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    Creating Training Video (dealing with facing the sun)

    We're going to create some training videos for our website on how to install window film. The problem is that the film is fitted internally so we're going to be filming someone standing at a window fitting some window film to it. How will I get around the problem of the camera not working properly when its pointing at the window because of the sunlight? Is there any lighting tips and tricks for this?

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    If you HAVE to use an existing window during the day, then the only real option is to block out the daylight from the outside. You are going to have a colour temperature mix as well as tough back-lighting so simply get rid of it..if you manually expose for the installer the actual window will be totally blown out so rather erect a screen outside the window (if you are clever you can screen the window with a green screen and then key in the background later (shoot the outside view as another clip) Also simple things like if the window faces East, shoot in the afternoon or why not shoot in the early evening, use decent indoor lighting and the light coming in the window won't matter.

    Chris

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    I agree with Chris' suggestion of recording when the light is low outside and illuminate the window area well from inside. Set exposure and white balance for the interior and fitter, let any outside light take care of itself.
    Don't forget that the people watching will want to see detail of the product being attached so get some good shots of the hand and tool (if used) action in close-up. Edit these with the overviews of the start and finished result. Also show any potential problems and how to rectify them.

    If you want to show the result through the window, you could always do that as a separate shot at a better time for the outdoor lighting. For instance shoot a before view through the window when outdoor is lit well. Record the demonstration when the outdoor light will not interfere with the indoor recording as described above, then record the result through the window the next day at a similar time to the first recording.

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    Yep, all good advice.
    - Erect a large screen outside the window to lower the outside light level.
    - Lots of lighting inside to balance the inside/outside light as much as possible.
    - Be creative with camera angles to minimise the blowout area.
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    Anyone you know who sells windows? They usually have 'installed' sets on some plywood boarded wall. You can shoot indoors with that.
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

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    That would actually be ideal and you could shoot from both sides and even put a mural behind to make it look pretty, However probably cost is a factor there!!
    To use an actual client might be what they needed...then use a screen....I would be VERY tempted to grab a roll of bright green party tablecloth to use as the blocking screen. That way you could also shoot the scenery outside the house before or after the training shoot and key it onto the green part of the clip and you have perfect exposure inside and out!!

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    Yep that would be the next ideal solution!

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    That would actually be ideal and you could shoot from both sides and even put a mural behind to make it look pretty, However probably cost is a factor there!!
    To use an actual client might be what they needed...then use a screen....I would be VERY tempted to grab a roll of bright green party tablecloth to use as the blocking screen. That way you could also shoot the scenery outside the house before or after the training shoot and key it onto the green part of the clip and you have perfect exposure inside and out!!
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

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    Yeah, you can use some screen recorder to help you create training video. A good training video can teach someone how to use or do something effectively and efficiently, so you should choose the right program.

    The one I used can record whatever activities you made on your screen, including move the cursor, launch a program, type text, click button, select menus etc. And it help you save the video to standard WMV video format file, so you can transfer it to your portable gadget or upload to video sharing websites.

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