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Old 09-23-2002, 02:00 PM   #1
Lon Haverly Lon Haverly is offline
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I made a video for VCR several years ago with two cameras, a director and professional quality cameras. I had access to "the Cube," a first class editing program. This quality TV studio belonged to my church, which allowed me to hire their staff operator to use it. It was on drawing, and I worked on a table. It was beautiful with split screen effects, and all. However, I regret that I did not place the camera over the drawing board perpendicular to the paper. The cameras were very large, and could not be mounted that way. The view of the artwork was from the side, and of course, the image is distorted. That is a bad way to present artwork. Many videos are done this way, and fail to bring to the viewer a clear view of the work.

Now, if I were to do it on this scale, I would use a small hand held ordinary movie camera (they are very good) and mount it on a framework over my table.

I have created some CDs in this way without any help at all. I mounted my little JVC over my drawing board on a frame made of copper tubing. I used Ulead for editing, a video editing program costing about $100. I used titles, fades, and voice over, all available effects in this program. I used PowerPoint to exibit the videos. It all was very easy to learn, but it took about a month to create the video from start to finish. It was a great deal of work, and I will include it in my book. Even though it is a humble first effort, I learned a great deal, and had fun as well.

Power Point Viewer is a great tool, and is available as a free download from Microsoft to all who do not have it.
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