Is Your Bit Rate Good Enough?

Dealing with presets in compression software that encode a bit rate that may be too high
bit rate
Previously I talked about compression when you deliver your finished program. I mentioned that some presets included with compression software encode a bit rate that may be too high. As I mentioned before, bit rate is how much data is sent each time period (usually measured in seconds). The higher the bit rate, the more information is sent. With more... Read more

Monopod Shooting And Techniques

Monopods allow the run-and-gun videographer to achieve more stable camera movement
While nothing rivals the stability that a tripod offers for camera support, a video monopod is an indispensable filmmaking tool. We’ve covered a variety of monopods by companies such as Manfrotto, and Libec, and even this tripod that can be converted into a monopod from Benro. Monopods allow the run-and-gun videographer to achieve more stable camera... Read more

The Ritual Of Gear Prep

Overlooking the obvious and other hazardous behaviors
gear prep for shoots
I recently had two “gotcha” moments on shoots I was either producing or shooting myself. I produce and shoot a lot of behind-the-scenes and documentary-style content, and my mantra over the past few years has been, “More is Less,” meaning that I’ve been consciously paring down the amount of gear I book and hire or bring myself to shoots. Overall,... Read more

Hands-On With the DJI Inspire 2 Filmmaker Drone

A closer look at the DJI Inspire 2 filmmaker drone + Cinematic Possibilities
Hands-On With the DJI Inspire 2 + Cinematic Possibilities
If you’re interested in taking a closer look at the DJI Inspire 2 filmmaker drone, Tom’s Tech Time offers an in-depth look at the technology straight out of the box while also showing footage from two short films captured with the drone. The footage demonstrates how easily the Inspire 2 can be used as a professional handheld camera to capture close-ups... Read more

Canon’s EOS C200 In Action

DP and director Philip Bloom tests out the features of the digital cinema camera
Earlier this year, Canon announced the expansion of its Cinema EOS system with the addition of the new EOS C200 cinema camera. As we stated in our review of the C200, it’s “the first Canon digital cinema camera that costs less than $8,000 that’s capable of shooting RAW and the first Canon digital cinema camera capable of shooting RAW internally.” Now... Read more

We’ll Do It Live!—Fixing Sound Mistakes

Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you
sound editing
Photo by Chris X Carroll Those of you paying attention will recall that at the end of last week’s lesson we were totally screwed. Being photographers, we had used our Canon DSLRs to shoot heart-breakingly gorgeous video. Video that was virtually useless because (among other things) of the proximity of a honkin’ giant fan blowing all that hair around... Read more

Pond5 And Filmmakers Alliance Host Short Film Contest

The “How Will You Tell Your Story?” contest offers more than $4,000 in prizes, with an entry deadline of November 1, 2107
filmmaking contest
Pond5, media marketplace for royalty-free HD and 4K video content, and the Filmmakers Alliance, a filmmakers’ collective whose mission is to advance independent film through community support, are hosting a filmmaking challenge, “How Will You Tell Your Story?” The short film contest is offering more than $4,000 in prizes, with an entry deadline... Read more

The Great And Mighty Cut

The power of how the transition from one shot to another happens is often overlooked
film editing
I’ve been fortunate to study under, and talk with, a number of very talented editors—editors for feature films, short films, commercials and documentaries, as well as editors for television, both entertainment and news. While the conversations have progressed through topics like creative processes, workflow, working with directors, etc., the topic... Read more

Around The World With The DJI Inspire 2

Learn how the DJI Inspire 2 allows adventurous filmmakers to stretch the limits in the field
Around The World With The DJI Inspire 2
The DJI Inspire 2 has allowed filmmakers to reach new heights while offering professional image quality. With a maximum speed of 58 mph (it goes from 0 to 50 mph in 5 seconds), and containing a self-heating battery that’s perfect for shooting in low temperatures, the DJI Inspire 2 allows the adventurous filmmaker to stretch the limits in the field. Sam... Read more

Cocktails And Cameras: Sony RX0 Hands-On Review In Hollywood

While the tiny box form factor looks like an action cam, the RX0 is much more capable. Intended for 4K multicam immersive experiences, it delivers excellent still images, too
video cameras
Hang 5 on a Hollywood set. Sony RX0 Hands-On Review Flatland BMX is about spinning brakeless tricks and insanely difficult, but also fits into an indoor space quite nicely. You get exciting things to photograph in a small space. In the ’80s, the performances would take up an entire basketball court or a couple courts’ worth of space to entertain... Read more

New York Comic Con – Despite Name, Video Is King

A trip to the East Coast’s largest convention for comic-related media, and video is the anchor
New York Comicon
New York Comic Con is a massive, sprawling and energetic trade show for the worlds of comic books, graphic novels and sci-fi/fantasy that takes over the Javits Center in New York each autumn. Jam-packed, the show occupies every corner of the trade show hall, and people flow through the halls in search of artwork, toys and a look at the latest news in... Read more

Scout It Out

A checklist of considerations to evaluate on a location scout, from lighting to sound to logistics
location scouting
This week I had a client ask me to meet them for a location scout. Depending on what level you work at and what type of projects you shoot, the location scout can range from a nice option to an absolute necessity. The project I scouted for will be a two-day shoot at a public radio station. For day one, the radio station will host an open house, with... Read more
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