I am a kind of new to all of this. I am an audio guy, a music recording studio audio guy. I have recently started getting into video to help supplement my services, income, etc...
I got the idea that I could earn a little extra income by filming stock footage to license it on sites like shutterstock.com
I just purchased a Sony HXR-Nx100, I know it is very low on the professional level, but it fit my budget and I figured it would be wise to learn on a low end camera before justifying a high end one.
I read Nick's post on rendering for YouTube (thank you Nick!) I thought I followed it ok, but my results are terrible. I will give links for you to see in a sec. I looked at Nick's underwater videos and fell out of my chair at how gorgeous it looked... Wow!
So I took my NX100 out to a lake today and shot some birds and geese. Following Nick's advice, but initial render does look better than what I had been getting. But after loading an example of that on YouTube, I was horrified.
Also, I need some education on color correcting. I know how to bring up the plug-ins and all that, but I don't know what my goals are. I don't know what I am trying to achieve. In the recording studio, when I use a compressor, I know why I am using it. I grab that compressor to extend the decay of the snare drum giving it more body and fattening up the sound (for example.) When I color correct, I don't know what my goal is, why I'm doing it, and what I should be aiming to achieve. Are there any books, online classes, any educational material on this subject for a novice like me out there?
Shutterstock has this guide that talks about making sure everything is high-quality and color corrected, etc... and it is VERY intimidating to me. But I want to learn. In fact I am very determined to become proficient at this. I just need a push in the right direction.
I love helping others and would love to be a help/blessing to anyone needing anything for audio in exchange for my needing help in video... I fully expect to put in time and work on this, I just need to know where to start.
To see my original render of a very short clip from the lake today, go here
I purchased the Vegas Pro 14 suite and love it. I am familiar with all the basics. I mostly just struggle with getting the highest-quality renders, and with the whole color correcting thing. Any advice on anything to improve my skill, product, service, will be taken with gratefulness. Forgive all this typing, I am just passionate about creative stuff/Vegas Pro/Video etc...