Wednesday, April 26, 2006

How NOT to make a video

Now that I know how to upload videos, I've decided to go back into the FutureDV archives and find some relics to post here. I thought, hey, why not start with my very first (modern) video project?

So I went back to 18 months ago, when I had to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) as a sort of "final exam" for the Field Production Course that I took at the local Cable Access studio.

With the help of my buddy Antony Rodriguez, we put together a 22-second PSA to promote voter turnout (this was just days before the 2004 Presidential election, and we all know how well THAT turned out!) Here's the PSA itself:

OK, so it was very basic, but good enough for me to get my certificate. Antony's PSA on Drunk Driving (BTW, he's against it) was much better, and in fact he won a Tommie Award for it at the annual awards a while back.

After the three-hour taping session, I had a bunch of outtakes to sift through, so I put together an outtake reel. It runs about 2 minutes, and it shows just how hard it can be to tape a commercial. Enjoy!

Yeah, it WAS that awful! Just let me say I'm sorry for making you watch that.


ByronB said...

Wow! I'd have rushed out to vote - probably for Bush, though: I believe he takes a firm line on videos like this.

Btw, a good wheeze to keep nervous eyebrows in place is a length of sticky tape. So I'm told. :)

Bring on the next - we can take it!

Gaz said...

I liked the soudtrack, Ramones,i want to be sedated.

CT Bob said...

Byron, you're right, W would definitely put a halt on awful videos like those! LOL

Gazza, believe me, I needed to be sedated after three hours of reading the same thing over and over!

And the first video had "Blitzkrieg Bop", of course. I love the Ramones; even saw them twice in NYC years ago.

The Stark Raving Viking said...

I was converting VHS tapes to mpegs down in New Orleans.

You can convert a huge file such as .vob or mpeg4 in windows movie maker.

Just get the file into the program, drag the clip to the bottom. Hit save to hard drive, then click option and you can convert a huge file to one that is 38 kbs and most dial ups are 56 kbs.

A dazzle 80 for USB 1.1, and Dazzle 90 or larger only works with USB 2 converts standard VCRs or cameras to USB. It comes with Pinnacle editing software. There is scene detection, coversions, and choices of how big a file you want to save it as.

The possibilities are endless.

Blogger allows photos to be posted, small file .wmv files should be allowed too, maybe you can contact blogger too asking them if they will.

I've been posting clips blasting Connecticut Judicial abuse of average citizens.

-Steven G. Erickson aka blogger Vikingas

The Stark Raving Viking said...

I haven't read much of your blog yet. I assume you're a creenwriter, and I am too, I just have to get mine into proper form as I am starting to get offers.

The Stark Raving Viking said...

wow, I didn't know you could upload videos to this site. I'll do some research and maybe I'll email you if I don't figure out how. I'm pretty pissed off about how I was treated after buying rental properties and fixing them up in Connecticut, and how they treat small business people that don't have corrupt connections is appalling.

CT Bob said...

SRV, yeah, uploading videos is surprisingly easy. What I learned was that all you have to do is create a free account on a video sharing site like, then compress the video using your Pinnacle (or other editing program) to a streaming-sized .wmv or Real Player file, and upload. Then you post the code they give you onto your blog, and viola! You get blogger videos!

Gaz said...

I clicked on SRV's link, thats not you with sunny's on is it? what's all this about the maffia runnig Connecticut,i thought you lived in a decent area ? sort it Bob!

CT Bob said...

No, that ain't me, it's the Viking. All us big bearded guys resemble each other, I guess.

And there's no such thing as the Mafia, didn't you know that? (Shhhh!) LOL