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Mobile Video & Audio Production for Freelancers

Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

Mobile Video & Audio Production for Freelancers

Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

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15 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Gear kit

    • 2. Different camera categories

    • 3. H5 course setup

    • 4. Framing the shot

    • 5. LEd light panel training (1)

    • 6. Smartphone productionb

    • 7. Shotgun mic

    • 8. Improving lighting natural and led

    • 9. Better video all cams

    • 10. Essential hands on h5 (2)

    • 11. Audio Overview

    • 12. Why we do a clap synch (1)

    • 13. Recording to usb mic

    • 14. Packing and traveling with camera gear (1)

    • 15. Agile summary

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Video Production Academy to access free courses premium contact on aerial photography, stock footage,video production, gopros, and the business of video

Mobile Video and Audio Production is a course for freelancers, digital nomads, photographers or beginners that need to produce high quality video AND audio without expensive and heavy gear. Audio is an important part of the your videos production quality especially for training or sales videos, or interviews. Any videos that require talking. 

The knowledge in this course will allow you to create videos for online courses, corporate interviews, training videos, podcasts, and videos for youtube. We don't need to carry bulky camera's, heavy sound equipment, or require a large camera crew to produce these videos.

You will learn about different camera's available from smartphone to professional video camera's and techniques to improve your video regardless of camera. You know that you are likely a one or two person screw. You will learn how to film yourself in focus with just one person.

You will learn to improve your audio using a variety of different audio recording devices from USB mics, shot gun mics, lavaliers, and versatile field recorders like the Zoom H5.

The skills taught in this course can be used for a videographer, freelancer, Youtuber, online trainer, small business owner to produce high quality video and audio. Your minimal setup will give you freedom to travel or stay mobile while still creative high quality videos.

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Greg Hung

Travel Videographer


Hi I'm Greg. I'm a South African Canadian Travel Videographer aka Global Citizen. I first got into video filming with a sharp camcorder in high school making my own short films and tennis video and editing on a VHS.  In 2011 in Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada) I rediscovered my love for video while filming an earthquake hiphop safety video for a Media Course. 

After I graduated from Simon Fraser University (BA Communications) in Vancouver Canada I went on to pursue a successful IT career working 13 years as an IT manager. I went onto to complete my MBA in Technology Management SFU and found my Entrepreneurial inspiration to start my own travel video business in 2011 during the DSLR video revolution. I sold my downtown Vancouver Apartment, bought an iMac, a Can... See full profile

