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Will Pollard: Open Video Edit / Production
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11 January 2013
I work on a YouTube video channel - Will Pollard - and a radio show with video extensions. Rarely there is a budget for several cameras and an edit but mostly there is one low budget camera and maybe a trim before loading to YouTube. Mostly I find music is easiest to get permission to record but the same approach could work with a conference or any meeting. The audience can combine various sources but there are limitations to the current situation.
The Change I Would Like To See
A lot is already possible. If #tags are agreed in advance there can be several cameras at most events. I use a Kodak Zi8 and similar capability could be in many phones soon. More people could use the Creative Commons choice in YouTube. The Remix button shows up.
Although I have yet to see a phone as good for video as the Zi8 there is an advantage in quick loading through wifi or maybe 4G. Files are still large so I don't think this will happen soon.
How To Go About this
Examples encourage more people to try it. Please add any clues or links.
The best chance at the moment is the South West Music Awards. There is a proper version being edited but my friend Chris Norton has some iPhone clips as well as my Zi8 so we can try things out. #SWMA12
Sorry if this is off topic. Once there is an example it could work for other content.
Not sure if these are personas.
Kevin trained with BBC cameras several years ago. As a hobby he has also had a Mac at home and explores Adobe Creative Suite. Recently he is a bit miffed with the low production values on YouTube. He realises some of them are viewed by many people but he expects this to come to an end fairly soon. He is often asked to do some editing in Premiere but now requires a budget if a project takes several days.
Molly is a singer songwriter who is prepared to do some covers when busking. Sales of CDs have become more difficult in recent years. She has gradually accepted that videos will be made when she performs but is unhappy with the variable image quality. Usually the sound is not too good.
Sam is a sound engineer. He started doing his own sound, then arranging an open mic, then in various bars. He is often asked for a cable feed to a video camera from the sound desk. He has no problem with this except that various controls have to be reset a number of times. The venue management has no interest in YouTube or social media so Sam often concentrates on something else. The performers constantly demand an amended mix in their own monitor so Sam is actaually busy.
Will is trying to find out more about video editing. He has found the remix button on YouTube but has not had time to explore what is possible. There is a backlog of clips to edit.
17:46 on 18 January 2013
Scenario for video production around a conference
( the personas are from music video, scenario for a conference ; I find music scene easier to work with now but conferences also possible in future)
Conference centre with large central space, several smaller rooms, coffee in social area.
Nearby are three pubs and four cafes. There is a good sound system and sound recording.
There is a mix of academics, professional experts, practitioners, and reporters.
The organisers want the output of the conference to include some print publications but also podcasts and video. They also want to interact with social media during the event through all possible formats. Because a Creative Commons approach is agreed the people attending the conference expect to be able to edit their own versions.
There are a limited number of broadcast quality cameras. Most people have phones with some video capability.
The main conference is timed for one day between about 11 and 5, intended to allow time for rail travel before and after. A smaller group meets earlier to discuss how to record the event as sound, video, text. There is a design for editing and distribution assuming the recording will work out as intended. A later meeting works out a redesign of the edit after the event as the recording is not what was expected. Because #tags were agreed and publicised ahead of the event there is more material from camera phones available. The edit budget has to be expanded. The organisers consider an expensive DVD as well as short samples on YouTube.
18:32 on 18 January 2013