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How to Create an Effective News Archive

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For creators who produce large amounts of content each day — such as news or documentary segments — there is a way to preserve the elements of these stories and have fast access to them for future productions. These archived digital or analog elements can be written words, still photos, video and sound. In basic terms, the workflow for creating ...

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John Storyk: On Designing Great Recording Studios — Large and Small

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John Storyk is one of the top acousticians in the world. An architect and acoustic expert, Storyk co-founded Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG), an international firm that designs studios — ranging from major music studios to small podcast facilities. Beginning in 1968 with Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix in New York City, Storyk has more than 50 years of experience as a designer of ...

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Some Common Mistakes New Video Editors Make

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More than being a technical process, editing of both audio and video are art forms. Each requires artistic skill far beyond the technical prowess to operate editing equipment. They require the intuition of a good storyteller. New editors often make some common mistakes that need to be overcome. Here are a few: Before starting an editing project, it is best ...

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How to Pick the Right Sensor for Your Video Camera

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When shooting video, the camera operator is actually recording light — not just visual scenes. This is why the sensor in a video camera matters. How that sensor handles the light it captures is a key element in shooting high quality video. There are two main kinds of sensors for video cameras: CCD and CMOS. CCD is short forcharge-coupled device, ...

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The Workflow of Sound Post-Production for Video

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The creation of soundtracks for video requires a unique workflow that differs from the video side of the equation. From the acquisition of original sound in the field, to the creation of sound effects and foley, to constructing music beds to final editing and mixing, the sound drives the video in any storytelling effort. Orson Welles, with his extensive background ...

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Barry Williams: Harnessing the Latest Virtual Production Technologies at Atlanta’s Trilith Studios

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Barry Williams, a creative special effects expert with nearly two decades of visual storytelling experience, is one of the virtual production technology gurus at the soon to open Prysm Stage at Trilith Studios near Atlanta. At Trilith, the second largest studio complex in North America, (just behind Warner Brothers in LA), Williams oversees the pipeline, development and maintenance of new ...

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Using EQ and Compression to Produce More Compelling Video Soundtracks

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Compelling soundtracks are essential for powerful video stories. It was long ago proven that to hold the attention of an audience, the quality of audio is more important than the quality of video. Creating powerful audio tracks is an art form and there are a myriad of useful effects available to video editors. Two of the most important are EQ ...

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Transcoding Video for Post-Production

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Modern production cameras can shoot huge video files — ranging from high definition to 4K and even 8K resolution. Efficiently managing those files in a normal editing session requires a transcoding strategy. Determining the correct strategy requires some careful evaluation. By definition, transcoding is a digital-to-digital conversion of one type of encoded video (and/or audio) to another. The process is usually ...

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