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Basic Editing: Video Tutorial of Adobe Premiere

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog post. I decided to do something different in this post. I made a tutorial educational video. It’s a short video about the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere CC.

02ad615cde2b9a3cb8428c4c4d243e51_400x400This is my preferred program for editing videos and I think its straight forward and easy to use and understand. It has a ton of easy to use, effective, tools, effects and features that make it a powerful, customizable, program and ideal for beginners and professional alike. I hope that this will make sense and be a source of help to you. Let’s get started with the video.

 

Premeire Tutorial from Sean Photo & Design on Vimeo.

In finish now it is time to Export the video. Each export is going to be different. Why? Because each project result is going to be different. Some of you may be exporting to burn to a DVD, still others may be broadcasting the video, still some like me are going to be uploading to YouTube or Vimeo.

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If you are exporting to Vimeo, you need to follow these steps. Choose “Mark In” and “Mark Out” on your Sequence to select what will be exported.

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.12.13 PMThen choose File, Export and a menu will pop up.

  • Format: H.264
  • Prest: Vimeo 725p
  • Output Name: Choose Name and select where you want to save it.
  • Check the box: Use Maximum Render Quality
  • Then choose Export

Now you have a finished video that you can load to Vimeo.com. I hope you liked the video that I made and please let me know of other videos that you would like to see made.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Film an “At The Movies” Summer Series

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Summer is coming. Many churches slump in attendance during the summer. The ATM or At The Movies series is a great way keep or build attendance. The premise is that the Pastor will preach Biblical points from a secular film. The film can be any one they want as long as they can use it tot illustrate moral or Biblical meaning.  Many films have great moral illustrations or are stories about overcoming tragedy and great odds. As the media team it is our job to edit the chosen films to tell the points the Pastor wants to preach from. My church has even gone a step further and we film our Pastor and add the filmed preaching points into the edited film. Basically we show a 30 minute film each Sunday during the ATM series. We create an inviting and fun atmosphere with big props, buttered popcorn and soda. The ATM series can be really fun. This blog post will share with you the secrets to filming a successful ATM series.

Secure Your Location

 IMG_1445It’s important to secure your location. Pick a spot that helps illustrate or gives thematic flare to your film. Maybe it’s downtown with skyscrapers, or in an urban area, at the beach, in the woods, in the park, at an old theater. Wherever it is secure your spot. Why is this important? Say you have a great spot to film at in mind and you decide to “guerrilla” film there without asking anyone’s permission. You could be asked to leave before you finish, or even charges could be pressed against you due to trespassing. I can remember a couple of shoots when I was a student that were going very well, but then we were caught filming without permission there and were asked to leave without finishing the piece. We had to re film everything that we had just did! Trust me it saves a lot of time and trouble to call ahead and speak to the owners or whomever and make sure that you will not be inhibited if you film there.

Location is Key

Make sure that the location you pick is not to close to the road, rail tracks or airport. In other words be sure to not be in a noisy area so as to get the best sound recording. Look for available shading so that your Pastor or talent is not squinting into the sun. Shade is best for filming because it helps keep the aperture down thus helping to blur out the background and give you that beautiful film look. Shade also allows for a smooth clear image. You don’t want blotchy/spotty shade otherwise you will get a blotchy/spotty look on your Pastors face. Some of his face will be in sun while other parts will be in shade. That’s just a bad look. If need be, bring your own shade via a tent.

Lighting

600-LED-Lights-4If shooting outdoors you may want to rent or invest in a reflector.  A reflector is simply a collapsible circle with a reflective side to it. You use that circle to reflect sun onto the subjects face to brighten it up. If you wanted you could get a lighting kit with 2-3 LED panels. Set up two of the lighting panels near the Pastor. One should be on the right and the other on the left.  If the kit comes with a third light, position it in the back if you can, to create a hair light.  Of coarse the most desirable hair light is to position the Pastor so that the sun is on their back. The sun will create a beautiful golden glow around your Pastor. If this is the case it is imperative that you bring some extra lighting to help brighten up the face due to the shadows created by the sun. It is necessary to blast as much light as you can into their front to match the sun in the back.

