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Pro Video Tips

with Anthony Q. Artis

Video: Video portrait intro

- This week we're going to have a lot of fun because this week, we're going to be showing you how to do a video portrait. Now, if you never heard of it or I don't know if you might call it something else, but a video portrait is essentially a little mini-profile that you might do. It's typically something that you would see on an athlete. It's almost like a mini-documentary, but it's really stylized, really kind of designed to amp people up a little bit for the sport or the event, or really just to kind of hype the person that's appearing in that video portrait. So it's like a documentary, but maybe with a little more fun edge to it.
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  1. 21m 43s
    1. Video portrait intro NEW
      1m 51s
    2. Video portrait camera work NEW
      13m 32s
    3. Considerations for a video portrait interview NEW
      4m 11s
    4. Bonus: Finished video portrait NEW
      2m 9s
  2. 2m 8s
    1. Intro to Pro Video Tips
      2m 8s
  3. 17m 27s
    1. Controlling reflections in glass
      4m 7s
    2. Managing color with polarizers
      2m 32s
    3. Using a polarizer to adjust skin tones
      2m 0s
    4. Using polarizers when shooting landscapes
      4m 42s
    5. Ten polarizer tips
      4m 6s
  4. 14m 34s
    1. Supplies to get to hide lav mics
      2m 13s
    2. Hiding lavs in collars
      5m 16s
    3. Hiding mics in hair
      2m 17s
    4. Hiding mics in sheer tops
      2m 40s
    5. Hiding transmitter packs on talent
      2m 8s
  5. 34m 25s
    1. Canon C100 overview
      11m 33s
    2. Looking at the Atomos Ninja
      12m 20s
    3. Checking out the C100 menu options
      10m 32s
  6. 10m 28s
    1. Ten tips for set safety
      10m 28s
  7. 9m 18s
    1. Packing a truck
      9m 18s
  8. 19m 24s
    1. Putting together your lens kit
      1m 0s
    2. Normal lenses
      1m 54s
    3. Wide lenses
      3m 5s
    4. Ultra-wide and fish-eye lenses
      2m 53s
    5. Telephoto lenses
      4m 53s
    6. Super zooms
      2m 54s
    7. Macro lenses
      2m 45s
  9. 17m 22s
    1. The importance of exposure
      1m 31s
    2. Using waveforms
      5m 3s
    3. Using histograms
      6m 53s
    4. Using zebra stripes
      3m 55s
  10. 10m 20s
    1. Shutter speed overview
      3m 18s
    2. Different ways to use shutter speed
      7m 2s
  11. 10m 29s
    1. Tips for keeping your budget down
      10m 29s
  12. 10m 11s
    1. Working with batteries
      10m 11s
  13. 24m 39s
    1. External audio settings
      4m 2s
    2. Audio input menus
      9m 31s
    3. Audio output menus
      4m 6s
    4. Setting and monitoring your levels
      7m 0s
  14. 16m 33s
    1. Introduction to backlight
      1m 18s
    2. Types of backlight
      3m 51s
    3. Exposing for backlit shots
      5m 31s
    4. Backlighting translucent object
      1m 39s
    5. Avoiding lens flare and wash out
      4m 14s
  15. 13m 28s
    1. Booming techniques
      13m 28s
  16. 5m 42s
    1. Feeding your crew
      5m 42s
  17. 8m 36s
    1. Choosing between prime, servo, and manual zoom lenses
      5m 19s
    2. Running and gunning with prime lenses
      3m 17s
  18. 10m 55s
    1. Green screen lights and materials
      3m 47s
    2. Mounting the green screen
      1m 39s
    3. Lighting the green screen
      3m 8s
    4. Lighting your subject
      2m 21s
  19. 9m 28s
    1. What to look for when buying a tripod
      6m 13s
    2. Working with monopods
      3m 15s
  20. 23m 19s
    1. Choosing a camera
      3m 2s
    2. Preparation and supplies for a surf shoot
      2m 13s
    3. Dealing with lens fog
      1m 44s
    4. Mounting your POV camera
      3m 20s
    5. Tracking and shooting your surfer from the shore
      6m 56s
    6. Interview with Tony Cruz
      6m 4s
  21. 8m 37s
    1. Introduction to lens mounts
      1m 24s
    2. Canon mounts
      2m 0s
    3. PL mounts
      1m 59s
    4. Nikon mounts
      1m 24s
    5. Micro 4/3 mounts
      1m 50s
  22. 7m 30s
    1. Introduction to lighting ratios
      1m 19s
    2. Comparing ratios
      2m 52s
    3. Measuring light ratios
      3m 19s
  23. 10m 25s
    1. Ten Looks in Ten Minutes
      10m 25s
  24. 5m 36s
    1. Using camera height and POV to better tell your story
      5m 36s
  25. 9m 49s
    1. Tips for lighting an interview subject
      9m 49s
  26. 15m 5s
    1. Taking 10 pounds off your subject
      4m 1s
    2. Dealing with nose shadows
      3m 3s
    3. Lighting different skin tones
      2m 55s
    4. Putting makeup on your subject
      5m 6s
  27. 10m 4s
    1. Types of cookies
      4m 6s
    2. Making your own custom cookies
      2m 47s
    3. Controlling the look of a cookie
      3m 11s
  28. 18m 11s
    1. Introduction to shooting sports footage
      1m 15s
    2. Getting good coverage for your sport shoot
      5m 55s
    3. Camerawork for shooting sports videos
      5m 4s
    4. Gear to bring on your sports shoot
      4m 52s
    5. Wrapping up
      1m 5s
  29. 8m 34s
    1. Tips for using bounce light
      8m 34s

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Pro Video Tips
6h 24m Appropriate for all Apr 15, 2014 Updated Oct 21, 2014

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Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.

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Author:
Anthony Q. Artis

Video portrait intro

- This week we're going to have a lot of fun because this week, we're going to be showing you how to do a video portrait. Now, if you never heard of it or I don't know if you might call it something else, but a video portrait is essentially a little mini-profile that you might do. It's typically something that you would see on an athlete. It's almost like a mini-documentary, but it's really stylized, really kind of designed to amp people up a little bit for the sport or the event, or really just to kind of hype the person that's appearing in that video portrait. So it's like a documentary, but maybe with a little more fun edge to it.

One of the problems that comes up when you're shooting sports, and I think that's one of the reasons that video portraits appear in sports so often, is that you're often shooting people at a distance, they're wearing just jerseys, they all look the same. A lot of time, if it's certain sports, they might also be wearing a helmet. We don't even get a good look at their face. It's really hard to put a name and a personality to those uniforms and those helmets. A video portrait allows you to do that. Every time before they open the Super Bowl or the NFL, they always do little things where they roll out each athlete. Well, that's the same type of thing we're trying to shoot here.

A video portrait can be as simple as just someone standing stoically, looking heroic, maybe holding whatever their prop is, their racquet, their boxing gloves, whatever it is, and just standing there. And you can just do a simple sliding shot or just a nice still, posed shot. A lot of times, it's as simple as that. But it can also be as complex and involved as a little shoot we're going to be doing here at the Ventura KO Boxing Club, where we have a boxer, Blanca Owgawa, who's an amateur, who's just training mostly for self-defense. But we wanted to show if we could create a nice video portrait for anybody, and I think this is something you're going to have a lot of fun doing, not just for athletes, but you can also do this for the chess team, you can do it for the chef.

You can do it for your mom who sews if you just wanted to have a fun project. Let's dial into video portraits.

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