Buy the Right Camera Gear to Make Pro Quality Videos

Choosing the right video making tools for you: Learn about cameras, mics & necessary gear to make a high quality videos.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Course Summary

This course was created to help you become knowledgeable about commonly used video making equipment at this time. Video gear is an ever changing landscape, and as a professional video producer, I'm extremely passionate about all video production tools. This course is designed for the beginner and intermediate video maker aspiring to make high quality video content.

Why Take this Course?

Gain critical technical and theoretical knowledge to help you make the most informed equipment purchase decisions.

Whether you want to make video content in blog format, creative videos, or whether you're aspiring to be a professional video producer and filmmaker; you need to have the correct tools to help properly bring your vision to life. The information you will accumulate from this course will help you make the most informed decisions about your camera equipment purchases, so you can start accumulating the best tools for your video making needs.

This course is NOT a "How to Make Great Videos" Course. It's about understanding the equipment to bring your vision to life.

What You'll Learn from this Course

  • Learn about the background and context of modern video production equipment.
  • The most popular different types of cameras that are out now. Important technical information to consider when deciding on what kind of equipment to get.
  • Why certain cameras or tools are more appropriate than others for your various video making needs.
  • Suggestions on which pieces of equipment will enhance your videos production value.

Contents and Overview

This course includes over 2 hours of lectures on cameras, audio equipment, and critical camera support equipment that will help enhance your shots. It's divided into four sections.

  • Section one provides vital foundational information about cameras.
  • Section two covers everything you'll need, as a beginner to create high quality videos.
  • Section three dives into professional video production tools that every aspiring pro video maker should be well aware of.
  • Section four covers brief but important information on post production.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee!

Don't worry, if you're not satisfied with this course, you can easily get a refund.

However, I'm convinced that you'll find this content valuable for your video making needs. I've provided a tremendous amount of information about video production equipment, that I have gained from a decade of creating videos professionally.

Thanks for your interest in this course! I look forward to your honest feedback, questions, comments and course reviews.

What are the requirements?

  • You'll need a desire to create more video content for your personal or professional needs.
  • You'll need a desire to improve the overall image and audio quality of your videos.
  • You'll need a interest in incorporating lighting to enhance your videos.
  • You'll need to be familiar with basic computer hardware and software terminology.
  • Beginners will need some basic hands on experience with cellphone cameras and consumer camcorders.
  • Beginners will need a general understanding of the video making work flow: i.e. Shoot, import footage, edit.
  • Intermediate or aspiring video makers will need a basic knowledge of professional cameras.
  • Intermediate or aspiring video makers will need prior hands on experience with editing software like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Choose the right camera and equipment they need to start making pro quality videos.
  • Choose the right Mic and Audio equipment for your video making needs.
  • Choose the right Lighting equipment for your video making needs.
  • Choose the right camera support equipment to increase the production value of your videos.
  • Understand the difference between professional and non professional cameras.
  • Set up your computer to be able to edit HD video footage smoothly.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for beginners, aspiring intermediate video producer or photo and video enthusiasts.
  • Professionals who intend to create more high quality video content for self publishing.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Important Background for Video Makers
05:12

Welcome to my course!

Every single video I've ever created is from a combination of the pieces of video production equipment that I will highlight in this course. I've spent a decade learning the craft of video production and filmmaking. I've seen the technology and tools evolve over the years, and I've accumulated a healthy amount of equipment that has helped me hone my craft. I believe the best way to learn is to Do It Yourself. I'm confident, based on my experience as a DIY type person, you too can accumulate a handful of quality video production tools and make pro quality videos.

Before you move on in this lecture, in case you want to see all the tools I will highlight in action, feel free to visit my website listed in my profile to see my client work portfolio.

06:35

Lecture Contents:

  • This video introduces the different styles of cameras currently available.
  • I give an overview of how the subsequent lectures about cameras are structured.
  • I cover briefly High Definition and Ultra High Definition Resolution.

Supplemental Material Includes:

Links to two amazing web series with almost 6 hours of video content. This video series highlights in depth camera tests and comparisons from cinematographers, filmmakers and video makers from all over the world. This web series is completely free to watch online and is a HUGE resource of knowledge about photo and video image technology.

Section 2: Video Production Tools for the Beginner Video Maker
08:17

Lecture Contents:

  • This video weighs the pros and cons of the standard consumer camcorder.
  • Overview of Dynamic Range
  • Overview of Audio issues inherent in consumer camcorders
  • Overview of Depth of Field and issues with having small image sensors in the camera.

