Thursday, September 17, 2009

Business Day Thursday: 10 Video Clips You Need To Capture With Your New Digital Camera

Good Afternoon Everybody,

We had a great time in Minneapolis last night. When you have almost 300 people in the room things get a bit rowdy, especially around door prize time. Last night we had our biggest crowd ever at my Digital WakeUp Call tour.

Everybody stayed to the very end of the program which ended about 10:45 p.m.. I thank everybody for the very kind remarks about the program afterwards too. We'll definitely plan on coming back to Minneapolis next time around.

We had an early wake-up call this morning because of a long drive over to Milwaukee today - about five hours. It makes it a little tougher to get the blog up, but I'm still giving it my best shot for our DigitalProTalk readers.

Right now we're in the middle of "cranberry country." You know it's cranberry country when you pull into the gas station for a fill up and you see a big sign for cranberry wine on the shop window. Gosh, I sure wish I would've picked up a bottle. ;~)

I want to get right to today's post just because time is short so let's get to it.

Here we go.

Video10 Video Clips You Need To Capture With Your New Digital Camera

The last couple of days I've been working on the interview I'm doing for Animoto. You should be able to catch it online sometime next week. I'll keep you posted when it goes live. Anyway, I mentioned about a week ago that is now allowing photographers to upload short video clips along with our still images.

I think this is a powerful new feature that they offering. I've always had a lot of fun with Animoto since signing on with them back in their beta testing phase. I've watched the company grow and continually add new features that can be extremely beneficial to us photographers.

Whether it's embedding an Animoto show into my blog, embedding it on a client's Facebook page, or downloading a high res video which then I burn to a DVD - all these features give us photographers a wonderful opportunity to expand our product line with a product that is both engaging and exciting for our clients.

The video feature makes it just that much better. The video capabilities of the new digital cameras, which many of us have been trying to figure out, have been a stumbling block for many photographers. We don't want to learn new software. We didn't even want to consider making video part of our wedding coverage simply because we don't want to deal with the added technical impact of the camera's new capabilities.

I think by Animoto allowing the short 3 to 10 second video clip uploads our problems are halfway solved. Hear me out here. I'm thinking if we at least want to get our feet wet in combining short video segments with still images, Animoto gives us the quickest, easiest, best way to do just that.

If you have one of those digital cameras that shoot video - for instance the Canon 5D Mark II - this is how I suggest you might photograph your next wedding............

Hey gang, I'm out of time. How's that for a tease? Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story. Got to go - 200 Milwaukeeians are calling. See ya' tomorrow. -David


  1. Great job in Milwaukee last evening. If you will be in town head down to the lakefront and visit the Milwaukee Art Museum. It is on the end of Wisconsin Ave heading east toward lake Michigan. The architecture fits in with your blog on lines the other day. Here is a link to the site
    Here is a link to the interior
    Thanks again for a wonderful seminar - Brian

  2. Thanks for your insights David. It seems that no matter how much people gripe and complain about video, that it is something that we are going to have to grasp in some form or another. Why can't Nikon add some decent video to their cameras :)

    I am looking forward to your seminar in Chicago next week. Have a great weekend.

  3. No crying now when videographers sell still prints from their cameras!

    Can't stop technology, but I'm curious as to what's going to happen when both videographers and photographers are basically selling the same fusion product?