Inside Canon Professional Service & Support Center

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

Audio Postproduction: Nesting On Down The Line

Nesting might be good for you, but bad for others
audio postproduction
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

Layers In Postproduction: Feathering Your Nest

How to keep nesting flexible
post-production, video editing
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

What’s The Best Bag For Your Gear?

A video comparison of roller case bags
For working pros that have to transport gear from location to location, protecting your gear and ease of use is of the utmost importance. But with so many camera bag makers on the market, how do you choose the bag that’s right for your needs? To help answer that question and narrow down your search, we turned to Cinecom, a video production and online... Read more

How Multi Is Your Hyphenate? Measuring Success In Production

Success is measured differently than it was 10 years ago. Today, it’s all about the skills.
film production, video production
In video and film production in 2017, success is measured differently than it was 10 years ago. Our business can be cruel—I know several colleagues who are quite skilled in various facets of production, but these colleagues have chosen to leave or have been forced to leave the business, not because they weren’t good at what they do, but because... Read more

iPhone X Video Tip From PhotoJoseph

Exploring the perfect format for creating iPhone X videos
Apple iPhone X
If you have an iPhone X, you know that regular 16:9 videos don’t fill the screen unless you pinch in, but then you end up cropping the top and bottom off the video. Plus, there’s that notch…. So, I set out to create a video that would fill the iPhone X 19.5:9 aspect ratio screen perfectly, and even do something fun with the notch! Check out the... Read more

Multilayer Dissolves

Pay attention to layers during transitions
dissolves, film editing, video editing
A few posts ago I talked about paying attention when you fade to black at the end of a show, specifically when you work with more than one layer. I mentioned that if you don’t take care in how you fade, the top layer(s) will become transparent as the fade moves through the transition. How you accomplish multilayer dissolves in the middle of a program... Read more

Lighting The Night With Lume Cubes

Watch some impressive stunts set against beautiful backdrops in Switzerland.
I had mixed feelings while watching this video: mostly awe combined with sheer terror. It showcases some impressive stunts set against beautiful backdrops in Switzerland. But the really cool part is that it demonstrates using pocket-sized Lume Cubes to light scenes at night. They’re attached to surfboards, skateboards, bungee jumpers, paragliders,... Read more

Data Storage: Where Nothing Can Possibly Go “Worng”

Some hard drive “bad habits” can put your data in danger
data storage
Data storage is boring. Sorry, LaCie. It’s much more exciting to talk about the latest drone or camera or plug-in. But, in reality, you really do want the process of storing all that important footage to be boring, because if it gets exciting, that’s when you get into trouble. Bare Drives Many people use bare drives as external drives. These are... Read more

The Basics of Color Grading With DaVinci Resolve 14

A crash course in using Blackmagic's powerful, updated video editing tool
After Blackmagic announced the latest edition of Resolve at NAB 2017, we had cameraman, editor, and producer Brian Hallett explain how he uses the video editing tool. Hallett walked us through using LUTs/Log, processing raw data, color correction and exporting. Since Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 14 offers such incredibly powerful editing... Read more