2008 will be a high-definition year for all who shoot video and with that in mind, I wanted to share a great post that I found last week at Poynter Online, titled, “Two Pros Teach You to Shoot Video in High-Def.”

This great post gives insight into how photojournalists are making the transition to shooting high-definition (HD) video.

  • What photojournalists must keep in mind while shooting in HD.
  • What HD means for framing, lighting and editing.
  • What difference does it make to those who are on-camera?
  • What are TV stations doing about file tape that was not shot in HD?
  • Will online video players have to shift to HD format?
  • How are newsrooms handling the enormous amount of additional data that HD pours into editing systems?

In this post, Al Thompson interviews 2 photojournalists about the change that is occurring in their industry with regard to the transition of shooting in HD. Richard Adkins, a photojournalist at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., and Manny Sotelo, a photojournalist at KUSA-TV in Denver and former president of the National Press Photographers Association were interviewed.

These photojournalist discuss necessary changes to lighting techniques, editing techniques, dealing with higher resolution images and talent worries, as well as many other adjustments with regard to shooting video in HD.

Here is one question in particular that I think is worth mentioning:

Tompkins: Won’t Internet sites like YouTube, and anybody who plays video for that matter, have to change the size of the video box on their Web site to accommodate HD video?

Richard: Right now the 4:3 picture is the still the standard, but I think you’ll see everybody transition to the 16:9 wide-screen format. The 4:3 video will either be stretched to fit the wide-screen format or “skirted” with back bars on the side to fill the screen. Once the content is there, the players will surely follow.

Manny: The fascination people have with YouTube will only draw more people to their site if they are able to see images in 16:9 or a wide-screen box, especially if the HD quality is also there.

Richard put together a nice video to help explain HD to photojournalists: