I wanted to see if I could find lights that would work for shooting Video on my Sony A6000 for under $60. So, I made it a quest to see if that was possible. What I found out was very interesting.
Can it be done for under $60?
Even if it can be done, what will the light look like?
Check out this video and see my results:
Items used for the Lighting:
3 – Clamp-on Shop Lights from Home Depot
3 – Cree 60 Watt equivalent Soft White LED Light Bulbs
3 – Small Sheets of Waxed Paper
3 – Small Pieces of Electrical Tape
Sony A6000 Camera Settings:
-Mode Dial (Top of Camera) Set to=Manual (M)
-1080p High Definition, AVCHD
-60 Frames Per Second
-1/125 Per Second Shutter Speed
-Sony 18-55mm Lens Zoomed to 30mm
-Tungsten White Balanced to 2700 Degrees Kelvin
-Creative Style=Standard Setting, Contrast Set To +1
-Steady Shot (Image Stabilization)=Off
The cost of this lighting did NOT include stands to hold the lights. Because Clip-On Lights were used, I figured they could be clipped to stationary items in the home like: Bookshelves, Ceiling Joists (basement) or Roof Rafters, etc.
Can I put in a different background behind me when I video myself? How can I make my video look like I’m in a Studio when really I’m not? How do they put that Weather Map behind a meteorologist. Can I get a cheap Greenscreen and do it myself? How can I edit the Greenscreen/Chromakey video in Camtasia Studio 8 and make it look good?
Well, hopefully I can answer those questions in the following video called Greenscreen Chromakey Secrets with Sony a6000 and Edit in Camtasia.
Ever wondered if YOU could do Green Screening? Well, with this information, you’ll be on your way to understanding and implementing your own Green Screen Video!
This video goes into detail on the ins and outs of setting up a Green Screen, setting up some inexpensive lights to light the screen and how to Video it using the Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera.
Then, pull the video into Camtasia Studio 8 editing software and figure out how to “key” the video you made.
Some of the items used to make this video:
-Green Queen Sized Bed Sheet from a Discount Store
-Framework to hang the Green Sheet
-Cheap Clamps to hold the Green Screen tight
-Clamp-on Lights with inexpensive LED Light Bulbs (can also use Daylight balanced CFL bulbs)
-LED Flood light
-Octagon Softbox Light
-Lavalier Microphone plugged into my iPhone 6
-iPhone 6 with Griffin iTalk Pro App to record the Audio
-Automotive Windshield Reflector as a Cheap Reflector
-4 Light Stands
-Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
-Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software
With a little clever creativity, the lights and supports can be done with a small budget!
Want to record Great Video and Audio to Upload to YouTube?? Do you have an iPhone?
Well, you’re in luck!
This New Video, “7 Tips For Great iPhone Video and Audio For YouTube and More” will help you record Great Video for YouTube.
These 7 Simple but effective Tips will help you understand the Process of recording Great Video on your iPhone.
This Video Tutorial will give an iPhone user a better understanding on how to get GREAT VIDEO and AUDIO on their iPhone.
7 GREAT TIPS to unlock the Awesome Potential of the iPhone for making Great Video!
– iPhone 6
– iPhone 4s
– Shotgun Mic
– iRig Pre
– XLR Cable
– MiniSuit Cell Phone Holder
– Lighting, 3 Light Set-Up
– 18 % Grey Card
– Camtasia Studio 8.0 by Techsmith
YouTube Videos are a lot better when the Audio is Good. It makes you want to actually watch them.
When audio is terrible, it’s sometimes not even worth watching a video.
With this Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Microphone coupled to a Sennheiser K6 Power Module and a couple of extras, your videos will sound Great!!
This Sennheiser set-up is a medium to high end Shotgun Microphone. So, the audio should be good.
Take a look and see what you think.
This Video should help to take the mystery out of coupling this Sennheiser set-up with your iPhone and guide you on your way to Great Audio for your Videos!!
What this video shows:
-Parts and controls of the Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Mic and the K6 Power Module.
-Using the iRig Pre (Which is an inexpensive Pre-Amp, around $40 at this writing)
-Connecting the Sennheiser ME66 to the iRig Pre and then to your iPhone 6 (or iPhone 5s, 5c or 4s)
-A few samples of Audio and Video shot using the Sennheiser ME66 and the iPhone 6
Audio is the thing that can Make or Break a video. There are times when a Wireless Microphone is needed. Maybe a Speech needs to be filmed. Or, a video where the talent or actor moves around on camera and can’t be tied to a Wired microphone.
Well, a great option is the Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Lavalier (Lapel) Microphone!
It’s a Great Value for what it does. It is a Transmitter/Receiver pair, much like higher priced wireless option, only it uses Bluetooth Technology instead of Radio Frequency. The Transmitter and Receiver each use a single AAA battery for power. The receiver gets plugged into either a Smartphone or a camera. The Microphone (transmitter) gets clipped to your shirt/lapel.