Supplemental Material Includes:

An article from B&H Photo about best practices when considering purchasing consumer camcorders. The article is a little dated but it’s loaded with valuable information.

11:06

Lecture Contents:

  • I cover the various consumer camcorders available at this time and the benefits of various features.
  • In this lecture I highlight models from 3 main industry standard brands.
  • This video concludes the consumer camcorder portion of this course.

Supplemental articles included:

A list of mobile phones capable of shooting ultra high definition video.

A link to a film shot entirely with an iPhone.

A article specifically about Panasonic cameras, that gives an overview of a very important topic that I don’t cover in this course: Single Chip Cameras vs 3 Chip Cameras.

06:45

Lecture Contents:

  • Basic principles of audio quality for video production.
  • I cover best practices for ensuring you get the best audio quality.
  • I highlight a handful of well known brands of shot gun mics designed for consumer camcorders.

Supplemental Material Includes:

An article from B&H Photo about improving the audio quality of consumer camcorders by picking a good mini shotgun mic.

05:24
Lecture Contents:
  • This video covers the pros and cons of LED and Fluorescent lighting panels for video production.
  • I highlight budget friendly LED or Fluorescent panels perfect for the beginner
  • I also cover necessary critical accessories for the lights.
05:00

Lecture Contents:

  • This video introduces a brief overview of fluid head tripods vs non fluid head and ball head tripods.
  • I cover important considerations when choosing a tripod for your camera.
  • I also cover various budget friendly tripods and monopods available now.
Supplemental Material Includes:

A page that explains the difference between fluid head tripods and friction head tripods.

03:09

Lecture Contents:

  • In this video I cover what kind of tripod mount is needed for your iPhone.
  • I fill you in on a extremely popular mic brand specifically used for an iPhone or ipad
  • I also cover mic placement and lighting.

Supplemental Material:

  • A link to a popular app used for shooting video within the iPhone.
  • A link to a film shot entirely with an iPhone.
Section 3: Video Production Tools for Intermediate or Semi Pro Video Makers
07:54
Lecture Contents:
  • This video weighs the pros and cons of the prosumer camcorder.
  • Dynamic range and the small sensor size.
  • Overview of the ergonomics of prosumer camcorders.
  • Overview of depth of field
  • The traditional uses of the prosumer style of camcorder.

Supplemental Material Includes:

A helpful article on 3 Chip Pro Cameras vs the single chip DSLR.

14:36

Lecture Contents:

  • I cover various consumer camcorders available at this time and the benefits of various features.
  • In this lecture I highlight models from 3 main industry standard brands.
  • This video concludes the professional prosumer camera portion of this course.

Supplemental Material Includes:

A article specifically about Panasonic cameras, that gives an overview of a very important topic that I don’t cover in this course: Single Chip Cameras vs 3 Chip Cameras. This is the same article found in the Consumer Camcorder Part 2 video. I want to make sure you don’t miss it!

07:29

Lecture Contents:

  • This video introduces a brief history of how DSLRs became mainstream video cameras.
  • This video weighs the pros and cons of the modern DSLRs with video shooting functionality.
  • Overview of the DSLRs ergonomics.
  • Overview of Audio issues inherent in DSLRs.
  • Overview of Dynamic Range with DSLRs.

Supplemental Material Includes:

An article from Marco Solorio, the founder of One River Media. He’s a wonderful filmmaker and video producer. He has a extremely comprehensive grasp of the technical aspects of film and video productions. This article is probably one of the most thorough studies on using HDSLRs to shoot video.

08:44

Lecture Contents:

  • I introduce the various DSLRs available at this time.
  • In this lecture I highlight models from 6 main industry standard brands.
  • I also cover important pros and cons to keep in consideration before investing in a DSLR system.

Supplemental Material Includes:

A review from Phillip Bloom highlighting the unparalleled low light sensor performance of the Sony A7s DSLR. This article is an indication of how far the DSLR video cameras have advanced over the past 4 years.

06:02

Lecture Contents:

  • Important accessories to include in your DSLR video camera set up.
  • In this lecture I highlight Monitor brands, Lens filter brands and more.
  • This video concludes the DSLR for video portion of this course.
11:02

Lecture Contents:

  • This video introduces a brief history and overview of large sensor camcorders.
  • This video weighs the pros and cons of the this style of camera.
  • Overview of ergonomics.
  • Overview of Neutral Density Filters.
Supplemental Material Includes:

Links to new large sensor professional cameras: The AJA Cion and sub $10k cameras from a Chinese company called Kinefinity.

