Archive for June, 2010

Final Cut Pro and Apple lessons

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I have decided to expand my business field to include Final Cut Pro, Apple lessons and/or trouble shooting. As an introductory price, I will offer 2 hours of instruction or advice for only $60.00 (plus tax). Every hour after that first session will be $40.00. Many of the calls I’ve been fielding lately go far beyond the easy general type inquiries and that tells me that there is a need for some reasonably priced instruction.
I will of course continue to help out for free during our BCPVA meetings and on the BCPVA website.

Contact me at if you are interested.

Cheers, Don Greening

HD Editing

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Hey guys , some advice – would like to know what you all think

I am starting to experiement with HD as a production format becasue I had someone give me a whole bunch of HD clips as source
I used a program to downgrade them to SD for the project but I wanted to look into HD as a production format for the future

All the new HD video cameras are all using AVCHD H264 in their capture. Everything from the crappy $99 handhelds to the $5000 new Sony. I am starting to experiment with this new format and I am wondering what you guys and how you guys are doing editing with this as source footage? My system is choking on a single 1080 clip and is completely useless if I have more than one track of video. SD works fine, I can get 720P ny converting to p2 DVCPROHD and that seems to run (though not well) , but a native AVCHD file causes my NLE to barf. (premiere)

What are you (PC) guys using to cut HD footage? Are you only doing single track cutting ? Are you using offline proxy(does that work)? Are you doing 1080 editing or 720 ? What OS / CPU / RAM / Special video hardware are you running to do this?
Is multitrack HD editing possible with effects and transitions at 1080?

I am trying to figure out how is it that this is a consumer format codec that ships with $99 cameras for mom and dad
to film their kids birthday party seems to require a $9000 workstation with specialized hardware to cut properly

Any input would be helpful

How To Change Your BCPVA Profile Information

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

How to Change Your BCPVA Info

This is a question I received from Danny Sayson of Sayson Productions. Namely, how do you change your profile and member listing. This is too much and too hard to explain by writing, so I’ve made a video. I had to split it up into two parts since I’m long winded and can’t explain all this in under 10 minutes. Together both videos are about 15 minutes.

The four things I actually get into are:

  1. How to change your member profile (in depth bio with videos)
  2. How to change your listing info (found on the find a bcpva member page)
  3. How to change your author profile (for when you write posts)
  4. How to make a post from within WordPress (the software that powers the site)

How to Change Your BCPVA Member Profile

How to Change Your BCPVA Listing, Author Profile, and Make a Post

HTML Code, Yeah!

As promised, here are the html tags that are used in creating your profile.

Tag that represents the left side of your profile, the picture side.

<div class="category-member-left">

Tag that represents the right hand side of your profile, the info side.

<div class="category-member-right">

Tag that represents the headers within the page.


Tag that represents embedded videos. Make sure to do a new tag for each new video.

<div class="member-video">


What, I didn’t explain it well enough in the video? Need help don’t fear, you can contact me at

Remember, that if you mess something up, there are automatic backups and every single item has revisions that we can revert to, so don’t be too worried about updating your profile and writing posts.

A Videographers Worth

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

It seems these days there is a perception that professional videographers are willing
to work for not much more than a coffee. Granted a cup of Starbucks isn’t cheap, but
it certainly doesn’t come close to covering our time let alone our gear, gas, vehicle,
administration and even training. When was the last time you were able to get a
dentist to do a filling for $50 or your mechanic to rebuild your motor for $100? And
if they did, just how good of a job do you honestly think you are getting?

More over, in many cases you are expected to be much more than just a
videographer. Most of the time you also function as the producer or at least the
production coordinator, the sound person, the editor even the director… and all of
these services at a bargain basement rate. Lots of responsibility, which you need to
get a fair rate for your blood, sweat and tears.

First, let us define the terms:

Standard work day is 10 hours long (portal to portal if responsible for any
equipment), with a lunch break by the 6th hour at least 30 minutes.

Contract work The producer/client needs to provide you with production insurance
for your equipment and should have Workers Compensation coverage. If you have
to travel more than an hour, you need to get your gas and mileage covered as well.

Videographer is someone who shoots industrials, community events, weddings,
sports, theatre and simple interviews. They typically use ambient, available light and
are not responsible for video data handling. Industry rates should range from $350 -­-

Shooter/Camera person characteristically would shoot EPK’s, Industrial videos,
corporate videos, interviews, location b-­-roll even smaller documentaries. Basic
lighting and data handling is required in this type of position. An industry rate
should start at $500/day and could go in excess of $600/day

DoP/Cinematographer (non-­-union) is responsible for technical direction to any
camera, lighting and grip crew. They typically work with film/video lighting to
obtain the desired affect the director and/or producer requires, and are ultimately
responsible for all video data handling and workflow in production. They could be
found on documentaries, high end corporate videos, government videos, TV
commercials, television series, web series and independent films. Industry rates
should range from $600 -­- $1500+/day

Industry rates are usually based on experience, style and training. It is very
important for the professional videographer to know their worth and to stand confidently to the rates the film/video industry has established in North America. By
lowering your rates or taking on a “bottom feeder” project, you not only hurt your
future position, but those of other professionals around you. Once you have that
reputation of working for little and working on under funded material, it is very
difficult to rise to the next level.

Remember, these rates are only for the professional in those positions and do not
include any equipment. Getting a good rate for your camera, lighting and audio is
important as well. After all, you have invested heavily in to your “tools” and with
this equipment you can offer predictable results for your client. That’s worth
something… a standard industry rate!