Video Tricks of the Trade

If you’ve been given the job of making a video for your company, you need to know a few things before you begin. Even if you’re experienced and feel like you could produce it alone, start by getting advice from a video production company. They are professionals. They do this every day, and they usually answer many questions free of charge. Though you may not intend to hire them, they can provide another perspective on the project and may offer money-saving suggestions. You may still decide to do the project yourself, or you may decide to employ them for some, perhaps all, of your production work.

Who do I choose?

Video producers are a lot like psychiatrists; you must find one that suits you. Ask your friends if they know a good production company. View the company’s demo reels online and make note of what impresses you.

Production companies come in different sizes and specialties, so give them a call and find out what they do best. Some companies only do video editing. Others specialize in audio production or 3D graphics. Some are full-service companies that can handle any part of the process you want. You can hire video services a la carte (for example: shooting only), or you can commission a whole video, which may result in considerable cost savings.

If you’re interested in a full-service production company, start by talking with said company’s account executive. They can get the conversation started, listen to your ideas, and walk you through their pricing structure. They can also help tease out what you really want to say with the video, educate you about production options like high-definition, and get your creative juices flowing with sample programs. It’s time well-spent.

A few companies in every market are capable of full script-to-screen film and video production. They have in-house producers who can help you develop concepts for the video or help you think of some new ones. They can coordinate scriptwriting, shooting, editing, graphic design, music, and audio sweetening for you. Together, you and your producer can steer the process, ensure your message is getting through, and get the necessary approvals inside your company as needed. You can even watch casting calls or rough-cuts on line.

This process can be costly, but it pays off. You get Hollywood production values for a fraction of what it would cost in Hollywood. You receive help focusing your message for a fraction of an ad agency fee. You complete a quality project with less disruption of your existing schedule.

Garbage in, garbage out.

This is not to say that finding a good video production partner guarantees success. Video producers are just regular people with a knack for filmmaking. They’re skilled in taking your ideas and translating them into the language of movies with drama, suspense, musical scores and special effects. However, the movie they make is only as good as the ideas that you give them.

Your guidance is critical to the film’s success, so the earlier you have input the greater its effect. Making a video with a producer is a little like building a house with an architect. First, you tell her what you want. She makes some sketches. Pick and choose what you life. She makes more detailed sketches. You continue to offer feedback, and together you grow closer and closer to your vision. As you commit to an approach a little at a time, each of your decisions becomes part of the final design.

A good producer might begin with an outline, then a draft script, then a more refined script. When you arrive at an approach that feels like it will really work, the producer will oversee the construction of your video.

Rules of Thumb

  • Make a project timeline with your producer. It’ll be easier to abide by if you do it together.
  • Offer creative notions for your video in the first meeting so the producer can help you decide what works and what doesn’t. Hearing your thoughts will help him or her develop ideas for you.
  • When the project gets underway, check-in with your producer on a regular basis. You will know what’s going on and you can answer any questions he or she might have.
  • Be prompt with your feedback. Have your process in place so you can read outlines or scripts, look at graphics or rough cuts and get back to the producer as soon as possible with your corrections and comments. This prevents “data leak,” which happens when the client takes his or her eyes off the project for too long and loses track of the next steps.
  • Manage expectations! Early on, decide who within your company needs to see this video and approve it. Enlist their support and involve them in the scripting phase so the program has their input right from the start. If they’ve approved it along the way, they’re more likely to approve it at the end. Give them regular updates along the way. Help them stay excited about the project, but not to expect Saving Private Ryan for the price of a GI Joe. They will appreciate having a realistic sense of how the project’s going and develop a sense of ownership, which will be helpful at the end of the process.

Best of luck with your production. Whether you go it alone or hire someone to do the whole thing, collaborating with a good production company can make the most of your production budget.

Improve Your Teaching Strategies With Innovative Music Teaching Resources

Music teaching resources are essential tools for an improved and advanced quality of music education – whether the music teacher wants to promote more interactive and innovative methods to effectively teach music among younger generation of students or opt to remain traditional yet efficient. In this post, you’ll get the necessary ideas and techniques on useful resources on music teaching.

