Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saramonic MixMic Audio Kit Review (Part 2) - Basic Filmmaker Ep 190



     I decided once and for all, I would either get off my high horse about NOT recording audio into a DSLR, or prove myself wrong.

     Well, neither happened really.

     I can see how IF you insisted on recording your audio into your DSLR (which I still don't understand) you would absolutely want something like this audio kit to do it.  It really is the best way to pull it off, IF you also do some post processing on the sound.

     I am also of the opinion that there is no way I would do this, if the audio I was recording was important to me.

     I still think if you are going to spend $500, $1000, $2000 on a DSLR, then you should just pony up the extra cash and get a good mic and a good audio recorder. Syncing these, of which I've made MANY a video on how to do this, is really simple.

     I would usually say, "that's just my opinion" but, I think it's a fact. I have yet seen anyone able to match a good mic into a good audio recorder by recording sound to their DSLR.  I'd be OK with being wrong about this, so send me a video that shows me you can do it.

     IF you care about the audio for the video you're recording, spend the money. If you want to TRY and get decent audio and insist on recording it to your DSLR, then get one of these units.  If you don't care about getting good sound, then you're either not recording sound or I think you'll hit that brick wall of never evolving to that next step as a filmmaker.

     Sound is MORE than 50% of your video. Kind of up to you, but I would suggest if you want to create watchable videos or films, you need to develop your sound skills sooner or later.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Saramonic MixMic Audio Kit Review (Part 1) SR-NV5 vs Rode NTG-3 - Basic Filmmaker Ep 189




     Saramonic sent me this kit, and I must say I was reluctant.

     I think shoving your audio through the notoriously crappy DSLR's audio electronics is like re-sampling your 4k video down to an 8-bit DVD format before posting.  Things just get real ugly.

     As with all these manufacturer's that want to send me gear, I let them know - if it doesn't work or I don't think it will benefit my YouTube channel's subscribers, I won't waste there time and won't post a review.

     They were still game (I'm thinking overconfident) and sent it anyway.

     When I got the unit, I almost missed the fact that this was part of a whole kit, as I was really impressed with the build quality of the included shotgun mic.  So I decided to (unfairly) test how this mic would hold up the my favorite mic of all time, the NTG-3.

     Why is the NTG-3 my favorite? Your opinions may vary, but I found if I tweak the audio recorder just right, I can get the best sound I can get and not have to post process it AT ALL.  I can't say that about any other mic I've used, and I've used a lot.

     Of course, the damn thing is $700 for the mic alone.  But I've also used $2000 mics, and I don't like them as much. Again, that's just my preference and personal opinion.  On a real set, I leave it to the sound pros to do what they do best, and don't really care what they are using.

     So, I figured if the included Saramonic shotgun mic was even a third as good as the NTG-3, these Saramonic folks might have a winner on their hands.

     Check out the video, as I think it did pretty darn good for the price.

     Stay tuned for Part 2 and we'll see if I can pull off recording audio directly to the DSLR using it's crappy audio electronics.  I don't think I'll get anything usable, but who knows - I was pretty surprised at the mic for the price.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Friday, July 1, 2016

How To Make Your Sound Levels Do a Happy Dance - Basic Filmmaker Ep 188



     Since releasing this video, I was accused by a few of making videos that are "too simple" or "too basic" or "everyone already knows this" and so on.

     First off, the is the BASIC FILMMAKER YouTube channel and blog.  It's for new and beginning filmmakers.

     Second off (hehe), these are the exact things that most other channels DON'T cover, because they don't want to look stupid by making videos that are "too simple" or "too basic" or because "everyone already knows this".

     Third off (double hehe), everyone DOES NOT know this. 

     How do I know?  Because I've made it the mission of my YouTube channel to allow people ask the "dumb" (which they are not) questions that they don't feel comfortable asking anywhere else, as they feel they will be ACCUSED of being stupid.

     Great.  So as a new and beginning filmmaker, I SHOULDN'T ask questions?  Good luck.

     EVERY filmmaker starts somewhere.  They pick up a camera, and they don't know how to turn it on.  So they want to ask someone, "How do I turn this bloody thing on???" but are afraid to ask.  That's a real shame, as it shows they already have a fear of the thing, AND a fear of asking questions.

     And THAT is the stupidest thing ever. Asking questions about something you don't know about or how to do is one of the fundamental basics of learning. 