05:56

Lecture Contents:

  • This video introduces a brief overview of various lenses from trusted brands.
  • I cover Zoom lenses vs. Prime lenses
  • I cover ensuring you have the correct type of lens that matches the camera lens mount.
  • I also explain the difference between constant aperture lenses vs non constant aperture lenses.
Section 4: Advanced Lighting & Equipment for Intermediate and Pro Video Makers
14:10


Lecture Contents:

  • This video introduces a brief overview of recording high quality audio with DSLR camera systems.
  • I cover different styles of microphones and what they’re used for.
  • I also cover various support equipment audio professionals use to get the best audio quality possible.

Supplemental Material Includes:

An in depth article about how to choose the most appropriate microphone for various needs.

09:29

Lecture Contents:

  • This video introduces a brief overview of Color Rating Index Ratings.
  • I cover different styles lighting technology: LED & Fluorescent Panels, Tungsten & LED Fresnels.
  • I also cover various support equipment audio professionals use to get the best audio quality possible.
Supplemental Material Includes:

Two in depth articles with an accompanying video about how to create pleasing lighting from the famed Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut.

09:12

Lecture Contents:

  • I provide a brief overview of common tools used to enhance shots: Sliders, Jibs, Monopods and more.
  • I cover high end fluid and friction head tripods.
  • I cover important considerations when choosing any support equipment.
Section 5: 2015-2016 New Cameras and Trending Gear
03:24

Every year camera gear gets refreshed at certain times. What this means to the consumer is potential savings. Learn about important points to keep in mind while searching for the right camera or gear.

06:08

Here are highlighted cameras for the every day user for general purposes. Also included in this lecture are specialty action cameras for extreme sports or aerial drones.

04:03

DSLRs continue to be popular video making tools. There are a handful of very popular brands and models that are making a splash out there.

08:02

Large Sensor Cameras continue to be the most popular type of cameras for the majority of filmmakers out there. This year, there was definitely incredible leaps and bounds forward with large sensor camera technology. Here are some of the most noteworthy newly released cameras.

2015 Gimbals & Drones
07:07
02:54

LED lighting technology has advanced in leaps in bounds over the past few years. This video highlights the latest in LED lighting as well as a couple budget friendly quality shotgun mics that were newly released this year.

05:41

Lenses are typically the most long lasting investment in terms of camera equipment. They typically hold their resale value much longer than any other type of equipment. The better the quality the glass, the better the chance of holding a high resale value as well.

Section 6: Post Production and Conclusion
02:36

Lecture Contents:

  • I provide a brief overview of most common software for beginners on the Mac and PC platform.
  • I touch briefly on professional grade editing apps that are most popular amongst professionals.
04:51

Lecture Contents:

  • I provide a brief overview of the importance of hard drive speeds.
  • I cover common hard drive capacities as well as styles of hard drives.
  • I cover important best practices when it comes to setting up your computer into a proper video editing workstation.

Supplemental Material:

A link to an in depth article about hard drive set up and computer workstations.

01:37

Thank you for watching this course!

In case you want to see all this gear in action, feel free to visit my website listed in my profile to see my client work portfolio. Every single video I've ever created is from a combination of the pieces of video production equipment that I've highlighted in this course. I'm confident, based on my experience as a DIY person, you too can accumulate a handful of quality video production tools and make pro quality videos.

If you're still not convinced, watch my recent short film The Undocumented Day, accepted into the Athens Ohio International Film Festival in 2013. The link to my short film is provided. It's free to watch.

For this short film, I used nearly all of the types of equipment that I have presented in this course. From large sensor cameras (specifically my RED Scarlet) to fluid head tripods, LED panels, bounce diffusion, boom poles, carded mics, audio mixers and records, the list goes on and on. Point being, with the handful of tools available anyone can make high quality digital film and video content. The link for my short film is listed below.

I look forward to seeing your great video content soon!

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Instructor Biography

Larry Cheuk, Professional Video Producer

I'm a video producer located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've produced hundreds of videos for happy clients such as PayPal, Chronicle Books, Yelp, Luminosity, Jstokes Agency and more. I'm a top rated video producer for the company Smart Shoot. Currently, I produce advertising content for television and web based broadcast.

In case you don't believe that I'm a professional video producer and independent filmmaker, visit my websites listed to view my work.

Also, you may also watch his new short film "The Undocumented Day" which premiered at the Ohio International Independent Film Festival in 2013.

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