Once you’ve recorded some excellent digital video footage in color, you may want to know how to make a video black and white to use for effect. Inserting black and white clips into an otherwise color sequence is a device that conveys dream sequencing, a flashback to the past, or an emotional simplicity. Digital color video can be turned to black and white using a filter, in a process called desaturation. Of course, you can always record all your footage in black and white from the start—most digital camcorders allow you this option. But then you don’t have the option of interspersing black and white clips with color. You’ll be stuck with an entire black-and-white film.
If you want a color video with a few black-and-white clips, be sure to consider your motivation for using the device. Use desaturation to show the viewer a change in time or place, or to present a different perspective. Make sure most of your video is in color; use the black and white clips sparingly. You want the audience to feel the full effect of each switch to monochrome, so don’t overload them. You can apply the black-and-white filter to your chosen clips using your video editing software. Be sure to test the desaturation quality, because color sometimes requires less light to record. Play your edited clips back to make sure the black and white images are clear and focused and the light, contrast, and background motion look the way you want them to. Desaturated clips can add drama and interest to your finished product. When you know how to make a video black and white, you’ve added another valuable technique to your video editing arsenal.
Video Production Team: Secondary Roles
Great video production requires a great team, even through the supportive staff who fill secondary roles. Following are some of the secondary roles that you might need to fill to support your project from pre-production through the editing and distribution process. Assistant Director. The Assistant Director assists the Director, plain and simple, in whatever task the Director needs. Script Assistant. The Script Assistant (or Script Supervisor) logs the shooting schedule and documents script changes, keeping track of props and blocking. Line Producer. Line Producer means either the money person who sets and manages production budget; or the person responsible for the nuts and bolts of physical production. Unit Manager. Unit Manager is like a Line Producer (a production might use one or the other). The unit Manager sets the budget and keeps an eye on expenses. Lighting Designer. The Lighting Designer creates the overall “look” for the whole production. Production Coordinator. This is the point person for managing personnel and logistics. Production Assistant. The Production Assistant (PA) answers to and assists the Production Coordinator.
Craft Services. Craft Services refers to the folks who provide the food for the production team during a shoot. Prop Master. The Prop Master identifies, gets, and/or makes all the props for your set. Location Scout. The Location Scout goes out and finds shooting locations to match the vision of the Producer and Director and coordinates permits and fees for location use. Assistant Editor. Editors often have assistants to help with one or more aspects of the editing process. That describes some of the secondary roles you may need to fill on your video production team.