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Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights

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  • Presented by Doug Jensen

How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights from Vortex Media is all about making your presentations more professional and consistent. It doesn't matter what video camera you use, what questions you ask or what your budget is, without the proper lighting to make your subject look his/her best, the interview will not come off as a success.

This DVD, produced by a very seasoned and knowledgeable videographer/producer, will show you how to achieve the best results by not only teaching you the basics of good lighting, but various other aspects of shooting including camera placement, composition, depth-of-field, exposure, and white balance.

Doug focuses on LED lighting for several reasons. LEDs are cost-effective, lighter to carry around than traditional hot lights, are faster and easier to work with and are better for the environment since they require less heat to operate. The DVD will lead you through what you should have equipment-wise as well as steering you away from what you really don't need. Once you've mastered Doug's protocol, you may decide never to use your older tungsten lights again.

Chapters
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Goal
Chapter 3: The Style
Chapter 4: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Chapter 5: Creating a Custom Light Kit
Chapter 6: Types of Lighting
Chapter 7: The LED Revolution
Chapter 8: Light Kit Recommendations
Chapter 9: Choosing the Best Location
Chapter 10: Talent and Camera Placement
Chapter 11: The Backlight
Chapter 12: The Key Light
Chapter 13: The Fill Light
Chapter 14: The Kicker
Chapter 15: The Background Light
Chapter 16: Creative White Balance
Chapter 17: Setting the Exposure
Chapter 18: Balanced Composition
Chapter 19: Making the Talent Look Great
Chapter 20: Shooting the Interview
About the Instructor
Doug Jensen owns Vortex Media. He's also a cameraman and experienced videographer and consultant with over 30 years of experience. He has taught Hi Def XDCAM at various schools and has also run many workshops. His portfolio is extensive including NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, PBS, BBC, NHK, EBU, TNT, Discovery, ESPN, E!, A&E, HGTV, WGBH, Food Network, NASCAR Images, MLB Productions, Travel Channel, History Channel, Sundance Channel, and NBA Entertainment
Subject Film, Video & TV Production
Author Presented by Doug Jensen
Edition 1st
Format NTSC - NTSC DVDs will play on most PAL DVD players
Running Time 90 minutes
Language English
Illustrations Yes
Publisher Vortex Media
Date Published Not Specified by Manufacturer

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4.0

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good resource (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Occasional refresher (3)
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      • Business owner (3)
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    5.0

    Lighting school on the quick

    By Adam, writer

    from Providence, RI

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Broad Range Of Information
    • Easy To Understand
    • Good Resource
    • Informative

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Occasional Refresher
      • One Time Use

      Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

      You really shouldn't be shooting video without first watching this. You'll make everything look better.

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      3.0

      long commercial at the beginning

      By Top Rank Films

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Resource

      Cons

      • Obvious Bias
      • Sleazy Promo At Front

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • For Beginner And Expert
      • Occasional Refresher

      Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

      If you can sit through the non-stop promos for courses and services at the beginning of the DVD, you'll find some good info. You might want to watch a couple times and take cheat sheet notes. And, afterward, you might wonder if the author is in bed with LitePanels.

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      4.0

      Overall, good instructional video

      By Channel 70 Video Productions

      from Asheville NC/Los Angeles

      About Me Video Producuer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Understand
      • Educational
      • Good Resource
      • Informative

      Cons

      • Obvious Bias

      Best Uses

      • Occasional Refresher

      Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

      At first I felt I was getting ripped off by sitting through a bunch of commercials for the instructor's workshops. That was a bit sleazy. Then, the Litepanels product line was pushed on viewers throughout. That is a great manufacturer, but there must be others that work as well and one must wonder if there is some quid pro quo going on. Next, we get WarmCards (a product of the instructor's company) pushed on us. In between all of this, there is a lot of excellent information for both beginners and professionals.

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      5.0

      An excellent training tool

      By Digital Don

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Business Owner, professional photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

        I used this training aid to learn how to set up 3 point lighting and camera distance control for video interviews. The instructor is not pushy about his approach to lighting but suggestive.

