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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    I don't think that's what Dwight was saying; I think he was saying that it can be easier to relax and speak more naturally if there is a real person behind the camera that you're talking to, rather than just the cold hard stare of the lens in an empty room.

    The Fair Use clause of US Copyright allows reproducing material for educational or commentary purposes. You're fine... unless you obtained the internal documents illegally, which is a different matter: You could be sued for theft of intellectual property.
    The video was posted on the internet - I don't know how *they* got it - probably found it somewhere, or an old franchisee digitized it. I'm not sure who would own the rights to it now.


    Well, IANAL... but I've talked with many, and all I can say is that people can sue for defamation of character and other dumb stuff at any time. However, you could interview him, get him to sign a release to use the interview information in your historical retrospective, and that will likely prevent any legal action.
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    I'm doubtful he could be found - he'd be 88 now assuming he's still around, and he was known to be very private. He spent what, 20 years 'hiding' from Northern Marianas Islands' tax authorities (allegedly)?

    I thought that whole disappearance thing was an interesting story to relate, but I intended to present both sides of it (the government's and then his, as they themselves said it to the media) - not take a position on who's right or wrong, just be like 'wow, this is such a crazy and interesting story'.

    Any time I do any kind of documentary, written, video or otherwise, I always stick to sources and avoid offering opinion. I've always been of the opinion it's hard to win a defamation suit if you're just relating what was already said by official sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
    Considering just how dead ComputerLand is as an entity probably the biggest risk you'd run into posting segments of internal franchise propaganda videos is getting a copyright match from any background music they might have stuck onto them. (Obviously I don't know if these videos are of a sufficiently high production class to have music on them at all.) "Fair Use" should indeed be a thing that YouTube respects but apparently the copyright trolls are *very* aggressive when it comes to abusing the audio matching robots.

    Regarding the tax thing, if you take a neutral tone and just say "it was reported at the time that so-and-so did this-and-that and bad things happened" without trying to inject your own personal hot take on it (and making sure to cite your sources) I seriously doubt there's any case to be made.
    The particular video features Bill Millard's daughter Barbara (in full 80s regalia) talking to the camera about the challenges Computerland was facing in 1985, particularly tamping down growth expectations. One bit I found kind of amusing was her contention that Computerland's difficulties that year (including being in the process of losing a half billion dollar lawsuit) was that the downturn in fortunes was actually a positive in that they couldn't ignore problems in the franchise that they had been ignoring when things were booming. Corporate spin if there ever was any.

    I believe I've found Barbara (now Barbara Logan). So that make me nervous about that particular video or remarking on that passage, which I thought kind of darkly amusing.

    The 'music' though is rando 80s synth. Not a recognizable tune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    The 'music' though is rando 80s synth. Not a recognizable tune.
    Oh, don't worry, YouTube's content ID system will identify it. As long as you don't care about making money (yet) from the videos, you can leave it in. YT also has a facility for removing only the music from a passage if it's simple enough; has about a 50/50 shot of working.

    So, I released this last night:



    In the hopes that it might give you some comparisons and workflow tips, I'll list how I made it:

    video:
    Talking head: Panasonic GX85 + 12mm-60mm @ f/3.6
    Overhead: Panasonic G7 + 14-140mm @ f/5.6 for the overhead shots (because I have it mounted to the ceiling).
    Two 60W LED bulbs inside two large softboxes (you can see them reflected in my glasses and behind me) in addition to my basement's overhead lighting.
    The LED bulbs color temp are 5500k and my overhead lights are 5000k to match as closely as possible.
    Both cameras shot 4k video, and edited with proxies as previously mentioned.
    A color chart (Datacolor SpyderCHECKR 24, although I'll be using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video from now on) was used in the talking head shot to get a reference, which was then later used to get the color correct in post.

    audio:
    Talking head: Cheap lav mic hidden under my sweatshirt (I should have equalized it in post though, it sounds muddy)
    Narration: AT2020 mic connected to a Focusrite 2/2 interface (I'm not sure if I recommend the focusrite -- it sounds good but the drivers are sometimes buggy)

    software:
    Mostly Adobe Creative Cloud tools: Premiere pro for video editing and export; Adobe Audition for mixing; Photoshop for the video thumbnail; After Effects for the title animation.
    Izotope RX for noise reduction.
    MBR Color Corrector 3 to help with color correction (requires the use of a color chart).