     In my opinion, people who berate others for asking "stupid questions" are just fearful that others might gain knowledge and become better at filmmaking than they are.  Or maybe it's ego (same thing, really).

     When I teach/instruct/apprentice/hire someone, I run the "long game."  What I mean by that is I want them to become BETTER than me at doing what I do.  If that happens, I have someone who does more than take orders.  They take initiative, they contribute to the overall products of what I create, AND, I get to turn that "hat" over to them, knowing it's in good hands.

     That also buys me more time.  Take a moment and think about all the time you don't have because you're too busy doing all the stuff that no one else can do.  I hate to say this, but that shows me you have an inability to teach others how to do the thing you are doing.  

     If that's not it, then why don't you teach others to do it then?

     It takes a LONG TIME to make a filmmaker who you can trust will do the best job possible.

     And it starts by making it SAFE to ask ANY question whenever it arises, and expect an answer.  And the answer should be honest, even if its, "I have no idea. Let's go find out."

     The point is, there will ALWAYS be new and beginning filmmakers.  These will go onto other things, possibly becoming experienced filmmakers.  Then the next generation will appear, and they'll need help.

     So, when you get a rack of people who trust you ask a "stupid" question like "How do I set my sound levels before I record?", then answer the question and show them, knowing you are one of the good  guys, passing knowledge down to the next generation of creators.

     That's my thoughts on the subject, and maybe that helps you in some way too.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My Top 10 Video F*** Ups You Shouldn't Do - Basic Filmmaker Ep 187




     I'm always tinkering around with giving people useful information, and seeing how it is received.

     Don't get me wrong - the purpose of this video is so MAYBE someone who is sitting idle on their video, or taking forever to make it, or waiting for that perfect piece of gear, or afraid that someone might not like it - will just say, "To hell with that!" and go make it.

     But I've been told two things I'm not sure I believe, and wanted to see what happens.

     ONE: If you use a real or suggest a cuss word in your video or title you will draw more viewers.  Not sure I believe that, and I expect some to be offended by this.

     TWO:  Using a title such as "Top 10 XXXXX" gets you listed in search results better. Not sure I believe that either, since everyone would title everything "Top 10 XXXX" for every social media post and video.

     However, I thought I would check it out and see how it relates to my channel and my video statistic.

     I also wanted to mention that I am VERY close to wrapping up the first Basic Filmmaker University course, and I am offering anyone who has enrolled in the university or the free-mini course $100 off the price.

     This is also another test - I am absolutely sure that someone is going to come along and say they missed out on the special offer, or whatever.  Maybe not, but when I say I am going to cut off that special offer only to people who paid attention and did enroll, and I release the course, well, that's it.

     I also realized I haven't been getting any clicks from links on this website here.  Then I realized I haven't been including any links to click on. LOL and DUH!! :)

     Anyway, thanks for following along, and I hope what I am doing is helping you in some way.

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                         The Basic Filmmaker

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How To Add More Depth With Free and Paid Music - Basic Filmmaker Ep 186



     Here I am again, working my ass off editing the 146 videos for my latest course on Basic Filmmaker University, constructing quizzes, downloadable materials and more.

     I just got done editing a piece about using music, as many have asked me about this.

     SCREEEECCCHHH!!!  The following hard right turn I took when you weren't expecting it will make sense in a minute... 


     Here's a little secret - I have this irresistible urge, when I make a video, to share it right the hell NOW!

     A lot of creators I know make enough videos MONTHS in advance to stay ahead of the game.  One guy I know always has the NEXT 6 MONTHS of videos ready for his channel! WHAT!?

     I just can't do it!  I know - I tried - and failed.  When I finish a video, it's usually in response to A LOT of requests, so I want to post it NOW, NOW, NOW!

     I'm told I should have a posting schedule based on metrics of views. Ya know, find out what day gets you get the most views when you post something on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on.  Then, post things on those days.  It's called a posting schedule.

     Yep, correct, 10-4. roger, gotcha, communication acknowledged.

     Well, not really.  MAKE IT NOW! POST IT NOW!

     I wondered why I suffer from this supposed malady, and concluded it's because someone, usually a lot of someone's, asked me a question.  And they don't want to sit around and wait for me to answer their question on the day or week or month they happen to "fit into my posting schedule."

