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Background on Frank

Frank and his wife have been producing Videos for over 30 years

Frank started his talk by giving us some background on his background in the Video Industry.

Frank's wife Jean trained in the art of Movie making and Editing in 1980. She created her own Company "Catlin's Video Events" offering Corporate and Wedding Video Services. As Frank was still working full time his role was second Cameraman and Helper.

Jean started with VHS Tapes progressing through S-VHS, Hi8, Mini-DVD, Mini Hard Drive DV Tape and finally SD Cards. The output was given to the Customers as VHS Tapes, S-VHS Tapes and finally DVD's.

When Frank retired in 2006 Frank took up editing their holiday video under Jean's supervision and we have seen some great examples of these at our Video SIG Meetings on the second Monday of each month at Moorabbin (see Video Production SIG )

Frank also joined Roger Wragg's Vegas Pro Group to learn more about Video Editing. Over recent years Frank has spent his own time concentrating on holidays, school productions, concerts and grandkid's soccer - which is typical of our regular attendees.

As Frank had been showing some really good Videos at our Monthly Meetings we asked Frank to give us some tips on his Videoing and Editing techniques and Frank has created a series of Presentations - the first of which was shown at last month's Meeting and will continue over the coming Month's.

The full Presentation can be found at Frank Catlins Presentation .

The following slides are a brief overview of the topics that Frank has or will be covering including:-

Weddings

School or Theatrical Productions

Sports

Parties

 

 

Preparation Well Before the Event

Wedding Videos - Don't "Wing it" !!!

  • Groom's home
  • Bride's home
  • Church
  • Gardens
  • Reception
  • Where you and cameras will be (will you use remote?)
  • Where possible use 2 or more cameras, one unmanned if necessary. One camera always on wide screen.
  • Will you have enough light?
  • Reserve a central position       Tripods take a lot of space
  • Will you need a platform or ladder? Will you need seating?
  • Ensure no heads or late arrivals can interfere
  • Any lights, doors, windows to avoid
  • Linesmen, ushers, photographer, bridesmaids, coach
  • Where will lighting and sound guys be located?
  • Will there be coughing, clapping or talking near your microphones? Can your tripods be easily bumped?
  • Dedicated access to power (sharing with sound and lighting?)
  • Ensure you will be given a copy of the programme
  • Arrange an "official" list of all relevant names and titles
  • Arrange for your food and drink (if necessary)
  • Arrange for copies of any relevant music, photos or video
  • Bride and groom may want to provide the music for the video
  • Arrange for early access to the site
  • Take photos for Intro
  • Arrange for seating and or platform

Preparation before the Event 2

Equipment

  • Charge batteries and spare batteries
  • Check tripods (practice attaching cameras) Check cameras are working (2 plus spare) Check SD cards work (including spares) Check additional microphones are working Remote control
  • Stepladder Stools Torch
  • Battery chargers or adapters
  • Extension leads
  • Power boards and double adapters
  • Umbrellas
  • Texta, pen, notepad and clipboard
  • Gaffa tape.

Preparation before the Event 3

Covering all the bases

Ensure you will be given a copy of the programme

Arrange an "official" list of all relevant names and titles

Arrange for your food and drink (if necessary)

Arrange for copies of any relevant music, photos or video

Bride and groom may want to provide the music for the video

Arrange for early access to the site

Take photos for Intro

Arrange for seating and or platform

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On the Day

Make sure everything is working !!

  • Allow time to set up tripods and cameras etc.
  • Make secure any power leads and tape over switches
  • Allow time to tape down tripods and any exposed leads etc
  • Check cameras working and can film all angles. Check microphones working.
  • Make sure the MC will warn you before any items commence
  • Make sure you know how each item progresses
  • Identify the main players eg mother of bride.
  • If possible record large segments without a stop eg 60 mins
  • Coordinate start of recording cameras and sound
  • If necessary warn persons of need to keep silent near microphones
  • At weddings, the photographer is often the key person
  • Consider lapel microphones
  • On the day things might be materially different to expected

Wedding - Typical Video Content

Pre-Plan your Video Content

  • Intro
  • Groom
  • Bride
  • Bride arriving at church
  • Ceremony
  • Signing register
  • Family Photos
  • Bridal party photos
  • Reception Centre
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Guest tables
  • Speeches
  • Cutting cake
  • Bridal Waltz
  • Dancing
  • Bouquet
  • Garter
  • Farewell

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