    Techniques and random thoughts:

    • Put a color chart in your scene to ensure you have a reference for later. If you forgot to white-balance your camera, the neutral chips on the chart can make that automatic later in post. If the chart has an 18% gray chip, that should equal about 40 IRE (in other words, 40 on a scale of 1-100) brightness. Also, buy your chart new, and spend at least $50.
    • If you have a camera that isn't great at autofocus, use manual focus. Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras aren't great at continuous autofocus, but they have a phone app that lets you remote control the camera, including focus. I just tap on my face in the apps, it focuses, and then leaves it there, and it never gets out of focus again unless I move too close or too far away.
    • I shot everything in 4k because it looks great, but also because it gives you some flexibility in post. You can "zoom" in a little bit, fix the framing, correct a few degrees angle rotation (ie. uneven tripod), etc. You can digitally zoom in up to 200% and it will still look perfect when people view it on 1080p screens or cell phones.
    • When recording audio, ensure you record some "room tone" (ie. about 10 seconds of nothing) so that you have a noise floor reference to use later in post.
    • Cell phones today are amazing, but at some point you're going to wish you could get some more light onto the sensor, or shoot something really close, or shoot something far away, or shoot something that has a nice blurry background to complement the sharp foreground. That's when you might start looking into dedicated cameras that are good at video, because they have interchangable lenses.


    These are suggestions, not mandates. I try to get the very best video quality I can, so I do all of the above. This year I hope to produce at least one video a month, which will then justify getting an even better camera and better lenses.

    Hope that helps; if not, feel free to ask questions.
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    That was cool as hell! Well done Trixter!

    I keep coming across projects like that and thinking jee I'd like to do that (not for youtube.. just myself).. but never get the the time.

    I wonder if I could put this Micro Mint Z8 on a necklace..

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    I completed video #2 today. Few little glitches but generally better and more consistent than the OSI video. This one started out as a quickie to show off the BC88 computer, but then I decided to provide some backstory.. and it turned out Computerland had a ton of that. Like.. literally a ton. I just covered the basics and didn't get into Millard's fascination with est or the Orwellian Office of the Chairman he set up. Didn't want to get sued, and I think some of Once Upon a Time in Computerland, where some of the story comes from, is a bit conjecture-y.

    https://youtu.be/EioTBxU3Ek8

    Still struggling with equalizing audio. I'm not a born narrator, suffer from acid reflux so my throat can be tricky and I sometimes fall off. I was trying to figure out the normalize audio function in Premiere. Finally, I deployed what I'd learned about green screening -- that was probably the most fun of the whole thing. I need to get a non-cheap greenscreen.. the one I have is made of some kinda paper like stuff and creases easily.

    One thing I would really love to find is a manual. I think the reason I can't go into CGA mode is there are jumpers on the machine itself that need to be set.

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    I finally set aside time to check this out. Great information, good camera work (although you may want to get a slider if you'll be doing more horizontal pans; you can't do that handheld). However... I had to stop watching after 3 minutes because it was exhausting to try to hear your narration over the music. This might be worth trying to fix the audio and re-upload. I really wanted to watch the entire thing but had too much trouble hearing you.

    If you're using Premiere Pro, watch some tutorials regarding the Essential Audio panel. You can "tag" voice clips and music clips as voice and music, then normalize them for appropriate levels for voice and music, and then -- this is key -- automatically duck the music by 6dB whenever the narration is happening. That alone should fix your audio issues, and it's really easy to use. If you're still having trouble with this, send me a PM and maybe I can share my screen to illustrate the process.
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    An important thing to remember when talking over music is that while you may not have difficulty understanding yourself over the music, that's because you remember everything what you said, and probably scripted it even before that, while your audience is hearing it for the very first time. Therefore they need an increased margin of intelligibility and reduced distraction.

    In fact, it's wise to consider using music only sparingly for transitional emphasis, not constantly during the entire presentation. And I don't like hearing it all when a computer is turned on and running -- the noises it makes are more interesting to me than any music!

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    For reference, here's a video where the aforementioned leveling and ducking were used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=178WPqBTCVo
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    Thanks guys. I really appreciate you taking the time to offer suggestions.

    Yeah I've been meaning to fix this. I think I've got it sorted now... just re-encoding and will upload a test and see what you guys think, if you're inclined to give it another try.

    Because I didn't have a great mic for much of the first video, I relied on dynamics a lot, and I think that had the effect of levelling out the audio. I didn't use it this time (but have now done that and normalizing peaks, as well as dialing the background music WAY back) and hopefully that'll do it.

    Sucks that I have to give up the view count, comments and likes, but what can ya do.

    In my third video I'm just showing off all the unbuilt kits I have - keeping the background music to just add a touch of ambiance (nothing will be operating so no sounds to hear other than my voice). I'm letting my Note 10's microphone and Premiere's dynamics/bass adjustments do the work there and am reasonably happy with the result. We'll see how that comes out.
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    Okay, here it is again. *I* think the narration is clearer, but I'll let you guys be the judge.

    https://youtu.be/u7fpyW2FPa8

    As of 10:53PST Friday it's in processing so it may not work for an hour or two.

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