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Old December 1st, 2003, 12:32 PM   #1
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Hi all,
I have been volunteering at my Church and doing live webcasts of the Church services. We were using a Hi-8 camera and I just purchased a Sony DSC-VX2000. I love the camera, but I have a problem. My background is in computer engineering, but when it comes to proper video camera techniques I am about as new as anyone can get. I am looking for recommendations on web sites or books on the basics such as proper exposure settings, what depth-of-field means, f-stops, etc. I am wanting to get the most out of this investment as possible and give the viewers the best possible presentation. I feel that the environment that I am shooting in is probably not the easiest to learn in either. I am fairly far back from the stage and the the lighting is probably not tweaked for this. For example, with the Hi-8 camera the peoples faces would looked washed out, with the VX2K I manually adjust the exposure and it looks better, but then when I pan over the crowd it is extremely dark and I have to readjust. Would adjusting shutter speeds help? You can see that I am need of basics, I am just wanting to know proper techniques for this type of shooting. To see what I am shooting you can check out http://ardellabaptist.com:8080/ramgen/Archive/ardella_live.rm?usehostname

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Thanks in advance!!

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Old December 1st, 2003, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hi Brent,

You're definitely in the right place to learn more about DV. We have over a tenth of a million posts here at dvinfo.net; all you need to do is search for a specific topic and I'll bet you'll find several discussions about it, no matter what it is.

There are also a number of useful articles on our main site at http://www.dvinfo.net/articles/index.php

And for a list of good books about a variety of production topics, see our Read About It forum.

Just dive right in and start exploring! Welcome aboard,
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Old December 1st, 2003, 01:41 PM   #3
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Brent,

I second Chris and say that you are definately in the right place. I come from a background of computer engineering just like you, and I have spent almost a year on these boards. I have learned a LOT from it.

Just browse the forums, use the search engine if you are looking for specific things.

If you are interested, I can send you a list of my favorite DV links. They reflect my interests of course, but might help get you started. If you want it, send me an email at: hhb@post7.tele.dk
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Old December 1st, 2003, 03:51 PM   #4
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why not just post the links here?

i'm sure there are a lot of folks who would like to discover some sites they don't know about.

i know i was thrilled to stumble onto this site when i did.

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Old December 2nd, 2003, 12:50 PM   #5
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Okay, I can do that. Just thought it would be a bit messy - but here goes.... Below I pasted a copy of my bookmarks. They should be directly importable into MSIE.

There is no particular order, hope it will be useful to someone.

paste begins....

.....paste ends

No, I guess it doesn't. The message was too long to be allowed.

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Old December 2nd, 2003, 12:53 PM   #6
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Ok, just manually edited the bookmark file and removed all the html stuff... It should fit here now:

http://www.sounddogs.com/start.asp
http://www.findsounds.com/
http://www.lafcpug.org/review_shotgun_mic.html
http://www.smartsound.com/
http://www.promax.com/SteadyTracker/cobracrane/crane.html
http://homebuiltstabilizers.com/
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Lot/7385
http://www.mvsvideo.co.uk/
http://www.steadicam.com/prohh_jr.htm"
http://www.digitalproducer.com/pages/may_the_force_of_after_effects_b.htm
http://www.techtv.com/interact/netcamnetwork/jump/0,24353,2280643,00.html
http://www.xpi.org.uk/~swma/
http://www.wings3d.com/
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
http://www.birnsandsawyer.com/
http://www.cyberphoto.se/
http://www.promax.com/Products/
http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/
http://www.bluecoremedia.com/index.html
http://www.cmvideography.com/video.html
http://momentsinmotion.com/demo.htm
http://desktopvideo.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm
http://www.csb-digital.com/alamdv/
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bh5.sph/FrameWork.class
http://www.dvinfo.net/canongl2/index.php
http://www.consumerdvreviews.com/
http://www.cyberfilmschool.com/
http://www.detonationfilms.com/free_stuff.htm
http://www.digital-digest.com/
http://www.dvfreak.com/
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/
http://www.ecoustics.com/
http://www.filmmaking.net/
http://shelob.mordor.net/dgraft/
http://www.geocities.com/pixelmagic2002/forcelightningtutorial.html
http://www.digieffects.com/frames/transferfilmtovideo/filmtovideo.html
http://www.archive.org/movies/prelinger.php
http://www.internetvideomag.com/
http://www.ketzer.com/
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2003/may03/05-01amazingdvdpr.asp
http://www.save-it-smart.de/
http://www.preisauskunft.de/
http://www.darkskies.info/rotoscope.html
http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/
http://screenwriting.about.com/mbody.htm
http://www.eeplaza.com/bestbuy/#vcam
http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php
http://www.tiemdesign.com/HowTo/
http://www.warmcards.com/
http://www.theforce.net/theater/
http://windowsmedia.com/9series/DemoCenter/VideoQuality.asp


There is no particular endorsement of the individual pages. It is just a raw dump of my DV related bookmarks.

Hope they will be useful to someone.

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Old December 2nd, 2003, 12:57 PM   #7
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And while I am having fun in notepad, here is the clickable version:

http://www.sounddogs.com/start.asp
http://www.findsounds.com/
http://www.lafcpug.org/review_shotgun_mic.html
http://www.smartsound.com/
http://www.promax.com/SteadyTracker/...ane/crane.html
http://homebuiltstabilizers.com/
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Lot/7385
http://www.mvsvideo.co.uk/
http://www.steadicam.com/prohh_jr.htm
http://www.digitalproducer.com/pages..._effects_b.htm
http://www.techtv.com/interact/netca...280643,00.html
http://www.xpi.org.uk/~swma/
http://www.wings3d.com/
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
http://www.birnsandsawyer.com/
http://www.cyberphoto.se/
http://www.promax.com/Products/
http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/
http://www.bluecoremedia.com/index.html
http://www.cmvideography.com/video.html
http://momentsinmotion.com/demo.htm
http://desktopvideo.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm
http://www.csb-digital.com/alamdv/
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bh5.sph/FrameWork.class
http://www.dvinfo.net/canongl2/index.php
http://www.consumerdvreviews.com/
http://www.cyberfilmschool.com/
http://www.detonationfilms.com/free_stuff.htm
http://www.digital-digest.com/
http://www.dvfreak.com/
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/
http://www.ecoustics.com/
http://www.filmmaking.net/
http://shelob.mordor.net/dgraft/
http://www.geocities.com/pixelmagic2...gtutorial.html
http://www.digieffects.com/frames/tr...lmtovideo.html
http://www.archive.org/movies/prelinger.php
http://www.internetvideomag.com/
http://www.ketzer.com/
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/p...azingdvdpr.asp
http://www.save-it-smart.de/
http://www.preisauskunft.de/
http://www.darkskies.info/rotoscope.html
http://www.scandinavianphoto.se/
http://screenwriting.about.com/mbody.htm
http://www.eeplaza.com/bestbuy/#vcam
http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php
http://www.tiemdesign.com/HowTo/
http://www.warmcards.com/
http://www.theforce.net/theater/
http://windowsmedia.com/9series/Demo...deoQuality.asp
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Old December 2nd, 2003, 02:41 PM   #8
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Thanks alot!! With this site and all those links that should get me going in the right direction. Thanks again for your time.

Brent
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