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By Richard Harrington | Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lens Filters Give You More Control Over Video Shots

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Attaching a filter to the front of the lens can help you when shooting in various climates and environments. And while giving your lens an extra layer of protection, lens filters also give you more control over your shot.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, I take you to Dig This! in Las Vegas and back to the studio with Robbie to explain the importance of including filters in your camera bag.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beyond Pleasantville and Sin City: Secondary Color Correction

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For newbies, the process of secondary color correction may be reduced to references to the movies Pleasantville or Sin City.

If you’ve seen those movies, you know what I mean; selective colors emerge dramatically from a mostly black-and-white world.

While this may be easiest to understand with such stark differences in color palette, secondary color correction is actually a great tool any time you want to perform color replacement—and most of the time, you’re dealing with much subtler adjustments.

What is secondary color correction?

Simply put, it’s when you isolate a range of color, saturation, and brightness values and make adjustments in only that range—with minimal or no effect on the remainder of the color spectrum.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly tutorials, we’ll take a look at how to perform secondary color correction in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

By Richard Harrington | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Developing GoPro Time Lapse with GoPro Studio

Developing GoPro Time-lapses with GoPro Studio

Ready to put together your GoPro time lapse? Try GoPro’s free non-linear editor, GoPro Studio.

Not only can you stitch your time lapse together, but you can stylize it to the look you want.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through using GoPro Studio to create an amazing time lapse.

By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, October 17, 2014

Going — and staying — slo-mo with the iPhone 6

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Over the weekend, my local fire department held an open house where they set lots of stuff on fire. So I did what any video enthusiast would do: I took plenty of slo-mo footage—of the flames, the smoke, the water spewing from firehoses—with my new iPhone 6.

Bringing that footage into editing software, however, isn’t quite as cut and dry as you might think. So I wanted to show you some of the things I learned—in case you ever want your slow-motion video to have a life outside of your iPhone.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mask Tracking Made Easy — in Video Post Tips Weekly

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The video frame is a big, wide world. Often there’s a lot going on in there, and not all subjects within the frame can be treated equally.

What if you want to brighten up a face—but you want the rest of the environment to remain in relative darkness? And what if that face is moving? And for added difficulty, what if it’s also coming toward you and rotating?

You can see what issues arise if you treat the entire frame equally. Instead, you’ve got to hone in and grab control of the pixels that define the face, brighten up that area, and then track its movement over the duration of the shot—while leaving everything else alone.

Fortunately, with masking and tracking technology, you’re able to do this relatively easily. So in this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, we’ll demonstrate mask tracking in Premiere Pro CC (both the 2014 and 2014.1 versions) and Avid Media Composer. And while tracking isn’t available in FCP X, I’ll show you how to apply a simple mask and use keyframes to achieve similar results.

By Ashley Kennedy | Sunday, October 12, 2014

Filmmaking Under Fire: Making Movies in Syria with lynda.com

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Film editor Danniel Daoud was screening a cut for his director recently when missiles began striking less than 2 kilometers away. Danniel turned up the volume of his speakers to drown out the incredible blasts.

“I moved the audio sliders up so the directors wouldn’t hear the sounds—so they are not scared,” said Danniel*. “I tell them it is more safe inside than in the streets. This is what parents do for their children, as well.”

Danniel lives in Syria—a country currently entrenched in international crisis and civil war. Not only must he live among threats of physical violence, but as a creative professional, he must also deal with stifling restrictions imposed upon his country by other countries because of Syria’s complex ties to war and terrorism.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, October 11, 2014

Create a Panning Time Lapse with a GoPro

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Shooting time lapse with your GoPro? Take your GoPro time lapse to the next level by adding movement while shooting.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I walk you through the essential gear and equipment you need to create a panning GoPro time lapse.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Think Sync: Matching Audio to Video in a Digital World

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Matching audio to video has been standard practice in the movie industry since the early days of film. This workflow, known as sync sound (or double-system sound), simply refers to recording audio separately from the visuals—and then later joining them together in post-production.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly topic, Think Sync: The double-system sound workflow, we’re going to see how this nearly 90-year-old tradition relates to today’s digital video workflow (especially among popular cameras like DSLR’s).

And fortunately, we’ll see that the once-manual process is now almost completely automatic.

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