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Video Gear Weekly

with Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman

Video: How do I shoot a pure black backdrop?

Get reviews and tips on the latest video gear, from cameras like the Blackmagic 4K and GoPros, to lighting, accessories, and adapters.
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  1. 12m 40s
    1. How do I shoot a pure black backdrop? NEW
    2. Using a duvetyne or fabric NEW
      2m 48s
    3. Using a portable backdrop system NEW
      2m 17s
    4. Shooting a black studio NEW
      2m 47s
    5. Gear overview NEW
      3m 58s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 16m 21s
    1. How do I shoot a pure white backdrop?
    2. Using a paper roll
      2m 11s
    3. Using a portable backdrop
      4m 0s
    4. Lighting a cyc wall
      2m 52s
    5. Gear overview
      6m 31s
  4. 18m 55s
    1. The V 360˚ camera
    2. Unboxing the V.360
      2m 29s
    3. Setting up and controlling the camera
      3m 48s
    4. A field test with the V.360
      3m 22s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 30s
  5. 20m 32s
    1. Shooting in and around a moving car
    2. Mounting camera to windows
      1m 52s
    3. Mounting cameras to the dashboard
      3m 20s
    4. Mounting cameras to the outside of a car
      4m 43s
    5. Mounting with magnets
      1m 43s
    6. Lessons learned
      3m 18s
    7. Gear overview
      4m 48s
  6. 14m 22s
    1. Shooting in and around a moving car
    2. Preparing the car for shooting
      4m 19s
    3. Increasing the available light in the car
      3m 28s
    4. Mounting a camera to the rearview mirror
      1m 20s
    5. Toss to next week
      4m 3s
    6. Gear overview
  7. 20m 35s
    1. What Is a Lookup Table?
    2. Using Adobe Hue
      4m 29s
    3. Applying or modifying a LUT
      5m 30s
    4. Manipulating LUTs with Lattice
      5m 31s
    5. Putting LUTs to use on set
      4m 26s
  8. 16m 9s
    1. Benefits of Professional Monitors
    2. A look at the Ikan MS21
      5m 50s
    3. A look at the Flanders Scientific CM171
      4m 54s
    4. Benefits of OLED
      4m 52s
  9. 13m 10s
    1. New options to monitor on set
    2. Monitoring over USB 3.0
      3m 39s
    3. Using a 4K computer display
      3m 49s
    4. Using a 4K studio monitor
      4m 58s
  10. 10m 25s
    1. Creating a textured backdrop with lights
    2. Using precut metal gobos
      1m 41s
    3. Ordering your own gobos
      2m 1s
    4. Using a DJ projector to create gobos
      2m 5s
    5. Creating backdrops with effects glass
      1m 32s
    6. Adding a virtual gobo with Tiffen DFX
      2m 41s
  11. 11m 10s
    1. Creating affordable textured backdrop with lights
    2. It’s all about creating patterns
      1m 19s
    3. Creating a hand-cut gobo
      2m 35s
    4. Using a pattern backdrop
      1m 48s
    5. Creating a gobo with a transparency projector
      2m 1s
    6. Using a projector to create custom backdrops
      2m 55s
  12. 20m 42s
    1. A deeper look at the GoPro HERO4 Session
    2. Using the Session in the GoPro ecosystem
      4m 31s
    3. Evaluating footage
      7m 21s
    4. Buying advice
      8m 8s
  13. 20m 45s
    1. The GoPro HERO4 Session
    2. What's in the box?
      4m 36s
    3. The technical specs
      6m 11s
    4. Controlling the camera
      9m 15s
  14. 11m 56s
    1. Shooting with the GoPro 3-way
    2. Using the GoPro 3-way as a handle grip
      3m 22s
    3. Using the GoPro 3-way as a pole
      3m 34s
    4. Using the GoPro 3-way as a micro tripod
      2m 28s
    5. Closing advice
      1m 34s
  15. 16m 48s
    1. Why use lens adapters?
      2m 56s
    2. Choosing and connecting a lens adapter
      4m 49s
    3. Shooting with an active adapter and passive adapter
      4m 9s
    4. Shooting with an optical adapter
      4m 54s
  16. 28m 33s
    1. The Blackmagic URSA 4K
      2m 12s
    2. Benefits of the Blackmagic URSA 4K
      5m 55s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic USA 4K
      3m 24s
