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Task One: Setting up your video rig"
What you need:
1.Digital still (with video capability) or video camera
2. Tripod or other similar rig
3. A rolling apparatus
4. Duck tape, preferably black
5. A laptop, Audacity and a Microphone
Task Two: Action!
So now you have your camera, securely fastened to the tripod, which is securely duct-taped to the rolling cart (or whatever) which has your laptop and microphone on the back of it. Great, now you're ready to rock, and roll both your cart and roll film. You are ready for action.
Task Three: Pre-production and video conversion
Many times, the video format in which you record will not be compatible with the editing software you have.
Task Four: Editing and effects
To edit my movie I used Windows XP's built-in Windows Movie Maker. Sure it has its glitches and problems, but it is A) free, B) available, and C) quick and dirty.
Task Five: Adding sound loops (optional)
My favorite site for this being Flashkit (registration is free but not required) offers several hundred sound loops, most user-submitted, that are free for non-commercial use.
Task Six: Rendering
This task is simple, but takes time, so don't plan any LAN parties for a while. You'll need all the processing muscle you can get. I would usually use the highest quality setting available to render my videos, and then use a better, non-WMM third-party conversion or compression utility to make a smaller version if needed.
Task Seven: Finishing Touches
Another great idea to help put a glowing touch on your finished video product is to burn it to CD-ROM.
Labeling a CD with a nice gradient or bright graphic on the label always help the customer or other audience feel compelled to pop in your CD-ROM to "see what is on it."
# Try to limit the number of people in the photo to three."
# Solid color clothing works well.
# Plain backgrounds also help to keep the clutter to a minimum. Often the photos are converted to black and white so contrast between the foreground and background is helpful.
# A triangular photo composition is best where the main person is looking at one of the others and is being looked at by the other two.
# If the organization you are trying to promote has a symbol or a logo, make sure that it is seen proximately in the photo.
# Is it possible to show a little action? The best PR photos do not have the subjects looking at the camera, but are actually involved in what they a doing.
They're / There / Their
Than / Then
Apostrophes (when to use them and w'hen no't to'o)
To / Too / Two
Affect / Effect
"Alot" is not a word
By / Buy / Bye
Loose / Lose
Passed / Past
Some spellings are rediculous
Plain / Plane
To unthaw something is to freeze it. (see "thaw")
Wander / Wonder
Weather / Whether / Wether
Where / Were (vs "wear")
Who / Whom
Whose / Who's
Your / You're
Brake / Break
Breath / Breathe
Compliment / Complement
Fair / Fare
For / Four / Fore
Be well, and do good work.
Lead / Led
Allowed / Aloud
Hole / Whole
"If new products can come and go, why can't the stores that display them do the same? Well, you guessed it, retail outlets increasingly do. From gallery-like shopping spaces with one-off exhibitions to mobile units bringing innercity-chic to rural areas, TRENDWATCHING.COM has noticed an increase in temporary retail manifestations around the world."
"1. Vague claims. Are you a "leading" provider of this, that or the other? So's everybody else."
Be specific. Provide details. Quantify. Source your data. Where appropriate, include a quote from a third party to verify your claims.
2. Industry jargon abuse.
3. Business nonsense talk. Paradigm shift. Scalable. Best of breed. End to end. Mission-critical. World-class. Targeted completion date. Long tail. Crowdsourcing.
4. Silly superlatives. If what you were announcing were really "revolutionary," you wouldn't need to put out a press release.
So do yourself a favor and keep your press releases straightforward in structure, clear in language, and supported by facts."
"Microsoft’s PowerPoint is frequently blamed for the poor quality of many presentations and for a supposedly- disastrous state of communication in both the private and the public spheres. Public speakers are lambasted for their wooden stage presence, crippled by their over-reliance on projected slide shows and meaningless bullet-points. The slides themselves, too, are often rife with design crimes ranging from clip-art diarrhea to impenetrable verbosity."
"I wonder if the majority of the world’s crappy presentations wouldn’t be just as bad, or even a hell of a lot worse, if the presenter didn’t have the slides to use as a crutch."
"Slim down. If you are a good speaker, yes, consider dramatically limiting your use of slides to help you remember what you want to say...
You and your slides are inseparable. Do not worry about whether or not each slide makes sense by itself. The best slideshows, in fact, are almost completely nonsensical outside of the context of the live presentation...
Explore a variety of alternative presentation styles ...
Evolve. I’ve found that my style has evolved over time specifically because I’ve been watching and emulating other speakers I admire. Every presentation or keynote I attend, no matter how boring or tiresome, usually offers some insight ..."