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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 Robbie Carman | Friday, March 21, 2014

How to match cameras: DSLR Video Tips

Matching cameras

In a multi-camera shooting workflow, matching your cameras is a must. Sure, you can take your footage to a colorist and have it matched in post–production, but it’s better to prepare well so you get consistent footage during production. Join Rich and me this week as we use the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to demonstrate how we match up multiple cameras. We’ll then process our footage in DaVinci Resolve with expert colorist Patrick Inhofer.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, March 14, 2014

Log recording: DSLR Video Tips

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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.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, March 07, 2014

Working with mirrorless cameras: DSLR Video Tips

Have you ever worked with a mirrorless camera? In mirrorless cameras, light doesn’t hit a mirror and bounce off of it like in DSLRs; it comes straight through the lens to the image sensor. And there are pros and cons to the mirrorless process.

Join Rich and I this week as we jump into the studio to demo three different mirrorless cameras while we capture a live recording, then compare and contrast the cameras’ picture quality and perspective in the final footage. We’ll also show you how flexible a mirrorless camera can be for your productions, supporting all sorts of lenses from Nikon, to PL, to FD mounts.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, February 28, 2014

Shooting video with an iPhone 5S: DSLR Video Tips

Shooting video with an iPhone 5S

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Often the best camera is the one you already have with you—like your iPhone. Shooting video with an iPhone today is comparable to using an actual video camera. The iPhone 5S includes many features such as 1080 HD video, 30 FPS, slow-motion video capability, and video stabilization, and in this episode Robbie and I walk you through the video features of the iPhone 5S and show how easy it is to take and make great videos.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, February 21, 2014

How to slide the camera: DSLR Video Tips

You can add an extra element of professionalism and dynamism to your shots by using and investing in sliders. Join Rich and I this week as we explore the various methods, techniques, and types of sliders out there. Joining us is director of photography Kevin Bradley, sharing his expertise and personal tips for creating smooth tracking camera shots. Paying attention to what’s motivating your shot will help you decide which type of slider and camera speed to use; Kevin and I will take you onto the set of a music video to demonstrate various techniques of tracking and camera speed that will help you slide the camera to achieve the mood you’re after.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, February 14, 2014

Getting a GoPro in the air: DSLR Video Tips

Flying a GoPro camera

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Shooting with a GoPro allows you to mount it almost anywhere; its small size lets you really push the envelope when capturing your life experiences. Join Robbie and me as we get the GoPro flying with a quadcopter. We’ll walk through important steps on protecting a GoPro before it takes off, operating the quadcopter, and ensuring a smooth flight. Things could get a bit turbulent as you learn how to fly your camera, but the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Enjoy the ride!

By Robbie Carman | Friday, February 07, 2014

Process multi-camera shots with Final Cut Pro X: DSLR Video Tips

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Last week Rich and I explored a multi-camera workflow process in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. This week, we’ll take a look at the same workflow using Apple’s nonlinear editing software Final Cut Pro X. We’ll dive into the Final Cut Pro X workspace and show you various processing methods for multi-camera footage and the basics of multi-camera editing.

This week you’ll learn how to

• Post-process multi-camera footage in Final Cut Pro X • Organize multi-camera shots in Final Cut Pro X • Synchronize audio from multi-camera shots using click tracks • Edit multi-camera footage in Final Cut Pro X

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