Taking the ProGrade Digital SDXC V90 card for a test drive
Since my work usually starts once the shooting stops, I’m not the typical person to review memory cards. But as turnaround times on various projects get shorter and shorter, and as I venture out into the field for on-set rough cuts or in-the-field finishing, I’ve come to appreciate that the speed of data transfer from camera cards can be important.... Read more
Don’t flat displays fix the problem? It’s still complicated.
Last time, I discussed what title safe is and why it was originally needed. Inevitably, I’m asked if it’s still applicable. After all, we aren’t using CRTs anymore and with digital, there’s more control over how images are displayed on screen. Last post, I said the answer to that was “Yes” and “No.”
Let me first address the “No.”
It’s... Read more
Do you shoot the same thing over and over or try new subjects?
Recently, I’ve been shooting a documentary film that involves a type of boat racing. A good portion of my shooting time over the past few months has involved shooting boats racing from a small, unstable, high-speed boat. The routine has been the same—get to a race, unload gear, make contact with our race crews, shoot b-roll of the boat and racer... Read more
Throughout my career as an editor, I have been asked, “Is it safe?”
Though not as painful as a certain scene in Marathon Man, the question in this day and age is less easily answered.
By “safe” people mean “Is it Title Safe?” What is Title Safe? It’s an area of a video frame that should be visible to the viewer on most television displays—without... Read more
Instagram TV or IGTV is the latest new feature from social juggernaut Instagram (i.e. Facebook), featuring long form vertical video for the modern age
Admit it, you’ve done it. We all have. We’re all guilty of a) shooting vertical video, and b) complaining loudly about people who shoot vertical video—and probably c), yelling “get off my lawn!” Well, Instagram has something to say on the matter, and that is… VERTICAL IS VALID. Instead of asking their users to *groan* rotate that phone 90˚,... Read more
Changing sequence settings in Adobe Premiere Pro can help in the long run—and make it short
We’re working in Adobe Premier Pro. Our cut is done and we need to upload a ProRes file and a couple of other formats. The sequence is selected. We’ve made all the right settings in the export tab (we hope). We click “Export.”
“We wait. We’re bored. No don’t protest, we’re bored to death, there’s no denying it.” (My apologies... Read more
LumaFusion is a full featured NLE (non linear editor) for iOS — it’s like having Premier or Final Cut Pro X on your iPad or iPhone!
LumaFusion is a surprisingly full-featured NLE for iOS, capable of multi-track video and audio editing, color grading, text and transitions, image effects and a whole lot more! Would you believe it’ll handle 4K60p V-Log footage on an iPad? True story! This week, I kicked off a new Live Training series (an extension of PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moments)... Read more
Full Format digital cinema cameras are here. They’re here now and will be arriving in metered doses for the foreseeable future. RED Monstro VV. Panavision DXL and DXL 2. Sony Venice. Canon C700 FF. Arri Alexa LF. The past year or so has seen enough new full format cameras arrive in the market to make your head spin. I recently returned from CineGear... Read more
Previously, I talked about how Adobe Premiere Pro “helps” by automatically applying a LUT when you bring in files. The LUT is applied via a Lumetri to each clip and is accessed via the Master tab in the Effects Controls for the clip.
The LUT is easy to remove: Double-click on a clip to load it into the source window, then go to the Master tab and... Read more
Shooting a multicam live event on your own can be a stressful, complicated task. Follow these guidelines to ensure you don’t miss a thing
Shooting multicam video of a live event is easy when you have a crew—less so when you’re shooting solo. These tips and complete checklist will help you deliver the best possible project the next time you need to shoot a live event, from the school play to a corporate presentation. Tips include preparing your hardware and your packing list, what... Read more
In my last blog post, I talked about using Adobe Premiere Pro’s Media Browser to import folder-based media like RED media. I extolled the virtues of bringing in the media and automatically getting access to the RMD files to adjust clips with the native controls that RED offers. In that example, automation can be a great help. But sometimes it can... Read more
We checked out Cine Gear Expo 2018 to take in what’s new in the world of digital cinema and production gear
Cine Gear Expo 2018 took place on the Paramount lot in Hollywood June 1-2. We checked out the show to take in what’s new in the world of digital cinema and production gear. Cine Gear is a focused show, and is mainly aimed at filmmakers, less so at broadcasters and television production. First, some general impressions. The buzz at the show was all... Read more