DnP Round Table 3- Feat. Javier Raez, Marcos Lopez, Marcos Torres & Damon Grant
Start the video with music first, as opposed to talking first.
Make sure the video has good sound.
Make sure the video quality is as good as possible (4k being the best)
After Effects (by Adobe) is a good editor in post. You can even do animation.
GoPro (or Apeman) cameras are good and small to be able to have high quality video and also fit into small spaces. Marcos Lopez mentions the new Zoom Cameras as well. Sometimes Instagram doesn’t let you post high res video, so this is an article to help you post them to IG.
Minimal distractions in the frame. Get a backdrop, take unnecessary things out of the shot.
Decide if your video will look better in color or black and white.
Pick a song that will show off exactly what you want your audience to receive from your video.
Take the time to use smart and effective tags, titles, and hashtags. Here’s more info on that.
Animals. Videos with animals tend to get higher clicks and views.
Javier mentions that there is a website that shows the specs for social media platforms and how much they compress and the like. There is also a website that will tell you if your music will be turned down or compressed.
He also mentions that you have to have a plan ahead of time. The same way a major movie has a trailer and months of lead up before the big release. Also, it is not a bad idea to have content lined up to schedule your posts.
With any blog, vlog or podcast you should have a “product”, for a target demographic, that solves a problem (or fills a need or void), that is released on a schedule (whatever that schedule is that works best for you).
If you are confused on how different microphones work, there is this guide that explains each one in detail. Most of the time you (as a percussionist) will use a dynamic mic up close and a condenser to get large areas. If you show up to a gig and the sound guy (or girl) has multiple channels for you, then go nuts with a mix of both. However, if you show up and they have one, maybe two channels to get all your gear, definitely use condensers.
Part two of this episode is all about travel tips.
If you are driving, get EZ Pass or some sort of electronic toll reader.
Sign up for AAA.
Carry a road atlas in your car when you have poor service.
Parking apps help navigate street and garage parking in major cities.
For flying, sign up for the frequent flyer miles rewards programs.
TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry and Clear to avoid the hassles of the TSA. If you already have TSA Pre-check and want Global Entry, you still have to go through the whole process. Mobile Passport is also an option for re-entering the country.
Airline credit cards for adding miles through purchases.
Whenever possible, get into the airport lounges for layovers and waiting for flights.
Hotel reward programs are also available to help upgrade your stay.
Here is a list of all the rewards programs for Hotels, Airlines, and more!
You may get lucky and be able to score an upgrade on a flight.
If you have to rent a car and have a Costco membership, it may be cheaper.
Hotel Tonight for finding a room last minute.
For planning the day to day events for a tour, Master Tour is a life saver.
If that is a bit to advanced, you can also check out Planning Center.
Google Translate app for when you get to a country and don’t speak the native language.
Find the US Embassy in every country that has one.
Take a picture of your hotel room number and the hotel address on the business card.
Currency exchange app.
Set up your mobile wallet with your credit/debit card of your choice for contactless payment.
Media gets a flat rate for their cases on an airplane.
Check your drum keys, conga wrenches and face razors.
The Pixar movie Javier and Marcos (Lopez) bring up at the end is the movie Inside Out.
Sponsor shoutout for this week is: Latin Percussion, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Sennheiser microphones, SKB cases, Roland electronics, DW hardware, & JH Audio in ear monitors.