Want to produce my own commercials - VX2000
I want to (learn how to) produce my own 30 sec TV commercials. I will soon have a VX2000 and I sometimes build my own PC systems as a hobby. I would appreciate any advice or references to URL's that could help me build a good system (good motherboard, CPU, capture card, editing software) to produce broadcast quality results, with my VX2000 camera.
I don't believe I need the latest or greatest components. I just want a system that will allow me to produce high quality and straightforward video for broadcast. The one effect that I really would like to be able to perform is dissolves.
I am thinking that a previous generation card and software might be just right for me (lower price and but still really great results without as many new/expensive frills).
Thanks in advance for sharing any references or suggestions that you have!
PS. I've wanted to produce my own videos, as a hobby, since I learned 16mm cinematography many years ago, and now I am ready to try!
No offense to you,but you have got a whole lot to learn and go through before you can produce commercial spots.
First off it's a very competitive slot that you are trying to get into and you are going to need the,(as you put it) the latest and greatest equipment.
Second, if the only transition you think you will need is dissolves then you have a long hard road ahead of you.
You will need to focus on technical aspects of shot composition and audio that will fit the particular needs of the individual type of spot you are doing.
I could go on and on forever as to why you are not ready for this yet but I will tell you that you must train yourself in the basics of the slot that you are trying to enter before you even remotly think about jumping in with both feet...You will sink if you don't.
Not trying to bust your bubble but this is reality.
If you want to get into this,know what you are up against before you go whole hog.
You can accomplish what you are setting out to do, but you have to crawl before you walk.
It cost alot of money and time to get into this the right way,so don't jump too fast.
Media Visual Solutions
Thank you 'Media Visual Solutions' for your reply ... and candid feedback.
I own a business and have previously had my cable TV spots produced professionally. Since I posted this message, I've gotten advice and feedback from local professionals to get me going ... to enable me to make these spots for my own business. Going forward, I'll get the assistance I need from the talented media specialists in my home town ... to ensure my results are professional.
Don't worry about me. Except for my own personal hobby/satisfaction to make a few commercials for my own business, I don't plan to enter this very competitive field. From past experience with contracting the work ... and most recently as I pursue this new adventure, I see many talented and competing artists/technicians. It would be cheaper to pay for my production rather than do it myself ... but that would be missing my personal objective.
Well, after looking at your other responses, it looks like doom and gloom is headed your way. The best thing you can do is pick up a mag called Videomaker. This mag gives simple advice on how to learn to produce quality video. These guys work in the prosumer arena, and I believe that's where you might want to start. They also provide an extensive glossary on terms you might need to familiarize yourself with before you get started. They also have on-line articles that date back to their very beginning to present, that will probably provide you some helpful guidance in creating spots. I will agree with both comments made to you earlier that you've got to get the basics down first, and you'll need subject-matter-experts to help you in your training. But if you subscribe to this magazine, you'll be quite surprised at the tricks that these guys have in their articles that will help you make a quality spot that could be aired on television. Try this out first then you'll understand what it takes to make the spots you desire to created. Best wishes in your endeavours!