for the Apple platform.

      Premiere is particularly popular with video journalists working in the field who want to edit their video on a laptop computer.

      READ
       
    • Video on the Web How to export for the web
       
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      Once you've finished editing your video (or audio), you'll need to greatly reduce its filesize so that it can be transferred over the Web effectively. Compressing audio and video can be as much an art as a science, but we've attempted to simplify the process here.

      READ
       

Video Cameras

Choosing the right video camera gear can be difficult since the market is flooded with an abundance of choices. If you break down the elements each camera has to offer, you can significantly narrow your choices to a camera that offers you the best results at an acceptable price.

Canon VIXIA HF10

This tutorial will cover the basic use of the Canon VIXIA HF10 video camcorder, as used in a journalistic application. This tutorial is written specifically for the students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Although the information will be catered toward the school's use, we are making this available to the general public.

Sony HXR-NX70U

This is an instructional tutorial on how to operate the Sony HXR-NX70U. This camera, also colloquially described as simply Sony NX70, is a portable high-end consumer level camera that is also used by many professionals. This means the camera includes many automatic features for novices, as well as manual overrides that allows experienced photographer to control the look of the image with an high level of granularity. 

Multimedia Storytelling: learn the secrets from experts at Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2014

Not all stories make good multimedia stories. The best multimedia stories are multi-dimensional. They include action for video, a process that can be illustrated with a graphic (e.g., "how tornadoes form" or "how this new surgery works"), someone who can give some pithy quotes for video or audio, and/or strong emotions for still photos and audio. Most multimedia stories require that the reporter go into the field to report the story face-to-face with sources, rather than doing a story entirely by telephone.

Sony PD 150/170 Video Cameras

This tutorial covers usage of the Sony DSR-PD170 or DSR-PD150 video camcorder. It is also an overview of video camera principles and hardware.

Sony PD 150/170 Video Camera Accessories

This tutorial covers accessories related to the Sony DSR-PD170 or DSR-PD150 video camcorder. There are several accessories you should have with your camera to improve the quality of the video and audio you get, and to protect your equipment. They include things like different microphones and a set of headphones, a tripod and a carrying case, and various adapters, filters and cables.

Video Techniques

People invariably make the same sets of mistakes when they first start shooting video: Trees or telephone poles sticking out of the back of someone's head; interview subjects who are just darkened blurs because there was bright light in the background or beginners take boring shots of buildings with no action.

Here are some shooting tips to help you avoid some of these common mistakes...

Standups and Voice-overs

A voice-over is a narration done by a broadcast reporter, usually reading from a script and a standup is when a television reporter appears in front of the camera to narrate part of a story - most often at the beginning to set up the story, or at the very end.

However, reading that script is an art that requires both smooth delivery and emphasizing the key points in the story.

Here are some tips for doing these standups and voice-overs...

iMovie

iMovie is a simple, easy to use video editing program that comes free with the Apple operating system (it has no Windows PC version). Despite its simplicity, iMovie offers many of the same features — dropping clips on a time line, cropping them, adding transitions between clips, etc. — as more advanced video editing programs like FinalCut Pro or Premiere.

Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is a sophisticated video editing program made by Apple. It is the editing software of choice for multimedia journalists using Apple computers, and is comparable to Adobe's Premiere video editing program. Final Cut Pro does not make a version for Windows.

Final Cut Pro is also particularly popular with video journalists working in the field who want to edit their video on a laptop computer.

Premiere

Premiere is the most popular video editing program that works on both Windows PCs and Apple computers. Made by Adobe, it is comparable to the Final Cut Pro video editing program for the Apple platform.

Premiere is particularly popular with video journalists working in the field who want to edit their video on a laptop computer.

Premiere Pro CS6

Premiere is a popular video editing program made by Adobe that works on both Windows and Apple computers. It is comparable to Apple's Final Cut Pro video editing program.

Video on the Web

Once you've finished editing your video (or audio), you'll need to greatly reduce its filesize so that it can be transferred over the Web effectively. Compressing audio and video can be as much an art as a science, but we've attempted to simplify the process here.

Video Links and Resources

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