Ever wonder how the professionals frame a shot, pick a microphone, or focus a camera? North Metro TV is here to help with these short, original instructional videos! Each one stars a member of our all volunteer public access family as they let you in on the same tips and tricks the pros use. More videos will be added each month, so be sure to come back often!
The 180 Degree Rule
The 180 Degree Rule is an easy way to keep all of the shots and angles in your dialog scene or interview looking just right!
Nothing’s more frustrating than a microphone that isn’t working right! Learn some easy tricks for troubleshooting common audio problems!
The NMTV Public Access gang gets up to some crazy cut-em-ups while shooting our fun and informative Tips and Tricks Videos!
Burning a DVD
Want to bring home a DVD of your finished program to show your friends and family? Learn how to use Final Cut X and DVD Studio Pro to burn your own copy!
Copying Home Movies from VHS to DVD
Video tapes can take up a lot of space and, hey, who even has a VCR anymore? NMTV can help you transfer your old home movies onto DVD, where they can be enjoyed for years to come!
Tons of independent artists release their music, photos, and more online for free! They’re a great resource for you and your show! Most of these free songs and works of art are tagged with a Creative Commons license. Learn all about those license and what they mean in this video!
Depth of Focus
Learn how your camera’s depth of focus affects the background of your video.
Find out how to quickly and easily copy your DVDs at North Metro TV!
Editing Audio Levels
Find out how to raise and lower your audio levels in Final Cut X!
The gain control is an easy way to brighten a dark image, but it does have its problems. Learn what they are and what to do about them with this video!
Getting Your Show Ready to Air on North Metro TV
Learn how to export your show from Final Cut X and get it ready to air on television!
High Angle and Low Angle Shots
What are high angle and low angle shots and how can they help you tell your story?
Choosing an exciting background can give your interview some visual interest and flair!
Learn how and when to use the camera’s manual focus!
Learn all about the different microphones available at NMTV and when to use them!
Learn how to add music to your show in Final Cut X!
On Camera Light
Check out NMTV’s On Camera Light and learn how to use it!
Posting Your Video to YouTube
YouTube makes sharing videos easy! Learn how to export your show directly from Final Cut X to YouTube!
The Rule of Thirds
Learn how to use this simple rule of thumb to frame your shots attractively and professionally.
Setting Audio Levels on the Camera
Learn the best way to set your audio levels on the camera.
Shooting B Roll
B Roll footage is an easy way to help show your audience what you’re talking about! Learn what it is and how to us it here!
Shooting Hand Held
Learn how to best use your camera’s zoom feature when shooting hand held to keep your images nice and stable.
Shooting in Sunlight
Shooting outside can have a lot of advantages, but what do you do if the sun’s too bright for your camera? The ND filter can help!
Shooting Video with Your Phone
Shooting videos with your phone can be fun and easy. In this video, you’ll learn the one simple trick for making your videos look great on YouTube and TV!
What’s a shotgun microphone and how do you use it? Find out in this video!
Learn the names for different kinds of shots from the American Shot to the Wide Shot!
Adding voice-over narration to a video is fun and easy! Learn how to record voice-over in the studio and on Final Cut X!
Learn how to use the wireless microphone!