Archive for July, 2014

Color Profile

Nikon DSLR cameras can be fantastic cameras for HD video shooting, especially when you are on the go and want to take photos in addition to video. However, most of Nikon’s DSLRs lack the brightness, contrast and saturation detail and precision control of cinema cameras.

By learning how to effectively use the Nikon camera’s Picture Control settings you can manipulate the look and feel of your Nikon DSLR video, similar to the detail, chroma level and color temperature controls found on most cinema cameras.

I performed the following test of three settings on the Nikon D5100: Standard, Neutral and Vivid. See my Picture Control settings below the video.

Picture Control Standard Picture Control Neutral Picture Control Vivid

 

Depending the shooting conditions, I found standard and neutral to be the best picture control settings. The neutral setting provided the most detail. Blacks were not lost and whites weren’t blown out. Neutral also gave me options to work with in Final Cut Pro X when it came to adjustments to hue, saturation, brightness and contrast. Let me know if the comments what settings you find best for shooting HD video.

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LinkedIn’s video integration tool is one of the most overlooked tools on the professional networking site. Yet, it’s surprisingly easy to add video to your summary section or under a specific job in your employment history section.

I’m sure you’ve all heard or read statistics about the efficacy of online video in sales, fundraising and business. (If not, check out this post or this one.) But, video can be just as effective in promoting your “personal brand.”

Video is memorable.
Video is immersive.
Video is entertaining.
Video shows, not just tells.

All of this is important to building your own reputation, finding that next job, becoming a go-to source of information or services, or helping others understand just how damn good you are.

Who should have a video?

Sure, video is a no brainer for producers and animators. But beyond video portfolios, there is a wide range of reasons many other professional should include video in their LinkedIn profile.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I ever been featured on a broadcast news program, or has a news video featured my company?
  • Have I done a presentation that has been recorded that would compliment my summary or one of my job descriptions?
  • Do I have a video resume or video bio? (Should/could I create one?)
  • Does my company have a product or service video that would compliment my summary or one of my job descriptions?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to add that video to your profile.

How to add video on LinkedIn

 

Supported Media Providers or Hosting Sites

LinkedIn has partnered with a long list of video providers and hosting sites from YouTube to CBS News. You can copy and paste the URL for videos on these sites directly into your LinkedIn profile. Here’s the full list:

ABC News
AllThingsD
Animoto
Atom
bambuser
big think
blip
Boston
Bravo
brightcove
CBS News
Clikthrough
Clipfish
ClipShack
Clip Syndicate
CNBC
CNN
CNN Edition
CNN Money
Colbert Nation
CollegeHumor
Comedy Central
Confreaks
Coub
Crackle
Dailymotion
Dipdive
distrify
dotsub
Fora.tv
Forbes
funny or die
GameTrailers
GodTube
Hulu
Jardenberg
justin.tv
Khan Academy
KoldCast TV
LiveLeak
Logo FierceTV
Panorama
Washington Post
Zero Inch
TED
Telly
The Daily Show
The Escapist
mobypicture
New York Magazine
NZ On Screen
Overstream
PBS Video
Revision3
SchoolTube
ScienceStage
ShowMe
snotr
Socialcam
Spreecast
VEVO
Viddler
viewrz
Vimeo
Washington Post
WORLDSTARHIPHOP
XTRANORMAL
Youku
YouTube
Zapiks