Music teachers want to always work and be at their best. As most of them also wish to become not just teachers but mentors, people who can establish camaraderie among their students, they need to generate and provide quality music education without compromising creativity, effectiveness, resourcefulness and enthusiasm of both ends. In this light, music teachers are encouraged and motivated to attend professional development training and seminars to aid them in meeting this academic objective.

Innovative Webinars On the Go

Some music educators engage themselves in interactive, innovative and online webinars that help them gain sufficient knowledge and necessary skills in coming up with creative, new, unique yet effective music teaching strategies. Webinars, short for web-based seminars and also known as web conferencing, are classified as interactive and collaborative discussion between the resource person and the audience. Its key features include the ability to give, receive and confer information.

However, in webinars, the data transmission is one way and does not allow interaction between the presenter and his audience. Web conferencing can hold and conduct live meetings, presentations and series of training over the web while the participants are at the conveniences of their homes – sitting and relaxing. These one-way web conferences are typical yet innovative strategies to strengthen career growth and widen opportunities.

Some of webinars’ features and key elements are slideshow presentations, keynote slides, live or video streaming, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), web tours, online text chats, meeting recording, polls, surveys and screen or application sharing, and many more. More so, most webinars come for free – free yet effective online training and workshop and I guess that’s one great thing about these innovations.

Online forums and Discussions

In the advent of Internet and other technologies, music teachers can just go online and have some educational chats with fellow teachers to share inputs and strategies that have been all effective over a period of time. Through these media, you can get the most relevant information from first-hand users who experience it on their own without misleading and confusing you. In here, you can share the same interests and experiences.

Traditional yet Strategic In-house Seminars

Generally, seminar is a form of academic endeavor and instruction either held within the areas of the university or a sponsored private, commercial and professional organization. This in-house seminar serves as a venue for professional development and career growth. Its set-up goes like that of webinars; however, participants can interact and communicate face-to-face. Such presentations, discussions and dialogues on certain topics are organized in such a way that the flow can be understood and observed by the audience and receivers. 

Whatever you choose to engage into, you’ll surely get exactly what you want and need to develop a strategic plan for a more comprehensive teaching method. So, get started and enjoy the privileges you can get from these series of training and workshops. Good luck, fellow music teachers.

Beat Sketch! Video Game For The Sony PlayStation 3 Move

Two art forms in one package. The Sony people have created a brilliant idea with this game. Beat Sketch! for the PlayStation 3 Move has players on their feet and moving to the beat as they create pictures, and mirages with the PS Move controller. Painting at its best, with absolutely no mess.

The Beat Sketch game will spark young imaginations, and rekindle old. This is one video game that will be applauded for many years to come. Educational and entertaining is what makes it one of the best games on the market right now. This game offers the users the ability to just scribble, sketch, draw, and just add large blobs of color to their canvas (the screen).

The Beat Sketch game was designed and developed specifically for the PlayStation Move. It is included in many of the more popular PS Move bundles available. In a bundle is the only way to get this game before October 21, 2010. Beat Sketch is already on the Japanese market, and is a big hit.

The PS3 Move controller becomes your paintbrush. Use it to add color, dimension and depth to all your creative expressions. This game is different every time you play it. This will aid in its replay time. A different game every time, even the kids will want to keep coming back.

The user can even take a snapshot of a person, and draw things on and around them. With the Playstation 3 Move eye, the user can take a still photo of either themselves, a pet, or someone or something in the room. After the photo is taken, they can then add silly hair, hats, change the color of the hair, or anything they desire. They can then save the data to come back to at another time.

The Beat Sketch even has music. As the person is drawing and creating, there are a variety of musical scores that can be played simultaneously. This feature will allow users to create music videos of their own. After their video is created, they can export it to YouTube where they can publish it for everyone to see and enjoy.

Beat Sketch for the PS3 Move has three different game modes. The first mode is the creation mode, where the player can make their own masterpiece. There is also the match mode, where the player tries to replicate the drawing or image that the game has made. They are allowed to alter it by way of colors, and textures, but they must copy the outline of the image.

Finally there is the challenge mode. In this mode, each player attempts to outdo the other. They must either draw or create what is deemed by the game as a better or more complex image, or they embellish upon the work of the prior player. Beat Sketch can be played alone, or with up to four people. Considered a party game, the main attraction will be the combination of music with artistic creation.