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  • #17808

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    Video
    Any decent Smartphone will do!
    All you need is something that can capture decent looking video – it doesn’t need to cost a million dollars..
    Complete kits for iphone/ipad: http://www.iographer.com/

    Audio
    http://www.amazon.com/Rode-VMGO-Lightweight-Microphone-Super-Cardio/dp/B00GQDORA4/ (theres a great tutorial/tips video in the reviews)
    http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B00N1YPXW2/

    Lighting
    http://www.amazon.com/Fancierstudio-Lighting-Hairlight-Softbox-9004SB2/dp/B0047FHOWG/

    Editing
    Camtasia (Mac + PC)
    Screenflow (Mac)

    Green Screen (Chroma Key)
    Buy those big sheets of GREEN poster paper from an office supply store and glue/tape them to your wall (cover a whole wall) – OR-
    Buy a big green sheet and fasten it tight with wood pieces

    #18545

    Chris Gilmour
    Adventurer
    @ChrisG

    Awesome, thanks so much for this @andyfreist This is great info to get started with!

    Is Camtasia just for screen capture footage or can you also edit recorded video in it?

    Also, which is easier to learn, Camtasia or screen flow? Are they similar quality?

    Thanks again!

    Chris Gilmour
    Changing World Project

    #18551

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    You bet @chrisg πŸ™‚

    Both Camtasia and Screenflow can be used for all your editing needs πŸ™‚

    They are both basically the same with similar workflows, the main difference is that Screenflow is Mac-only and Camtasia is both PC and Mac..

    My recommendation is to go with Screenflow if youre on Mac, and Camtasia if you’re on PC. Ultimately, if you learn one, you can use the other since they are so similar…

    #18607

    Chris Gilmour
    Adventurer
    @ChrisG

    @robson @andyfreist

    I was just doing a bit more research on the iOgrapher set up Deb mentioned. I am considering getting the “quick start kit” – http://www.iographer.com/collections/bundles/products/introduction-filmmaker-bundle-for-iographer-iphone-6-plus-and-6s-plus

    My one concern is the quality of the rode mic it comes with. Do either of you or anyone else have any experience with these Rode Mics?

    @andyfreist How do think the Rode would compare with the MXL Mic you recommended? I like the mounting of the iOgrapher better then the one you posted (i think..) I wonder if I could get the MXL Mic you mentioned and mount it on the iOgrapher. Any thoughts would be great!

    #18820

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    I’d go with the iographer rode mic.. looks to be nicer to me…

    #19025

    Lorraine Watson
    Adventurer
    @lorrainewatson

    I’m PC based and use a Logitech C920 for recording (1080p) and an ATR3350 lav mic (corded) with USB adapter for sound. Haven’t dipped into greenscreen yet as I was using my kitchen as a background. Edit with Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum and have Camtasia, but not used it.

    For portability I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 or my Samsung GS5

    #20630

    Karryn Olson-Ramanujan
    Adventurer
    @Karryn

    Just to clarify, I CAN edit my video footage with my Camtasia? Not just shoot shoot and edit screenflow videos?

    Havent’ explored there enough to know!

    #23908

    Karryn Olson-Ramanujan
    Adventurer
    @Karryn

    Hi all, what types of tripods or long handle thingys (haha don’t know what they are called) do you recommend for shooting with an iphone?

    Thanks!

    #23912

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    HeyΒ @Karryn, first answer. You can edit in either Screenflow OR Camtasia YES. I’ve been playing around with Screenflow and it’s so easy (even with green screen).

    As for iPhone, I use a lens called “Phocus Lens” which has an attachable screw on thing for Tripods. I’m sure iPhone has all sorts of devices if you just search your model of iPhone and tripods or video gear.

     

    #24486

    Lisa R
    Adventurer
    @lisa.russell

    Can Camtasia do really crazy effects? I need something that can give me some serious superhero sparkle!

    I’ve also been looking at Adobe Premiere Pro with After Effects, but I’ve heard people say it’s really hard to use?

    πŸ™‚

    #24516

    Dr.Wayne Buckhanan
    Adventurer
    @waynebuckhanan

    Adobe Premiere and After Effects will have a large learning curve — probably not worth it if all you want to do it cut/paste and add sparkle.

    I wonder if you can do your rough cut in Camtasia/etc and then hire someone off Fiverr to do the effects layer.

    #24535

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    I highly recommend NOT starting with Premiere or After Effects.. I am a highly tech-savvy person, and those apps baffle me. I could learn, but I don’t have the patience to spend the next couple years learning that stuff.

    You can get A LOT of mileage out of Screenflow / Camtasia. They both support chroma key (greenscreen) which is how you can get TONS of effects.

    They both have built-in effects, which are generally quite simple, but for good reason.

    I think it would be wisest to outgrow Camtasia/Screenflow THEN switch over to something more advanced, rather they get overwhelmed by the depth of After Effects/etc.

    Now, if you are committed to learning video production/animation and really want to (and have the patience to) learn advanced stuff, then go right ahead πŸ™‚

    #24649

    Lisa R
    Adventurer
    @lisa.russell

    Thanks Andy and Wayne! Will look into effects options later on in that case!

    #25335

    Lisa R
    Adventurer
    @lisa.russell

    @andyfriest – Any recommendations on tripods? I’m looking at a Manfrotto, but not sure if I need to spend the extra to get a full height one. Is it better to have a tripod that can give an eye level view without any help, or get a smaller one and stand it on a table or something? And does it even matter that much?

    πŸ™‚

     

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