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Successfully Trained Another Batch of Basic Videography Course Students.

Look at the video they have created in just 2 days...

For 2 days I was tied up in the studio with 7 interested learners.
They were a mix of working adults and one polytechnic student.

This is one of the best lessons I have conducted.
The participants were so full of energy and ideas.

The video above was mostly their creative input working as a team.
I was only just the actor and content writer while they did the rest.

Day one was about using the camcorder and Day 2 the technique of video editing.
More than technical skills, there was also the art of creating compelling videos.

Video making skill is a requirement in most work places today,
Like knowing how to use the computer, one must know how to make a video.

I am now scheduling the next 2-day Basic Videography Course next month.
You can see the announcement at

Adrian Lee

 PS: Do you foresee video making skill becoming an essential requirement in the work place?


Make Better YouTube Videos for Business with 7 Things

Image by Robert Scoble via Flickr
Have you ever procrastinated making your first YouTube Video to promote your business because you are clueless where to start?  Are you holding back from a promising marketing opportunity because you think your video will look bad?

If you are an owner of a small business, you definitely have heard of the power of online video marketing and you know that entrepreneurs around the world are rushing to make marketing videos for YouTube.

It is easy to pick up any video camcorder and start shooting your own videos.  However after several tries, you may realize that your video is not professional enough to represent a respectable business like yours.

Did you know that you do not have to be a media graduate in order to shoot a professional looking video?

To make a better YouTube video, all you need are these 7 things.

1. Camcorder

What is the best video Camcorder?  This is the first commonly asked question when it comes to making video.  The truth is there is…

Understanding the Basics of Video Production

Would you like to author your own DVDs and publish videos to the Web? Are you interested in saving time and money by learning how to produce your own videos in-house?

This 2-day basic videography course is definitely for you!

Join me for 2 days of intense, comprehensive, entertaining and informative workshop.

In this workshop, you will discover:

1. Understanding the Basics of Video Production.
2. The Camcorder and the 6 Core Video Camera Skills.
3. Sound Recording and Lighting Techniques.
4. Video Editing Computers, Software and Techniques.
5. Getting Started with Sony Vegas Video Editing.
6. DVD Authoring and Web Video Publishing.

The Basic Videography Course is a 2-day workshop oriented for beginners and is a great way to introduce someone to the world of videography! Get Hands-On experience with videography techniques used by professional videographers. Learn the entire video making process from production planning to shooting, lighti…

AVCHD to DVD Editing Workflow with Sony Vegas

I am making the transition from mini-DV tape recording to AVCHD recording.

I will be abandoning tape recording once and for all and move to memory recording.

I say transition because currently my AVCHD recording is on hard disk inside the camera.

I prefer memory card recording for maximum convenience, which will arrive soon on my new camcorder.

AVCHD recording is the way to go for an Event Videographer who shoots long hours.

I have been shooting 2-hour long seminars for the past two months and edited them to DVDs successfully.

The editing is done on Sony Vegas Pro 8 and converted to DVD-compliant MPEG2 files.

Here is the AVCHD workflow with DVD as the final product:
Connect AVCHD camcorder (hard disk type) to PC via USB cable.
Transfer AVCHD videos (.MTS files) to PC hard drive.
Open Sony Vegas Pro 8.
Drag and drop MTS files into Sony Vegas timeline.
Edit. Add titles, cut scenes, add music, adjust sound quality, etc.
Render project as DVD-compliant MPEG2 files (Use DVD bitrate …

Shooting Singapore Flyer with Sony HDR-FX7 High Definition Camcorder

Am I the first videographer to board the Singapore Flyer even before its opening?

I was just staring at the Singapore Flyer last week from the 46th storey of One Raffles Place, wondering how best to film the the whole observation wheel if they were to have fireworks there.
Strangely, the next moment, I was invited to board the giant ferris wheel for a videography assignment. The first thing that came in to my mind was to shoot in high definition, Full HD in HDV, using my Sony HDR-FX7 High Definition Camcorder.
To ensure I get the best shots during the 20-minute ride, I planned the shots way in advance. Studied the best London Eye commercial videos on the web. All I needed was my camcorder, wide angle lens, tripod and my must-shoot checklist. ND filter set to 2. No sound required.
21 January 2008, 10am: A bright sunny morning with passing clouds over Singapore Marina Bay.
The capsule climbed to the tip of the wheel and paused there for about 5 minutes for the photographers to snap away. The…

Happy New Year! Did You Catch the Countdown Fireworks Display?

