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All of us prefer to watch High Definition (HD), Ultra high definition videos due to the clarity and quality the video. Nevertheless, these videos would require a very high bandwidth to stream the video output, they also consume a lot of space on your storage drive. Due to the huge video file size, it becomes

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It can be every videomaker’s nightmare.   You click play on your masterpiece– you know, the one that took months and tons of sweat to finish, but instead of displaying your filmmaking genius, the video file sputters and dies. OMG, it won’t even play! Yes, digital video files can “break.”  They can become corrupted in a

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Nature is full of gorgeous, colorful animals that can make you gasp in wonder. Capturing the majesty on film is not always an easy task but it is vastly rewarding. The first challenge a wildlife photographer faces is location. A wildlife photographer has to go into the habitat of the animals in order to capture

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If you wish to create a flattering portrait of someone, lighting is critical.  Often, that means soft, even, diffused, bright light. But  not every portrait should have that form of standard lighting.  Sometimes you want to spice it up. This post will give you some advanced lighting tips.  Most of them create a very dramatic

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Projects For The Beginning Film Maker. One of the skills you need to develop to create professional-quality videos is the ability to think visually. Instead of words, you communicate using pictures.  What visual cues can you as the film director give the viewer so he or she “gets” it? You have to first think of

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Documentary filmmaking is a subcategory of film and video production where the production crew creates a work of journalism rather than a fictional movie. Instead of making up fictional characters and creating a world of make-believe, the documentary filmmaker’s job is to document real life and real people by accurately and fairly telling their stories.   Journalism

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Take a look at these eight marketing characters used to advertise national brands.  How many of them do you recognize? Do you know what product they represent? Every single time I showed pictures of marketing characters like this to my media students, they instantly knew almost every single character  They knew both the character name

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Now that you have studied character marketing, it is time to come up with a product, a character and a commercial! Guidelines for your TV Commercial Project Your assignment is to create and produce a TV commercial using at least one character. Your commercial will promote a product using your character.  Remember, your character should

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Computers completely revolutionized video editing. Before computers, video editing was more expensive and slow.  It took tons of expensive equipment, a whole roomful if you got into big-budget production. The skills and techniques used were completely different from modern computer editing.  For the most part, video editing on these old systems was only done by

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BUILDING CHARACTERS FOR A MOVIE When creating characters for a movie, consider the many different ways people behave, look and speak. Do you know anyone like this in real life? It always helps to follow the writer’s adage: “write what you know.” You can learn by imitating what has been done to create popular characters

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“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”  Thomas Jefferson When he uttered those famous words, Thomas Jefferson knew if the brand new, innovative idea of a government run by “We the People”

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WHY IS THE NEWS MEDIA SO DESTRUCTIVE AND HOW CAN WE FIX IT? When I contemplate the full repercussions of the 24-hour, anything-in-the-world-goes information cycle, it scares me a bit.  In my observation, as well as shown scientifically, humans are alarmingly susceptible to succumbing their will to authoritarian information and directives.  It seems to be

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