Welcome to Digital Film Pro

Hello and welcome to Digital Film Pro. I started this website out of a need to pass on my experiences filming video on the new generation of digital cameras. When I first started working in video production, equipment was incredibly expensive. Pro cameras ran into the thousands of pounds and the average Avid editing computer would set you back £30000.

The DV revolution changed all that. Slowly as technology improved and continued to get better and cheaper and we have now arrived at the point where you can do professional looking video on low cost DSLR camera and edit on a laptop.

This website informs and educates the everyday user on how to shoot and edit video shot on camcorders and DSLR cameras to a professional standard. This includes students of media, journalists, citizen reporters, video for corporations, businesses, you tubers, charities, families, friends and anyone else who would like to create great video with their video camera.

Second, the equipment and software I promote is often for the low budget user and of my own preference. I am aware of plenty of expensive alternatives out there. That is not what this website is about. I passionately believe that filmmaking should be for everyone. Not just those with deep pockets that can buy expensive equipment. Most of the software and hardware I talk about can create videos at low cost and to a professional standard.

I have been shooting and editing video professionally for over twenty years and have worked with many different production companies and news organisations in the UK. In that time I have found that equipment does not guarantee a professional result. Technique and experience counts for everything! Simple good filmmaking habits can deliver stunning results. I will be doing my best to pass some of that knowledge on but please remember I am only human and not always right.

Also you will find I have a particular bias to documentary and news reporting as this is the industry I work in. This is the style of video I will be talking about the most. But all that you learn here can of course apply to other kinds of filmmaking. My aim is to take some of the pain out of video production to make videos. DSLR cameras can be trickily little beasties to use but with the right software and hardware can deliver quality videos.

Neil – Site Administrator