Archive for May, 2008
Lumiere video follows filmmaking in the tradition of the Lumiere brothers, who are credited for some of the world’s first films. Incidentally, the word lumiere is French for light. Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen and Brittany Shoot drew up the Lumiere Manifesto, outlining their beliefs in what everyday video does and should do. According to them, video without context can be beautiful.No distractions and effects are allowed.The value of the image lies in the multiple interpretations by the viewer.
These are the principles they propose:
- No zoom
- No edit
- No effects
- 60 seconds max.
- Fixed camera
- No audio
Would you like to make Lumiere videos?
Now that you know about videoblogging, or vlogging, it’s time to take your videos to the next level. Video podcasts, or vodcasts, is not to be confused with regular VOD (video on demand), which is for film and TV content, though both are technically videos on demand. To create a vodcast, you need to upload your video file to a server and create an XML file so that iTunes will be able to locate and play it. Putting your vodcast in iTunes makes it accessible and easy to subscribe to and download. In effect, you can use your turn your vlog videos into a vodcast as long as the feed is turned on. Playlist Magazine’s Christopher Breen has step-by-step instructions over at Macworld.
Samsung’s newest HD camera is the SC-HMX20C, which records 1920 by 1080 pixels with its 6.4-megapixel CMOS chip. It features a 10x optical zoom lens and 2.7-inch touch screen LCD. The record button is large and the handgrip swivels for even the most awkward angles, making it user-friendly. The internal 8GB flash memory drive can record 90 minutes of video and is PictBridge compatible. An high capacity SD/MMC card slot and a USB 2.0 port are provided. There is a 300fps slow motion feature, which should come in handy when shooting those memorable moments. For still photos, it works as a 4 megapixel camera. The SC-HMX20 retails for about $850 online.
Image from samsung.com
[Continuing our two-part series on ethics of shooting with your video camera, here are the other things you must consider.]
Third, what the video is for. Whether you’re recording for personal use or commercial use makes a difference. When money changes hands, it is best to have a clear conscience and to ensure that you have not overstepped any boundaries or abused someone’s rights to reasonable compensation.
Fourth, where you are showing the finished video and to whom. Is it going to be for family and friends, or are you going to broadcast it to the world online? Take care when identifying your subjects. They might not want videos of them coming up on searches of their names.
Have camera, will shoot. There are very thin lines between what is acceptable to film and what is not. There are a number of things to consider.
First, whether the location is public or private. A public space like a park or a main thoroughfare is a free-for-all space. However, when shooting in private areas like residential areas and offices, there must be an understanding between you and the owners/administrators of the building of what the video will be used for.
Second, who are the subjects. Bystanders and passersby do not need to be asked for permission unless they are your primary subjects and you will follow them around. More caution is needed when filming children, as their parents may be more wary of their privacy.
They look cool and easy to carry, but is the new generation of portable video cameras better than their bulky, overweight predecessors? It depends on the make and model, of course. But consider the ergonomic implications of a small video cam and make sure you handle it before purchasing. Trying out the controls yourself is the best way to determine fit and comfort. If you are buying online, a trip down the showroom will be worth the effort, whether or not the return policy is sound. It saves you the disappointment of finding the placement of the buttons awkward for your fingers, or the grip inconvenient for your palm.