Planning Versus Reacting—A Video Producer Primer

Set yourself up for a successful production
A view of the main interface of one of our VMix Live systems switching a graduation ceremony. While I’ve been in the production game for a long time, most of my experience is in documentary filmmaking, broadcast and corporate production. These different styles represent an interesting dichotomy and study in contrasts. Documentary production, by definition,... Read more

Speed Through Your Cinematic Workflow

SanDisk Professional’s storage, transfer and backup technologies provide a complete end-to-end solution that’s scalable for every production
Image of a film editor reviewing footage.
Storage is the backbone of the cinematography workflow. When every frame is an investment in time, talent and resources, reliable and scalable data storage, transfer and backup are critically important. SanDisk Professional™—a new global brand from Western Digital®, one of the most trusted names in data management—represents the next generation... Read more

Quick Take: OWC Envoy Pro FX SSD

High-perfomance storage in a rugged housing
While working with an Apple MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, I wanted to test out workflow with external portable storage. OWC has recently introduced the Envoy Pro FX portable SSD. It seems a perfect match for fast storage via Thunderbolt 3. I’ve used a lot of different SSDs over the years, and they keep getting faster and larger. The Envoy Pro FX is... Read more
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Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Mount Adapter—A Mini Review

The Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Adapter allows you to easily and quickly mount Canon EF and EF-S mount lenses Read more…

The Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Adapter allows you to easily and quickly mount Canon EF and EF-S mount lenses to a Fujifilm X Mount camera body. It also works with some, but not all, third-party EF and EF-S mount lenses. I’ll be the first to admit that this review will likely only prove compelling to a relatively small subset of camera owners. Just... Read more

Production Design Makes It

Have you delved into real production design for your project?
A BTS still from a recent live Internet Broadcast I produced that utilized some sophisticated production design. Have you delved into real production design for your project? I recently produced a live stream fundraiser for a local private school. Our company produces a lot of these, especially since the pandemic began. One takeaway has been that with... Read more

The New Hybrid Event

Producing a Live Internet Broadcast hybrid event with an audience of hundreds
A shot of the 10,000 square foot stage that we utilized recently to produce a new type of event, a CIO Virtual Hybrid Roundtable broadcasting to an audience of hundreds of participants all over the country. What have I been up to lately? As 2021 moves on, we’re starting to see the beginning of production opening back up as the pandemic winds down... Read more

The Aputure C300D MKII COB Light In Use

Aputure has hit the sweet spot with this light as it offers good value with great features and performance
The Aputure C300D MKII is the second-generation refined version of the light that kicked off the COB LED revolution, the original C300D. Everyone is excited about COB LED lighting. COB stands for “Chip On Board,” and it’s a pleasant alternative to the LED panels that many of us have been utilizing for the past few years. Aputure came out with... Read more

On Being A Good Interviewer

A documentary filmmaker shares tips for being an effective interviewer
A BTS still from a live interview in front of a studio audience. Being an effective interviewer means that you must wear a lot of different hats, be a good listener and be willing to think on your feet, especially as your subjects respond to your questions. It occurred to me on a shoot a few weeks ago that I’ve been shooting on-camera interviews with... Read more

Lighting With Big Sources

When the situation allows, lighting with big sources has many benefits
Lighting with big sources can give your images a quality that simply isn’t possible with smaller sources. A BTS photo of a reality show set I lit with large sources. Recently, I had a chance to do something in production that I haven’t had a chance to do since quarantine began. I was able to shoot on a reality TV series. Not sure if you’ve shot... Read more

Mirrorless Cameras For The Pro Video Shooter

Adding a high-quality mirrorless camera to your kit can make you more money and let you offer greater capability to your clients
Sony’s new flagship mirrorless camera is the Alpha 1. The a1 has a 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor CMOS. Its image processing is 8 times as powerful as other Alpha cameras thanks to the latest BIONZ XR processor. It’s capable of shooting 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0 XAVC HS video with 8.6K oversampling. It can also shoot 4K 120p 10-bit 4:2:2... Read more