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Foundations of Video: Cameras and Shooting

with Anthony Q. Artis

Video: Welcome

Introduces the core ideas behind how video cameras capture moving images, and explains how to light and mic a shoot.
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  1. 5m 27s
    1. Welcome
      3m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Introducing the subject for the video shoot
      1m 27s
  2. 18m 45s
    1. Learning the craft of filmmaking
      4m 47s
    2. Exploring types of video cameras
      9m 18s
    3. Knowing what to look for in a camera
      4m 40s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Learning camera anatomy
      9m 27s
    2. Exploring important camera settings
      5m 52s
    3. Understanding how to focus
      3m 17s
    4. Using tools to achieve better focus
      6m 10s
    5. Knowing when to use auto focus
      2m 52s
    6. Shooting with shallow depth of field
      4m 46s
    7. Understanding exposure
      5m 5s
    8. Using neutral density (ND) filters to correct overexposure
      5m 0s
    9. Using zebra stripes to accurately judge exposure
      3m 26s
    10. Using gain to artificially brighten an underexposed shot
      3m 3s
    11. Choosing the right shutter speed
      4m 13s
    12. Understanding color temperature
      3m 6s
    13. White balancing a shot
      5m 3s
  4. 18m 26s
    1. Choosing the right tripod
      5m 27s
    2. Understanding camera moves
      6m 55s
    3. Mastering hand-held shooting
      6m 4s
  5. 29m 56s
    1. Five sound rules to live by
      7m 11s
    2. Understanding the types of microphones for video shooting
      7m 42s
    3. Setting up microphones for a video shoot
      6m 17s
    4. Using a boom microphone
      3m 23s
    5. Setting proper audio levels
      5m 23s
  6. 35m 29s
    1. Working with lighting instruments
      9m 23s
    2. Understanding lighting concepts
      4m 13s
    3. Creating a four-point lighting setup for a scene
      12m 42s
    4. Using corrective gels
      9m 11s
  7. 9m 25s
    1. Shooting for the edit
      8m 21s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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Embark on the very first steps in the process of creating moving images. In this course, author Anthony Q. Artis, a veteran of the film and television industry, introduces the core ideas behind how video cameras capture moving images. The course covers foundational concepts of lighting, such as why light is important, what kinds of lights to look for, and where to put lights relative to a subject. In addition, Anthony discusses sound, an often-misunderstood aspect of video, and shows how to properly set up mics and adjust audio levels on a shoot.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the different types of video cameras
  • Understanding how to focus
  • Shooting with shallow depth of field
  • Understanding exposure
  • Using ND filters to correct overexposure
  • Using gain to brighten an underexposed shot
  • Choosing the right shutter speed
  • White-balancing a shot
  • Working with a tripod
  • Shooting handheld
  • Using a boom microphone
  • Setting up a 4-point lighting scene
  • Using corrective gels


(music playing) Filmmaking is my passion because it's one of the most challenging and rewarding things I think that anybody can try. I've been doing this for 20 years now, and it never ceases to test the limits of everything I've learned. It's a really special artform that combines a dozen different crafts and disciplines all into one. It involves aspects of photography, audio recording, acting, fine arts, music, business, technology, psychology, and more.

And that just means that it really requires some good instruction, study, and practice. I am telling you anybody can do this if they put their mind and heart to it. This course is Fundamental of Video: Cameras and Shooting. This will be your no-nonsense boot camp to get you started shooting your own videos with more consistent and professional results. Now, in this course, we are going to talk about a lot of things. We are going to talk about lighting techniques to really help your production shine, and we are going to talk all about video cameras and how to make them do what they do which is tell your story with pictures and of course, we are going to talk about action and by action, I mean how to tell your story with movement.

And of course, I am going to talk all about audio and how to make your projects actually sound as good as they look. The whole idea of this course is to give you a solid foundation in the basics of video filmmaking whether you're shooting a short personal film, your first documentary, or just a promotional video for your company or church. Some of the specific things this course will cover are an overview of the many types of video cameras available and what to look for when purchasing or renting a camera. We are also going to take a close up look at the anatomy of a typical high-definition camera and explain what all those buttons and switches and settings are.

More importantly than that, we are going to break down the basic concepts of those settings control and talk about how each can be applied to your video storytelling. We will be clearly illustrating many camera features and concepts you may have heard, but perhaps not fully understood such as shutter speed which controls how motion is portrayed on video and action shots, and shallow depth of field which is the focus technique that can really make your work look and feel much more professional and cinematic.

This course will also show you how to properly use video equipment for best results. From cameras to lights and booms, we are going to break down the proper way to set them up and use them. I am the author of The Shut Up and Shoot filmmaking guides, and I've been teaching filmmaking at NYU Film School for the last ten years, and I'm excited to share this new fundamental course with you. So take notes, listen, and learn as we get ready to dive into the Fundamentals of Video: Cameras and Shooting.

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