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1. Gear kit: Hi. My name is Greg Kong from Sheik Triage Productions. Law, calm in this video lesson. I'm gonna give you some tips and advice on how you can assemble your first video kit. Okay, let's start with the most important being cameras. Um, I only canon SLR camera. In fact, I have 21 is a 60 70. These cameras function as my workhorses. They do the job. Um, you know, and, uh, they create great video HD video there a lot of other camera options in 2016 that you can choose some costs less on DA some conduce four k video. I recommend the camera that's reliable. You can do your research on sites like DP Review or being H photo video. You can go to YouTube on and look at different camera reviews so you can find the right one for you. Uh, the cannon s Lars I purchased in 2011. And I like it because they're well known platform. They have a lot of tutorials on them, so I was able to ramp up my knowledge very quickly through, um, online video school of video as well as YouTube videos. And of course, going workshops and getting out there and creating loss of video and learning from my mistakes closely related to the camera is lens because you can't shoot video or take photos without the lens. I recommend a good quality lens that can shoot high quality but also has a good focal length. I don't like swapping out lenses, especially when I'm traveling, so my lens of choice is a 24-105 millimeter by cannon. It's a good, versatile lens allows me to get wide shots as well as close up shots, and this covers most of the range for all my needs. Another consideration with the lens is your aperture. That's that F number beside the lens. The lens I use has an F four, which is not the best for low light situations and scenes at night. So if I'm in this situation, I'll change out to a lends a prime lens. That's F one point for, but the key take away is to make sure that you get a lens that's got a pretty good focal length again. The focal length of my lenses 24 to 105 I'd say if you have anything, Um, in that range or even a 24 to 70 would be good enough. Then you're covered, so that allows you to get good video and photos. But then the next thing if you want to take it a step further is toe. Have some light. If you're traveling like I am, you're not always gonna have good lighting sources. And sure, these days the cameras have ability to shooting no light. You can dial up the Oso Ondo, um, still get good shots. But if you're doing professional work, you're gonna want to carry it least and led lights. The lights are getting more advance, and, um, good ones allow you to adjust the intensity of the light. They said, have ah on attachment for the hot. Shoot your camera so you can put it right on top. And that's really a convenient or, um, this should be able to screw into a tripod stand so you can stand them beside your camera or wherever is more convenient. If you want, you can get a reflector dish, and this bounces off natural light onto subject. It's more used for photography, but it's also a low cost solution. The supplements. Your led light. Okay, Next, we're gonna talk about tripod tripods Really important, Especially if you could be doing online video courses. And ah, functions. Replaces another person helping you essentially because it's going to keep the camera stable. And you can get away with doing a lot of things on your own. If you have a tripod, I carry a really light tripod, but that's strong enough to carry the weight off my camera body and my lands. And it straps to my camera backpack. So it's not too bulky, Not too heavy, but strong enough to do the job. So recommend you look for something similar, especially if you're traveling. Okay. The next piece I'd recommend for your kit is getting something to record good sound. A lot of these cameras don't have the best microphone for recording audio. Some different options you have are the shock and Mike Shaka mikes are convenient because you can plug him in to your camera. They're gonna record audio right into the video file in your memory cards, so you don't have to sync up the audio. If you want to take it a step further, you can buy love, Mike's or lapel mic. So these are the little makes you can clip onto your shirt, and, uh, you can record them wirelessly to a field recorder. I've used these for corporate interviews, and they're useful because, um, Mike is very close to the speaker. And because their wireless, you don't have cords in the way and they have pretty good range. Um, now, another option is to use a field recorder. I haven't H five zoom field recorder. That's the successor to the popular age for end. I love this field recorder because it can record really good audio because it has Mike's built into it and, uh, can create pretty high quality audio, good enough for podcast quality online courses. For what I do, you can also connect it to a live mic. It has XLR connections, so you can plug in the receiver to the live mic so you can record multiple sources of audio from the field recorder. So those are some options for sound. Next thing I recommend is having plenty off external storage. You're gonna get a lot of large videophiles, especially we do lots of videos, so you want to make sure that you have enough room, the store, all those videos. I like to use USB three portable hard drives because they're cheap. And the pretty faster transfer files. They're good fours. Long term storage falls that I'm not gonna work on directly through my video editor. But I can store video falls or ah, archival use. If I have a choice of hard drive that I need for working storage, I'm gonna use the thunderbolt hard drives. I like the ones Bilis see, because it really fast they're rugged and used them for years, and they've worked out pretty good for me. You also wanna have, um, plenty of SD cards. The larger the better because that means last swapping out cards. And, you know, if you go on short trips sometimes able to fit all the footage you need onto an SD card, so you don't need Teoh continually back it up to a computer or something. Or sometimes hotels have computers. You can being a memory card and then make a backup onto external hard drives. They don't need to bring your laptop. All right. Finally, I recommend a good bag. Get back to protect your camera. and your lenses and, uh, laptop. I'm assuming that's your traveler trouble videographer like me. And, uh, you want a bag that's gonna protect all those things and be comfortable. I use a case logic bag. And if it's my 15 inch laptop, it allows me to fit my SLR camera. Ah, couple of lenses and another camera body and all my accessories. Um, so those are some my recommendations and advice for assembling your video kits. Um, again, do your research and you can choose which parts or gear that you want. I do have trouble. Video and Sound Guide for 2060. Note. It's a free download. You can go to Sheikh Ayaz productions dot com, and you can download it from there for free and that guy to give the specific models and makes off the gear that I use and my gear kit plus mawr, including my drone and other accessories. And, um, I tell you why I use them. So check it out if you're interested, and I hope this video was helpful to you 2. Different camera categories: Hey, this is Greg. In this video, I'm gonna cover different categories of cameras that we have in 2016. And what they're pros and cons are we're going to start off with smartphones, move my way up to drones and higher end cameras on Let's Begin. So first off, we can start off with smartphones, which our cameras that most of us have, because smartphones are almost everywhere these days and the video is getting better on these phones. And so why would you use the video in the smart home? Because it's convenient. You already own it, and most likely you're gonna be taking your phone with you almost everywhere. So it's just great to get shots better. Situational. If you're out and something happens and you just don't have your big main camera, your smartphone is always going to be there Now. These smartphones can take great video if you use stability