Posts Tagged ‘resources’

How Blogging Regularly Can Help You

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Blogging ReadinessWhen I think about the amount of information out there on the web about blogging and about social media in general, it’s staggering. Just like Starbucks, it seems that self-professed social media experts are popping up on every corner. They churn out content on a regular basis, advising readers about the benefits of social media marketing. Most of the information I’ve read and/or heard about social media center on a few benefits it can have for your brand:

  • Social media marketing helps establish you as an expert in your field.
  • Social media marketing improves your website SEO.
  • Social media marketing increases your visibility.
  • Social media marketing will engage your potential customer by opening up a two-way street of conversation.
  • Social media marketing is a great way to network and build up your connections.
  • Social media marketing will lead to an increase in customers.
  • I’ve been blogging since 2005 and I can attest to its benefits. But there’s another important reason for blogging that I wanted to add to the above list. Yes, maintaining a regular blog for your company is a useful resource for your target audience, but it can be an enormous resource for you as well. Imagine you have been asked to keynote an important seminar pertaining to your field. If you have been maintaining a regular blog for a few years, you will have an enormous amount of content from which you can create your presentation. You don’t have to write it entirely from scratch. You don’t have to remember the details of a particular case study from three years ago. You don’t have to remember that piece of advise you shared with an employee or a client. It’s all right there in your blog. All you have to do is type in a search request and start pulling the articles.

    A blog is a giant virtual file cabinet of ideas that can be re-purposed again and again. And you don’t even have to post a blog article every single day. To date, I have written 594 blog articles on a variety of topics pertaining to video and video production. I’ve been blogging for almost six years, which means I have posted roughly 99 articles each year; that equals to approximately eight articles per month, or two articles per week. It’s incredibly easy to do, and the benefits are far-reaching.

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    Ease Your Cross-Platform Workflow with MacDrive

    Monday, January 17th, 2011

    If you are a video editor, whether amateur or professional, no doubt you have encountered projects containing a wide variety of video assets. Sometimes these assets can come to you on PC-formatted hard drives or Mac-formatted hard drives. It’s your job, as the editor, to pull all of this material together into a cohesive whole. If you work on a PC and find yourself having to work with files stored on a Mac-formatted hard drive, might I suggest MacDrive from Media Four. After purchasing and installing the software, you will be able to view files on your PC from any Mac disc and/or drive. You can also partition and format for the Mac directly on your PC. And if you run Windows on your Mac, this software allows you to access the Windows files from within the Mac OS. It certainly makes workflow much easier if you have to work between platforms on a consistent basis.

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    Recommended Podcasts

    Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

    Over the last couple of years I have subscribed to a variety of different podcasts that appeal to my specific interests. I’m always on the lookout for interesting podcasts, so I thought I would list some of my favorites. Hopefully you will find some of these interesting, entertaining, and useful.

    1. THE ACCIDENTAL CREATIVE – This podcast speaks directly to those who work in the creative industry (writers, graphic designers, artists, photographers, video professionals, art directors, etc.) Each episode is designed to help the creative professional avoid burnout by providing tips on how to stay motivated and have a successful career.
    2. DISHY MIX – On this podcast, host Susan Bratton interviews the top names in the New Media and Digital workspace, discussing things related to marketing, advertising, media, social media, video, and the Internet.
    3. FREELANCE RADIO – Although Freelance Radio is no longer producing new episodes, there is an archive of about 50 episodes that provide useful information for anyone operating a freelance business. In each episode, a regular panel of four freelancers discuss one central topic. Issues range from client relations, to bookkeeping, to generating new business, to ethical dilemmas, and budgeting.
    4. THE/FILMCAST – I’ve listened to several movie podcasts, but this one has to be my favorite. Each week, David Chen, Devindra Hardewar, and Adam Quigley discuss the movies and TV shows they’ve been watching, go over the latest film news, and conclude with one in-depth movie review. The occasional guest panelist includes other film critics, actors, and film directors.
    5. INSPIRING WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WITH ZIG ZIGLAR – Each episode of the Zig Ziglar podcast features brief insights from Ziglar regarding sales, careers, life, family, relationships, and goals. The show provides great motivation for anyone, regardless of the profession. Plus, every episode is short – no more than 10 minutes, which means they can be digested easily.
    6. INTERNET MARKETING – Produced in the UK, Internet Marketing is one of the most popular podcasts of its kind. Episodes feature insights to help listeners gain increased visibility for their business through a wide array of online tools.
    7. THE DUCT TAPE MARKETING PODCAST – This podcast is for anyone looking for practical advice on how to market a business or service. In each episode, host John Jantsch interviews a marketing expert that provides useful information for online and offline marketing.
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    Properly Slate and Log Your Shoot With the iSlate App

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010

    islateA few months ago I posted a couple of articles outlining ways in which you can help make the post-production process a little more efficient.  The foundation for a smooth post-production is laid during the actual shoot. If you are disciplined and organized in production, then the edit will get off to a good start. There are two major things you need to do throughout the shoot – slate each shot and maintain a shooting log.

    Slating each shot means placing a clapboard, card, a piece of paper, etc. in front of the camera before each scene. Written on the slate is valuable information pertaining to the individual shot, like scene number, take number, production title, and date. Having this information appear before every take will help your editor keep track of all the shots throughout post. Even if you are working both as director and editor, a slate is an invaluable tool.

    In addition to slating each shot, it’s important to keep a running log of everything you shoot. A log contains a description of each take and a record of what happened during that particular take. It will help you remember, for example, if the pickup truck blocked your main actor on the fourth take or the sixth take. It will help you to remember if the conveyor belt moved at just the right speed on the third or the fifth take. And it will help you to remember when your interview subject used that great sound byte.

    This all sounds great, in theory. The reality is, sometimes in the hectic pace of a documentary corporate shoot, or low-budget indie project, it can be easy to get off track. However, the iPhone has apps available to help make the process easier and more convenient. iSlate, from iBuiltThis, is a digital clapper that allows users to conveniently slate and log their shots. It’s perfect for a run-and-gun project with a bare bones crew, because you will always have your phone with you. And since it’s only $3, iSlate is a great option when compared to actual chalk and dry-earse slates on the market.

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    Another Great iPhone App for Cinematographers

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

    helios-screenshotI love my iPhone. It’s incredible to have that many resources and tools in one device. I’m always interested in learning about new apps that can increase productivity and make my life a little more organized and efficient. Last month I posted a video about Cinemek’s storyboarding application, Hitchcock. Today I wanted to post a little information about Helios. Released last April, Helios is a tool for cinematographers that will allow you to calculate the position of the sun for any given day, at any given time, at any given location around the world. This can be an incredibly useful tool for DP’s working with natural light. Let’s say you have an exterior shoot in Grand Rapids, MI next month, but it’s overcast and rainy on your location scout . With the Helios app, you can instantly calculate where the sun will be at the exact moment of your shoot. It’s a great way to keep track of the ever-changing lighting conditions when shooting outdoors.

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