Friday, December 12, 2014

....sesi bertemu pengarah baru pkk..

HARI ini, aku masih bercuti panjang. Walau bagaimanapon, hari ni
aku pergi juga ke UKM kerana ada sesi pertemuan dengan
Pengarah baru PKK, Prof. Datin Dr. Norizan Abdul
Razak di Bilik Majlis, UKM.
Sebelum sesi pertemuan, sempat jugak
aku membuat 'transfer' ke pita DVCam program
'Manifestasi Seni UKM 2014. Sesi pertemuan dengan Pengarah
diadakan pada jam 9.00 pagi. Tidak semua staf yang hadir kerana ramai
yang sedang bercuti dan ada segelintir yang bertugas di luar kawasan.
Aku sebenarnya malas nak mengulas lanjut apa yang disampaikan
oleh Pengarah....walaupon ada yang aku catat tapi
tak perlulah aku tulis di sini...cukuplah
untuk simpanan dalam minda
aku setakat yang mampu
aku ingat.....


...rajin mencatat, mungkin satu perkataan pon
tak tinggal kot....
Hujung2 bulan Disember ni nampaknya banyak juga rakaman SCP dan MCP yang
 kami kena rakamkan, boleh tahan jugak. Aku akan cuba membantu terutama 
dalam kerja2 rakaman MCP sama ada di DECTAR dan juga di PERSADA
CANSELORI. Antara rakaman berkenaan ialah liputan video
di Kuala Lumpur pada, 15 & 16 Dis.,14 Disember, 
MCP di DECTAR, 17 Disember, MCP di Persada, 19 Disember 
ada MCP di DECTAR dan di Persada...itu yang aku dapat tahu melalui
 email yang terbaru....harap aku dapat membantu walaupon aku bercuti...aku bercuti
untuk menghabiskan cuti 'gantian' yang tidak boleh dibawa
ke tahun hadapan....................................

Aku malas nak tulis panjang2, cukuplah kot....apa yang aku harapkan,
kami semua terutama krew UAV selesa bekerja bersama-sama
dengan Prof. Datin...................................

...terima kasih kerana membaca...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How to Make Sure You Get a Quality Wedding Video Production - 5 Things to Look For

Compared to photography, wedding video production is a relatively young industry. You probably remember when you were a kid looking at your mom & dad's wedding album and imagining what it would be like to be a bride someday. Now that your wedding day is here, you want to have pictures like your parents did. You already have in your mind what you're looking for from a wedding photographer because you've seen what wedding pictures can be. However, there's a pretty good chance your parent's didn't have a wedding video and if they did, it's probably on 8mm film and you have to drag out your projector to watch it. Everything is out of focus and there's no sound except for the clicking of the projector -- not a really enjoyable experience.

However, wedding videography today has come a long way and many wedding videos that are being produced today can rival the quality and emotional essence of a major Hollywood motion picture. A true professional wedding videographer knows how to capture your wedding day and turn it into a Hollywood quality movie that you'll want to watch over and over again for years to come. Then, when your children grow up, they will want to watch it with you.

So how do you make sure you find a good wedding videographer? In this article, I'll give you 5 quick and easy things to look for to make sure you get the best possible video for your money.