and you have lighting. But typically the weakness is off. The smartphone camera, or that of sensors are not as big. They don't have zoom lenses like these ESL ours where you can zoom in, announce your stuff with a fixed lens and most likely They're not gonna be high performers if it's dark, but they're convenient. They're good for social media, just good for getting those shots when you're already out. Next category camera we have are the action cameras like GoPro's. GoPro's are really versatile because you can take him just about any activity that from the water, too, skateboarding or snowboarding. And if you mount it and get some stability and you get good lighting, you can get some really interesting shots. So the vantage of this is that they come with the casing and they're waterproof and they're durable and they're small and you can get some really interesting shots as I mentioned four , and they film up to four K resolution. The downside of the GoPro and the action cameras are that they also have a fixed lens, just like the smartphones. The GoPro is known for its wide fish. I look which isn't always desirable, and you're stuck with it. But, um, you know you can work with it to get special shots in combination with another camera. Some other downsides of the action cameras are that they don't perform well in low light, and so I think they are a good accessory camera, but not a good main camera Knicks category we have are the SLR cameras. These cameras are what I use their good work horses. They're pretty versatile. They could take really good videos and really good photos. And they have interchangeable lenses, meaning you can swap out the lenses, get different looks and even if you have different camera body canon SLR cameras allow you to use most of the lenses in between different canon SLR camera bodies. And even if you have an adapter, you can use lenses from other camera manufacturers. The downside of these SLR zehr that they're getting a little bit big and bulky, especially if you have a big lens. The camera can start to get a little bit heavy and take up a lot of room in your bag. These cameras are also a little bit more expensive, but they are versatile. You do get when you pay for another one. The downsides is that companies like Cannon have been really slow to innovate, and they haven't included four K resolution with the higher frame rates as of 2016 at least in the you know, the pro consumer cameras down to the entry level. A solares. And so a lot of people are starting to get into mere lis cameras built by Sony, like the A seven s two or the Panasonic GH war. So Marylise cameras are more compact cameras that are packed with technology. They can do things like film at four. K resolution. The video quality on them is very good. Pretty good. From what I hear, I don't own one, but I hear the can, uh, form really well even better than the S Lars in low light. Not all Marylise cameras are the same. I heard the Sony a seven as to do really well in low light. But the set Panasonic gauge four is not very good in low light. But generally these Marylise cameras are more compact. They've got more innovative features, but they aren't that cheap. There actually are almost the same price, if not a little bit more, then the SLR cameras. And so you have to figure out what are your needs? Do you want something that's gonna be a workhorse little bit heavier or something lighter? And that's more innovative but cost a little more. Okay, Next up. We have pointed shoots. I think we kind of missed on this point. And shoots are smaller cameras that can do photos and videos. The downside of these is that they're not going to be a high of a quality as the S Lars and the mere lis. But the guys are gonna be a little bit cheaper, and this is probably gonna be in the category off. Some of you that don't want to put all your money into a camera. But you do want to travel round with something and some things to look for in these types of cameras or to check the resolution, make sure it's full HD. You can do 24 friends for 2nd 30 frames for a second. At least you can create high quality full HD videos. If you want to create online courses or you want to be log, there's even cameras like the cannon 70 which are made for be longing. And, uh, these have the flip outs greens. These cameras will be good if you wanted to create online courses or be locks. Okay, The next category of camera is once you start getting into maybe professional filmmaking you want the camera that has all the features built in for the video maker? One of the downsize off the S Lark hammers is that you don't have all the features built in to do video right out of the box. You have tow, upgrade the camera, you have to buy filters, some people by rigs and Matt boxes. These are devices that you put the SLR camera in so they can be optimized for video. And what you start going that route. It's just think it makes more sense to get these cameras that are built just for video cameras like these air known as the Cannon C 100 Canon C 300. These cameras are designed to sir video. They don't do photo, but they come built in to record high quality audio and video. They've got all the filters for the lenses that you would need. They are built right on the box and do video. The next category of camera is the drone. Drones are something very new, and they are pretty exciting because the Cannes film four K, you can get amazing shots that you wouldn't be able to get from the ground and because it can travel freely through the air, you can get some amazing shots that simulate the shots that you would get with regular cameras, but with the support of things like dollies and Riggs really bulky accessories. But now you can do that just for the drone. I would say the downside of the drone is your flying time, and typically you get about 20 minutes per flying time. So becomes expensive. Teoh get batteries. Teoh. Put that thing in the air. And unless you have a more higher and expensive bigger drone, you're gonna have a fixed lens as well, just like go pros. So that's a downside off the drone right now. I find that if I'm doing drone videos, I'm doing the in combination with an SLR camera. And so they worked while together, but very rarely so far. Am I using just a drone or client? But I use my drone for stock footage because it films four K and I also have online courses on the drone, and some clients requests aerial videos in combination with just regular videos on the ground. Okay, so that's around up of the different categories of cameras. Hope that helps you make your camera buying decision. And I hope you find the camera that suits your needs. 3. H5 course setup : All right. This is great. Coming in this video. I'm gonna cover my set up with the H five zoom recorder if I'm teaching online courses just like him right now. So to do this, I like to set up my age five on these little tripod legs, so it's a little bit closer to my mouth also, there may be some vibrations from the laptop, so I think that having them on these many tripod legs minimizes some of that sound. If there is any background noise from lighting that you can't control, then you can use audacity to clean it up later. I actually turned off the air conditioner in this room. If you're living in the country like Thailand or Singapore, air conditioners are almost always on if you're indoors, so good idea to turn that off. If there's a fridge or anything, turn off the power. It'll save you a lot of time when you're editing. Okay, The next thing you can do is make sure that you have power for your field recorder. I'm using a USB set up to power up my field recorder, but I'm recording directly into the SD card in the field recorder. Later on, I'll sink up the audio using final cut Pro X, and when I record, I like to do the collapsing. I've got a lesson on that. And the reason why is that? I like to sync up the audio, so I will collapse Inc and I will record audio on my SLR camera as well as on the field recorder. And there is a function to sync up the video and audio in final cut pro Accent and automatically does that. So by doing a clap, sink