So I know a little bit about video and audio production. I know very little but it seems to be just enough to create the kinds of productions that my colleagues are looking for. The question I have for myself is do I want to know more? Do I want to know enough about this stuff to move to the next professional level?
Right now I’m observing the guys in UITS’ Media Design and Production group set up for CIO Brad Wheeler’s presentation about the new UITS building. They’re shooting video of the talk and streaming it live on the web and there’s a remote site so it’s also a video conference. There’s a PowerPoint presentation that will be displayed so that will get patched in (patched is probably not the word I want) separately from the video of Brad. There’s a lot of audio sources too. Audio will need to sound good to people at the remote site and audio from the remote site has to sound good. People at that site will be asking questions. In the main location there is a microphone at the podium for Brad and there are mics to pick up sound in the room.
To make sure this event goes off without a hitch the guys started setting up about a day in advance. They do this type of thing a lot so they’ve created a portable tv studio rack.
MDP’s manager Ralph Zuzolo explained the equipment setup to me and I’m thinking wow this stuff is complicated and wow I need to go to broadcasting school to learn how to do this. Ralph tells me that he actually went to film school.
I do want to learn more so I’m looking for resources in the podcast arena. I discovered the DV Show podcast which is more than just a podcast. The DV Show website has lots of resources including tutorials for video specialists. In the podcast the host answers listener questions about digital video production. I found that most of the questions were about stuff that was either way over my head or of not much interest to me at the moment.
I started following the DV Show’s Twitter feed and found that some of the tutorials they reference there are only available to subscribers. The subscription cost is $5/month after an initial $39 dollars which isn’t bad but I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit to using the site at all.
Do I really want to go deeper? I was looking at a few of the videos I’ve done in the past and I thought “that’s not bad.” I think I have a knack for this work but all of the talent in the world won’t do me any good unless I do some hard work and serious learning.