Where were you on new year's eve?

I was at the Vivo City countdown party, 31 December 2007.

Brought along a mat and some titbits. Settled down on best spot and waited 3 hours for midnight.

It's a yearly family thing. The kids love staying up late. I love the celebration and pyrotechnics.

From where we were, up on the roof where the party was, we can see fireworks displays from 3 different locations.

The furthest, in sentosa, seem so tiny like sparklers in our hands. The nearer display was spectacular as multiple flaming rockets shot into the air and burst into shimmering dust.
Of course, I brought along my Sony HDR-SR8 and recorded everything, in High Definition.

By the way, the video I made here was last years fireworks display.

Thanks for watching! :)

Adrian Lee

Learn the secrets of dv…

Night Photography with the Sony HDR-SR8...

With another flick of the same power button in the same direction as turning it on, the Sony HDR-SR8 100Gb Handycam Camcorder becomes a still camera at 6 megapixels. Here's my quick review of its still photography function when taking pictures at night.

In this video, you see a montage of christmas lights photos I have taken at night,

Here are some night photography tips I discovered with the camcorder.
When taking pictures of lights, turn off the flash function. The lights will appear brighter.When shooting outdoors at night, there must be plenty of light on your subject. CMOS cameras do not respond to low light very well.Turn on the flash when the subject is within 5 metres from the camcorder.I am not a master of photography, but my Sony HDR-SR8 high definition camcorder come in handy when I need to take photos.The photos are saved in the same hard disk drive as the videos, though you can change the settings to save the photos in the SD card. One thing…

How to Make a Youtube Christmas Video Greeting Card

Would you like to create a christmas greeting card that is unique, unforgettable and viral?

Are you still sending ecards, paper cards or those boring standard multimedia cards.

In this day and age, sharing Youtube online video is the way to go. I'm not talking about the boring looking into a webcam and speaking a message to your friends and family.

Hre's my idea. Record and edit a time lapse video of the progressive construction of your christmas tree. Watch the video here...

All you need is your video camcorder and a computer OR just the computer alone if you have a webcam.

Next, you need all your family members to be present and all dressed up.

Finally, you need your christmas tree and the decorations, disassembled. Already fixed your christmas tree? Take it down.

Then follow these steps...

Decide the location where you want to fix your christmas tree. Mine is in the corner of the living room. Place all …

Sony HDR-SR8 Review - Easy Camcorder for Kids...

Training younglings the fine art of videography. The elder one firmly gripping the Sony HDR-SR8 100Gb Handycam Camcorder and supporting one arm on the railing for a steady shot. The little one plans the perfect composition while waiting for her turn.This is our little England vacation where the Sony HDR-SR8 100Gb Handycam Camcorder came in handy.EASY TO USE
It is so easy to use that I don't have to shoot all of the time. My kids do it on my behalf. It takes less than 5 minutes to teach them how to operate the camcorder. The rest of the time is teaching them framing, composition and secret tricks that professional videographers do.STEP 1 : TURN ON FOR VIDEO OR PHOTO
The default is video when the power is switched on. Flicking the power switch again changes the the mode to photo. I discovered that the Sony HDR-SR8 100Gb Handycam Camcorder can also shoot photos while in video mode, except that the flash does not activate.STEP 2 : FLIP OPEN THE LCD SCREEN
The touch-screen LCD is crisp a…

How To Shoot and Edit a Film Festival Awards DVD Video...

I just completed and uploaded my latest video assignment.

Please watch it here...

It is a star-studded Awards Ceremony for the Asian Festival of First Films organized by Teamwork Productions in Singapore on 4 December 2007 at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel.

Here is what I have to do as a videographer working alone.

I like to arrive 2 hours before the event starts. This gives me ample time to survey the place, watch the last minute rehearsals and find out the exact flow of the event. For recording stage shows, I will also need some time to plant my tripod on the best spot and hook up the sound feed to my camcorder.

Getting the sound feed means hooking up my camcorder audio input to the hall audio system's output. That is, instead of recording ambient surrounding noise, I have crisp clear sound recording from every microphone setup on stage. Got to do this early because I know lots of press media people will b…

Sony HDR-SR8 Review - Light on Eiffel Tower...

Give Me a Break

Being a Videographer by profession, a vacation to me means no holding on to a camera.

But hey, my two lovely daughters are coming along with me to Paris. How can a father think of not taking videos and photos of their children enjoying a holiday!

