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Storing Your Films

In the last article of this series it is time to consider what you want to do with your films longer term. If you have followed the earlier articles in this series you will have made at least one film and if things have gone well, probably a lot more than that. Before your computer stops altogether have a look at the following tips that allow you to keep your films without sacrificing your computer.

Video files are HUGE

If you have recorded a film or two :) take a moment to have a look at just how big the file size is. Even with the biggest and fastest of computers you will quickly fill your computer’s storage with these files if you keep them all on the computer itself.

There is a solution though and here are a few of the options worth considering

  • Upload your finished film to an online host, then delete the film from your machine
  • Burn a copy of your film to DVD
  • Buy a seperate hard drive to store your films on

 

Upload your finished film to an on-line host, then delete the film from your machine

If you are not too concerned about the films you create

Pros
  • Upload them to an on-line site, simply delete them from your machine. This frees up disc space on your computer which will make it run faster.

 

Cons
  • If you forget your password/log in details or if the site closes down. Then your films will be gone forever. It is rare that the big names close, but for special films you might want to consider keeping a copy in some way.

 

Burning To DVD

Pros
  • Once you have a DVD copy you can delete the original from the computer. This frees up disc space on your computer which will make it run faster.
  • Do make more than one copy of the DVD though, just in case one gets damaged.
Cons
  • Technology moves on. Over time, you need to copy your film on to the latest kind, to avoid having a format nothing will read…tapes, videos and floppy disks!!!
  • DVDs will deteriorate in time; make more than one copy as a back up.
  • Accidents happen, again make more than one copy of special films in case the original disc is damaged.
  • If your computers own DVD burner is slow, consider buying a seperate one with a better speed.

 

Buy A Separate Hard Drive to store your films

If you have the budget this really is the best option, prices have been falling, so these are well worth the investment for the amount of storage that you get.  Always buy the biggest drive you can afford. The video files are massive and you will quickly fill up a small disk. That said, keep an eye on how fast the drive runs. If it is very slow then transferring your files to it quickly becomes a tedious chore.

Pros
  • Create a copy of the original film on the separate hard disk and even if your computer fails you still have the back up on the hard disk.
  • You can burn additional copies of the film whenever you like, so if friends and family want a copy, it is simple to do.
  • You can have as many separate drives as you like.
  • Deleting the files from the original computer frees disc space, so the machine will run faster.

 

Cons

Cost; You can start with a smaller drive, but keep in mind how large the files are. Wait for the sales if you are on a tight budget.

 

So there we have it, that is the end of this series of articles on adding videos to your blog. I hope it has inspired you to give it a go, borrow your other half’s camera if you don’t have your own and see what you can create. Most important of all is that you have fun. It’s still being creative, just with new tools.

 

If you would like to see the videos I’ve made so far, here is my home on You Tube.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Choosing a Place to Film

In today’s post I’ll cover some tips on how to decide where to film your project. Here is where you get to play!! There isn’t a film maker worth anything who didn’t spend even a little time trying out ideas, before they went public with the results. To get the best you can from your film, spend a while playing with different set ups and locations and play back the results. Choose which location, best suits the projects you are filming.

Getting Started

  • Gather your filming equipment and set it up.
  • Ensure you have a charged battery,  and if you have a camera that uses film, that you have film in it.
  • Attach the camera to the tripod and you are ready to go.
  • Next gather the sort of items you wish to be in your film.
  • Remember this is just a trial run, if you are going to try a project tutorial, like I make, have a few pieces of paper in the colours you often use and some of the tools you would use for a project on your table.
  • Experiment with different camera angles/views and also where you film.
  • Press record and have a play.

This is just a rehersal to learn which locations are best to film in, you don’t need hours of film at this stage, just have fun. 

One of the things to decide early on, is weather or not you want to be seen by the camera.

  • Where you position the camera will affect whether it can see you or not! 
  • If you don’t want to be in the film; set up the camera in front of you but pointing straight down onto your table.
  • You will need to rotate your camera’s screen so you can see what it is looking at. You don’t HAVE to constantly stare into the screen but you will get a much better result if you keep an eye on it when filming to make sure what you are doing stays in shot!
  • If you do want to be in front of the camera; do make sure that your audience ‘ie the camera’ can see what you are doing. A wide shot will show lots of you and your surroundings but if you are doing a film to show the world how to do a technique, they will need a ‘closer’ look to see what is happening.
  • If you have a friend who can be your cameraman/woman, they can zoom in for detail and back out, to focus on you when you are just talking.

As you know I don’t appear on camera in  my films, here is the set up which works well… on a bright day anyway

 

This set up works for me on a bright day

This set up works for me on a bright day

 

As you can see the camera is right next to a window so uses natural lighting, I have placed white paper on the table to make the film as bright as possible. I used this set up for my first Cuttlebug film.

 

For a Great Film…Make a Plan

  • Don’t rush a project, but do have a plan. LONG descriptions on films are time consuming and can be boring to watch. Short projects, with short step by step sections, keep the viewer interested. I will describe how adding transitions during the editing stage can break up longer sequences in Part 5 of this tutorial series.
  • In  previous articles, I wrote about how to plan what to put on a blog and how to write tutorials. You will achieve much better videos with just a little time and thought planning what you want to achieve, before you film. Follow the links to the earlier articles, which will help you decide what you might consider before filming.

 

I’ve made a film, what’s Next?

If you have found the perfect location and have filmed an entire project, play it back to view what you have produced. Unless you are really happy with what you have created, don’t yet feel tempted to upload it anywhere just yet.  Before you upload your video to the world, if you can bare to hold on to your creation just a little longer, have a look at some more of this series of articles.

Editing the film, however great you think it is right now, will make a huge difference to the finished result. Editing isn’t just about cutting out the bits that might have gone wrong, but also adding titles, pictures and maybe narration if you have filmed in silence.

Coming up in Part 4:

Lighting;  How you can improve the lighting for your film.

 

Links

This video by Erin Michelle is another way to record your film, if you want to stay out of shot :) 

If you would like to see the videos I’ve made so far, here is my home on You Tube.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie :)

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