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Old August 25th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Hey Guys, as you may already know at this point, I started doing Wedding Videography for few months.

My work is pretty decent at the moment, but I realized, since I didn't go to school for videography, I am really lacking in the technical aspect. There are tons of terms such as interlace, progressive scan, pull down, 60i etc, which i have NO idea what it means...is there anything I could do to learn all these terms? I really want to know whats the difference between 24p and 24A also!

Thanks in advance!

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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:19 PM   #2
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read every post in the forum that applies to answer your questions.

Seriously, all the different areas of DVi have all the info you're looking for.
Read and enjoy.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 05:44 AM   #3
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read every post in the forum that applies to answer your questions.
Amen to that - this is the place to get the answers but there are lots of sources - take the time to google and search this forum and you'll get the info you need.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 07:21 AM   #4
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I'm studying digital video at university and they really don't teach us alot of technical stuff at all. Most of what we learn is about storytelling, visual language (composition etc) and business. The technical stuff they just kind of brush over the bare minimum and most people learn through trial and error.

DVi has been an invaluable tool for me and helped seperate me from the rest of the class. Anytime we need to troubleshoot something I just jump on here and search the topic. I've also spent countless hours reading through the archives (instead of my textbooks!) to get familiar with all the terminoligy as well as prepare myself for unexpected situations. It's amazing how many times I've saved us alot of timewasting because I just happened to be reading about a solution the week before the problem arises.

Go through the archives for all the different topics and you'll be amazed by how much information you'll pick up!
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Old August 26th, 2009, 07:30 AM   #5
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YES ! This is the place to find all the information you need. I've been shooting video since, since, ummm.. errr. yeah. A long time and still don't know everything. Technology and techniques change so much, it is difficult to keep up. Maybe I'm getting too old and slow to keep up LOL. Anyway, you should find everything you need here.

Lots of luck.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:27 AM   #6
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This has been an invaluable help in my autodidact research of info:

My personal bible, I can't stay without:

http://www.quantel.com/repository/fi...tBook_20th.pdf
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Old August 26th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #7
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Yep I agree with John. I haven't been taught much technical stuff at university, mostly theory, storytelling and business too. All my technical knowledge has come from several years using cameras and the great information on this website
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Old August 26th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #8
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I was about to jump on here in outrage at the "poor education" that John and Jonathan were getting that didn't have a technical component...

UNTIL I realized that my OWN education had very little of it either. 11 years later, it's been a LONG road of reading periodicals, web forums and other resources, doing and asking.

There's no QUICK fix but thankfully DVI is a wonderful resource. Just don't stop here either. Read EVERYTHING you can get your hands on.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 05:38 PM   #9
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You might check to see if there is a professional videographers association in your area. You will have the opportunity to learn from others firsthand if there is a good association near you.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #10
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I was hired as the promotional and news videographer for a college in Tennessee and had absolutely no background in video at all when I was hired. This forum has taught me much of what I now know and is an excellent resource. For some of the technical stuff that you're asking about I found that some of Wikipedia's articles were fantastic. As always, be careful with what you read there, but generally speaking if an article is well sourced, it can be trusted.

Wikipedia is where I learned the difference between interlaced and progressive, what frame-rates were all about, what the different flavors of HD were, and so forth. One quick answer to one of your specific questions: 24p and 24A are basically the same thing, it's just that 24A is what Cannon decided to call their progressive video shot at 24fps (they also have 30A which is their version of 30p). Unfortunately, they're not "mixable" as in, a Canon videocamera can't play back a tape shot in a JVC, Sony, or Panny camera at 24p and vice-versa. They will both edit just fine together on a timeline, though.

When I started, I spent 8 hours a day, five days a week, just reading this and several other forums. I also subscribed to tons of trade magazines. Some you have to pay for, some are free. I can recommend DV Magazine, DigitalVideo Magazine, Videomaker Magazine, Millimeter Magazine, ASC Magazine (that one's not free), and there are even more out there, just do a little searching. Also, go spend time on the forums run by the manufacturers of the software you use to edit. Adobe and Apple both have excellent user forums, and I'm sure the others do as well.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 09:14 AM   #11
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read every post in the forum that applies to answer your questions.

Seriously, all the different areas of DVi have all the info you're looking for.
Read and enjoy.
Seriously, do this...
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Old August 27th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #12
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I put together in my blog about all gears to be used in weddings. It was aiming at the HV20, HV30 users. Take a look, you might found it useful in some way.

Gear Up for Weddings | L.A. Color Blog
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Old September 4th, 2009, 12:42 AM   #13
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I HIGHLY recommend searching this site.

I also recommend checking out videoguys.com, they have quite a few tutorials that could help a lot!
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