This is mostly a test of the YouTube embed, but the video is cool too.
Best Shots for ordering at the bar, making at house parties and general drinkin’. The Orgasm, B52, Jam Donut, Cement Mixer and Irish Car Bomb are all well known shots that are easy to recreate. Minimal ingredients. Enjoy!
For the past year or so, I have been studying video production. I guess I have always had an interest in video, but never really nurtured the desire. I made a wedding video for some dear friends years ago, as well as some fun videos using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker (c2000).
As a magazine publisher, web developer and all ’round creative guy, I have the Adobe Creative Cloud software subscription which includes many creative programs for one low monthly price. I already use PhotoShop, InDesign, Bridge, and Illustrator on a regular basis, but this creative cloud comes with high powered video production software, PremierePro, professional audio software, Audition, and even a great motion graphics program called AfterEffects. The learning curve has been steep — to say the least — but with a little help from YouTube and a lot of practice, I’ve been able to create a few ‘fair’ videos.
From “hobby” to “passion” to “professional.”
Since I’m still a magazine publisher — albeit digital now — I’ve decided to make videos for the magazine. It will help the publication as well as allow me to nurture my videographer skillset. From virtual reality 360° videos and short videos about local area attractions, I will be able to produce content that will attract readers, sponsors, and revenue. I will also be producing regular cooking videos on another channel as well. I’m excited — but this little hobby of mine ain’t cheap.
I’ll get into the equipment and software I use someday, but as a budding video creator, I’ve made the intentional decision to keep things as affordable as possible. I did upgrade my PC, it was time, which was significant. I found that gaming PC’s have the processor speeds as well as the video cards to support editing, rendering and publishing motion video. Of course, I have my eyes on new and bigger computers (>$10,000), but for now, I have what I need.
ALSO… besides the computer, I need camera/s. I’ve invested in a great GoPro Fusion for the 360° camera and also a new Canon PowerShot, but I’ve decided to use my cell phone (with a gimbal) instead of investing in a great DSLR — for now.
Since I needed the computer for the magazine website, I don’t count that as part of my video hobby expenditure. I have purchased a sound recorder, an action camera (cheap GoPro), the 360° GoPro (ouch), the PowerShot, a gimbal, some accessories and that will do me for now. I have decided not to invest any more significant money* until I publish several quality videos and know this is something that can hold my attention.
*Significant money = $5,000 per camera X 3 studio cameras, plus professional lighting, sound, mixing, computing, storage etc. Budget, $30,000 to $130,000.
Even as I write this, I am rendering dozens of 360° videos (63) from the first day of filming at the Sonoran Desert Museum, as well as 83 photos and 26 1080p videos. That project will include a 360 video as well as a HD video about one of Tucson’s most popular attractions. We are scheduled to return tomorrow to finish up a few more locations as well as a few hours of “b-roll” (filler video) and sound capture work.
I’m not sure where I will be journalling my video making exploits, but I plan to do it somewhere… if I do, I’ll post a link here.