Training Programs

Photo Montage, Film Transfers, Duplications, & Format Conversions Training Program

The Photo Montage, Film Transfer, Dup, & Format Conversion training programs are held once a year in San Diego, California. Dates for the boot camps will be listed on the "Upcoming Events" page as they become available.

Every year, thousands of tribute videos and photo montages are produced for many types of events from birthdays to anniversaries. Thousands of people and companies all over the country are having their old home movie films and videotapes converted to DVDs. This program will teach you the processes needed to get into this market and be successful.

INSTRUCTOR BACKGROUND
Kirk Barber has been featured on various NBC television stations across the country, as well as MSNBC, discussing his film and video conversions to DVD. He devotes much of his time keeping up with the latest technology for performing transfers from various formats to other formats. Kirk will share the secrets of how his company has become one of the top transfer firms in the nation. By the end of the 3 days, you will have enough information to start your business and earn more than 10 times the cost of the program in YOUR first year!

The 3-day intensive training boot camp will include:

INTRODUCTION - WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BUSINESS

 
  • Setting up your business
    • Steps required to set up your business from recording the name to getting a license.
    • Choosing a name for your business.
    • Items you will need for your office.
  • Choosing Equipment
    • Different types of video cameras on the market and which may be the best for your needs.
    • Editing systems available.
    • We’ll explain the different types of microphones and the pros & cons of each.
    • Other equipment you may need to purchase.
  • Setting up your Equipment
    • How to set up the equipment.
    • Different types of connectors you’ll need to be familiar with.
    • How to hook up your microphones to your camera.
  • How to use the Equipment
    • We’ll show you how to use each of the various types of equipment.
    • How to use the camera from adjusting settings to composing shots.
    • When to use a tripod.
    • How and when to use lighting.
    • How to edit.
  • Film Transfers
    • Different types of film and how to transfer to video & DVD.
    • Additional options that may be added to the customer’s order.
    • Pros & Cons of the different methods for transferring.
    • How to price them.
  • Duplications
    • Different types of duplications.
    • How to do them.
    • How to price them.
  • Format Conversions
    • We’ll discuss the various different formats available.
    • How to transfer each format to another format.
    • Foreign conversions.
    • How to find out what the customer needs.
  • Compatibility Issues
    • Format compatibility issues and how to handle them.
    • Foreign country compatibility issues.
  • Getting Experience
    • How to get some “hands-on” experience.
    • How to find other videographers to learn from.
  • Marketing and Advertising - Getting Clients
    • Researching your market to find out what your competitors are doing.
    • Determining what services to offer.
    • How to price your services.
    • Different methods of advertising and the pros and cons of each.
    • Secrets to a creating a demo video that will bring you clients.
  • Appointments
    • How & where to schedule them.
    • How to “break the ice” and build rapport with potential clients.
    • Important questions to ask and questions to avoid.
    • Determining what your customers want.
    • Writing up the contract: what clauses to include to protect yourself.
  • Pre-production Planning
    • What questions you’ll need to prepare.
    • What needs to be videotaped?
    • Using questionnaires to help you plan the shoot.
  • Videotaping on Location
    • What time to arrive?
    • Figuring out where to set up your equipment and how.
    • Set decorating, lighting set ups, etc.
    • What’s important to capture.
    • Setting up and recording audio.
    • Recording Interviews.
  • Getting Photos into Your Computer
    • Scanning vs. videotaping – pros & cons of each.
    • Processing the photos and prepping them for editing.
  • Using Photoshop
    • Basics of Photoshop.
    • Cool tips for unique effects.
  • Editing the Video
    • What you should leave in, what to take out, how to put everything together smoothly.
    • What kind of music to use. Laws concerning the use of music.
    • Pacing and how to incorporate interviews, when applicable.
    • Editing tips and shortcuts.
    • Tips on what to do with photos to make the video exciting.
  • Packaging and Delivering the Video
    • How to make the packaging for the video look professional.
    • How to design your own covers.
    • Which DVD format to use.
    • Should you use labels on your DVDs or CDs?
    • Authored vs. unauthored DVDs.
    • CDroms, DVDroms, web video.
    • What about VHS copies?
  • We'll also cover
    • Types of possible add-on sales and how to sell them and why are they important?
    • Generating referral business.
    • How to handle difficult customers.
    • How to get people comfortable talking in front of the camera.
  • Bonus Topics
    • How to effectively explain your services to your customer to gain their trust.
    • What NOT to do in the tribute/photo montage business. - The biggest “no-no’s” of the business from production to conducting business.
    • Be careful of what you promise in your contracts and make sure you can deliver them.
    • Creating a professional image for your business.
  • You’ll also receive
    • Camera Command Training DVD.
    • Advanced Broadcast Camera Techniques Vols 1 & 2 DVDs.
    • Creating Graphics Clients Love Vols 1 & 2 – Photoshop training bundle.
    • How to get into funeral video business DVD.

 
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