and recording audio on both devices and makes it a lot easier to sink that up automatically rather than manually Okay, Uh, also I like to make sure that I've put the correct date into the field recorder. This device creates a nest of files, so it's a lot easier to find and locate the files if you got the correct date and I like to set up the recording frequency I like to record at 96 k h k H Z. There's an option for 16 and 24 bit. Basically, 96 is a very good high quality, but it creates very large files at 44 THC. That's still pretty good quality. I think it's about CD F M quality and the files going to smaller, of course. And the one big difference is at 44 you have the option to create a backup file so that if I'm talking too loud that I have a backup file that's gonna be minus 20 db softer than the original recording. So that's a nice option. So you just have to decide what you want to do over there. All right, After I set those things up, I'll put on the headphones just to monitor the sound, and I'm paying attention to the screen there. I want to make sure that the audio bars are not hitting the far right side, and that's what we call Peking. If it's gonna be peaking, then it's gonna be distorting the audio so I'll make adjustments on the recording source. If it's a XLR connection, something using these cables, then you can adjust those recording levels using the one, or to make sure that your one or two button is got the red light on, so that means a recording from that input. But if you're just recording from the capsule. Make sure you got Alan are lit up. Put on your headphones and you can adjust the recording levels over there. So, for example, I'm gonna turn it down to level six. But now I'm gonna turn up to level nine and you can see not level 10. That's starting to peek. Right, Peak. Okay, so that's just an example. Sorry about that. Okay, So once you have that all set up, then it's a good idea just to do a test recording and then stop it, play it back and make sure that you're happy with it. Also a good idea to have the microphones facing you. And that's about it. That's Ah, that's a pretty good set up to get some decent sound for most situations. If you're just recording directly into the field recorder and I don't need these USB cables , you can use batteries If you want to locate the H five somewhere else, maybe you can put it on top of the camera or mounted on top of a try pon to put this out of sight. But I thought if we're creating course about sound, that will be good to demo this field recorder in action. Okay, that's it. 4. Framing the shot: Okay, I'm gonna set my lens to manual. Set the wheel to manual, which is the M. It turned the camera on. Make sure that it's in video mode. Okay, Go to the menu, Teoh. Double check our movie recording size. I like to have it on 1920 24 friends for a second, which is 1920 by 10. 80. A little compression. So it press that button and then press the start button to get to the video recording screen. Okay, We can see here that the Louis aperture is for and that's based on the lens I'm using and then shutter speed because I'm shooting at 24 frames per second. Rule of thumb is to just double that, so I have it at 50. We use this wheel here to change that setting, and then I s 0 100 I always like to have, uh, my ass over 100 to begin with. And I'll set the aperture as little as possible if I, um you know, I want a lot of light to come into the camera so I can focus on something here. I'm gonna focus on this building by pressing the magnifying glass and then use the lens barrel check on the screen. And that's and then I press it again to zoom out, and then that helps me get my focus. Okay, I can see it's a bit dark, so I want to bump up the YSL by pressing the button here. Okay, so I got I s 0 200 Okay. If I'm happy with a shot, I can Then press record, which is that button there. And I could see the red circle, which means, uh, it's recording. 5. LEd light panel training (1): If you look at lighting interviews on the Internet, you'll see that they recommend different lighting setups that require more than one light for primary light Fill lights. But if you're going out to a client, shoot Ali Delight. Fix on top when SLR camera can be more than good enough. I Great kung here from chic Beyonce productions dot com This lesson. I'm going to talk about the led light panel that you can attach on top of the SLR camera for additional lighting. This allergy panel is now sitting on my canon 70 using this hot shoe attachments, and this light is useful if you're taking photos, maybe you are shooting somewhere where there's no a lot of light, like a lounger nightclub. This could give you the lighting that you need, so this one's pretty useful. Uh, it's got a men and a max control the level of lighting, but it's also got a color temperature setting than you can change from 5500 K 2 32 100 k Okay, so this is what it looks at 5500 Kate's more of, ah, bright white led look, and that's the 3200 k which is a bit a little bit warmer. All right, so let's led light panels. Um and, yeah, pretty straightforward and useful because you can just attach it on top of your camera. You can also attach it onto a tripod if you have one of those. And that's good, because if you want record audio with shotgun Mike, you can free up that hot shoe and use your tripod is the lights that in this corporate video there was actually a problem with the theater lights? So I actually use my led like to become the primary light, and it was really handing the situation, and I recommend having one of these in your gear kit. 6. Smartphone productionb: Hi, My name is Greg Hung. And believe it or not, I'm filming this video with my smartphone and stick around because I'm going to give you some tips and tricks for how you can fill a great video with your smartphone as well. Okay, now we're gonna look at how I set up the smartphone to get that video. You can see the first thing I've done is I've set up the phone on a mini tripod. You can get these things really cheap and they give stability much better than any person could. And that's my first toe. Get a mini tripod on, sit your phone on it. Next thing is I've got an external light source and at sitting on top of my SLR that SLR is doing nothing. It's just holding the like. You can use a tripod or like Stan, but the main point is you want good lighting lighting that's that's pointing in your direction. So that light actually facing directly on me that makes a huge difference. The next time you want to do is on our phone. You want to switch to manual mode so we can click and okay and you can see we have more options. Open up. We're not gonna cover everything, but I'm gonna cover the basics. This is a lineman bar and what it is, it is giving us a guide. So if you want to make sure this is perfectly straight, we can line it up until we get a green horizontal line. Doesn't have to be perfect, but close enough. You can see I'm getting a green line there. So that's horizontal. Next thing we want to do is take a look at the exposure. I like to leave it zero or plus one or minus one, but try to just keep it as neutral as possible. The eyes Oh, is something we want to change. I like to keep this as low as possible. If I could, I would do I s o 100. But if it's too dark, you can bump it up. I haven't said it 400. So you can just experiment with the ISO and go to war is a higher number if it's a little bit too dark Now, if you don't have an external light source, you can bump up the eyes. So but the higher you're gonna set the I s 02 You're going to get some greeny noisy, noisy nous into the picture. So you want to try to keep that I a solo now, before you hit record, most likely you're gonna have the option to record the different video resolutions in this phone. I hit the gear to open up the settings. I'm gonna go to the camera icon and I'm gonna select full HD 1920 10 80 p Some cameras. You can select the frames per second. The frame rate, this camera. I have the option off sending it to 30 frames per second. 