Locking your camera to a dolly on a track allows dreamy smooth moves
Chris X Carroll
The biggest bang for the buck in DSLR moviemaking is an inexpensive slider. There’s nothing like a smooth-as-butter dolly shot (technical term) to bring a layer of professionalism to even the shoddiest production. I, of course, know nothing of this, but I did once hear of a cinematographer who liked his opening dolly shot so much that he used it in... Read more
Replicating a classic Hollywood shot technique in post
In this short filmmaking tutorial by Lewis McGregor, you’ll learn how to replicate a popular Hollywood shot technique in post—the dolly zoom. Certainly, capturing the real thing using a dolly or slider and a zoom lens is ideal, but isn’t always possible. All you need is 4K footage and a few minutes in After Effects to create the next best... Read more
This series of videos demonstrates the new features available
We’ve taken a first look at Final Cut Pro 10.4 and will be working with it more over the next few weeks as we work on our review. In the meantime, here are some videos that show off many of the new features, and plenty more can be found on Ripple Training’s Youtube channel.
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Simplifying the process so color grading is easier
In the last couple of posts, I’ve gone on and on about nesting. I thought I was finished with the topic, but my last post—avoiding trouble when you transfer your project to an audio designer—reminded me of some things you can do to make a grading session easier.
There are many ways to create files for a color session (usually, XML or AAF) and... Read more
Big advances in features despite the small version number change
Today’s update of Final Cut Pro X to Final Cut Pro 10.4 brings a substantial number of features, despite a modest version number update from 10.3 to 10.4. For some programs, the number changes in this update would warrant a full version number change, so don’t let the version number fool you.
Final Cut Pro 10.4 has three “major” new features,... Read more
I’m not sure what type of production you shoot mostly. Commercials? Web videos for corporations? Music videos? Narrative films? In my day-to-day life, I largely shoot a mix of documentary and documentary-style behind-the-scenes, marketing and promotional videos and corporate projects. It seems that, lately, no matter how much I try to boil down my... Read more
The short-term financial pain will be lessened each time you use that gear, doubly so each time you use it to create beautiful art
Chris X Carroll
You can pry my Filson hunting bibs from my cold dead hands… Sitting on an exposed cliff, freezing 40 mph wind and horizontal rain pelting the two inches of exposed skin around my eyes, the author’s thoughts turn to gear. This column, indeed, the entire endeavor, is predicated on checking out the latest and greatest photo and filmmaking gear.... Read more
A video tutorial with tips for live-streaming content
If you’ve seen any of my live-streaming videos, you’ve probably gathered that there’s something more than an iPhone involved! I get asked all the time, “How are you streaming” or even “What app are you using on your iPad to switch?!” (I do switch sources using my iPad, but it’s just a remote control).
This article and video are provided... Read more
A selection of drone videos by SkyPixel's contest entrants show the world from a unique perspective
SkyPixel, in cooperation with DJI, has announced their picks of some of the best aerial stories submitted so far to the 2017 SkyPixel Photo Storytelling Contest. Many of the aerial photographers who were honored have shot incredible video footage via drones. Below is a selection of those videos that capture the world from above.
The contest is open... Read more
A visit to Canon’s service center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey
There’s no denying that for professional photographers and filmmakers, support of gear is nearly as important as the gear itself. Countless creatives have been saved by the repair and loan services of the various professional support programs. When I worked in the media centers of the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics, I watched as a stream of photographers... Read more
As I mentioned last time, nesting can be a useful tool to solve problems when you move layered clips. But if you aren’t careful, nesting can lead to issues later on down the road, especially in audio postproduction.
If your post workflow involves going to an audio suite for sound design and sweeting, you don’t typically bring your whole project... Read more
Previously, I talked about using nesting to overcome opacity issues when applying dissolves with multiple layer scenes. Nesting can also be a useful tool to simplify complex layers so you can move scenes around. But nesting brings along its own complexity, too. If you pay attention, you can prevent hassles both now and later down the road as you finish... Read more
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