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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Rich Harrington: Hi, my name's Rich Harrington. Robbie Carman: And I'm Robbie Carman. Rich Harrington: Robbie, this week we're going to take a look at something that, I would say is, unique to a music video workflow. Robbie Carman: Yeah, totally. It's, I mean it's a specific thing that you're going to do for, essentially having an artist in the field lip-synch to their, you know, his or her music. Rich Harrington: Yeah, and it's pretty simple. What we're going to do is create a click track and the benefit of the click track is that it helps really both parties, right? The performer gets a little bit of an indication like the song is about to start so they don't react suddenly, and the crew is got a countdown, to let them know, oh, I should be ready on my first shot.
Robbie Carman: Yeah, because the worst thing that can happen is, okay guys, everybody ready? And then all of a sudden, the song just starts, right? Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: You need kind of a lead in. And a, a good way of sort of thinking about this in your head will be the same way that you would do say a countdown for a finished project going back to tape. Right? Where you're going to have a slate and beeps and that kind of stuff. And it's those beeps or those clicks that are going to prepare everybody that, oh, okay, every second there's a beep. And then after the last beep, that's when the song starts. Rich Harrington: All right. So we're going to walk you through how to create one of these. You could do this with any NLE tool or any audio editing tool.
It's really quite simple. But I recommend you get this done before you get on location. And then you can take the file and transfer it to an iPad or an iPhone or your cellphone, a media player, anything for playback on set. But when we come back, we're going to go ahead and build one of these really quick.
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