24 frames per second is a film. Look. Now, if you want to slow motion, you could do 60 friends per second. Some cameras even do super slow motion, which is 120 frames per second. Okay. And after that, we can just tap on the phone screen just to make sure that the subject is in focus. And because only have one person I tapped where I would be sitting. So then the camera's lens I would focus on the spot that I'm sitting and then I simply hit record. OK, but wait There's one more thing that I didn't mention, and that's the audio. The audio from the microphones on the smartphones are terrible, and if you want a high quality video, it's important to have high quality audio as well. If you have poor audio and high quality video, it's just going to bring the overall video quality down. What I recommend is to invest in an external microphone. I'm using a lab microphone right now, but you can get something like a live microphone that plugs directly into your smartphone. That's going to improve the sound quality very easily right off the bat, and you can get him for less than $30. There's, Ah, company named Road. They have the Smart lab earlier. That's probably a good option. I haven't tried it out yet, but there are reliable company. I use their coping for my ASL ours, and so those are some tips Overall hike. Improve the production value off your videos using your smartphone. Remember, lighting is important stability. Make sure that you have the right settings on your phone and record with an external sound source because the audio from the phones are not so good. I hope this video helps you improve your smartphone videos. CIA 7. Shotgun mic: in this lesson, we're gonna be talking about shock on microphones, SLR cameras built in microphones are usually not the best. So your next step towards operating your audio usually means getting a shock on Mike. So I have a shocker. My meat by a nostril in company known as Road and I have the road stereo microphone and it's simply attach is to the hot shoe of your SLR camera right on top over here. And it's useful because you don't have to sink separate audio and video files and the shock on Mike basically eyes pointed at whatever you're filming, it uses this stereo microphone to plug in to the input in your SLR. Now from there, there are a couple settings that you can set on your road microphone. Uh, the road microphone is good enough for backup audio. If you're doing a corporate video, I would prefer to use the field recorder. But if you're doing a documentary and you're doing more of ah, running gun shoots and you don't want to sync up audio files, I'd say that the shock on Mike is the most convenient for recording better quality audio with the most convenience So let's take a closer look at the settings that I used to record with shock on Mike. What I've done here is I've plugged in the road microphone. I've attached it to the hot shoot and I'm using a cannon 70 for this demonstration. The cannon 60 menu's pretty similar, and what you can do is make sure that your own manual mode on your on the video mode of the SLR I like to set the DB level two plus 20. What that's gonna do is it's gonna use the actual microphone to increase the recording level of the microphone instead of using Yes, l R s o. What you'll need to do is try to turn down the actual sound recording on the SLR. So if you go to menu, you can, uh, come up to the fourth icon from the top and change sound recording to manual, okay, and then go down the recording level and you can actually use the wheel to set a level here . So I'm gonna select the 1st 1st segment and then set it press the send button, all right, and then on the road microphone, uh, plus 20 db and then the top is what is going to filter out background noise, like air conditioning or a fan. So I always leave that on. So that's all the way to the rights and then too excited to plus 20 db. It's all the way to the right. So this is my set up for recording on the shock on microphone. Always good to test it out. If you have a five D mark three Canon camera, you have the ability to plugging some air phones, and you can listen to the recording to test it up. Otherwise, what you can do is you can try reporting with this set up if you don't have a microphone in your ESL or take out the memory card and just listen to the audio with the set up before you decide to record a documentary or entire project because these air just my settings, you may need to tweak them for your purposes. But if I have a choice of using a field recorder or a plug in mike like I had connected his laptop, I'd rather use that than a shocker microphone. But a shocker on microphone in a corporate video is good to have a backup audio because it's just so easy just to plug in, flip it on and then just record while you're filming and you don't need to sync up any audio files. 8. Improving lighting natural and led: Hey, this is Greg Hung in this video. I'm going to give you some tips for better lighting in your videos. I think lighting is so important for improving the production value of your videos, and there's two types of lighting I pay attention to. First is natural lighting, and the second is artificial lighting. If I can, I would like to use the best natural lighting that I can. And some tips I can give you for natural lighting is to be conscious off when the best natural lighting is. And that's gonna be after sunrise and before sunset, and it's gonna be different for every location. So I recommend Googling the Sunrise and Sunset Times and then be aware off those times at least a day before your video shoot or even a couple of days in advance. A good idea to scout the location that you're gonna be shooting so you can actually see what the lighting looks like in that location. Also, pay attention to the direction of the lighting always best if you film something that the sunlight is actually on, you can also take advantage of natural light indoors, and my tips were that are too. Be aware of which location you're gonna be shooting in and pay attention to when the natural light is gonna be shining indoors so you can take full advantage of that. I believe natural lighting is always gonna look better and more natural, but you're not always going to get a chance to use natural lighting. Maybe you're in a climate where there's just a lot of rain and grey clouds. Or maybe you're shooting a nighttime. That's where something like this led lights gonna come in handy. I like to use an led light because it's portable and powerful. You can buy these allergy lights for about 100 US and some tips to look for a Nel in the light are that you can mounted easily. Teoh Hot shoe like a can on this SLR camera. This is a standard mount that makes it easy to mount on top of cameras, but you should also have a connection underneath that connects into your standard screw for a tripod or lights. Then some other features I look for are to use these flaps on. They helped control the direction on the light to make sure that it's focused in the direction this led light I just purchased in 2016. And what I like about this is that it's digital, so if I turn it on, I can see that it's on. And I can look at my battery levels by pressing the battery, and you can also have a choice between the color temperature. I'm not a color temperature expert, but I think it's a good idea to be aware of the different color temperatures. Indoor lights are at 3200 K That's the temperature off your indoor lights. Outdoors is 5500 k If you're filming indoors and you're not gonna be getting a lot of natural light in, then you probably want to set it to 3200 k which is what I'm going to set it up. So no. Okay, and we can also adjust the intensity using this knob. It's going to be a little different for every led light. But what I like to do is set the intensity, and then I'll actually sit where I'm filming, and then I'll see how the light looks on the picture after I've lifted up. And then I try to remember what those settings are. If I'm gonna be doing numerous video shoots throughout the day and I need to turn the soft because if you leave it on all the time, the batteries are going to run out. A battery like this will typically lasts about an