Best Video Games Design Colleges (Part I)

Video games have exploded in popularity and there is a need for designers to match the demand.

Video Games have become part of the livelihood of modern society, both economically and socially. According to research studies, in 2017 the revenue of the Video Game Industry in the U.S. was over $19 billion. This is a huge increase since 2013 when video game sales were just $6 billion annually.

It’s a vast industry, and it’s still growing. Video game rivals the film industry might be the biggest entertainment industry on earth.

Video game designers and developers are in really high demand, and higher education is attempting to meet this demand as more colleges offer Video Game Design and Video Game Art programs. Below are some of the best.

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

The University of Southern California, (USC), has a long and illustrious link to the entertainment industry. Its closeness to Hollywood is why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has always picked at least one alumni each year since 1929, the year the academy was established.

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

There is a reason why big game design companies such as EA Sports call Salt Lake City home. The University of Utah’s Video Game Design program unites art orientated students and more technically minded ones in a program that simulates how real video game design functions. Their students have access to a host of valuable internship opportunities and leave with an experience similar to startup companies.

University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

At the University of Central Florida, the school’s Center for Emerging Media hosts The Interactive Entertainment Academy. Getting into the Academy is more difficult in comparison to other creative media programs. Students must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a minimum score of 300 on the GRE, a 3.0 GPA, and a portfolio that displays their game development talent.

 

Best Underwater Video Cameras (Part II) 

Dedicated Video Cameras:

There are a variety of underwater video cameras, you just have the find the one best suited for your needs.

Dedicated video cameras aren’t as well-liked as they once were (with non-pros) because new DSLRs deliver similar video quality, ability to shoot still images, and use a wide range of lenses, housings & ports. With that being said, Red Digital Cinema and Blackmagic are the most common choices for pros demanding 6K video, fast frame rates, uncompressed raw recording and beyond.

Lighting

As with still photography, lighting is crucial in shooting great underwater video. Red filters are available for GoPros. However, one or two powerful video lights will make the best results for any camera shooting video.

Lighting begins with a tray and handles that will help the diver keep the camera steady while permitting ergonomic movement across the camera housing buttons. Strobe/light arms will hold the lights in the position wanted to depend on the subject and lighting effect desired.

Two video lights are ideal, however, new photographers can use a single light, especially when shooting macro video. There are numerous choices for video lights, including Kracken Sports, I-Torch, Light & Motion (Sola lights), FIX (Neo lights), and Big Blue.

Underwater Monitors

Monitors are very common among true underwater video shooters. There are many advantages to using a monitor, like having a big screen to look at, focus peaking, zebras, raw video output and more. Two popular brands are Small HD and Atomos. Both have several different housing choices.

Editing Software for Video

Most new computers and laptops have fundamental video editing software – iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. These programs are very easy to use (for smart computer users), permitting the editing of clips with transition effects, text, and soundtracks. GoPro Studio is a perfect, free solution for editing and sharing the underwater video. Serious video editors can then step up to paid programs such as Final Cut and Adobe Premiere Pro.