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Published February 13th 2011
You love playing with technology? You love something or someone? Then you may be interested in making a music video about them. It can be about anything you like, e.g. cities, bands, tv shows, school/uni life, etc. The first big step of this project is to make sure you have all the tools you may need:

1) Camera. It must be one that can videorecord. If you have more than one you can use them all to have different angles if you wish to.
2) Memory card. This is important. Videos normally use up a lot of memory space (depending on the quality of video you choose). So, ensure you have a good memory card with, I'd say, at least 4GB.
3) Battery. Camera battery are also important, because you wouldn't like to have low battery interrupt your videorecording.
4) Videoediting software. A good one is Adobe Premiere from the Adobe Creative Suite package (if you're using Windows). If you're a Mac user, then it will have its own videoediting program (which is also a good one). If you want a more professional software, you can try using After Effects and Sony Vegas.
5) If you want to burn it to a CD or DVD, make sure your CD or DVD driver can burn CDs. You must also have the CD burning software, e.g. Windows Media Player, Nero.
6) Tripod. It makes the videos have a more professional and pretty look.

Now, some steps to guide you:

1) Choose a theme. In these steps, I'm going to use Melbourne as an example.
2) Decide where you want to record videos. E.g. Melbourne trams, Flinders station, Royal Botanical Gardens, The University of Melbourne, Lygon Street, etc.
3) Filming time. Make sure the format of the video is compatible with your videoediting software. Some videos formats like .rmvb cannot be used by some programs. I'd recommend .avi format as the best on to work with; quality is great and most programs accept this video format.
4) Editing time. Here you can put your creativity to work. You may cut scenes, add transitions and/or effects, writings, etc.
(5) Add music to your art work. Choose a song/s that goes with the video compilation. Having chosen Melbourne as my theme, I'd choose a relaxing song like "Sort Of" by Ingrid Michaelson. I put a few suggestions of singers/bands below, you can check it out for ideas.
(6) Export your product. It may take a while depending on the size of your music video.

Some suggestions of songs and/or singers/bands:
(1) If you want relaxing indie songs, I'd suggest Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko and Erin McCarley. Personally, their songs are the ideal music for music videos about almost anything. But, hey, that's only me.
(2) If you prefer these type of songs that you ordinarily dance to in clubs, there are Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, etc. You guys know them.
(3) Songs that you normally hear in "Grey's Anatomy" (they have a great OST) are "Life In Disguise" by The Slip, "Love Will Come Through" by Travis, "Song Beneath the Song" by Maria Taylor.
(4) There are also acoustic songs by Lifehouse, The Script and Switchfoot.

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