    4. Blackmagic USA 4K menus
      8m 27s
    5. Evaluating footage
      8m 35s
  17. 24m 35s
    1. Hacking a camera with Magic Lantern
      2m 55s
    2. How to load Magic Lantern
      4m 32s
    3. Magic Lantern menus: Part 1
      6m 41s
    4. Magic Lantern menus: Part 2
      5m 24s
    5. Sending an HDMI signal out of a camera with Magic Lantern
      5m 3s
  18. 10m 54s
    1. Wide-angle shootout
      1m 1s
    2. Rokinon 7.5mm lens
      4m 30s
    3. Olympus 12mm lens
      4m 16s
    4. Final thoughts
      1m 7s
  19. 19m 45s
    1. Wide-angle shootout
      1m 46s
    2. SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm lens
      4m 41s
    3. Rokinon 16mm lens
      7m 32s
    4. Lumix 14mm lens
      5m 46s
  20. 28m 6s
    1. The Canon 5D Mark III
      2m 35s
    2. Benefits of the Canon 5D Mark III
      5m 56s
    3. Shooting menu options
      4m 36s
    4. "Auto focus, playback, settings, exposure control, and customizable menu options "
      4m 39s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      10m 20s
  21. 14m 51s
    1. Choosing a meter
      3m 4s
    2. Calibrate with X-Rite i1Profiler
      8m 56s
    3. Calibrating advice
      2m 51s
  22. 14m 50s
    1. The importance of calibrating displays
      4m 7s
    2. Calibrating displays on a PC
      6m 7s
    3. Calibrating displays on a Mac
      4m 36s
  23. 19m 32s
    1. The Panasonic FZ1000
      1m 35s
    2. Benefits of the Panasonic FZ1000
      4m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic FZ1000
      3m 45s
    4. Panasonic FZ1000 menus
      2m 36s
    5. Evaluating footage
      7m 28s
  24. 13m 44s
    1. What is motion control?
      2m 31s
    2. Shooting turntable shots with the eMotimo TB3
      9m 15s
    3. Final advice on using a motion control assembly
      1m 58s
  25. 15m 30s
    1. Powering the eMotimo TB3
      4m 43s
    2. Operating the eMotimo TB3 during a time-lapse shoot
      8m 24s
    3. Final thoughts on using sliders for motion
      2m 23s
  26. 20m 42s
    1. When to use a slider
      3m 29s
    2. Choosing sliders and rails
      8m 56s
    3. Attaching a motor to your slider
      4m 15s
    4. Using the eMotimo TB3 to control your camera
      4m 2s
  27. 28m 14s
    1. Why use a shoulder rig?
      2m 11s
    2. Using rigs by Redrock Micro
      5m 21s
    3. Using rigs by ikan
      5m 52s
    4. Using rigs by Zacuto
      8m 18s
    5. Final thoughts on choosing a rig
      6m 32s
  28. 13m 13s
    1. How to mount a smartphone securely
      1m 40s
    2. Handheld accessories for a smartphone
      3m 29s
    3. Attaching a smartphone to a tripod
      3m 33s
    4. Improving the sound quality on the iPhone 6 with iOgrapher
      4m 31s
  29. 19m 55s
    1. The Polaroid Cube
      1m 48s
    2. Benefits of using the Polaroid Cube
      3m 34s
    3. Accessories for the Polaroid Cube
      4m 36s
    4. Drawbacks of using the Polaroid Cube
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      7m 44s
  30. 25m 32s
    1. Getting high camera angles
      1m 13s
    2. What is a jib?
      2m 45s
    3. Building a jib and when to use it
      8m 16s
    4. Flying a GoPro HERO4 with a quadcopter
      5m 53s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      7m 25s
  31. 16m 22s
    1. Using Twixtor to slow footage down
      7m 48s
    2. Using Digital Anarchy to remove flicker from high frame rate footage
      8m 34s
  32. 14m 51s
    1. Processing high frame rate footage
      1m 24s
    2. Using After Effects to slow down high frame rate footage
      6m 43s
    3. Slowing down high frame rate footage with time warping
      6m 44s
  33. 21m 10s
    1. High frame rate shootout
      2m 43s
    2. Footage at 60 frames per second
      4m 40s
    3. Footage at 120 frames per second
      5m 19s
    4. Footage at 240 frames per second
      8m 28s
  34. 28m 58s
    1. The Blackmagic Design Studio Camera
      1m 19s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera
      9m 18s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera
      6m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic Design Studio Camera
      12m 7s
  35. 6m 41s
    1. Using a portable backdrop
      1m 11s
    2. Using an pop-up system
      2m 36s
    3. Using a FlexiFill
      2m 54s
  36. 10m 29s
    1. Advanced options for flying quadcopters
      1m 15s
    2. Using the Vision App for remote viewing
      3m 24s
    3. Flying with a Two-Person Team - Spotter
      2m 43s
    4. Flying with a Two-Person Team - Controller
      3m 7s
  37. 18m 25s
    1. Recording with external recorders
      1m 37s
    2. Features to look for in an external recorder
      4m 44s
    3. Drawbacks of external recorders
      3m 13s
    4. Shooting with an external recorder
      8m 51s
  38. 15m 21s
    1. Using a dolly
      1m 2s
    2. Skatewheel and skateboard dollies
      4m 55s
    3. Setting up a dolly
      3m 25s
    4. Setting up a professional dolly
      5m 59s
  39. 24m 32s
    1. The challenges of powering the GoPro HERO4
      2m 56s
    2. Battery options for the GoPro HERO4
      4m 15s
    3. Which battery runs the longest in the GoPro HERO4?
      4m 42s
    4. Which GoPro HERO4 battery charges the fastest?
      5m 6s
    5. The form factor and price of GoPro HERO4 batteries
      4m 46s
    6. The winning battery
      2m 47s
  40. 22m 25s
    1. Overview of the Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder
      1m 2s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony HDR-AS15
      4m 56s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony HDR-AS15
      7m 36s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      8m 51s
  41. 17m 52s
    1. Lighting with LEDs
      1m 15s
    2. Benefits of LED lighting
      5m 22s
    3. Intensity and color temperature
      4m 57s
    4. Accessories on a budget
      6m 18s
  42. 15m 5s
    1. Expanding your makeup kit
      1m 27s
    2. Why build a makeup essentials kit
      6m 48s
    3. Hair and makeup
      3m 7s
    4. Essential grooming items
      3m 43s
  43. 6m 17s
    1. Creating a GoPro parallax time-lapse
    2. Cheap motorized slider
      1m 14s
    3. Second axis with timer head
      1m 49s
    4. Putting it together and setting the shot
      2m 25s
  44. 12m 46s
    1. Recording better audio to a mobile device
      1m 0s
    2. Splitting the audio jack
      1m 14s
    3. Attaching a shotgun mic
      1m 6s
    4. Attaching a Lavalier mic
      1m 29s
    5. Attaching a professional mic
      2m 42s
    6. Professional mic with a consumer adapter
      5m 15s
  45. 9m 19s
    1. Using a gimbal
    2. Advantages of a gimbal
      2m 25s
    3. Using a monitor
      1m 28s
    4. Controlling the camera
      1m 25s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      3m 2s
  46. 12m 16s
    1. Attaching the receiver
      5m 5s
    2. Attaching the transmitter
      4m 38s
    3. Best practices
      2m 33s
  47. 10m 58s
    1. Working with a wireless mic
      1m 29s
    2. Benefits of using a wireless mic
      2m 13s
    3. Drawbacks of using a wireless mic
      7m 16s
  48. 15m 10s
    1. Mounting a disk and recovering files
      1m 29s
    2. Recovering media
      6m 12s
    3. Mounting a disk image
      7m 29s
  49. 27m 24s
    1. Is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 right for me?
      1m 23s
    2. Beneficial features of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      8m 25s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 47s
  50. 12m 10s
    1. Shooting video with an iPad
    2. Mounting the iPad in an iOgrapher
      2m 38s
    3. Attaching a lens to an iPad
      1m 53s
    4. Attaching a light
      3m 23s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      3m 22s
  51. 12m 22s
    1. Mounting a GoPro
    2. Jaws: Flex Clamp
      3m 3s
    3. Cages and clamps
      4m 49s
    4. GoPro Chesty chest harness
      3m 49s
  52. 10m 24s
    1. Using audio inputs
      1m 32s
    2. Beachtek
      2m 55s
    3. Abox adapter
      3m 16s
    4. GoPro adapter
      2m 41s
  53. 24m 24s