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        3.0

        Good as a refresher

        By Bruce Barr, Unit 304

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Limited Compatibility
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

        I've been lighting video for several years using tungsten lighting and had used LED for a couple of green screen shoots. I've recently struck out on my own and am going to use LED exclusively, so this video was of interest to me. First the good news: If you're brand new to lighting video it does have several good tips. One especially is to build your own kit. Do not purchase a preconfigured kit. Then, of course he talks about how to set up the lights and camera, the advantages of LED, etc. However, here's the bad news. I had a couple of real problems with it. First, he doesn't take his audience into account. If someone is purchasing this video, chances are they are just starting out and don't have a lot of money. The CHEAPEST light he shows costs close to [$] and most are well over that. Sure, LitePanels makes a great product, but his audience probably can't afford them. And, there are much cheaper options available online. I've built an entire kit with 2 panels, stands, a reflector and a LED fresnel for under [$]. Is it the best? No, but it works and it's what I can afford right now. He also shows cameras that are several thousand dollars. Again, not thinking of his audience. Showing expensive equipment like this could discourage someone from getting into video. He also doesn't mention reflectors AT ALL! To talk about lighting without this basic piece of equipment is really bad. If I can get a fill light with a reflector, and use one of my LEDs for a kicker, I've just saved myself money! Also, the first 10 minutes or so are just a pitch for his seminars and hands on classes. This REALLY annoyed me. There are lighting classes all over the country. You don't have to travel to Maine. To put this at the beginning of the video is cheesy and off putting. If he wants to pitch his seminars, put it at the end, and label it appropriately. So, overall, I would recommend it as it's a good video, but skip the first one or two chapters. Also, it would be nice if he'd put out one on how to light LED on a budget.

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        3.0

        Helpful but overpriced

        By Nikita868

        from MI

        About Me Hobbyist, Semi

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

          if you are now starting out and looking into getting at getting your first set of lights and your strongly concidering LEDs. STOP! and then buy this DVD. i looked all over the internet and i didn't get the definite answers i was looking for on LEDs. I didn't know what i would need for my interviews or what accreeories i would require and this DVD answered that for me.

          However i found it very annoying that for the first 10 munites the presenter spent alot of time reffering to his classes and workshops.

          Unfortunately i feel like they are capitalizing on the lack of information out there for novices on LED lighting technology. Without this DVD i would have probably spent a lot of money on equipment I didn't need. Is this DVD worth the money? NO WAY!! for the price i chould have gotten a four box set! but unfortunately most lighting DVDs are outdated and practical information on LED lighting it dosen't seem to be abywhere else.

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          4.0

          Great Introduction to LED Lighting

          By Dave F

          from Ft Lauderdale, FL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Intro to panel sytle LEDs
              • Training new assistants

              Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

              This video would be a great value at half the cost or at twice the length. While it's an excellent video, it should be titled "An INTRODUCTION for How to Set Up..." because of what it does not cover and because it only provides one setup example, and that example is not typical of 95% of interview setups.

              The video provides:
              - Good information about the characteristics of the two common types of LED lighting instruments
              - A solid introduction to (Jensen's style of) three (or four) point lighting
              - An excellent presentation of all the process steps of doing video interviews

              The video is well produced and Jensen's script and presentation style is very good. But, as he conveys early in the video, if you really want to shoot awesome interviews with LED lights you need to attend his full day training course, not just for the hands on pracice but to get all the information that should have been included in this video but was not.

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              5.0

              LED Lights for Videography/ photography

              By Premude

              from Sri Lanka/ USA/Iraq

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography

                Comments about Vortex Media DVD-Video: How to Set Up and Shoot Awesome Interviews with LED Lights:

                For me as a middle level photographer, this was very informative, and would recommend must see product for anyone in the photography field from professionals to beginners.
                Presentations are so clear and specific subject related and contains are grate.
                Thanks to author for sharing his great experience and B&H photo for promoting such product.

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