This episode was hosted by Billy Crystal & MTV VJ Martha Quinn
Free! Make your own Music Video with
MUSIC VIDEO 101
by Timothy Dwelle
YouTube has changed the video entertainment landscape. Create your own video production, upload it to their service, and it's there for the whole world to see, for free! And those with 4th Generation iPhones or iPods can shoot and edit HD video then upload directly to YouTube! Check out my first clip: TIMTV iPod Touch
In the first version of Music Video 101, I wrote about Desktop Video being "just one wave of the future". That was almost an understatement!
TIMTV recommended links:
Videohelp.com - A great resource for video and editing software and advice.
Videoguys.com - A great site for building a video editing computer.
And check out the Music Video Production Association: MVPA.com
The Music Video 101 e-Book includes all text, graphics and photos from the 1993 paperback booklet. (The paperback version is no longer available.)
Here's what they've had to say about Music Video 101:
"MUSIC VIDEO 101 is the best how-to manual that anyone making videos can use."
Other credits include: Camera Operator for NBC Sports, Behind The Scenes at the 1996 Summer Olympics, July 18 - August 5, Atlanta GA; Camera Operator (1 of 5) for La Toya Jackson's Step Up Work Out video (April 1993, for WATL Fox 36 Atlanta); and occasional freelance Camera Operator for WCW - World Championship Wrestling on WTBS, Atlanta (1991-93, 1996).
Click here to open and save a copy of Music Video 101
Click here to open and save a copy of Music Video 101
Music Video 101 was featured in the New Products/Updates section of the November 1994 issue of Video Toaster User computer magazine. It was listed in the November 1994 issue of the Vertical File Index (H.W. Wilson Company, Bronx NY) which goes out to libraries nationwide.
Music Video 101 was originally published in 1986. It was written about in USA Today (Today's Tip-Off, Life section, 10/2/86), and Billboard magazine (9/13/86). And condensed excerpts appeared in the May/June 1988 issue of Videomaker magazine.
Virtually all home camcorders are now digital, and it's easy to transfer footage to your PC for editing by using a Firewire cable or other device. When researching a camcorder or video editing program to buy, go to Amazon.com and do a search for the product. Their customer reviews are priceless. (I know of an editing program that was released in 2006 to much fanfare, but it turned out to be a disaster. Subsequent versions have been fixed.) When considering a new software program for video editing, make sure your computer meets or exceeds the System Requirements.
Chapter 3: SCRIPTWRITING AND STORYBOARDS - (This chapter is now Online!) Beat Sheet Storyboard; Blank Beat Sheet Form; Shot Descriptions; Scene Descriptions; Camera Angles; Cut; Fade; Headroom; Take; Cutaway Shots; Overhead Maps For Shooting; Planning Shots; Beat Sheet Example; Take Sheet; Slate; After The Shoot; Checklist For The Shoot; Blank Take Sheet Form.
Chapter 4: BASIC EDITING - Video-Only Insert Edits; Cuts-Only Editing; Frames Per Second (FPS); Control Track; Crystal Black; Slate; Credits; Elements Appearing On The Master Videotape; Audio-Only Insert Edit; Safety Master; Video-Only Insert Edit; In Point; Preroll; Editing With The Cuts- Only System; Equipment Photos; Pausing A VCR; Freeze-Frame; Editing Random Shots Without Syncing Visuals To Vocals And Music; Editing In Sync With Vocals And Music; Digital Displays On The Edit Controller; Programming The In Points and Out Points; Preview; VCR Slipping; Editing Off The Downbeat; Making The First Edit In Sync With Vocals And Music; Fading From Black; Time Estimates; Editing Checklist; Computer Special Effects; The Least Expensive Broadcast Editing Options; "Ballpark" Cost Estimates; Tape Stock; Dissolve; A/B Roll; Mix; Time Code; Recommended Reading.
Music Video 101 was first published in 1986 and I'd like to thank all of my customers for making it a worldwide success! The original price was $25. In 1993, I published a new version for $10. In 2001, I began e-book sales for $5... and now, it's FREE!
Incidentally, January 2011 marked the 25-year anniversary of my first computer purchase - an Atari 520ST - for the purpose of writing and desktop publishing the original version. (Yes, I still have the Atari and it still works!)
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"A how-to manual for beginners and anyone looking to produce a demo-quality video, Music Video 101 is basic but thorough, and as user-friendly as any aspiring videomaker could want."
"Aspiring video makers seeking a production primer may want to explore 'Music Video 101- Home Camcorder Production'..."
MUSIC VIDEO 101 includes:
Chapter 1: THE LEAST EXPENSIVE METHOD - The Difference Between Film And Video; Major Music Video Costs; Home Camcorder Connection; The 7 Requirements For The Least Expensive Method; Camcorder Audio Input; Rental Options; Earphone Jack; Pickup Tubes; Fade Options; Credits; Auto/Manual Focus Control; Zoom; Iris Control; Care Of Tape Stock; Hand-Held And Tripod Camcorder Operation; Static Shot; Camera Moves; Pan And Tilt; Practice Tips; Shaky Cam; Lighting; Auto/Manual White Balance; Shoot Location Options; Instrument/Lip Sync Practice Tips For Performers; Clothing; Master Audio; Audio Playback; Special Audio Cables; Two Options For Shooting The Least Expensive Music Video Without Editing; Producer And Director Defined.
Chapter 2: PRE-PRODUCTION PLANNING FOR SHOOTING AND EDITING - How To Find An Editing Facility; The Easiest Approach; Editing Visuals In Sync With Vocals And Music; "Source Footage" And "Take" Defined; Reference Audio; Audio For Scenes Before And/Or After The Song; Stereo Master Audio; Countdown; Reference Audio Playback; Audio Playback Operator; Production Assistants; Extras; More Shoot Locations; Extra Lighting; Camera Mounts; Snap Zoom; Lens Filters; Phrases A Director Uses During A Shoot; Continuity; Renting An Industrial Camcorder; Cable TV Public Access Option; Equipment Photos; Diagram For Taping A Choir Performance.
Now, those who have access to a home video camcorder can create their own music TV entertainment! Music Video 101 shows how to create demo music videos for musical groups, without editing. Or have fun with friends and a favorite song. It's ideal for students who wish to pursue professional film/TV production as a career. The e-Book includes equipment photos from Sony, Panasonic, JVC and NewTek (Video Toaster).
In 1988, Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi was shot with home camcorders. The camcorders were distributed at a concert and the fans shot the music video! The video footage was transferred to broadcast videotape and edited with broadcast equipment. Professional musicians can learn how to do the same with Music Video 101.
Dwelle is a former music video Class Projects instructor for the Music Business Institute in Atlanta GA (1984-85). He graduated from MBI in April 1981. (MBI was purchased by The Art Institutes.)