     These people happen to have a problem they would like to solve at the given moment they ask it, and I don't like keeping them waiting, while they continue to mire around in their problem.

     Maybe a bit over dramatized, but there they are on the side of the road with a flat tire, I drive up, they ask for help, I say OK, drive off, and get back to them in a few days.

     I would feel utterly shitty about that.

     SCHREECCCH!!! Right turn executed, another, and another. Yay! We're back heading in the right direction again!

     So here I am again, saying to myself, "Ya know, a lot of people have asked me about this music thing. That's why I'm putting a whole section on music in the course.  Oh what the hell, let's also make a short version for my YouTube channel and get it posted too!"

     Yeah, it's weird huh?  

     I'm working my real filmmaking gig, a university, a gigantic course, and 40 other things that need to get done right the hell now, and right in the middle of that, I decide to shoot and edit YET ANOTHER video.

     And that's the point of the video - to help those who asked questions about music in a video.

     I guess I should have saved you some time and simply said, "I made this as I'm a sucker for someone who needs help. The End. Fade to Black." :)

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Creating Great YouTube and Social Media Titles - Basic Filmmaker Ep 185



     As I am burning the midnight oil on the last touches for the new Basic Filmmaker University, and the shooting on the first course, How To Succeed on YouTube (which is something like 146 videos!), I had some unanswered questions.

     This thing is a monster, and now I know why no one has ever created an A-Z YouTube course.  If I charged just for the time I put in this one course, it would not be affordable to most.

     It's not the amount of video time, it's the amount of quality information delivered that can be used.  For me, that just means I've pretty much nailed it, which I'm always happy with.

     Anyway, one of the last things to wrap up a course section was on titling YouTube videos.  There is a knack to this, and after much research on my part, I found there really is what you could call a good return on investment.

     In other words, good titles can be proven to get more clicks and views than those that are not titled well.

     Researched, proven, I have the data, done!

     OK, but how to do I teach someone this "knack" for good video titles. Hell, I'm still learning this myself!

     Well, out of the blue I fell across this Headline Analyzer

     Oh, and did I mention it's FREE!

     This piece of technology has scoured through zillions of posts and social media to see what the most clicked on things are.  Then, coupled with some analytics such as having certain words in the title, you end up with a working tool for creating awesome titles, which have a better chance of being clicked on.

     Of course, no computer system is going to tell us the best of anything, but it's a great place to start for someone interested in creating better titles that attract viewers, and hopefully subscribers.

     Worst case, it makes someone interested in attracting viewers to think about it, before they go off and title their video MY FIRST 2-PASS PROJECT.MP4, when it's a beautiful video filled with tips about using a drone to film weddings.

     Sure enough, my premise was correct, titles are important.  And this video shows how to get started at creating great titles for your videos.

     Of course, when they get to your video, hopefully you deliver what the title said you would. :)

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

How Good Is Good Sound (Stoney Edge) - Basic Filmmaker Ep 184




Getting good sound is not all about spending money.

Ever listen to an old radio show from the early 30's or 40's?  Wow!  Sounds really good.

The reason it sounds so good is because they used the basics - keep the mic close to the mouth for the best sound.

Although this video shows a cheap Stony Edge desktop mic, it also shows that as long as you keep the mic close to your mouth, and set the levels properly so it's not over peaking or under peaking, chances are it will sound pretty good.

And that pretty much goes for any mic, expensive or not.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Basic Filmmaker University in now online!






     Well, now I've done it!

     I'm committed. Basic Filmmaker University is now online, and delivering its first free course, 7 Step Process to a Great Commercial.

     I was going to wait until the first course was ready, but since I mentioned I was working on a film school in a prior video, I got HAMMERED with emails about this, so I made the above Q&A video.

     First, I should mention quite a few people who assisted me in this, one in particular who was particularly helpful and took over an hour on the phone giving me advice.  Since I didn't really ask if it was okay to use his name (famous YouTube guy), I'll just say THANK YOU and leave it t that.

     I think I understated how much time, research and effort was put into creating this online university, and I haven't even begun to finish the content for the first of many courses.

     Many may misinterpret that I did this to make money, and that's okay, everyone is entitled to their opinion.  That may be true, but the real purpose behind it is to offer anyone willing to part with a few of those Dollars, Yens, Euros, Rupals, etc., a place to get a full bore, hands-on course that attempts to fire-hose-fill their brain with as much information as I can impart.

