Not Having A G’Day

Figuring out a stutter effect, and the segmented frame

Q Hi, guys—e-greetings from Down Under! Hey, I’ve had an ongoing issue with my magnificent Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The majority of my work is in model and corporate photography, now that I’m a semiretired television broadcast cameraman. However, I do use the 5D Mark II from time to time to shoot TVCs and corporate video for the Australian... Read more

Lectrosonics D4 System

A four-channel, wireless audio system

Q I was recently hired to provide location sound for a new reality television pilot. I have a sound-cart-based system I’ve successfully used on features for years, but this will be my initiation into reality television. The producer has made it clear that she needs four-channel audio feeds to each camera to save the labor of syncing external sources... Read more

What’s A Violet Wand?

Don’t Google it at work!

At AbelCine, we offer sales, rental and service of all types of professional video cameras, and as part of that work, we also get a wide variety of technical-support questions. The majority of these questions are pretty straightforward, and we can answer them right away, but sometimes a question pops up that causes us to scratch our heads. Sure, these... Read more

Stream On

The Netflix effect

In the past few years, the world of content distribution has changed as dramatically as the process of content creation. For readers of HDVP, sites like Vimeo and YouTube have allowed indie filmmakers to distribute their short films to a global audience 24/7 in a high-quality HD presentation, along with an online community that provides helpful (or... Read more

Testing, 1-2-3

A calibrated test chart can make all the difference

Sometimes changes in technology lead to new concepts or even newer technologies, and other times new technology brings up the need to reexamine technology that has been around for a while. One piece of technology that was once old and is now new again is the test chart. While many think “digital” takes care of everything, there are many... Read more

One Giant Megaphone

A grain silo amplifies screams of bloody murder

A long, exhausting day of shooting was nearing the end. The crew had endured the hot sun and dusty, smelly barnyard conditions all day. We just needed the night to complete the last few scenes on Lee Martin’s The Midnight Hour, a local Michigan indie series that I was the DP on. For this particular episode, I was filling in for the sound/boom... Read more

A Strange Scene

Sought for questioning in a murder investigation

A couple of years ago, we were shooting a short video for a competition, and we needed an unusual vehicle. Since it was going to be Satan’s car (and I don’t think the devil drives a hybrid), it had to be unusual. We ended up borrowing an old hearse from one of our buddies. We spent the better part of a Saturday shooting the video. Because... Read more

Fixed It In Post!

It was 1992, and we were shooting a documentary on an air-refueling wing for public television.

Fixed It In Post!
It was 1992, and we were shooting a documentary on an air-refueling wing for public television. I was the shooter/editor on the project, and as the edit drew to a close, we realized we didn’t have all the shots we needed to complete the end-music montage. The producer called our military contact and explained our dilemma, and they agreed to take... Read more

Infrared-Faced

How IR filters can help

Q Recently, a very generous friend lent me his gear for a small project that I was shooting. This setup was from a guy who really knows his stuff and who has taught me a lot, so I thought I was going to know everything I needed to know about his "kit." But when I started assembling things, I realized that I didn’t know much about some... Read more

Buy, Sell Or Hold?

Has the 3D road run its course?

A few years ago, I attended a 3D conference where DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg delivered a keynote speech in which he declared the latest incarnation of digital 3D to be as revolutionary to motion pictures as the advent of sound and color. Whether or not you agree with this viewpoint, one thing for sure is that 3D HD has come a long way... Read more

Roland R-44

Four-track recording in the field

Q I’ve been using my Canon EOS 7D with a microphone interface, but I need higher-quality recording to four tracks for an upcoming short film. I can’t afford too many of the high-end pro four- or eight-track recorders, and I haven’t had good luck recording with my laptop. I need something small and lightweight that can record at least... Read more

The Bike Pirate

Driving at highway speed in a crew cab loaded with gear, four filmmakers, and two pro mountain bikers and their two bikes outside the town of Kamloops, B.C., Canada.

The Bike Pirate
Driving at highway speed in a crew cab loaded with gear, four filmmakers, and two pro mountain bikers and their two bikes outside the town of Kamloops, B.C., Canada, we were headed to the first shoot for our new action-sports film Follow Me. Unfortunately, we were only 15 minutes into our drive that morning when one of the bikes flew out of the truck... Read more
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