hour and 1/2. Also a good idea to have a power doctor if you can, and you can just connected to the light. The light also comes with filters that you can slide in over here and you can experiment with some different looks using these filters. All right, I'm just going to use no filter. And we're gonna take a look at the difference that this light makes compared to using the led lights. First, we're gonna turn this off, all right? So if I'm not using led light, I'll have to dial up the I S O. So I'm gonna use 3200 and then I'm gonna focus in on that tax on the bottle because I'm gonna sit there. That's my little tip. If you're just one person and you don't have anyone to help you focus the lens s. So this is me sitting in front of the camera without the light. Now I'm gonna leave bottled There were going to turn on the light. Okay? And now I'm just gonna refocus and I will turn down the eso because we have the light. I'll just put it up 2000 and let's try out the video now. Okay, this is Greg sitting from the camera with the led light set to 3200 k So, in this lesson, we have learned a little about natural lighting and allergy lighting and how they can help your videos A very good element to pay attention to if you want to improve your videos. 9. Better video all cams: Hey, this is Greg Hung in this video. I'm gonna be giving you some tips to improve your video. No matter what camera you use a lot of demonstrations in this course and my videos. I use the cannon a solares because those are the cameras that I own. But whether you're using a GoPro or a point and shoot Marylise camera or a drone while drone is a little bit different, But for most cameras, these tips are going apply. Okay, My first tip is to level up your knowledge about lighting, and what I mean by that is natural lighting and artificial lighting. I have a separate lesson just on lining, but basic things like having a knowledge of which way the natural light is facing and knowing which times of the is best to film to get the best use out of natural light. So those are right after sunrise and just before sunset, check out the lighting lessons form or in depth on that. The second thing I would recommend is to get some stability. Hoyer camera That could be a tripod like this for your smartphone. It can be try Paul like this for my SLR and I even have a mawr heavier, more stable tripod. My men photo that I'm using for the camera filming me right now. You can also even use a selfie stick because this is gonna be more stable than holding it with your hands. You can also get stability through things like Riggs that you put around your shoulder. I don't use them because they're too bulky. I like to stay mobile and some lenses, especially on the Acela. Ours may have lenses with stabilization built in. And that's what my canon 60 has on the lens, the 24 1 or five I s for canon lenses. That stabilization makes a huge difference. If you like to shoot handheld and you don't have a choice user tripod or you're just to lazy. So if you have a camera, you may have a lens with stabilization, so that helps. The third thing I recommend is learning the knowledge off your camera settings become familiar with the best settings to use on the occasion. So what I mean by that is, you know, setting at the right resolution elected full most my videos a 10 80 p 24 frames per second . I like to shoot at the shutter speed, double what my frame rate is. So that's 50 and I like to set my eyes so as low as possible. I will turn down the aperture on the lens to make sure that I'm getting the most light through the lens into the camera, and it's gonna be different for every camera. But having a knowledge of the best settings to use eyes only gonna help you. You're gonna get a good picture out of that after that is important. To focus on your subject, use your camera's dig digital magnifying glass if you're using a cannon and make sure that you focus on your subject. If you're using a smartphone, sometimes all you need to do is just tap on your screen. Teoh Auto Focus. If you don't do that, sometimes it's not gonna focus on your subject, and you're going to get a great video. But it's not gonna focus on the subject, so make sure that you focus, and those are some of my general tips for getting good video. So again, it's knowledge of lighting stability. No your camera's settings and then go out there and film some great videos. It does help to have a good camera, but if you don't have a good camera, it's OK. Some knowledge of these concepts will go a long way that. 10. Essential hands on h5 (2): It's very coming from Sheik. We are productions dot com. In this lesson, I'm gonna do more of a step by step. Walk through of how we can use the H five zoom recorder to do a field recording. I actually use this recorder pretty much most of the time for recording the audio for my video lessons, but because I'm showing this field recorder off, I'm gonna be using my USB microphone to record the audio for this. But usually I always use this field recorder and it's just very versus talk and ticket out in the field. If I'm filming outdoors or pretty much anywhere. Okay, so let's begin. So here's her resume five recorder for best results. When you're recording a recommend turning off the fan air conditioner, any external noise that you have control over. Okay, um, you want to make sure that you haven't SD card on here so that just, uh, can be put into the side of the device if you want to turn it off and on the controls over here. So you hold it down over there to turn it off, and then you hold it down again to turn it on. Okay, the first thing I recommend that you do is to set the recording volume. So if we're recording with the stereo Mike here, we want to set the recording volumes just over here. I haven't set to about 8.5. And what you can do is you can plug in a pair of earphones to test what that sounds like so I can plug these earphones into the side of the device, okay? And then you can put these on and tests what that sounds like. Okay. Testing, testing. 123 Okay, uh, air phones. I like to use our, uh, h d 20 to San Heuser. I paid about 35 us for these. These are good quality. Not the best, but these air better than your your standard earphones that you get with your iPhone or your your iPad. So I definitely want some decent earphones. And let's hop over to the menu before I do that. I just want to show you when you would do if you're recording with other devices. So for the stereo, Mike, we can control the left and right microphone using these buttons here. Okay? And if I want to record the, uh, the input number one just over here. What I would do is repress the one there and then the second input over there. OK, but because we're just recording off these Mike's not on XLR inputs which would plug into the bottom. There were not going to use those. Okay, if we go into the menu over two recording mode, we have a choice of multi follow our stereo fall so we would use multi fall if you're going to be using the one and two inputs for the XLR cables at the bottom here. But if you're just using this capsule here, you could just use stereo files. So that's just gonna create one audio fall in stereo and your backup fall if you set that up. So something you should know is that if you've selected the stereo foul, it's gonna give you a lot more options to record. If we move over to recording format, you can see you've got all these different formats. It can record from MP three. Uh, this is CD quality MP three, and you can also record way fall. I like to record away fall because It's a higher quality audio fall. If you select multi fall mode, it's going to limit the recording formats you can use. You can look it up in the manual. I can't remember them all, but they are all way formats. Okay, so after that, we can back out of the menu. And so just to summarize, we set up our backup recording fall. We've tested the SD card. We've got her battery level. We've select the recording level on the capsule, and we got the Alan our lights on there. So the last thing we just need to do is press record. Okay, so recording a fall right