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For the past month, the Case Foundation has been actively encouraging nonprofits to submit their videos to the 5th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. It’s not too late to enter, but you only have until March 2, 2011, so don’t delay!

We know from first-hand experience that video production requires everything from creativity and patience to good lighting and a steady hand. We’ve attempted to help those looking for more information, including everyone from the novice videographer to the skilled producer by posting informative blog posts, tutorial videos and links to online video related web sites. However, we know that there are still more questions that need to be answered.

If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question—Francis Bacon

We decided to try something new and conduct an open Q&A on video using Quora. The online platform was a natural fit for our “living Q&A” as it is essentially a growing and ever evolving repository for the community’s questions and answers. Better still, answers can be continuously edited and curated by users. Next, we put out a call for questions related to video production, and pulled a few relevant questions already on Quora. Last step was to invite a panel of video experts (and anyone who was interested) to respond. Check out their answers below!

What is best video format to shoot a documentary? (1080/60i, 1080/30p, or 1080/24p?)

Answered by Sonia Demiray of Demiray Ink

HD is a must for broadcast and for a reasonable shelf life. You can shrink the video to any lower size later- i.e. for a web-release. You can shoot HD either with a Digital Camera or a DV Camcorder. The Camcorder gives you more control and a higher production level, better sound and image, but you will have to digitize the footage (unless you have a hybrid).  (Read More)

What's the best affordable audio-video setup for filming conferences and events?

Answered by Marijane Miller of WhatGives?!

With a budget of $1,000, I’m assuming you’re capturing these conferences or events for archival purposes, internal viewing, or perhaps for a website. So, immediately it gets easier because you don’t need a $1,500 camera for those purposes. Which is a good thing because in order to get anything that is even remotely watchable you don’t need one camera. You need two. (Read More)

Which videocamera do you use for interview?

Answered by Mark Horvath of InvisiblePeople.tv

Most of the time I use a Canon VIXIA HF S200 with DM-100 Directional Shotgun Microphone and a cheap monopod from Best Buy. Reason is for audio. I interview homeless people in some 'interesting' situations so getting a mic on a person is a challenge. A sound man once joked with me "without audio video is just surveillance" and there is some truth. (Read More)

What are the main challenges when producing a web series?

Answered by Marijane Miller of WhatGives?!

Jeff Koenig, Founder of OMFGeek.com, gives a most excellent answer to this question regarding the strategies for, practical aspects of, and distribution of web series production. He focuses on how to successfully promote a series in a marketplace that is overflowing with content. Read his answer and you’ll be smarter. (Read More)

What's the best video format for Facebook? 

Answered by See3 Communications

The upshot is that Facebook takes whatever you give it and transcodes it into H.264 with AAC audio, which is unsurprising because H.264 gives you a great bang for your buck in the file size to relative quality ratio. (Read More)

What are some tips for making online video presentations?

Answered by Holly Ross of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

There are three things I keep in mind whenever I make any kind of video. (Read More)

If you didn't get to participate in the Q&A or have more questions, we encourage you to go ahead and post them on Quora. While our video experts may not be available to respond, chances are someone else will! We'll also be back on Quora soon to conduct another Q&A so be on the lookout for your next opportunity to get your questions answered by the experts.

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