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Topics Covered
Camera settings and Framing How to Convert Video File Formats Tripod and Positioning New MOD features Uploading videos to MOD Live Recording to MOD


IRIS Setting Iris is a part of the lens that opens and closes to let in more or less light . -The IRIS represent on the screen like this F2.0

Shutter Speed
How long The Sensor records the image coming into the camera It represent 1/60 or 60 The standard Shutter speed for MINIDV Camcorder is 1/60 or 60. Higher shutter speeds allow for smoother or high motion subjects. Lower shutter speeds result in choppier movements.

Gain digitally amplifies the electrical signal recorded by the camera sensor. This allows the shooter to enhance the lighting in low light situations. Gain is describe on as follows: 18DB The default gain setting should be 0 DB. Any higher means your gain is on.ain Introduces Digital artifacts that lower your image quality. Try to avoid using gain unless you absolutely must it hurts your footage.

White balance
Most Consumer cameras tend to have at least automatic white balancing. White balance tells the camera what color WHITE is supposed to be.

Shots are all about composition. Rather than pointing the camera at the subject, you need to compose an image. Framing is the process of creating composition. Basic shot types

Basic shot types

EWS (Extreme Wide Shot)

VWS Very Wide Shot







Some Rules of Framing

Look for horizontal and vertical lines in the frame Make sure the horizontals are level, and the verticals are straight up and down. The rule of thirds. This rule divides the frame into nine sections

Leading room", "looking room", and " Headroom".

Basic Camera Moves

Pan: The framing moves left & right. Tilt: The framing moves up & down Zoom: In & out, appearing as if the camera is moving closer to or further away from the subject. Follow: Any sort of shot when you are holding the camera

Common Video File Formats

.avi - Audio Video Interleave File Video container or wrapper format created by Microsoft; stores video data that may be encoded in a variety of codecs To open .avi file format, use any of the following Programs: Apple QuickTime Player, Microsoft Windows Media Player, VideoLAN VLC media player.

.mov - Apple QuickTime Movie

The .mov file format is a common multimedia format most often used for saving video or movie files. It uses a proprietary compression algorithm developed by Apple Computer; compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms. To open .mov file format, use Apple QuickTime Player

.mp4 - MPEG-4 Video File

A standard developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). It is commonly used for sharing video files on the Internet; To open .mp4 file format, use: Apple QuickTime Player and also mp4 players.

.mpg - MPEG Video File

Common video format standardized by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). It typically incorporates MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 audio and video compression. MPEG file format is often used for creating downloadable movies. The following programs can play .mpg files: Apple QuickTime Player, Microsoft Windows Media Player.

.wmv - Windows Media Video File

Video or audio file based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) To play .wmv files use any of the following: Microsoft Windows Media Player, Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin.

.wmv - Windows Media Video File

Video or audio file based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format and compressed with Windows Media compression; basically an .ASF file that uses a Windows Media Video codec. To play .wmv files use any of the following: Microsoft Windows Media Player, Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin.

FLV - Flash Video files

FLV are flash video files. To open a flv file, you will need a FLV player to play Flash Video file on your computer. This is the list of free FLV players: Applian FLV Player JW FLV Player Riva FLV Player Snap Files FLV Player

VOB files
VOB is the extension of the files contained in DVD-Video media.

How to Convert Video File Formats.

To convert from one video file to another, suitable for you, you need an piece of software called a Video File Converter. There are several video file converters on the Internet. Some are free and others are not.

Tripods are used for both motion and still photography to prevent camera movement and stability. When to Use Your Tripod Windy conditions Low lighting Nature or environmental videography / Photograhpy Tracking motion (such as a runner or bike rider) Extreme close-up or macro shots Slow shutter speeds

Camera Positioning
Camera movement Pan or tilt Figure out the best standing position backlighting conditions Clear any vegetation that can obscure the camera lens. . Clear an area of approximately 15 to 30 feet in diameter in front of the camera for unobstructed views.