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By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 18, 2014
One piece of video gear that has risen in popularity over the past few years is the quadcopter.
Before quadcopters, getting your camera into the air was an expensive task. But DJI recently launched the much awaited Phantom 2 Vision, which has a built-in camera.
This week on Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Francis Torres and I will walk you through the ins and outs of the new DJI Phantom 2 Vision.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 04, 2014
Power is an essential aspect to video production, as most video field gear runs on batteries. Having more than one power source gives you the peace of mind of not running out of juice while on set.
In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I discuss several power options for charging batteries while out in the field.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, June 20, 2014
Sony has brought a new generation of mirrorless cameras onto the market with their a7 and a7R cameras. The a7 and a7R cameras have a full frame sensors and are comparable in price to other DSLRs on the market, but how can they complement your workflow? This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I will help you get acquainted with these new cameras from Sony, and their unique benefits they can bring to your production.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, June 13, 2014
A tripod top slider is a useful piece of gear to have when you’re on the go. It’s compact and lightweight, making it a portable solution for motion shots.
But do top sliders have the same fluid movement as full-sized sliders?
By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 23, 2014
Everyone wants the perfect shot. But what if it’s from a tree branch, or above a door? Micro-tripods give you the flexibility to place a camera wherever you need it, without the limitations of a standard tripod. Micro-tripods also support a wide range of cameras from GoPros to smartphones to DSLRs, providing a great mounting solution no matter what type of camera you’ve got on hand. In the newest Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I will demonstrate situations where a micro-tripod can come in handy.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 09, 2014
Many variables can affect your lighting conditions when preparing for an outdoor production. For example, the sun and moon constantly move across the sky, changing your shooting environment. Fortunately, there are several mobile apps that help you gather information about your lighting conditions, including sunrise and sunset times. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Rich and I will demonstrate how to use mobile apps to help you gauge outdoor lighting conditions.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 02, 2014
Even though film stock is no longer popularly used, people still want their videos to have that iconic film look. Third-party plugins give you the tools to create the film look you want directly in your NLE of choice. This week in DSLR Video Tips, Rich and Robbie show how to use plugins from two popular vendors to transform your video footage with a stylized film look with plugins.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, April 18, 2014
Getting stable shots while you’re in production is ideal—but it doesn’t always work out that way. When faced with shaky footage, there are different techniques you can use to stabilize it during post-production. Join Rich and me this week as we share our insight into stabilizing video footage using both Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.
• How to stabilize footage using Final Cut Pro X
• How to stabilize footage using Premiere Pro
• The difference between a no–motion shot and a smooth stabilization shot
Check out the sample videos above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com, and we’ll help you get rock-solid, stable shots in post-production.
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