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OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE :
After several years of trying out many more or less sophisticated materials, we came to the following conclusions and recommendations:
- The equipment must always be available with the surgeon as the opportunity to film is present at all times. Only our mobile phone meets this requirement. Most of our videos are therefore made with a Smart Phone ( iPhone, Samsung ….) which has an excellent video camera.
- Shooting must be done by a camera person because he can control the quality of the framing and the presence of obstacles (head, surgeon’s hands, etc …) between the camera and the filmed field. We do not use a fixed camera.
- The surgeon is the primary film taker. He must announce what to film because he alone knows what is important.
- It is recommended to take multiple short sequences not exceeding 10 to 15 seconds, which facilitates their insertion in the editing application.
- Video surgery should be as clean as possible: avoid bleeding sequences, and remove textiles material (compresses …) when shooting.
- You can download an application (such as Filmic Pro or Movie Pro or…..) that allow finer settings including the shutter of the camera to compensate for the high brightness of the surgical systems causing overexposure.
- We recommend a maximum quality of 1080p HD to 30Fps on the phone. This is more than enough for webcasting and projection in meetings.
- If you can, invest in extra lighting with a LED panel that will give a professional quality to your videos. There are cheap and come in different sizes, the small ones can be attached to the Phone and bigger ones can be attached to the surgical light handle. The image gains tremendous quality.
- It is therefore useless to buy expensive equipment.
- The editing of the final video must be done or controlled by the surgeon. Only he knows what to keep and what to remove. We advise you to make videos with a maximum duration of 10 minutes, knowing that the ideal duration is 4 to 6.
- As for the editing of your videos, we advise the applications like Imovie present on IOS or HitFilm4Express on Windows which is of simple and intuitive use.
- Applications such as IntroMate can be used to create an original introduction and chapter headers. It is recommend that you provide us with a “running order” for your video that will make it easier for selective viewers. Your videos posted on our site, “all rights reserved”, will be given a cover page and a closing page with the logo WIKIPLASTIC. We recommend the use of English for audio and/or subtitle comments.