  1. Personality - When you're interviewing potential videographers, try to listen to the enthusiasm in their voice. If they get excited talking to you about your wedding, they're probably passionate about their job and will do good work for you. As your talking, see if you get excited right back. A good rapport with your wedding videographer will make for a better wedding video.
  2. Quality of their work - Make sure you get a demo of their work. The demo should show off a variety of venues, shooting styles and lighting conditions. A quick tip: watch the video twice. The first time you watch it, turn the sound down so that you can look at the technical aspects of the video. You want to look for what a video will look like outside (if you're having an outdoor wedding) or during the dancing when the lights are turned down real low. If you see a lot of shaky camera work or zooms in and out then that's the sign of an amateur videographer. Look for any cheesy transitions between scenes or title work. There's a reason you never see a page turn transition or a star wipe transition in a Hollywood movie. Once you've evaluated the video for technical merit, turn the sound back up and watch it again for emotional impact. You want to listen to the music and make sure the video is timed well with the music and that the music draws you into the moment emotionally.
  3. Equipment - A professional will never come to a wedding with only one camera. Find out how many cameras are used throughout the day (both during the ceremony and the reception) and how many they take with them. it's not uncommon to take more cameras than are used. Also ask about audio equipment and how they plan to capture the vows, readings, toasts, etc. Video is more than just a visual presentation -- a quality wedding video will also capture quality audio as well.
  4. Staff - Find out how many people will be attending your wedding. A professional videographer can do the job solo but it's very difficult. If the videographer says that he works solo then pay particular attention to the quality of the demo and ask how certain shots were done if he was the only videographer there.
  5. Cost - A quality wedding video produced by a professional videographer can be expensive. Make sure that you find the best quality of video that you can afford on your budget. Selecting your photographer and videographer early on can be a huge advantage because you know that whatever you spend on other things will be captured forever. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, what's more important, remembering every detail of my wedding 20 years from now or chair covers?

Steve Bailey is a professional wedding videographer with almost ten years experience and is the owner of Memories Forever Video Productions based out of Delaware. If you're interested in finding out more about wedding video production check out their blog at

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Corporate Video Production - Corporate Videos High Impact on Business Audience

Any business worth its salt is looking towards enhanced productivity that is effective from the word go-and in changing times with marketing banking on the reach of the Internet and company e-mailing methods more and more companies are looking for answers in corporate video production. The whole business of corporate video production has arisen from the new-age companies realizing the effectiveness of a well designed and compellingly conceptualized corporate video production for various industry segments, be it training, initiation to a company process, upgrading knowledge base of junior or senior level employees or simply motivational messages. Companies doing business online have also realized that successful corporate video production is part of efficient and well-researched marketing as well and therefore, choosing the right video production and marketing agency is crucial to a company’s ethos and profitability from the venture.

The right corporate video production company would be one that allows the client to sort and manage all of its images and artwork from a central location, reach out the best possible content presentation to the appropriate target audience with the right subject portrayed in the right light. Any company that uses innovative use of the cutting edge technology available today for the maximum benefit of the company while also meeting budget and timeline criteria and allows the client to search across multiple stock image libraries and various industry verticals is the right one. While the handling of corporate video production is a specialized field and requires experienced players who are more than a dab hand at developing and strategizing corporate videos as compared to school or training videos, entrusting these to an accredited agency with a proven track record is advisable.

Asking for samples of other corporate video production that the company has done and testimonials from previous clients is one way of resolving any doubts as to the delivery status of the company and a sneak preview offer of the entire project initially is an ideal one to take up. This prepares you with a clear mental picture of what is to come and what the company can deliver. So, whether you are looking to document a management lesson in your corporate video production or condensing the chairman’s speech or company message into a five-minute teaser, by engaging the right video production company you can manage it effectively and innovatively by great visuals and supportive audio that is consistently high quality.

While corporate video productions require a high level of quality and formal creative content management, a experienced video production company can help create training videos that are invaluable in lesson plans and limit it to teaching of specific skills in a specialized manner. These corporate video production programs can be utilized anywhere a business finds tasks, processes or skills that need teaching and wants to teach them best to the audience by creating a how-to video. Creative corporate video production can thus, lead to real lead generation for any market-savvy business. Corporate video production can involve communication about a new product and channel training, demonstration, sales or presentation, compliance/regulatory/HR or even Live training or new course creation.