now and then when you're done, we're just gonna press stock. I'm gonna put on my earphones here just to test that out, and then we compress play. Okay, Uh, if you record more than one follow, you can just scroll through the different audio files using these buttons over here, and pretty much that's all you need. Teoh get to get started. Okay, So I gotta do one more test recording, and then we're gonna take the SD card out, and I'm gonna show you what the files look like. So you know how to work with him. So I'll do one more recording here. Okay, this is the second on your foul, and we're testing. Okay, so I hit stock, and now we can pop the SD card out after we turn it off, And now we're gonna put the SD card into our laptop and then look at the audio falls. Hi. Welcome back. Popped in the SD card, and you're going to see these folders over here. You might be wondering where you go while we did stereo recordings. So the recorder creates, ah, stereo folder. So I'm gonna go in there and you're gonna see a nest of more folders. Usually, the first recording is gonna be in a folder one. So, uh, this fall here with the BU at the end, that's the backup file. So if if I play this zoom one file just the regular one, that's going to be at the 8.5 recording level. If I flipped over to the BU one, that's going to be a little bit softer. All right, now. And our second recording is this fall over here. Okay, this is second on the ball and we're testing. Okay? And this is the backup, which is minus 12. Be softer than the original. Okay? And these falls air ready to use in your project. So, in summary, that's how we get started with using the H five zoom recorder. Remember to set the backup. It's really useful. And once he set the backup, you can feel free. Teoh, change a recording level to a higher recording level. I use a 0.5. Make sure you have enough memory space, battery power and that you said it. Teoh Stereo. If you're going to be using the capsule, If you're using the one into XLR inputs, then you want to change it to multi fall and then just select the appropriate recording format that you want. I spoke about recording formats earlier, So over here, if you're doing multi fall, you can record in these four months over here. But if you're doing stereo follow, you have, ah, a lot more choices. And I like this scale that they provide. I'm just gonna zoom in here so you can see that a little bit better. This manual is really good as a reference, but it's just way too packed with information like encyclopedia eso. You can see the scale here. If you want higher quality recording, you can bump up these levels, but you're gonna get a larger follow size. All right, so, in a nutshell, that's using H five zoom recorder. 11. Audio Overview: Hey, this is great Kung. In this video, I'm gonna give you some ideas of different gear you can use to improve your audio for your videos. I'm gonna cover different gear as well as why would use them and general idea off the costs . Okay, so we're gonna start off by looking at the field recorder. So a fielder quarter is good versatile device to record audio on its own, which is a ready high quality. Or you can use different audio devices like the shock of microphone or even a live mic, which I'm recording this video with right now with the field recorder. So the field recorder can take audio sources from a lab mike, or even a sound mixer, and record all different audio feeds into one source. And this is an H. Y zoom. It was the successor to the popular H four and field recorder. And this goes for about, I believe, 250 to 300 us. And this is one of my most versatile audio devices. Highly recommended. If you're gonna be doing things like Paulk passing or professional freelance videos, this is good all around. The bias and records high quality audio. Okay, the next device for looking at is three USB microphone. This is a microphone made by Blue Yeti. You can get it at the Apple store. It's a very popular microphone. You need to have a USB cable connected to your computer, and you would use this microphone for things like podcasting. You can use a fore screen recordings, basically anything that requires audio input, but it needs to be connected to your computer. I like that you can change the different recording modes, baby, You wanna have an interview with two different people, and you can switch it to a certain mode to make sure this recording sound from both your end and their end. Or it can change it. So it's recording audio from all around, or even just one direction. So it's a good, versatile microphone. It doesn't cost too much, I think, in neighborhood of 120 us around there, but good quality, budget friendly microphone. It is just a little bit bulky. Not the best microphone the trouble with but you can fold it up over there. And if you're looking Teoh, improve your audio on your computer. This is a good option tohave. Okay, Next microphone we look at is a shock. A microphone. This is made by a company called Road R O G E. It's an Australian company that's making a lot of audio devices to complement cameras. I'm just gonna say, right off the bat that's recording audio for cameras from your smartphone. All the way to these cameras is very poor. And that's why you can improve your sound just by getting an external audio recording device like a lab earlier, Mike or even a fielder quarter USB mic or Shaka Mike. Okay, so the shotgun mike is good because of plugs directly into your camera. It's good for any videos where you're gonna be talking from. The camera captures all you wherever it's pointing towards and the qualities pretty decent , and you don't have to deal with separate video and audio falls. Whereas if you're using a lab earlier, Mike or a Fielder quarter, you're gonna have separate audio and video falls where you're gonna have to sink them together in post production, and that could take a little bit more time, and I cover things like clap sinking and, uh, you would have to sink your audio and your video in your video editing software, and you can get video adding software that does that automatically. And that's why I recommend a clap sink like that. I have a separate video for that. Okay, One other category off recording device that may be very useful for most of you is Thievy, the smartphone Laval Ear mic. And I don't have it here because I don't have one. But basically it looks like this and plugs directly into your smartphone, and it's useful because it's very portable and most people have smartphones, and it's just gonna prove the sound on your smartphone. So I've covered some different categories off audio, and I hope that helps you make a decision off what to buy and improve your audio. 12. Why we do a clap synch (1): when I'm recording a video with a separate audio source from my SLR camera. I like to do a collapsing just like that. The reason why I do that is when I'm editing my video on I'm using a separate audio and video fall. It's a little bit difficult to figure out where where is that point where they both match up. So if you do a clap sink when you look at the sound waves, the clock will just be this big spike. That will make it very easy to line both the video and the audio file up. Now, normally, your video file. If you haven't changed, any of the audio settings will record some audio. It just won't be Aziz powerful or as clean sounding as your dedicated audio source. Like a field recorder eso. You'll be able to use that audio fall that you're getting from the SLR camera to match up with the audio file using that Klopp sink. So I hope that makes sense, and that's what we do. Collapsing 13. Recording to usb mic: either. In this lesson, I'm going to talk about two things. First, I'm gonna talk about recording using a USB microphone. This USB microphone is made by a company called Blue Yeti, and you can buy this microphone from the Apple store or from Amazon. And the reason I like it is that it's powered and you can connect the microphone to the computer just using a USB cable. The quality on this microphones pretty good. It's CD or FM quality. Usually I'll just have it set to, ah mode where