Audio

Plug the ¾ pin of the Lavaliere Receiver pack into the audio input of the Zoom recorder.  Run the lav wire up through the shirt of your Pastor and have him clip the mic to his shirt at chest level. Clip the mic pack to the back of his belt. Make sure the mic is not muted and that it is set to the same frequency as the receiver pack.  Put a 64GB SD card (or whatever memory card your Zoom takes) into the Zoom recorder. Plug a set of headphones into the headphone slot of the Zoom. Do some volume test and then your ready to record audio. You can also attach a Rode mic to the top of your DSLR for better on camera audio. Be sure to stop recording audio each time you stop rolling on the camera. This will help you to match up audio and video later when editing.

my camera 4Filming Camera “A”

Place camera A, which should be a DSLR of 60D or higher quality, right in front of your Pastor. This is not an interview, this is a sermon; therefor it is ok for your Pastor to preach right to the camera. I would open with a 24 mm wide angle shot to establish the scene. Then use a hip to head shot for the majority of the preaching, and so would use a 50 mm prime lens. Obviously you will need to reposition the camera as necessary.  But I think you’ll be very happy with the results of these two lenses during the shoot.

  • Directions for Camera “A”. Steady straight on shot will work for 65% of your footage. The rest of the footage from “A” camera will be a slow pan from right to left and left to right.  In this instance have your Pastor preach to you and not to the camera so their head and eyes do not move with the panning camera.

My camera 3Filming “Camera B”

Place camera B, which should be a DSLR of 60D or higher quality to the right or to the left of the subject.  If you can, place the camera on a slider and track the subject with the camera, while moving back and forth. For a shot like this I would use a 35 mm or 50mm. If you’re using a 50 mm in both shots then try to vary it up some by moving one of them closer and the other further back.  To really vary it up, every once in a while put a 85 mm lens on and get some tight close up shots. It might also be nice to capture some of your make shift on location “film se”t with Camera B and really capture the “At the Movies” feel. Once everything is all recorded it is time to log it and start editing your project.

For editing Instructions please look for my upcoming book.More details to come.

 

Best Church Websites

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Maybe you’re a new church or an old church who wants to revamp and reach more people? Reaching people is what the call of the church is, to seek and save the lost and disciple them in the light of Jesus Christ. You need your information to be readily available to the masses right? This is the 21st century so it is time for a kicking website with all the bells and whistles. All the bells and whistles you may ask? Well maybe not, after all we don’t want an ugly, unmanigable site but enough to compete with the worlds glitz and glamour. The World is our competition in all things and certainly one of them is the power of the internet. At the same time it is important to remember the real reason for having a website in the first place; to relay information to your guest, members and readers. It is sort of like a smart phone, sometimes we forget the purpose of the smart phone is primarily to talk to each other. The purpose of your church website needs to be to clearly and neatly display information, the rest is frosting on top. I’ve seen some ugly church websites and some great church website design. But what are some example of the best church websites?

Let’s take a look at some of the best church websites before we get into other information. At the pinnacle of the list is Gateway Church website. This site is simple, clean, neat and it is easy to navigate through. It has a nice professional looking color scheme and the information is clearly marked and easy to read. This is a great website in my opinion. Now let’s look at Lakewood Church. This site is a little messier than I expected. But still an example of really good church website design. The main information scrolls across the front and the social media apps are clearly marked on the top of the site. Other information is marked clearly and is easy to navigate through on the side. The messiness comes with having too much information on the front page. Joel Osteen’s new article is right there along with ads for other ministries, and a church calendar. Then down below is the process for becoming a believer and joining the church. I would give this site a B while Gateway would get a A. On the search to find the best church websites I want to look at a site that is big and bold but still clean and neat. Victory Orlando is a new church in Orlando, FL! The church has the logo and major pages easily visible and accessible. Then there is a huge scrolling bar with all the major announcements and events happening. This has the potential to be overbearing and messy but it works well. If it were the first thing you saw and the other pages were not as clearly marked then I would say it was to much. Next there is a video about the new church which relays much of your information right there in a short but entertaining modern video. If you didn’t want to watch the video then you could still get the information from other pages.The site follows with the social icons and then contact information. The site is visually appealing while sill getting across important information clearly.