Shakir A. is independent writer on Internet marketing, PPC, SEO, SEM, Online Marketing, Video Production and other related topics. Video Production Orange County - Video Production Services in California &

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

How to Get Your Video Production Right the FIRST Time

I’ll cut to the chase. To make your video look right, you have to wear makeup. Sorry guys, be macho if you want, but when you have a five o’clock shadow after you just shaved, don’t say I didn’t warn you. The harsh lights used in studios penetrate several layers of skin that would appear a lot healthier if you had just put on some powder. It gets worse… baldness seems to be highlighted by cameras for some reason, get over it and put on some makeup. Don’t forget your nose and forehead, and always reapply during a break; you’ll thank me later.

While we’re on the vanity of things; clothes. Don’t wear gaudy prints, black, red or white. When you review your video, you want to see yourself rather than your outfit.

OK, now that that is out of the way, onto cameras. You’ll want preferably three cameras to ensure you have captured your speech and your audience from all angles. In order for your video to be of the best possible quality you’ll want to use Beta Cam, mini DV, or at the absolute worst, SVHS or HI8. Also, to have your video look great you should use professional operators and a director if they are using multi-cameras and a control room.

Lighting is the most important element when planning a video production. I have videos that were shot on poor quality cameras, but look great thanks to the right lighting.

If the organization is doing the editing, be right there in the suite as they do it. Ultimately, no matter what you have bartered, this is your finished copy and you should have a say in what is cut and what is not.

Lastly, scatter microphones throughout the audience. This will allow you to hear real reactions without the filters of lapel microphones.

Tom Antion provides entertaining speeches and educational seminars. He is the ultimate entrepreneur, having owned many businesses BEFORE graduating college. Tom is the author of the best selling presentation skills book "Wake 'Em Up Business Presentations" and "Click: The Ultimate Guide to Electronic Marketing." It is important to Tom that his knowledge be not only absorbed, but enjoyed. This is why he delivers his speeches laced with great humor and hysterical jokes. Tom has addressed more than 87 different industries and is thoroughly committed to his client's needs.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Becoming a videographer

The steps needed to become a videographer are going to vary based on the type of videography services that you plan on delivering. If you plan on offering very basic video services like filming weddings and special events, then chances are you can get by with little formal training. However, if you plan on offering extensive editing and professional video production services, then it is in your best interest to take formal courses in videography, editing and business management.

The first step in becoming a videographer is to determine what type of videographer you plan on becoming. There are a lot of video specialties that you can focus your business on. There are wedding videographers, independent film producers, studio film producers, documentary videographers and legal videographers, just to name a few.

The next step in becoming a videographer is to uncover what education and training you will need to run your video business. People interested in offering wedding filming services will most likely only need basic instructions on how to use a video camera, how to use editing software and how to compose and mix soundtracks for video productions. On the other hand, if you plan on offering more complex video production services then you may want to complete a more comprehensive itinerary of courses. An example of the type of curriculum you may want to cover in your video education include: film producing, film editing, film aesthetics, screenwriting, music composition and editing, after effects, audio mixing, DVD compression, web compression and courses in the use of common filmmaking software programs like DVD Studio Pro and Final Cut Pro.

The third step in becoming a videographer is to acquire the equipment that you will need for your business. To get all of the equipment that you need you will need to have some money set aside to invest. Some of the equipment that you will need include: a computer with multi-media components, digital storage devices and hardware, camera equipment, editing equipment, sound equipment and lighting equipment.

Once you have your video production studio set up, your next step will be to design and implement an advertising campaign. This campaign needs to focus on getting the word out about your services. The marketing devices that you will want to design include: brochures, business cards, price lists and flyers. Finally you may want to put together a demo reel to show potential customers what you can do.

A legal videographer is a video production specialist who is skilled at producing video evidence for legal cases. The services offered by this type of video specialist is in high demand and it pays a very generous salary. Being a professional digital videographer takes more than just knowledge of how to use a digital camcorder. It takes expertise in a variety of business, creative and technical subjects. There are a lot of videography equipment that videographers need including: cameras, tripods, editing software, video monitors, cases, lenses and mixing devices.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

How to Make the Best Training Video For Your Company

Training Videos have been around for decades.

