Need help with shooting setup/ideas for a project...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by budha, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. budha macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Hey guys, I need some professional/experienced insight here.

    I am going to start shooting 5-6 minute clips of some of my professors for a youtube series.
    I sort of want it to look like this:

    I will be using a basic Cannon GL2 DV SD Camcorder (my schools)

    I will be using Final Cut Express to Edit.

    My questions are:
    What kind of lighting/camera set up should I do? i.e. 3 point lighting etc.

    When I export, what are the best settings for the new youtube (w/ the new improved high quality option). The video says it is 720 x480, and I keep hearing to do it fas 640x480 but idk if that is right. Thank you a lot for your help, and if you have any suggestions please let me know.
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    You've already stated your camera so that just leaves lighting. You would probably do well with a medium to large softbox as the key light and a smaller light as a rim light (aka hair light, backlight) and possibly a reflector/bounce opposite the key light. This site may help: And this may help, too:

    This article may help:

    Your camera shoots DV which uses rectangular pixels (720x480). When it's displayed on a computer (outside of an NLE), it is displayed in square pixels (640x480).

  3. budha thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Hey man,

    Thanks a lot for the reply, you cleared up some of my confusion. If anyone else has any tips, please let me know.

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