I can just record myself. But you can also switch it to a mode that allows you to record, um, interview with two people so someone can stand on the other side of the microphone. I have a video that I shot with, Ah, Digital known that call joining Acti where we use the set up. And that worked out pretty well. Uh, with this, uh, with this USB microphone, um, I can connect it directly to a program called Audacity that I used to clean up the audio. If I'm recording on a Shaka Mike on the field recorder or even this USB microphone, I try to reduce the amount of background noise that a record right at the beginning so I can make it simpler in, um, cleaning up in audacity. Eso things that you can do are you can turn off the air conditioner. Um, try to record when there's no background noise or any construction. Try to get a room nets as quiet as possible when you're recording. Okay, Uh, one last thing is that this microphone has been a really good fit for someone who has to travel and record good quality audio. It folds up, and the box that came with works out pretty well. It's got foam. Cattle said you can fit it into, uh, my, uh, cat factory box actually deteriorated, so I just spit it in my camera bag, and then I put some foam inserts or, um, the Val Crow padding to protect it. All right, so So I'm pretty happy with the blue Yeti. And, um, let's flip over to audacity where we can look at thesis up to record directly to it using the USB microphone. All right, so here's are set up for recording directly to audacity. Uh, this is the on screen look, and you would do this. If you're recording a video and you want to record using the USB microphone connected to audacity is so we're using audacity to record. And we're also gonna use audacity to clean up the audio's So we're gonna save a step over here. So my set up is I, uh, plugged in the microphone and I haven't set to the blue Yeti. And the playback device is a stereo microphone. I like Teoh. Turn on the play Bach volume. I don't want any, Um ah, playback echo while I'm actually recording and here I have the volume. Once you have that, you can just simply hit record. And, uh, after you're done, you can hit stock, you'll get a track, and when you can do after you're done is you can export that audio two away fall so you can type the name of the file on. Then you can save it, okay. And in the next lesson, we're gonna cover actually cleaning up the audio using audacity 14. Packing and traveling with camera gear (1): Hi. This is Greg Pong, and welcome to the online video production academy. I apologize for the mess, but this video, I just want to give you behind the scenes Look of how aipac my video gear, my personal here from Thailand to Canada. Uh, so let's start off here. This is my camera bag on. I'll have my s primary camera here, which I'm using to shoot this video with on I've got my lens, which, you know, back over here, this camera bag has some protective padding on. So I use it to feet my primary lens 24 1 or five and 70 as portable hard drive and a mouse . And I wear contact lenses, toe wear my glasses. But I think that in here on, I keep my memory cards, us bees in here and all my important cables in this pocket here, I actually have to disassemble my pack. My laptop so you can actually watch me do this. So the problem with packing carry on luggage? Is that your captain? Seven kilograms. So have to be very picky and choosy about what I'm actually bringing on board. I had to put some of my Elektronik year in my heart case, checking luggage. So I put my shock down. Microphone, I'm gonna have to put my field recorder. I just don't have enough space here putting my affordable drives talk in here. I take off the wires. When I put him in here, they're all in one spot. I had wire I'll put in here. Okay, I like this bag because I can also my last here, Any important paperwork, I can also fit in the laptop sleep. It just fits up to 15 inch laptop. And it's not protective padding at the back. This year, I used for water. You put your wallet, documents or memory cards, stuff that always good. Let's cap, which were using the film right now. Last thing I need the power for. And then in a second, I'm gonna show you my drone bag. All right, so my drone two batteries, there's some extra slots. My external USB hard drive. Here. I have two over here on you See, a doctor, some extra cables, network cable. So I actually have a little a little bit of route. I'm gonna use that by transferring some wires from my camera bag. over to this bag. So this is the, uh, sling bag. I like it because that full cut offs in some extra room for my other camera stuff on over here. That's my personal luggage full of clothes, that it's a hard case shell so it can protect my stuff. And I got up to 30 kilograms that I could fit in here. And I think it's 40 when you combine the total for international. So I'm just going to stick anything that I can't fit into these two carry on into the heart case. Uh, luggage. So sorry about the quality. Sorry. A little rough, but I just wanted to give you a little peek at how I packed for 15. Agile summary: congratulations on finishing the course. We covered a lot of ground with video lighting and especially sound. I covered a law off territory with sound because it's often weakness. It was my weakness starting out because a lot of the cameras in 2016 now do great video. But they can't create really good sound, especially if you want to do things like corporate interviews or documentaries, training videos or online courses. You're gonna need to beef up your audio games, so I hope this course helps you do that likely. The next step is to add it to your video and audio if I'm just editing audio and cleaning up background noise. Audacity is a good free program for video and audio editing, especially if I'm gonna be doing to camera angles with two audio sources. Final Cut Pro X fits the bill. It's paid software available only for the Mac, but a really good tool to do the editing side of things. If you enjoy this course, I have other courses on my own online schools, called the Video Production Academy at Phantom three dot teachable dot com. I'll just preview some of the courses there if you're interested in starting your own business with video and photography, and you want to get some tips on how to do that from the ground up. The business off Video photography two point. Oh, is, of course, I created because I started out my video business while I first started out How toe learn how to create good video. But then no one talk me how to manage the business side of things. And so I created a new course, the business of video photography two point. Oh, with all the things I've learned these past 45 years learning how to start my own video business. The second course I have is stock footage. 2.0 stock footage is a business model that lets you monetize your video footage on the Internet. I rely on it almost exclusively. Teoh cover my costs of living while abroad. It's almost 100% passive income. You can use him while living abroad like I am in Thailand. Or if you're in a Western country, perhaps it could help you generate a very good side income. And that's also available at my online school. Phantom three dog teachable dot com. The third course I have is an aerial photography and video course with the Phantom three professional drone. I started out flying the drone back in 2013 with The Phantom one. So I'm lucky that I'm an early adopter with a lot of experience flying and filming, and I have a free course for aerial photography to check out also a free course for stock footage at Phantom three dot teachable dot com, So I hope you'll check all those courses. I also have a website, blawg, with a lot of free information and links to my podcast at Greg Hung show dot com. Lots of free block posts, and I podcast with other videographers that are doing very interesting things in other countries. Also more traditional stuff like free lines, videos and on like forces. And that's available at Greg Hung show dot com and thank you for taking this course and hope you learned a lot. Thanks for watching. See a