OMF Is My Ham

Make sure your workflow works and flows.
There’s an old story about grandma’s ham. It seems before she put it in the oven she’d saw off part of the bone. Her daughter followed this tradition in hopes of making a ham that tasted just as good as her mom’s. Finally, the third generation cook paused before getting ready to continue the cut-off tradition. She couldn’t understand... Read more

How To Get The Most From Your Cheap eBay Russian Lenses On A Micro Four Thirds Body

M42 screw-mount vintage Russian lenses are plentiful and cheap on eBay. But how do you use them on your mirrorless micro four thirds cameras?
eBay is full of interesting looking old, vintage lenses, quite often from Russia. They’re almost always screw mount, and one of the common sizes is called M42. You can easily adapt M42 to micro four thirds for next-to-nothing using a straight, glassless adapter. But, if you spend a little more money, you can get what’s effectively a speed... Read more

Media Matters, Part II

Moving on up to the speed side
In part one of my examination of SD acronyms, I covered a little of the history of SD cards and how we progressed from SD to SDXC. But if you have a card that’s an SDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V90, what do you really have? Let me break it down in order. UHS stands for Ultra High Speed. This is the specification that deals with how fast data can... Read more

Media Matters

SD cards aren't what they used to be
In my last post, I wrote about taking a newly introduced SD card on a test drive. I talked all about speed, quality and construction but quickly skipped over the various acronyms and classifications listed on the card. I didn’t include all of that because I wanted to get to the meat of the matter. But I’m a curious sort. When I see things like... Read more

Go V90 Go!

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

Is It Safe? Part 2

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

Practicing Your Craft In Unexpected Ways

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

Is It Safe? Part 1

What about Title Safe? It’s complicated.
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

IGTV—Love It Or Hate It, Vertical Video Is Here To Stay!

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

Waiting For Export

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