As a producer of public access programming for nearly two decades, I first learned editorial skills using the analog editing suites at Ithaca PEGASYS. My experience in digital editing, however, followed from my need to learn and develop digital video restoration and image enhancement tecniques.

Most of what I have been concerned with has been the documentation of whole events. Event Videographer is the official title for what I do. Editorial work here has been focused on cutting out dead space, and editing for coherency and overall length.

I have had recent experience as a technical editor, working under a tight deadline. In this capacity, I was provided with a footage and an edit decision list, in this case notation of what section of a particular video would follow another on a time line. Working in a collaborative setting, I was allowed some input on editorial choices, but largely I was concerned with capturing and trimming clips, applying appropriate transitions, and titling, and creating a slide show timed to a background music at the end. The end result was an effective piece that contributed to the election of a political candidate. I very much enjoyed this work and would welcome additional collaborative work in a similar vein.


DVD authoring

DVD authoring can be a simple as an auto play disc to view a movie, to a disc with detailed chapter menus, multiple subtitle, audio tracks, mixed camera angles and supplemental material, such as slide shows, interviews, music videos, etc.. If the DVD is authored both for play on a computer as well as a DVD player connected to a television set, supplemental material can include computer files such as pdf and text files of documents and web interactive links. For archives, the biggest advantage of DVD over videotape is the capability for random access to the disk content, which may be organized into chapters and stories composed of chapters. To be most useful for content retrieval, however, a real person, rather than a machine, needs to make a decision on where to put the chapter marks.

My work in authoring a DVD includes actually listening and watching the content, so that I can create stories, chapters, and descriptive menus that helps the user find and access specific parts. I have also added subtitles in various languages. Though I am not a fluent Spanish speaker, if I am given both English and Spanish for titles, I can insert the subtitles at the appropriate place.

Given all the effort that goes into planning and funding programs and events, it is a shame not to have a documentary record. I am here to help you do that.

Post Production

Despite the best of intentions, one does not always have the control one would like when recording in the field, and so there may be a need for corrections in post production. Some events present severe limitations for video documentation --a candlelight prayer vigil shot outdoors in the dark, for example, where the imposition of lighting might be seen as inappropriate. Pre-recorded footage may have major problems with levels, contrast, color, noise, jitter and camera movement, etc.. Or, there may be a more subtle effect that is desired.

In these regards, I have some things to offer. In addition to standard color corrections, I have also developed specialized techniques. For instance, I can sometimes soften the background while keeping the foreground in focus, which I have done by applying basic filters, mattes and keys, diffusion and and level controls in intricate ways. I have also developed a multi-layer method in color correction where I can apply more exacting differential color corrections across the tonal range. I do not always fully succeed in coaxing out and adding color, or reducing noise to acceptible levels without losing detail, but the goal is always a natural look.

Properly documenting laptop (Powerpoint) presentations is a challenge. I like to have one camera on the projection screen to serve as a guide for inserting slides from a CD with the PPT presentation in post, as well as for a long shot I might edit in. Because the resolution for a projected laptop presentation is generally higher than the 720 x 480 pixel dimension for a frame of video (DV or DVD), it works best to zoom in on the area of interest in the slide. Unsharp mask and a level adjustment may also help bring out detail.

Slide shows with music can also be added in post.




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