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Is Video an Opportunity for Seniors?

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The Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College has some not (to me) surprising news: more “seniors” are apt to start businesses than their younger counterparts. I’ve started a bunch of businesses in my life: at 22, 33, and 46. Counting my latest production work and consulting, add to that list a start at age 65. Why would seniors– many hitting retirement age– decide to go out on their own? There are a lot of obvious reasons. They’re out of work. Young people (mostly) don’t hire old people. And young people, thanks to forced retirements, “rightsizing”, downsizing, and good old...

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Tribute Videos Book Free for Kindle August 3-7!

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You've got a camcorder and a computer. You're halfway there to producing your own tribute! This book is chock full of technical tips and creative techniques that will help you develop your talents as a storyteller and place them within the confines of an outstanding tribute video. It gives you all the sources and resources you need, downloadable video and music to recommendation for equipping a small studio to do your work. Skip the silent slideshow that runs in the background dinner the honoree's dinner-- turn it into a video that everyone will want to have.

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Five Reasons Your Soundtrack Is So Important!

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I've written probably dozens of articles about this over the years (see videostory.com & tributevideobook.com blog pages for examples), but what I'm about to write bears repeating: Soundtracks are the most import thing in your video production. There are Five Reasons. Editing: soundtracks provide the meter (or beat) for all your editing decisions. Timing where you move from one scene to another on your editing timeline is one of the most basic editing techniques, and it creates an inexorable sense of involvement for the audience. People understand the beat of the music and expect you to visually compliment it. Engagement: Music...

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Do you Need a Webcam? Or something More?

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... I'm always looking for equipment that can solve more than one problem. I mean, you can't take a webcam in the field, right? (Of course, with feature phones and tablets offering pretty darn good video and photo capabilities, you wouldn't need to anyway). So what if you want better than 1080p picture quality, zoom capability, the ability to see what you're shooting, and maybe use a better microphone, or even push into the world of interviews, location video, and DSLR style cred?

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You've Been Elected (Or Volunteered) to Create Grandpa's Tribute Video! Now What?

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Grandpa's 90th Birthday is coming up, and since you have a camcorder, people think you should "make a video" about him to play at the party. Now what? Well, maybe you're an old hand at this stuff, in which case, leave here and go to the catalog! But if not, this post is exactly what you've been looking for! What Is a Tribute? Let's define what we mean by "tribute video". A Tribute Video is meant for a person or persons celebrating some life event, like a birthday, retirement, anniversary, promotion, graduation, engagement, marriage, or memorial. They can be initiated by...

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