    1. Shooting with the Canon C300
      1m 32s
    2. Beneficial features of the Canon C300
      9m 35s
    3. Drawbacks of the Canon C300
      6m 35s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 42s
  54. 12m 52s
    1. Using filters for your lens
    2. Clear filters
      3m 44s
    3. Color filters
      2m 25s
    4. Polarizer
      2m 11s
    5. ND filter
      3m 49s
  55. 15m 50s
    1. Developing GoPro time-lapses
      1m 17s
    2. Importing
      3m 56s
    3. Processing
      6m 46s
    4. Evaluating footage
      3m 51s
  56. 5m 35s
    1. Creating a panning time-lapse
    2. Building a timer head
      1m 37s
    3. Using a pro head
      2m 3s
    4. Setting up the cameras
      1m 7s
  57. 19m 17s
    1. The Garmin Vibe Elite
      1m 10s
    2. Beneficial features of the Garmin Virb Elite
      6m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Garmin Virb Elite
      5m 3s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 56s
  58. 11m 13s
    1. Small lights
    2. Battery operated lights
      3m 43s
    3. Lowel Blender
      2m 41s
    4. Lowel Portable Spotlight
      3m 55s
  59. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  60. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  61. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  62. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  63. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  64. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  65. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  66. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  67. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  68. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  69. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  70. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  71. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  72. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  73. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  74. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  75. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  76. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  77. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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What's one of the best parts about being a video professional? All the cool gear! In this weekly series, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman team up to discuss the latest and greatest equipment for video production and post. They talk about the newest cameras, like the Blackmagic 4K, pocket cinema cameras, and GoPros; accessories and adapters that will make your shoots run smoother; and the great tech being invented every day. And because they keep both cost and quality in mind, you'll never have to worry about blowing your budget or compromising production value. Come back every Friday for a new tip.

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How do I shoot a pure black backdrop?

- Hi there I'm Robbie Carmen. - And I'm Rich Harrington. - And welcome back to another week of Video Gear Weekly, and Rich this week, we're still talking about backdrops, but we're going to talk about the use of a black backdrop or background. - Yeah this is a really powerful technique, it adds a lot of drama, it really puts the focus on your subject and there are so many different ways of doing it. We're going to explore approaches that are really simple just using a black piece of fabric that you put behind, or you could step up to a professional backdrop, or we'll even show you-- believe it or not Rob, you can shoot in a white studio, and here's a crazy idea.

If you just leave most of the lights off and only light your subject, the white studio turns black. - That makes sense so there's a lot of different options, we're going to go from sort of the simple to more sophisticated with the black background, with the black backdrop is definitely a powerful way to light and frame your subject.

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