At some stage, we’ve all been made to watch one with a poorly written script, bad acting, overly dramatised narration and of course, bad music (and hair, you can’t forget the hair). And if you’re like me, you probably had lots of fun laughing at them and not learning.

But forget any bad experience you’ve had with a 70’s style training video. Educational videos really do work and they have come a long way.

The reason they have lasted such a long time is that they can quickly and effortlessly get across important training messages. Complex information can easily be understood.

Other benefits include faster staff training, a more productive and efficient workforce and reduced training consultant fees.

Best of all, educational videos will always deliver a consistent message and never have a bad (hair!) day. Important messages can be watched over and over again.

Tailor made productions are an indispensable training tool for companies with a large workforce that have important processes and procedures that need to be undertaken safely and correctly. New inductees can easily be trained to your specific company needs.

So if bad music and poor narration doesn’t work, what does?

1. Keep your Script Simple, Stupid

To get your training video going, it all starts with a KYSSS. Better wise known as Keep your Script Simple, Stupid.

Too often companies will write their own script based on their big (boring) training manuals. This is great if you want people to refresh themselves with a nap during their training session. Not great if you want to grab their attention and teach them something.

The beauty with video is that both pictures and sound tell your story. So you don’t need lots of talking to explain things, as you can show people what you mean.

After all, research has found that people remember about 80% of what they see, not what they hear.

Our advice is to spend a lot of time getting your script right, as it really does drive the quality of the production. Use lots of short sentences and avoid overly technical jargon.

If you can, get the video production house to write the script for you. Often getting a trained script writer to write your script means that it will be written in simple English that is not overly technical (ie: not a yawn creator).

2. Leave your Director Dreams at Home, Buddy

Often we’ve been called in to re-do a training video that was made in-house. An aspiring staff member with (dodgy) dreams of Hollywood believes they can have a crack at the company training video.

By the end of it, their pesky dreams are no longer. Long hours of frustrating editing has seen to that (which is a relief to their manager).

Despite their Scorsese intentions, the end result is often an out of focus, badly narrated production with jarring music. Usually pretty reminiscent of training videos of old or like something your mum would make.

As a training tool, it has little impact because people are too busy trying to work out what the camera is trying to focus on or trying to hear what the narrator is actually saying (which is usually them talking while filming).

Our recommendation is to use a professional video production house with lots of training video experience.

When choosing a video production company, take a look at their videos to make sure that the script is sensible, the narration is clear, the camera work is smooth and at the same quality as what you’d expect on television.

Stay away from production houses with no training video experience or who themselves aspire to be film directors (which seems to be about 95% of them). Too often, they have no business acumen and forget to focus on how to get messages across and improve learner message retention.

3. Reiterate, reiterate, reiterate

Using titles to reiterate your important training messages is incredibly effective. They need to be used generously in a production, as they really do increase your message retention rates.

4. Change what’s on screen……now

Expert training video producers have lots of tricks up their sleeves to grab audience attention and concentration.

One of them is changing what’s on screen every few seconds. The change doesn’t have to be dramatic. It can be as simple as a close up shot, a new title, or even a shot from a different angle.

By constantly changing the on-screen vision, people are more likely to keep watching with interest.

Another important point is to avoid getting your video done through your training consultant. In our experience, they tend to look at the size of their commission cheque (particularly sales trainers) and do not care about the end result. Most training consultants have no video experience which means they do not know the best way to present information in a video format.

Remember, if you need to get a training video produced, focus on the quality of the script and ensure that you choose a video production house that wants to improve learner message retention rather than just provide pretty pictures on the television. And for good measure, take a look at their hair!

Marie-Claire Ross is a Producer at Digicast Productions. A video production house that specialises in corporate training and marketing videos. You can check her out (and her hair) at or phone (03) 9696-4400.

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