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If you’re going into journalism, chances are you’re going to have to learn to shoot and edit digital video. Shooting raw footage isn’t too difficult, and often can be done on something as straightforward as a smartphone. However, news outlets will usually want reporters to use a professional editing program in order to give such videos a professional look. Probably the two most widely used programs are Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. Both programs are used by professional videographers and as such offer a lot of options, which can make them tricky to master. But you don’t have to be the nextRead More →

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More and more reporters are being asked to produce digital online videos. And while video editing programs, such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple’s Final Cut, can seem intimidating, shooting digital video can, for the beginner, seem deceptively easy. After all, what more is there to do than point your camera or smart phone at what you want to shoot and press the record button? In fact, there are plenty of pitfalls that can occur when shooting a video, so here are some pointers for the novice to keep in mind. Keep the camera steady: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen videosRead More →