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5C of Videography Concepts Explained 2024-06-04

5c of videography concepts explained
Understanding the 5c of videography is key to creating quality video productions. In this article we will explore each one and offer some tips on how to apply them.

Familiarity with these concepts can improve the quality of your next video. The 5c of videography are color, contrast, clarity, composition and continuity. Briefly they are;

  • Color - plays a huge role in video. Color can set the tone, evoke emotion, define elements and impact perception. Color saturation, hue and dynamic range are aspects of a video that can be controlled.
  • Contrast - impacts the visual quality of a production. Defined as the difference between black and white or shadows and highlights.
  • Clarity both audio and video clarity contribute to the overall quality of a video composition. Paying attention to both of these can greatly improve quality.
  • Composition - is the deliberate arrangements of audio and video elements within a frame. Like a composer conducting an orchestra, video can be orchestrated as well.
  • Continuity - is the consistency of video and audio elements from scene to scene and to create a seemless flow throughout the video. Continuity is the glue that holds a video production together.

Continue reading for more in depth discussion and learn how to apply these concepts...

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Video Creation Tips Category (New) 2024-06-05

Video Creation category"Where have you been all my life?" Is what a video director said to me one day when I was videotape operating for him. It was a big multi-camera teleconference shoot for Chrysler Corp. I worked for a huge production house and the place was packed. There were 5 edit suites, audio post, 3 stage productions and 2 film to video transfer suites all running at the same time. I was a Sr. Video Engineer at the time.

My job that day was tape operator for the big shoot on A stage. I had (4) recorders and (2) playback videotape machines to operate. I had (3) cameras feeds, the main switched output and 2 playback tapedecks and a backup recorder. And, every other engineer, editor, assistant and technician in the place wanting to take them away from me.

We were doing a world wide satelite distributed 4 hour scripted teleconference. It was mandatory to either attend the event or watch the recording for all company employees. It was like a "State of The Union" address for around 100,000 Chrysler employees.

To say my performance on this production was critical, would be an understatement. While I had 7 machines to operate everyone else had just one or 2 jobs to do. I was constantly doing something with split second timing.

Roll tape, stop tape, cue the next segment, take notes, make labels, playback that last part, communicate professionally and fend off vultures wanting to snatch a tapedeck when I wasn't guarding it. It was a very hectic and rewarding day. In the end I had over 15 hours of freshly recorded videotape, in a 4 hour shoot. All of it labeled, cataloged and with detailed notes.

Edited in Camtasia 2023.4 BackyardGran Prix HumanBot AI Powered Chat Bot

If I wanted to see any of that today I would have to research an archive somewhere of old videotape. Most likely that would be all but impossible, as all that was long ago. The tapes are probably now destroyed, reused or lost many years ago.

Years later while operating my own home based video production business it occurred to me I should have an archive specifically for video creation. I should have a place to catalog my work and share it with everyone, my website of course. So, I created "Video Creation Tips" a new category on Best Website Tools.

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Camtaisa 2024 Is Here Now With Dynamic Captions 2024-06-12

Camtasia 2024 is here. Camtasia has always been one of my favorite website tools. This years version has some new features worth noting. And some drawbacks that need to be fixed.

First up is "Dynamic Captions." A new AI powered caption generator that will save you a lot of time. Simply drag and drop Dynamic Captions onto a timeline track just above your audio track that you want captioned.

Seems too simple, right? Well as with any AI powered app it is not perfect. You will need to review your captions to correct misspellings and misinterpretations. As you will see in this next video. I updated some of the errors, but not all. Check it out...

Rode VideoMicro 2 Test

For this video I used "Dynamic Captions to do the captioning. I probably should have spent more time editing them but I wanted to see what it could do for a video creator in a hurry.

As you can tell the captioning is off in some places and misinterprets words in others. However all the properties to change it are available. That means customization and editing can correct any errors.

Also worth noting about Camtasia Studio 2024 is the lack of 2 features that used to be time savers but are now time wasters, cause they aren't there anymore. I am referring to:

  1. "Remove Stitching" a tool that used to allow you to unstich a stiched clip. I looked everywhere I could think of to find this option. But it simply ins't there anymore. A "Stich" allows you to compine 2 clips into 1. This could be advantageous wheb trying to move clips around without having to re-edit them.

    Unstiching a stiched clip allows you to edit each part individually. Without the "Remove Stitching" option makes stiching a waste of time.

  2. "Export Selection As..." option no longer seems to work. I wanted to export a section of a video I was working on. So, I selected that portion of the video, then opened up the Export dropdown menu and found "Export Selection As..." greyed out and unselectable. There is a workaround for this but it entails a lot of unnecessary editing.

I am pretty sure these misques will be updated in the next release. But it would have been nice if TechSmith had of spotted them before I did. Still, Camtasia Studio 2024 is still the best screen recording software available. Now with AI powered dynamic captioning. Get yours here...

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