A shooting slate, manual or electronic, can save your bacon back in the editing room
Chris X Carroll
Actor James C. Burns clowns around on the set of Courier X, which you can tell by looking at the slate.
Perhaps the most useful movie-making tool after your black beret is the slate. Even when you visualize movies made a hundred years ago, you can still picture that big clapper, snapping down to signify the beginning of a take. They were actually made... Read more
Think you can fall back on your sloppy capture technique, shoot RAW and fix it in post? Think again.
Chris X Carroll
I don’t have to tell you about the joys of the Camera RAW format. Oh, I do? Nah, go look it up. If you’re a photographer in 2017 shooting with a DSLR and not shooting RAW for your stills, well, not much I can do to help you.
A lot of us have been shooting in RAW for more than a decade. The Camera RAW format and the nondestructive workflow it engenders... Read more
HDVideoPro was in attendance at the GoPro Global Launch Event in September where the company announced the HERO6 Black and the official launch of the 5.2K spherical Fusion camera, as well as feature updates to the Karma drone and three new accessories. The Sony RX0 also began shipping in October, which one of our contributors recently took for a spin.
With... Read more
Editing software isn’t just about cutting shots together; there are also myriad effects and other tools to finish your show. How you use any of these can affect your viewer’s impressions.
Most effects tools aren’t just static controls. They can be changed over time via keyframes. For example, if you add a blur effect to a clip, you can animate... Read more
A look at the Zoom H6, Zoom H5 and Tascam DR40 handheld recorders in action
Sound is obviously an important part of any video project, and we recently covered how having an audio pro on video shoots is necessary in order to help you capture the best sound possible. But that’s not always in the budget. Early this year, we took a look at what gear to use to get high-quality sound on a low budget and thought it would be helpful... Read more
Cool it—we love cats. We’re talking about that furry wind-reducing mic cover. Sheesh, you guys!
Chris X Carroll
We’ve spent a fair amount of time on sound, particularly my disasters learning to deal with that undiscovered country. In particular, I’m going to share with you the greatest little external shotgun mic and its most excellently named accessory.
I’m talking about the RØDE VideoMic GO. Not only is this a great little mic, it comes with two covers,... Read more
A demonstration of slider techniques that will allow you to create unique shots
Camera sliders allow independent and low-budget filmmakers the ability to create professional-looking slides that once were only possible with the dolly tracks used in big Hollywood productions. Over the years, we’ve reviewed various camera sliders, including the PMG-DUO slider, which you can see in action here.
The use of a camera slider adds production... Read more
To a collection of the press, Sony officially unveils the Sony a7R III
This article was written live during the Sony event, 10 am EDT, Wednesday, the 25th of October 2017. Live coverage concluded at 10:49 am EDT
A livecast of this announcement can be found here.
Sony a7R III
Sony’s Mike Fasulo took the stage at a private media event in New York City to officially announce the Sony a7R III, as well as two lens announcements.
If... Read more
A useful tool for checking compression in your footage, with comparison example videos, too
Previously, I’ve mentioned that the bit rate you choose for your video encoding can add artifacts to your footage. Dramatic changes in scenes and dissolves are some of the ways that can further cause problems.
But how do you know where the actual problems are? How do you see them? What’s the real difference if you encode at 10 Mbps or 2 Mbps?
There’s... Read more
It never fails. Each year, it seems budgets for media production are getting tighter and tighter. I’ve been in the business of promoting and selling the services of my small production company since the early 1990s. In that same time, I’ve also marketed myself as a freelance cinematographer and producer. One long-term trend in media production that... Read more
A video demonstration of four ways for filmmakers to keep focus
We recently shared an article that explains the limitations of focus-by-wire, and why a mechanical focus system is invaluable. On a related note, we all know that consistent focus can be a challenge in video work, and many filmmakers don’t have the budget for an expensive follow focus system. The video below discusses four ways to keep focus and then... Read more
Turns out there are good, solid reasons for all that “Lights, Camera, Action” dance you feel utterly silly doing
Chris X Carroll
Director Thomas Gulamerian works with actor Iva Stelmak on the set of Courier X. Photo by Chris X Carroll
Unlike, say, photography, filmmaking is a massively collaborative art form. Oh, you can do it all, but you definitely can’t do it all well. Nor can you do it all easily. You start with your bad self, a couple, three actors (God forbid some horse-drawn... Read more
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