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Scott C.

FILM & VIDEO - Editing, Cameras, Color, Effects & More

Oakland, CA (94606)

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Hi all,

Maybe you need the basics of editing and outputting to YouTube, Vimeo, or a slick DVD. Maybe you want to learn professional lighting or audio techniques. Or video formats and conversion have you stymied. Maybe it's time to learn motion animating effects, multicam editing or why Final Cut Pro X is now finally better than 7.

Experienced and professional freelance videographer available to help you learn to shoot or edit your own projects. Originally a photographer, I've now been working throughout New England and NYC in film and video production for 4 years. I've worked on large film sets and one-man documentary teams. I've had short films and music videos in festivals and once shot a documentary in Kenya. I've gained a wide knowledge of techniques, tricks, do's, don'ts and maybe's.

Don't hesitate to ask questions! Thanks much. -Scott

I can help with the following software, plus more:
Final Cut Pro versions 7 and X (aka 10)
Motion 4 and 5
Apple Compressor and DVD Studio Pro
Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista

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Scott’s subjects

General Computer, Macintosh, Photography, Video Production
Corporate Training:
General Computer


Film and video production have merged in the last few years. The equipment, production style, techniques and software used for each are now much the same (see video description for more). In fact almost all projects shot on film will go through post-production digitally before transferring back to film.


Many love Macs and OS X, but not everybody is using them to their full potential. The default settings can be a bit archaic. For one thing, the mouse comes set to one-click and the Finder doesn't have an obvious way to Trash files. These are quickly and easily customized, as are many other things. I've been a Mac user at both home and the office for over 13 years, and have taken several classes at the Apple Store.

I can show you how to take full advantage of:
--The superior security Macs offer
--Automated hourly backups
--Retrieving previous versions of edited files (v 10.7+)
--System wide search (including inside PDFs, zip files)
--iCloud: Easy syncing of photos, contacts, notes, web pages and more between computers and mobile devices
--The many built-in apps that can make super slick movies, photo slideshows, DVDs, greeting cards, calendars, and music
--The creativity and production oriented user interface, designed to be flexible for various user needs and preferences

Also, learn about the latest release, 10.9 Mavericks.


Photography used be Nikon and Canon, slide film or negative, prime lenses or zoom. That's still there, but so is much more. Your phone can now be a 1890's camera that makes tintypes or a green tinted night vision cam.

Everyone can "punch up" their photos on their computers with Adobe Lightroom or Apple's Aperture and iPhoto (some phone apps do it, too). Learn to hide blemishes, that dirty dish in the background of an otherwise perfect photo. Lively up photos by vignetting and focusing in on certain elements, changing color and style after the fact.

Video Production

Video production isn't just cable TV and internet ads anymore. Schools, museums, hospitals, local non-profits, probably even your dentist all use the new wave of DIY videographers to promote themselves and do outreach. And of course the professional production house side of video production is huge and growing nonstop.

A freelance videographer is a one-person band and must be technically knowledgeable about cameras, audio, software, video codecs and the requirements for a multitude of distribution channels (mobile, broadcast, DVD, streaming, etc.) They also need to know about copyrights and fair use for music, images, fonts and even the faces of bystanders on the street.

In a production house, videography is only slightly more focused. Most houses are essentially freelancers themselves, taking on a variety of jobs with a variety of styles, technical needs and product destinations.

The core of all this is the software. Advanced editing programs allow you to do a lot fast, including making mistakes. One needs to know what's happening to the video throughout all stages of post-production. Quirks of the trade like interlacing, 322 pulldown, 29.97 vs. 30fps, moire and over-compression have forced many projects to start over. Graphics, titles and effects need to be slick on even basic projects. When much of what's on television looks and sounds the movies in a theater, videographers need to know how to make the most out of editing, motion graphics, and color grading software.

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Scott will travel within 20 miles of Oakland, CA 94606.

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