Results-Oriented Video

The goal of having a bunch of cool digital equipment is to use it. Shooting video all day with your camcorder is a waste of time if you never watch it—and if you don't edit it, you'll probably never watch it. You won't end up editing everything you shoot, but if you plan to watch it or show it to other people, editing will help significantly. Besides, editing videos is fun, if you set yourself up to succeed.

There are many ways to use a camera and editing software to make videos. Professional videographers—people who have the skills and equipment to make a living creating videos—pride themselves on owning tripods with fluid heads, some key lights and filters, maybe a few exceptionally high-quality cameras, and ...

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