My venture into video production - part 1
YouTube is full of photographers posting tutorial videos, travel videos and so on. For me, these videos have almost come to replace the television. The amazing thing is these photographers are able to publish at least one new video every week. Is this all they do, or are they actually working too?
When I was a teenager my father produced industrial training films. Not the most glamorous job, but one day I went with him to the studios of a professional video production company where he was editing a film. I was fascinated by the entire process and thought of making a career in that business. In the end I didn't, and now almost 40 years later, I have decided to give video production and editing a go.
Finding a video production course
Having a full time job, I need to be able to study at my own pace and from home. Also, although I live in Italy, I wanted to study in English. By chance, I received a promotional email from udemy.com which was having a sale of up to 90% off all courses.
Udemy is an online learning platform which hosts courses on everything from accounting to zumba. I have used it in the past and the quality of the instructors and course content can vary from pretty poor to outstanding. After some research I signed up to two courses, one about video production and the other about video editing with Premiere Pro.
How's it going so far?
I've completed about 50% of the video production course and I feel that for someone who already knows something about photography I haven't learnt that much. To be honest, a lot of what has been covered so far I could have picked up by watching some YouTube tutorials.
On the other hand, the Premiere Pro editing course has been absolutely brilliant (details are at the end of this article). The instructor takes you by the hand and leads you from the basics right up to advanced features. He provides you with over 230 video clips, photos and music to get you editing from the word go. The final result will be a documentary with an interview about mountain biking. I'm only 30% of the way into the course and things are about to get really interesting.
So where to next in video production
Obviously I intend on finishing both courses first and I will publish the final results. I have an idea for a short film for the moment, but I want to see how that develops before I say anything on here.
Here is the first video I have edited. It's only 20 seconds long but considering that I had no experience with Premiere Pro prior to this, I'm quite satisfied.
I don't gain anything from publishing this link, but I recommend this course if you are interested in getting into video editing with Premiere Pro.