Last time, I talked about the events on Monday and Tuesday before the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat began. This time, some notes about the actual retreat—the first day. I kept calling it the Hollywood Professional Alliance because for years it was called the Hollywood Post Alliance; this time I have it right.
These are the... Read more
For quite a few years now, mirrorless cameras have advanced and set new benchmarks for what’s possible in a reasonably small and light hybrid stills/video camera. I owned a Panasonic GH4, one of the first 4K capable small consumer cameras. The appeal of a small, lightweight camera that could not only shoot UHD video but stills as well made it seem... Read more
I have just returned from the Hollywood Professional Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat in Palm Springs. This annual event gathers film and television professionals not only from Hollywood but also across the country and the globe.
HPA used to stand for Hollywood Post Alliance but as post workflows delve into the entire content creation process, it made sense... Read more
Last time I described a problem I had linking up digital shoot notes with the clips in my edit bin, I promised I would explain what I was trying to do and how I solved the problem.
Before I get into the details, remember that this project had a short deadline. Sometimes, the challenge of solving a problem distracts from actually getting an edit done.... Read more
Getting log notes into the edit -- dream or reality?
Shooting logs have become more and more critical for me. As project timelines get shorter and shorter, the time I get for producing the first cut gets shorter and shorter, too. This means I don’t often have the luxury of taking time to watch all the footage there is. And there’s more of it: with digital versus film shooting, there seem to be more... Read more
If you’re a guy (I’m a guy), then makeup is something you usually don’t think about. But if you’re on camera — meaning in front of the camera instead of behind it — or point your camera at other people, then it’s definitely something you should think about. Whether you’re hosting an online live show Read more…
If you’re a guy (I’m a guy), then makeup is something you usually don’t think about. But if you’re on camera — meaning in front of the camera instead of behind it — or point your camera at other people, then it’s definitely something you should think about. Whether you’re hosting an online live show like I am, shooting vlogs, or even... Read more
With a Creative Studio, Workshops and Events, there is plenty to do besides watch films.
Canon returns as a sponsor of Sundance Film Festival, and this year they have a packed calendar of events and activities. For videographers looking to try out gear, the Canon Creative Studio, which opens tomorrow (January 19th) is a must-visit location, where Canon gear and staff are on hand to show off equipment. Other activities include a portrait... Read more
New video-centric Micro Four Thirds has incredible light performance, but has left some things out
If you do that video thing, then you’ve probably heard that Panasonic announced a new camera, the GH5S, as a companion to the very popular GH5 camera. While many on the interwebs immediately went into panic mode, worried that their beloved GH5 was already out of date — FRET NOT! The GH5S is a complement, not a replacement, for the GH5. With superior... Read more
Drones, robots and SSD dominate the worlds largest consumer electronics show
Another annual electronic circus in the desert is over. 179,999 people and I wandered the aisles of wireless phone chargers, 3D printers, drones, TVs and other “innovations”. There were robots: One that played table tennis, a couple which folded laundry, and one that is trying to replace your dog. We experienced a power outage, and did I mention... Read more
See how the Lumix GH5S measures up in this video review
Panasonic just unveiled the new Lumix GH5S at CES 2018, the predecessor to the Lumix GH5. The new camera boasts an updated sensor and the ability to record Cinema 4K footage at 60/50p. With a price tag of $2,499, the GH5S has a 10.2-megapixel sensor, and while that’s half of the GH5’s, it does offer better low-light performance.
See how the GH5S... Read more
I wander the annual consumer electronics trade show with lots on my mind
I’m told it’s healthy to get out of the suite every once in a while. There are trade shows appropriate to my world, like NAB or the Hollywood Professional Association’s Tech Retreat, but I also get some satisfaction from attending CES. That’s where I am right now.
Sure, it’ is interesting to see all the new—and sometimes ridiculous—technology.... Read more
Add a Hollywood feel to your work with these effects tutorials
Are you often inspired by your favorite movies and TV shows? Add a Hollywood feel to your films, shorts and videos by mastering techniques found in this roundup of videos featuring After Effects’ tutorials by RocketStock.
This video teaches eye effects inspired by Blade Runner such as the Replicant’s red eye and the blind eye as seen on Jared Leto’s... Read more