10 PRO TIPS FOR SHOOTING MUSIC VIDEOS

1. Slate Your Shots

How do you get the lip sync to be perfect when you’re shooting a music video? By slating your shots. This allows you to perfectly match the timecode of each shot to the timecode of your music track when you get into editing. In the old days, you used to need an SMPTE slate and a DAT playback rig. Cheap, abundant digital technology has changed all that.

An iPod (above) used as an SMPTE timecode slate by importing a video of the “Time Code Generator” effect in Final Cut Pro (below) using the artist’s song as audio.

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Here’s what I do: I take the music into Final Cut Pro (FCP), put a Slug

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