Pricing for this Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth Microphone is from $150 to around $200 (sometimes higher) as of this writing. It is available from multiple sellers on the internet or some Big Box stores.
In the video below, I shot good sound at approximately 125 feet away, through a closed window!! I had the transmitter clipped to the front of my shirt and the receiver was plugged into an iPhone 4s back in my house as I shot the video through a window!! The iPhone 4s captured the Audio ( and some of the video) from the whole video shoot.
Items used in this Video:
-Sony ECM-AW4 Wireless Bluetooth Microphone
-MiniSuit Selfie Stick
-Cable to plug Receiver into iPhone 4s for audio
-Radio Shack Adapter Plug (1/8 inch 4 segment Stereo plug to twin Female 1/8 inch) To adapt the cable into the iPhone 4s
OK. You Bought an iPhone or an Android Cell Phone, or a nice Digital SLR to be able to shoot video for YouTube. You practice shooting video and get pretty good at it.
After you import it into your favorite Video Editing Software, you realize that the AUDIO portion STINKS!!! It sounds “tinny” or distant or non-professional. What do you do? You can’t afford an expensive microphone, so do you resort to mediocre audio by relying on the iPhone’s or Android’s “on board” mic?
You get yourself a Cheap Shotgun Microphone that has GREAT Audio capabilities!!
I’m talking about the HTDZ HT-81 or Neewer 14.37″ Inch Shotgun Condenser Microphone!
The following video will show how to get GREAT Audio for not much money. (I know that “not much money” is a relative term, so please take a look at my newest video and I’ll explain it in detail.)
This microphone was the answer for me when it comes to being on a budget. It has Great Sound, is relatively inexpensive, and is easy to use.
This video will show how to setup This Shotgun Microphone for your Smartphone, Digital SLR and also for the Canon Mirrorless EOS M Camera.
Some of the Items Used in This Video:
-HTDZ HT-81 Shotgun Microphone
-iRig Pre Preamp, by IK Multimedia
– XLR Cable
-TRRS 1/8 Inch Female to Twin 1/8″ Male Cable
-iPhone 6 and 4S Cell Phones
-Canon EOS M Camera
This is a GREAT Video Tutorial that cuts through all the mysteries to setting up the Canon EOS M Mirrorless DSLR Camera for Great Video Capture!
Don’t Get Discouraged!
With This Video, You can NOW capture Great Video on your Canon EOS M.
How to select and change the important Settings on the camera:
How to shoot.
Settings for using your Tripod.
Shooting in Manual Mode.
Aperture. Shutter Speed. The 180 Degree Shutter Rule.
Selecting the Picture Style. Recording Format. ISO.
White Balance. Manual Focus. Optical Image Stabilization.
What settings are important to get Great Video.
Do you find yourself procrastinating your next video project because it seems overwhelming? Trying to organize your video is a bit time consuming, especially if you don’t use some sort of organization in your project.
Well, why not try a simple Shot List or Project list?
A Shot List helps you to be efficient, when it comes to shooting different parts of your video at the same time. So, instead of shooting Part I in your video then Part II and Part III and so on, you can sometimes combine several of the shots at the same time. Then, split them up in Post Processing.
There are many examples of a Shot List on the internet. This video is just an example of how I use a simple Shot List or Project List to keep me organized.
If you’ve ever used a poor microphone you’ve probably noticed that it will have a HISS during the part where the speaking has stopped. Even though the Rode SmartLav Microphone is an awesome, convenient Lavalier Mic, it too can suffer from Hiss.
Now, by using the Secret Settings shown in this video, you can minimize that HISS sound. These settings will need to be changed in the RodeRec App.
When coupled with Audacity (a FREE Audio Software) Hiss can be almost completely eliminated!!!
Ever wonder how some videos have GREAT audio and others do not? I used to.
Do you want to start having Great Audio for your videos? Well, keep reading because I think you’ll like this:
It’s sometimes hard to wade through the over abundance of information on the web to know what is a decent microphone and what isn’t.
Well, I’ve found a microphone that won’t “Break the Bank”, is easy to use and sounds Great!!
It’s called the Rode SmartLav. It plugs into your iPhone, iPod or iPad and clips onto your shirt. It uses an App called the RodeRec App to record your audio.
It will also work with Android devices, but you’ll have to use another Audio App for the Android device, as the RodeRec App won’t work with Android…Yet. But, most audio Apps for Android will work with the Rode SmartLav.
Take a look at this video and see what I mean.
Pretty soon you’ll have Great Audio to go with your Great Video, too!!
Some of the equipment used in this video:
-Canon 60D DSLR
-Rode SmartLav Microphone
-Camtasia 8 Video/Screencast software
-2 Softboxes with 5 each 65 watt Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
-CF Back Light
-Black Screen in the background
-Fluorescent Ring Light
-Tripod for DSLR
-Apple iPhone 4 and 4S Smartphones
-Audio Technica ATR3350 Corded Lav Mic
-Audio Technica ATR2100 Desktop USB Mic
-Dropbox (to transfer files)