Green Screen Production

After some delays in opening, one of the spaces that we are really excited to make available to the UMW community is the Advanced Media Production Studio. The main feature that this studio offers is a...

Getting Started with iMovie

If you are new to video editing, Apple’s iMovie is a relatively easy program to start using. If you have used other video editing programs, you may have to unlearn some things, but they are defi...

Video Players

Summary: The default player on your computer (Windows Media Player on the PC, QuickTime on the Mac) will take care of most of your video playing needs. However, we recommend you get a universal player...

Fast, Cheap, and Under Control

This is the infamous page that is a catch-all for digital video resources. It is a page that on first glance needs more structure, but it’s also chock full of useful information. As one person s...

Video Capture

Summary: If you don’t have your video in a digital form yet, what are you waiting for? The process is relatively painless, and once it’s done you can throw out those shoe boxes of VHS tape...

Video Encoding

Encoding is just another term for data compression. Data (or file) compression is a cornerstone of our Internet-based world. Computer files take up hard drive space. Transferring computer files over t...

Video Editing

Summary: Video editing is storytelling. There are many programs and tools that will help you assemble your story in an effective and entertaining way. The whole reason to go digital with video is the ...

Shooting Video

Summary: Remembering just a few simple rules will give you the best chance of creating good video. Learning how to shoot video is, for the most part, on-the-job training. If you’ve taken at leas...

What is video? What is a video frame?

When we shoot video, we are actually taking pictures – 30 times per second. In video parlance, we shoot at 30 frames per second (fps). There are other frame rates that are used as well. Films ha...

Video Cameras

UPDATE – Most of what is in this article is out of date, but offers some historical perspective of where we’ve come from. Some DV/HDV cameras are still in service, but mostly in an environ...