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Studio Build 2019

I am undertaking a massive project to completely change the way I shoot video in my studio. I am going to video every step of the process so that we can learn together. In this video, I give you the setup on what I am hoping to accomplish through this overall build.

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Video Transcript

Let's talk through the build process. Let me give you a bit of a summary for this project. I create videos for a site called DigitalParenting.com, where I try to help parents make better decisions about how they engage their kids with technology. One of the things I learned was, post-production was killing me. I don't know if you've ever been in that boat, but you get great videos shot, but the amount of work that you have to do to get them done is just so much.

One of the things I wanted to do was totally switch out my setup. Let's talk about what I have so far. So far, I have a couple of cameras. I actually use Panasonic GH4s. With those, I actually just record straight to the cameras. After that, I take them, I dump them in, I dump them into Premier. I go through and do all my post-production work, drop in lower thirds, all that kind of stuff. This is just too time consuming.

In addition, I've also got audio, so you can see I've got a lapel mic, I've got a Sennheiser, and then I actually record that to a task M-unit. I'm totally going to switch that up a little bit as well. Here's what I'm looking to do. Here's the goal. The gold standard for me is, I can do a little bit of work upfront on a video, then I can just shoot it. When I'm done shooting it, it is done. It is ready. Maybe I have to trim the beginning and end, but it is ready to be just compressed and pushed out to wherever I want it to go, to YouTube, to my site, to all the places I plan on using it. That's what I'm trying to do.

Now, the way I've chosen to do that is, instead of going from a situation where I'm recording straight on my cameras, and then I'm going to go dump it into Premier, and do my post-production, which is what I'm going to do for these videos, but what I want to do eventually is, use a live switcher setup. What I've chosen to do is, I've chosen to go in and create a setup based mainly on Blackmagic Design, and a lot of what they provide. One of the units, kind of the crux of this, is I'm using their Television Studio HD Switcher, which gives me a 1080p live switcher, that's an ATEM unit, so that's their kind of approach for doing video switching. One of the great things about that is, that video switcher, you can communicate through what we call an SDK, to make some changes to that video switcher.

I'm going to be able to automate a lot of this, so I'm going to show you how I'm going to use some of my experience as a software developer, to automate some parts of this, because you might be wondering, well David, it sounds great that you want to make these videos live, and you want to just be done with them, but how do you handle things like, when to throw in lower thirds, when to do that? You can't just script everything from a time perspective. Totally agree.

One of the things I'm going to do after we build-out this rig, is I'm going to go through a series to show you how I'm planning to automate this. I'm actually planning on using a footswitch to step through macros, and then actually program it all so that it actually communicates with my switcher, so that yet again, I just have to storyboard my videos, and then when I'm done with them, they're totally done.

But, we've got a lot of unboxing to, so what we're going to do here at the beginning of the project, I'm going to walk you through some core components of what I'm going to build-out. I'm going to do all the unboxing, and then in addition to that, we're going to put it all together in a nice rack unit, so that we have all this ready, both here in our studio, and if we ever need to go do any live shoots, which we're going to be doing a lot of podcast recording next week for DigitalParenting.com, and so we'll get to see how some of that plays out as well.

I hope you hang around. I hope you see this project build-out. Subscribe to the channel if you haven't subscribed already. Let me know if you have any questions as we go through this. Thanks for joining me here on One Man Video.