ICTP Workshop 2007/BlogNotes Video Silvano

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{{#titlehere:}} Please note that the present pages on the ICTP workshop were obtained from a mediawiki used during the workshop. There may be a number of links that go to missing pages, and other inconsistencies. Much of it is also very informal, and should be seen as workshop notes!(Thanks to Mathe and Kees for taking notes!)

A brief summary of the session I attended before lunch. This session was lead by Silvano. The session was on the basics for camera work. It was a very important session that made me gain a new appreciation for photography, film making and all their related cousins. The most important areas discussed were as follows:

  • The target to be captured should not be centered unless you want say to the world: "I am an amateur"
  • Lighting is important so learn all the tricks necessary such as filtering, placement of lights, etc
  • Learning how to focus on the subjects
  • Making sure that sound is good. This can be done by using an external microphone and testing it to ensure that the setting of the camera to use external microphone works. In addition, by bearing in mind that in video taking you might need to ask your subjects to repeat themselves since the sound that needs to be heard is the one that can be explained by the picture.
  • Stabilising the camera movements - for this it might be a good idea you to go for tai chi so that as a being you can learn the techniques of attaining stability and making slow movements.

For more details related to the session go to: http://cybercollege.org/tvp_ind.htm

short video workshop[edit]


Silvano de Gennaro gave a short (one hour) talk on what not to do when you're taping a video. One of the resources he mentioned was the CyberCollege, and specifically the TV Production course which has good information on video making.

A source for technical information is the WikiPedia entry on video which gives links to resources at the bottom of the page, or use the list of video topics.


If you want to publish your videos on YouTube, you might want to check out the VideoMaker's "Make Better Video for YouTube" which has tips similar to CyberCollege, but focussed on YouTube production.

Hearing Impaired

When you produce video for a deaf or hearing impaired audience you might want to consider adding closed captioning (subtitles). Two freeware solutions are available: MagPie and Subtitle Workshop. Some background information on these programmes is on Jeroen Weijering's Making Video Accessible website.