“How to Keep Your DO-IT-YOURSELF VIDEO From Looking Like You Did It Yourself”

09.06.2013 15:58

Have you ever tried to watch a video with poor or distracting production values – clumsy camerawork, fuzzy focus, funky framing, lousy lighting, awful audio? It’s hard to pay attention to, let alone, understand the content. When you find yourself responsible for making a video without being in a position to hire professionals, you will want your videos to connect and communicate rather than annoy and aggravate. Some people prefer books for dummies or guides for idiots. For those who might appreciate learning video through video, however, consider this DVD, “How to Keep Your DO-IT-YOURSELF VIDEO From Looking Like You Did It Yourself.”


 


“How to Keep Your DO-IT-YOURSELF VIDEO From Looking Like You Did It Yourself”

 

By Jim Staylor  

Have you ever tried to watch a video with poor or distracting production values – clumsy camerawork, fuzzy focus, funky framing, lousy lighting, awful audio? It’s hard to pay attention to, let alone, understand the content. When you find yourself responsible for making a video without being in a position to hire professionals, you will want your videos to connect and communicate rather than annoy and aggravate.

 

 

Some people prefer books for dummies or guides for idiots. For those who might appreciate learning video through video, however, consider this DVD, “How to Keep Your DO-IT-YOURSELF VIDEO From Looking Like You Did It Yourself.” It could be called, “Professional video for non-professionals” or “How to Think Like a Producer”. This program discusses and demonstrates the basic knowledge and skills -- camerawork, lighting, and audio – needed to create corporate, non-profit, and other videos that look and sound “better than bad.” The DVD instructs viewers on how to think like a producer to increase both efficiency and effectiveness. This program is hardware and software neutral; It imparts concepts and principles necessary to do well with video using any appropriate equipment.

 “Introduction” contains a philosophy of success and defines good video. “Basic Production Skills” covers camerawork, lighting, and audio. “Phases of Production” puts videotaping into a larger context of the entire production process -- explaining what a pro typically does before, during, and after a shoot. “Roles and Responsibilities” shares insights about how real video projects get done. Though you may be the one wearing all the hats, it will be helpful to know what each hat covers. “Additional Resources” lists further learning available in print, on tape, on disk, and on the web. The index allows DVD users to jump to any sub-section for review. For example: what is good video, camera stabilization, framing and composition, lighting outdoors, microphone types, etc.

The producer and host, Jim Staylor, presents the information in an entertaining, insightful, and respectful way. He is a former TV magazine show and game show host who has spoken professionally around the country about ways to improve presentations through entertainment values and how to have fun at work. In addition to completing Masters coursework in Radio, Television and Film at Cal State Fullerton, Staylor has attended numerous workshops and seminars through USC Film School, UCLA, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also an instructional designer.

B-roll is used for demonstrations, examples, and text-rich lessons.

 

 

Jim Staylor is on-camera over an animated background for exposition, stories, and sections where b-roll is either inappropriate or unavailable. A DVD-ROM section contains an assortment of articles, templates and forms to assist amateur videomakers in their quest to move the quality of their work to the next level. The script template alone would be a $300 value compared to existing scriptwriting software. The video stuff contained within this program and on the disk encompasses much of Jim Staylor’s two decades of experience in the school of hard knock in the trenches producing videos along with the tens of thousands of dollars he has invested in continuing education.

 

This program sells at Amazon.com or can be purchased by contacting Jim Staylor. “How to Keep Your DO-IT-YOURSELF VIDEO From Looking Like You Did It Yourself” is available for only $24.95. The DVD comes with a money-back guarantee. If you are not completely convinced that this program can save you at least $100, let Jim Staylor know within 30 days of your purchase for a full refund of the purchase price. You can order through PayPal by e-mailing $24.95 plus $5.00 for S&H to jim@staylor-made.com with “DIYDVD” in the subject line. Remember to include your mailing address.

 

 

Jim Staylor is president of Staylor-Made Communications, Inc. based in San Diego, California. He has performed work for HP, Sony, JVC, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Honda, Ford, Bank of America, Taco Bell, Jack-in-the Box, Petco, the US Navy, and hundreds of others. In his 20-plus years as a video professional he has received many national awards for writing and producing. He was named one of America’s “Top-100 Producers” in A/V, Video, Multimedia Producer Magazine (Nov. 2000). To learn more, visit www.staylor-made.com or call (858) 679-9303.

 

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

The same skills used to improve business marketing and training videos can easily be used to make home movies more enjoyable -- both to make and to watch. A lot of people shoot family videos and never do anything with them. Maybe it’s because they are afraid to show anyone or are intimidated by the daunting task of finding the good shots. Most new computers now come with video editing software built in and included for free with tutorials. Once you start editing, you will become a better shooter because you will know what you need to tell the story. This DVD program, “How to Keep Your DO-IT-YOURSELF VIDEO From Looking Like You Did It Yourself” will help eliminate the excuse or embarrassment around the quality of the video. Once you learn how to guide the viewer’s eye through appropriate planning and good stabilized camera techniques while paying attention to lighting and audio, the resulting video should show a marked improvement.

 

See sample clips on Google Video by searching "Video Like a Pro" or visit my Vmix Channel http://www.vmix.com/channel/2197338/

 

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