     That's just not possible with YouTube as I see it.  I spend a lot of my own time and money making these YouTube videos and posting them for free.  When it came to this university, I realized to accomplish what I really want it to be, I would have to give up something, and that would be more time and money, and I just couldn't afford it.

     So after 6 months, maybe a year, I ended up biting the bullet and just diving in.  The worst that could happen is it flops and no one cares, but it wouldn't be the first time I was associated with a project that flopped, nor will it be the last.

     I didn't really mention it in the video, as I'm not sure anyone would believe me, but the most requested (and complained about) subject after reading through 15,000 emails and comments, came down to, "How do I make a YouTube channel that works and has a half chance in hell at making me some money?"

     Well, that may not surprise you, but it sure as hell surprised me!  I most certainly thought it would be something like, well, anything filmmaking - not how to have a successful YouTube channel. 

     Okay and fine, I can certainly show someone how to do that, assuming by successful they don't mean, "I want to sit at home and do nothing and make some videos and make $100,000 a year."  It takes knowledge, hard work, and patience.

     This course is scripted and partially shot, and it is taking an incredible amount of work.  It takes a LOT to show someone how to set up their YouTube channel correctly, step-by-step. It takes a lot to show someone how to set up all their social media outlets step-by-step. It takes a lot to explain to someone what branding is, how to do it properly, and why.  And the list goes on and on, to over 100 course sections, and that's trying to keep it "small."

     I am sure someone could go out and watch all those helpful YouTube creator videos, and a bunch of others, and maybe arrive at a YouTube channel that works. I know, as I watched them all, and was startled to find out if someone did that, it would not only take them years of trial and error, but that much of the information imparted is just plain bulls**t.

     Really.  What I found is that following all this advice, as noble and helpful as these people are trying to be, would actually end up with a person confused, disappointed, or they would just give up.  The person has no idea the work involved, and doesn't have the years of experience to know whether or not what they are watching or reading is really important, not so important, a total waste of time, or just plain wrong.

     That's when I really got interested, and decided to make this course in full earnest. I covered some of this in the Q&A video, but the first thing I needed was a bucket to contain this and other courses, and I came up with a laundry list of things I wanted for this university.

     Here's the full list:

  • Free, short mini-courses for an overview of a subject, to give a student a few workable basics of the subject, and how the university and courses work.
  • Full courses containing the complete theory and hands-on experience, covering ALL aspects of a particular subject.
  • These would be designed to transform the student from learning the thing being taught, to doing it and achieving a result.
  • Content that is downloadable such as training aids, templates, checklists, quizzes, and the videos themselves for offline viewing.
  • A collaborative commenting system allowing students to interact with other students and the instructors.
  • Simple enrollment with an email address, and no spam.
  • Notification to enrolled students of new courses as they become available.
  • Each course, its content, or any part of it, available to the student, forever.
  • Courses updated with new content as needed, freely available to the enrolled student, forever.
  • Enrollment open to anyone in the world, of any age, bundled courses, money back guarantees, and much more.

    That’s a lot of stuff, but I’m a needy guy, and I when it comes to something important to me, I don’t like half-assing it.

     The other thing I cut out of the video was a complete hands-on tour of the
university and one of the courses, but it got really long, so I decided to let people come over and check it out themselves.

     I mentioned the courses would be around $179, but not for subscribers of my channel.  It might be lost on many that charging $79 for these, which is what I will offer to my channel viewers, is not some sales-pitchy marked up price thing.  After my time and monetary investment, card processing fees, and much more, that’s giving it to them at cost.

     When I spend time on something like this, it is costing me money - lots of money - and I need to make sure I don't do something stupid and go broke.  I do have a job to do, and I work a lot of hours doing that, and I try not to let this conflict with that. 

     I am hoping to have the first full-length course, how to create a successful YouTube channel, available next month.  I still have quite a bit of shooting, editing, and course material preparation to complete.  These full courses take a really long time, and it really makes me appreciate people who do these online courses.

     As I said in the video, I'm really excited to doing this university, and am hoping it works out for all.

     It is the purpose of this university to offer filmmakers anything and everything they might need to know about filmmaking, really get it, know how to apply it, and get results with each and every course.

                         My Best,

                         The Basic Filmmaker
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