Category Archives: Video Preparation

Aricles on how to prepare great and awesome videos.

3 Offline Encoder For Video Conversion: MAC & Windows

There are a lot of instances where the raw video file after camera recording is quite large in size. If it is not on a server or url, it becomes quite difficult to upload it to online sites like VdoCipher.  To solve this problem there are offline encoder or converters or transcoders which convert the huge video files into decent size without any visible lose in quality. Some of these tools can also be used to convert files into different formats for video and audio. Here are the details of top 3 offline encoder

Offline Encoder & Converters For Reducing Video Size & Formats

  1.  WinFF for Windows

    Please visit this link to donwload the software
    http://winff.org/html_new/

    1-  Add the videos using the tool button.
    2- Choose MPEG-4 in the Convert-to.
    3- Select MPEG-4 1080p as the preset.
    4- Click on options to show more tabs.
    5- Go to video tab.
    6- Enter 2500 as the video bitrate (units is 2500kbps).  This is the bitrate we have experienced high enough to be HD, Users can also try with 1500 or 2000 kbps. It shall also work fine for most of the cases , specially if the movement in the video is quite less.
    7- Tick the checkbox 2 pass below it.
    8- Click on convert tool button.
    9- Wait for the video to complete.
    10- This process might consume high CPU.

  2. VLC Media Player for MAC & Windows

    It is quite unknown fact that even VLC media player can be used as an offline encoder to convert and change videos. Here are the steps –

    • Go to Media > Convert/Save >  In file tab add your raw video or audio file.
    • Click on the  “down arrow” mark on the Convert/Save button and Select “Convert”.
    • Now, provide the format in the “Profile” drop down, also provide the destination source.
    • Click on “Start”,  the conversion will start and after the completion, the converted file will be available in the destination source.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

3. Prism Video Converter for Windows & Mac

http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/

It is quite easy to use software to convert and resize videos. There is both a free and commercial version available. The UI is quite clean and it is almost drag and drop.

For online encoding , VdoCipher has also a customized detailed UI + API trans-coding setup for enterprises. All popular video formats (more then 15 ) are supported , video size, bitrates , type of encoding all can be specified. By default VdoCipher converts videos to its own proprietary encrypted format but for large enterprise cases it does custom transcoding as well.

 

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Setting up lighting for video recording

How to set up the right lighting for video recording session. ?

A professional video recording done in a studio looks great compared to a simple recorded video. By following some simple tips on lighting for video recording, one can create a professional video at home or office. The right lighting makes the video more engaging by pulling the viewer’s attention towards the subject. A proper lighting for video recording also helps the person make eye contact with the camera. It shows your professionalism and credibility while giving a great viewer experience.

Top View of 3 point lighting system

Top View of 3 point lighting system

The main light source

The subject of the video should be properly illuminated and discernible from the surroundings. Diffused light is the best. Use two light sources on either side of the camera to illuminate the subject. Keep the light sources at slightly away from the camera. The brighter the light, the better until it glows off or shines from the subject. The light should not dazzle the subject. The subject should be able to look directly into the camera lens without straining his eyes. A bright light by the side of camera will dilate the subject’s pupil and result in red eyes.

A soft light behind the subject

No visible light source should be directly behind the subject. A soft light behind the subject helps in giving more depth look to the camera. Keep this light source diffused and put it just outside the view field of the camera. This light should not be visible from the camera. The exact location of this light depends on the depth you want to project.

Fill light

Optional:  You can also use another soft light in front of the camera on the floor projected directly on the subject. This light provides fill in the video color and make the subject stand out from the background.

The backdrop

The background of the video should be plain or something relevant to the video.  If you are still searching for the right place where the background looks good, I suggest using a backdrop to create a background. A colored or white background requires extra lighting because the background must be uniformly illuminated. Ensure the backdrop is smooth and without wrinkles. If you are thinking of customizing your video background, get a green backdrop.

Lighting for video recording

Side view of 3 point lighting system

Remove reflection from glasses

Glasses are very annoying when they reflect light and hide the subject’s eyes. Non-reflective glasses help only to an extent. If the reflection on glasses is a problem, then pull both the side lights away from the camera. Try to get a broader(more area) light source. Put a thin white sheet of paper on the light source to make it diffused. It will also reduce glow and reflection from the subject.

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