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Old April 30th, 2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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Total Newbie... any advice?

Hi there... I have recently decided to become a videographer! I want to use the medium as a creative outlet and as a means of income. I plan to purchase the XL2 and Final Cut Studio on possibly a dual 2GH 160gig power Mac. After a lot of research, I have come to the conclusion that these are wonderful tools. What I am unsure of is how well I will be able to train myself to use them. My experience with camcorders is strictly consumer analog. I'm now reading "digital video for dummies". It has actually given me a good grasp on the basics, but of course not enough to get the most out of the XL2. I've also ordered "Final Cut Pro for Dummies". What else can I do to help myself? It is very apparent that a lot of you who post on this board have years of valuable knowledge. I would be very thankful to have some advice thrown my way concerning where to buy... how to learn... what to read... anything really! Thanks a lot.
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Old April 30th, 2005, 11:35 PM   #2
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check out videomaker magazine

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Old April 30th, 2005, 11:39 PM   #3
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Videomaker also has a few beginners books, that have some neat tricks and ideas. It will help you get a grasp of the basics.
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Old May 1st, 2005, 02:20 AM   #4
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Im in a similar situation

I have also just started in DV business for weddings and comercials; I have bought FCPHD, 17" powerbook, 2 XL2's, Varizoom ProLite rig, Varizoom DVRig Pro, canon 3x wide lens...etc...

What I have done for learning final cut pro (and Highly recommend) is buying apple's training book from Amazon.com, I am halfway through the book and I am already outputting awesome music videos with wedding video with the xl2.

here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

Do the same thing with DVD studio pro & motion, I would get the most current versions of the book (which is not listed), so you might need to wait since its just been updated.

Any adivce on lighting, cases/bags, batteries? I haven't bought any yet and don't want to spend too much as I've already done that with other stuff!
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Old May 1st, 2005, 08:16 AM   #5
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while you can read a lot of books on "howto" the best way to learn is still practice, practice, practice. then when questions arise, ask them here or ask people around you that know dv/dv-editing. it's through your experience on the job that you learn the quickest and learn your own workflow.

how do you practice? well, start by doing your friends wedding/events for free and that'll be your practice, or if by creative you mean short movies, start by writing scripts, getting college students, etc. and start editing them.
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Old May 1st, 2005, 11:41 AM   #6
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while you can read a lot of books on "howto" the best way to learn is still practice, practice, practice. then when questions arise, ask them here or ask people around you that know dv/dv-editing. it's through your experience on the job that you learn the quickest and learn your own workflow.

how do you practice? well, start by doing your friends wedding/events for free and that'll be your practice, or if by creative you mean short movies, start by writing scripts, getting college students, etc. and start editing them.
I agree. Learning your equipment and the limitations of it are going to be best done through use. Since you are buying your own equipment you really shouldn't have a problem experimenting all the time. When you come across a situation where you want to get a shot that you can't seem to pull off, come to forums like these and ask.
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Old May 1st, 2005, 09:05 PM   #7
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Thanks

Thanks a lot for all the advice and tips. I've taken them all to heart. I'm sure I will have more speciffic questions in the future.
Thanks again!
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