These are some import things to consider when building or buying your church’s website. Look at other articles on my site for being your own church website builder (webmaster for a more web savvy term), where to get free church websites, and many more web related articles full of helpful information and tips. The best church websites need to grab and keep your attention but still need to be clean and organized to get information across. I am sure there are examples of bad church websites out there but this article is not here to put anyone else down but to show you what to do right. If you know what the right things are then you won’t be tempted to do the wrong things. Happy designing! Check out my Hub page on this topic. 

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Be Your Own, Church Website Builder

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You’ve done the research, the planning, the location scouting, the pre trips and now you are excited to start your church. Wether you are starting by renting a building or if you are ready to build you still need an online presence first. There is no finer way for people that need to come to your church to find you than the internet. Your website is important and it needs to be easy to find, it needs to be easy to read and understand and it needs to be catchy. Here’s the problem, you’re a pastor, you’re a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfilling The Great Commission; you are not a website builder. Unfortunately you don’t know any web masters either. What then do you do? You do it yourself. You don’t need a professional web designer. You can empower yourself and become your own webmaster, your own church website builder. How do you do that, you may ask? I’m glad you asked because I’m about to tell you. In this article you’ll learn how to buy the domain you want and how to host it and then how to add WordPress. Then you can customize your site to look and navigate how you want it. With the right WordPress templates, widgets and a little work you can get your site to look as good as the top church websites. Let’s begin!

Our first step is to buy a domain name. May I suggest www.godaddy.com. They will let you know what names are available for you to choose so you don’t choose a domain that is is already taken. Then you pick a plan for how long you want to own this domain name and you purchase your domain. No need to purchase any of the other extras they try to up sell you, unless you want them for some reason. Congratulations you are now the proud owner of a new bouncing domain! Go Daddy will give you a confirmation code and send you an e-mial. The next step is to host the domain. I suggest hostgator.com. They have the best plans in my opinion. You will then purchase a plan for x amount of time and then hostgator.com will send you two nameservers which are special codes that allow Hostgator to host the your domain on the internet.

You need to go to godaddy.com again and log into your account. Once you have done that you will see a button on the upper left hand corner that says domains. Click on that and then click on the link that says “manage my domains”. This will bring up a page where you will see your domain name. Click and check the box next to your website address. Then click above it on the left where it says name servers. You then want to put in the custom nameservers that have been sent to you by Host Gator. You should see two text boxes. Type in the nameservers that Host Gator sent you. Next save where it says save. For now your done. Wait 24 hours and then you will receive an email so you can log into your C-panel.

The C-panel is your control panel. You need to go to button that says Addon Domains and add on your new domain name and fill out the information that it ask for.  Next  load WordPress. You should see in your C-panel a button to download WordPress. WordPress is a open and free website builder software. On top of that it is one of the easiest website builder’s. For your church website design, WordPress will be your best friend. You can see one of my sites in the picture above and I developed this site on WordPress. From that point on you can start customizing your site for how you want it to work and how you want it to flow.  You can pick your theme, custom colors,upload pictures add in video from Vimeo or Youtube. You can create pages, post and basically do anything you want from your widgets menu. If you know how to work with any word formatting program then you can use WordPress. The post page operates like any Word Documents, with options to Bold or Italicize your text. There are options for bullets, numbering, adding quotes and linking. The best part is that you don’t need to know any html coding to build your site! Worddpress is just as customizable as Power Point, Keynotes, Word or any program your used to.

For my friends in the Orlando, Florida area I am happy to do the work for you. Please see my services at: http://fliehmanwebsites.com. Rates are $500 a site and then all this work will be taken care of for you! If you don’t live in Orlando and you don’t have the time to do this work (though I encourage you to do so) you can of coarse look into an ecommerce website builder. More on that in other articles on this site. Feel free to check out my Hubs on this topic, here and here.