Behind the “Behind the scenes”

January 6, 2008

People watch the news everyday, but how many people think about the cameraman? Some may watch a live shot and then do think about the cameraman. How many people then think about the person who has to edit all the video?

I have been in front of the camera, behind the camera, and at the computer editing all this week. I have to say, even though I respect on-air personal, I have even more respect for the people who make it all look so good.

It has been fun going around campus taking video. However, the real work comes once we go back inside. It takes a long time just to import all the video onto a computer. Then comes the hours of editing to make an entertaining video.

There are many things that go into shooting and editing: lights and sound have to be taken care of; the shot has to be a good one; all the film must be looked at to decide which shots are best to use. Then, audio needs to go in under the film and music may need to be decided on. While scenes need to be edited for time or perhaps mistakes, and usually all this needs to happen the same day the shots were filmed. Who’s the superhero now?

Next time you watch the news, or next time you yourself doing an interview; think about the people who will make your video the best it can be.


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