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By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 30, 2014

Using a Camera Rail

Using a Camera Rail

When traveling with your gear, less is more. A camera rail lets you shoot with multiple cameras from just a single tripod. It can be used for a wide range of shoots from guerrilla-style filming to interviews. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through how to set up and use a camera rail.

By Richard Harrington | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Inside the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Inside the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

One of the most anticipated cameras to be released this year is the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. It’s a highly portable camera designed to give you greater flexibility in production and post. But will it complement your particular production workflow?

By Richard Harrington | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Welcome to Video Gear Weekly

Video Gear Weekly - Welcome!

DSLR cameras have sparked a revolution in the film and video industry over the last few years, opening up a new hardware arena for video pros. There are tons of new gear and gadgets that can help you take your DSLR productions to the next level.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 16, 2014

Goodbye to DSLR Video Tips

Goodbye to DSLR Video Tips

Throughout its run, our series DSLR Video Tips has provided many tools and assets geared to help you make DSLR video productions look great.

So much has happened to transform the industry over the past couple of years. The creation of affordable cameras with large sensors has made video production easier to reach and, accordingly, the world of production is rapidly expanding.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 25, 2014

Using Mobile Apps for Site Surveys

Episode 90 - 01

Knowing the ins and outs of your location is a very important step in successful productions. Site surveying helps you identify potential problems before your production takes place. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Robbie and I demonstrate how to use mobile apps to make your site survey more effective. From weather conditions to the location of the sun, the more prepared you are, the more successful your production will be.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 11, 2014

Remote control your DSLR

Remote control your DSLR

Getting unique and challenging camera angles for your footage can be tricky. But don’t worry—if a shot requires your DSLR camera to be in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot, you can control it remotely. Join Robbie and I this week as we explore an app called CamRanger that works with a small transponder device to let you control your DSLR from another location.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, March 28, 2014

Create a film look with color grading: DSLR Video Tips

Create a film look with color grading

It’s very expensive to shoot with film, but there are ways to create a film look in post–production. DaVinci Resolve and Adobe SpeedGrade are two popular apps you can use to color grade, and create film looks for your footage. Join Robbie and me along with our special guest, colorist Dan Moran, a London-based expert in DaVinci Resolve, as we demonstrate different ways you can use Resolve to transform your digital footage into a stylized film look.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, March 14, 2014

Log recording: DSLR Video Tips

Log recording - preview differences

Log recording is an incredibly handy mode to consider when shooting video. It uses a different color space than standard recording modes, making the image appear flat and washed out—but giving you tremendous flexibility in post-production. When recording in log mode, you retain detailed information in the highlights and shadows of your footage, allowing increased dynamic range in the image itself.

In this episode, Robbie and I explore log recording workflows on a multi-camera set, then transition to post-production and process the resulting footage with Adobe Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade to show you the benefits of log recording firsthand.

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