So to compromise, I thought of a way to bring a camcorder fully fitted as one unit, without having to carry accessories and spares.

Hence, November 2007, two days of vacation videography and photography in Paris, made possible with the Sony HDR-SR8 100Gb Handycam Camcorder.

No Video Tapes

100 GB of hard disk capacity built into the camcorder. That's 32 hours of recording in High Definition. I needed less than 4 hours. So much space left. No worries of running out of space. No need to run around with spare video tapes in the pocket. Video tapes are dead!

Long Battery Life

The Sony Handycam HDR-SR8 came with a battery that lasts only 1 hour and a half. So I bought the biggest one that could last over 400 minutes, that's over 6 h…

Francis Ng Chun Yu Meets Videopreneur AdrianLee...

One night in China... no, no... first night in Shanghai.

Slept well. Woke up early. Anticipating an exciting day ahead.

Breakfast at Yi Cafe, the hotel's 2nd floor restaurant.

Met an American-Korean girl alone next to my table. We chatted.

She said she has traveled to many places and this was one of the finest restaurant she has ever experienced.

Indeed it was a fine breakfast. The display of the food is an art by itself.Talking about 5-star, the power plug at the Pudong Shangri-la hotel room was international standard. Didn't have to use my universal travel power adapter to charge the camcorder's batteries last night.

Still have time after breakfast before the first official video shooting assignment.

Went back to the riverbank of Huangpu River. This time catpuring the day version of the same place recorded last night, the Bund and the Futuristic City.

Walked to the Pearl Tower and around it. Captured it from every good angle. Many local photographers were stationed around the Pe…

Shanghai Kiss - Videopreneur Needs Some Translation...

10am:The kids kissed me goodbye. Mixed feelings ran through my mind. I have never separated from my family for more than 2 days. Today, I leave for China for a 4-day business trip. Four days of intense videography schedule.

1130am:The plane took off from Singapore Changi International Airport. The weather was perfect. The service was great. It has been more than 10 years since I flew on Singapore Airlines, Asia’s leading airline. The gadget under my nose kept me occupied for most of the 5-hour flight. It was a movie player. a nintendo, a telephone and an information kiosk. I have been to Shanghai before, but this electronic device told me more about Shanghai than I knew (or never bothered to ask for the tour guide's translation 2 years ago).

5pm:Arrival at Shanghai (上海) Pudong International Airport. We were greeted by local representatives. With me were the organisers, the media people and my assistant. We were whisked away in a little van to the hotel.

What's the icon of Shangha…

Eight Days Video Shoot With Sony FX7 HD Camcorder...

Surfing here in the Cycle & Carriage customer lounge so cozy,
My car's getting serviced while I blog about my week so busy.
Woke at 2pm to catch up with 2 nights on stimulants.
2 sleepless nights editing a video of an 8-day conference.

The event again took place at sunny Sentosa.
Breath-taking scenery and buffet worth 5-star.
Companied the participants to every excursion.
Till the end of dinner and even every recreation.

Lugging my Sony FX7 HD Camcorder,
Every memorable moment I capture,
From lectures to sight-seeing and networking,
Make a souvenir for the foreigners to bring.

Tiring it may seem, nothing is more rewarding
Than the audience cheering and appreciating.
Shot in 8 days with two nights of intensive editing.
70 DVDs distributed to each person before leaving.

Sony HDR-SR1 HD HDD Camcorder on Adrian's Shopping List

Transferring and editing an 8-hour seminar video is too time-consuming...

Bringing a laptop to the seminar for recording is too cumbersome...

Getting an external Video Hard Disk Recorder is too costly...

The answer...

Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD 4MP 30GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder

The 5 must-have features I look for in the HDHDD camcorder are:

Digital audio/video inputs: Yes (via USB)
Headphone jack: Yes (stereo mini)
Microphone input: Yes (stereo mini)
Photo Resolution: 4-megapixel; 2304 x 1728 (4:3)
Video recording system: AVCHD (HD) and MPEG2-PS (SD)
The 3 reason I want the Sony HDR-SR1 are:

Hard Disk Drive Recording for long-hours seminars.
Personal video recording in MPEG2 (DVD) format.
Photo Shooting at 4-megapixel quality.
Here are the rest of the technical specification...
Sony HDR-SR1 AVCHD 4MP 30GB High-Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder
Product Features

Record high-definition video on a HDD with AVCHD technology
ClearVidCMOS sensor for high-quality HD or SD images
3.5-inch widescre…