The internet has become a terrific source of quality education for many fields of interest and multimedia is no exception. The purpose of this section of the SIG website is to provide a good selection of websites and/or videos that are informative and pertinent to the SIG. This list is a “moving target” and will periodically change as new information becomes available, or better videos are discovered which update or better cover a subject. Suggestions are always welcome for a video to add to this list!
Page updated last on: 07/19/2018 This list will continue to be refined, so check back periodically.
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“I notice a pattern here – a lot of this educational material is about video editing.” Well, of course it is! If you’re going to take your raw content, including photographs and/or video, and turn them into a multimedia presentation, the end result is that you’re creating a video! How “complicated” that video becomes is entirely up to you. Most members of the SIG progress until they reach a comfort level, and then stay at that level. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this! Quality videos come at all “levels” and a good basic level video that is carefully crafted is — at least in my mind — far superior to a fancy wizz-bang video with lots of bells and whistles that is sloppily done. Come to a SIG meeting with your video and we’ll do our best to help you produce a video you can be proud of!
General Educational Resources We Recommend
- CreativeLive This is a terrific resource and at the basic level, it is free! You sign up, log in, and watch free classes live by real experts in their field. You can also purchase copies of classes that have already been given, which gives you access to the supporting materials. This requires some investment in time on your part because the classes, being live, follow their own schedule. By subscribing to CreativeLive, you’ll get notifications of what classes are coming up. Check out their website to see much more information.
- Lynda.com Another great resource and like CreativeLive, there are numerous courses available on a wide variety of subjects.
- Vimeo Video School Vimeo has a lot of quality instructional videos covering all aspects of video production by amateurs or professionals.
- YouTube When you dive into YouTube for video education, you are really going to have to be willing to dig through a lot of dross in order to find the quality offerings, so don’t settle for amateur stuff. For example, if you find yourself struggling to understand some bizarre Balkan accent, just don’t! Turn that guy off and go to a different resource! To get you started, try some of the resources listed here — click on one of these and it will take you their channel on YouTube:
- “Filmmaker IQ” (One of the best resources and professionally done.) Not so much on the specifics of various softwares, but overall background and education.
- “DSLRguide” (also available in a blog at: http://dslrguide.tv/) (Yes, he looks too young to be believable, but he is sharp, knowledgeable, and entertaining).
- “This Guy Edits” (As you get into creating your own videos and want to start really expanding your skills, you’ll find yourself looking for instructional materials like this.)
- Larry Jordan is a 40-year industry pro who also happens to be a great teacher. He has a lot of free materials as well as classes you pay for, but since he works with both Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro (and it’s adjuncts like Adobe Audition), there is lots to choose from. He also publishes a free newsletter and frequently provides free quality webinars on topics. Check him out!
- PremiumBeat.com (Lots and lots of instructional material on this blog, and usually pretty good quality presentations.)
- If you have purchased video editing software, do NOT forget to check out their web site to see if they offer any training materials! Why flounder around on the web looking for good stuff on your software when it is readily available from the company that sold it to you? For example, Adobe has a lot of very helpful on-line videos covering many aspects of their software.
- A compilation on Shutterstock.com of these and other learning resources, with a short description of each, titled “10 Websites to Learn the Basics of Video Editing.”
Helpful Materials For Anyone Interested in Multimedia
Below you’ll find some samples of ways our SIG can help:
- 10 Ways to Shoot Like a Pro (Capturing visual and audio Material)
- Using Stills in Video (A short video on the subject by one of our members)
- Creating and Animating Graphics (Samples)
- Outside Resources
- Producing with iMovie software (Links courtesy of Grace Pitzer)
Basic Introductory Level Video School
The Series immediately below are all from Vimeo.com, featuring industry-recognized Director of Photography and videographer Phillip Bloom, and Vimeo’s Andrea Allen. While not all exclusively focused on shooting video with your DSLR, they make a nice series that builds one upon the other. (We should note this series is now over 7 years old, but is still relevant.) Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of Vimeo’s “Video School” offerings, because the classes listed here are a very small sample.
- Introduction to DSLR Cameras
- DSLR Accessories
- Setting Up Your DSLR
- DSLR Lenses
- Recording Sound For DSLR
- Shooting Video with a DSLR
- Timelapse With A DSLR
- Nighttime Shooting With A DSLR
- The Filmmaker IQ series on “sound”, presented by John Hess.
- Adobe Audition tutorials
- 8 Adobe Audition Tutorials Every Video Editor Should Watch (A selection of nice tutorials compiled by Premiumbeat.com)
- Sound resource: www.freesound.org is a free site that has a huge selection of completely free sound effects.
- Google Earth Pro Keyboard Shortcuts
- Green Screen
- Music For a more complete discussion on music for your video, check out the section on this web site, “Legal Music For Your Video“.
- iPhone/Smartphone. Since so many videos are now being shot using our phones, we’ll start collecting instructional materials for that too!
- A Beginners Guide To Taking Great Video On Your Phone. A pretty comprehensive article to get us started. We’re going to try to get this saved in a more durable format in case the NYT deletes it at some point.
Checklists and Other Useful “Stuff”
- Outdoor Filmmaker Checklist (A surprisingly comprehensive list from the folks at Zacuto.)
- Multimedia Definitions This is a download created in Open Office. MS Office should be able to read this. If anyone experiences trouble, send us an email and we’ll change this to a .pdf. (Everything you wanted to know about multimedia terms but were afraid to ask, and even some stuff you probably DON’T need!)
- Calibrating Your Monitor. The .pdf and .jpeg files here are surprisingly helpful when it comes to getting the color on your monitor adjusted. Bring up the file on your monitor and adjust the colors on the images until they look ‘right’. Try it!
- Shot Composition A handy little one-page glossary hand-out that defines camera angles, rules of framing, and shot types.