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By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 29, 2015

Get to Know the GoPro HERO4 Session Camera

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Have you seen the new GoPro? The GoPro HERO4 Session has hit the shelves and, with its small, compact design, the Session does not look like the other HERO4 cameras.

But don’t underestimate what’s under the hood.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will show you the ins and outs of the GoPro HERO4 Session and how it compares to the other GoPros in its family.

By Steve Wright | Saturday, August 22, 2015

Star Wars Meets Zombies for VFX Course

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The big challenge in creating high-quality VFX shots for training is getting high-quality elements: the greenscreens, background plates, digital matte paintings, and CGI required to put the shot together.

Studios are notoriously protective of the elements that go into the shots for their movies, so the only solution is to create your own.

We did just that for my new course, NUKE Compositing: Sci-Fi Force Field, the first in a three-part series of VFX courses on lynda.com: We used costumed “Star Wars” fans, ghoulishly made-up zombies, and a top VFX studio with a RED camera.

Here’s how we did it:

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 22, 2015

Shooting with the GoPro 3-Way

GoPro 3-way

From chest mounts and tripods to floaties, there is a large collection of GoPro mounts and accessories—each with its specific purpose.

But what if there were a piece of gear that had multiple accessories in one? That’s where the GoPro 3-Way comes in.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I demonstrate the versatility of the GoPro 3-way.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 15, 2015

How Lens Adapters Can Be Your Best Friends

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When you have a lens you love, you use it all the time. But what if the camera you want to shoot with doesn’t have the right lens mount?

Have no fear—that’s where a lens adapter comes in handy. From PL mounts to micro four-thirds, there’s a lens adapter that fits your needs.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show how lens adapters give you the opportunity to shoot with camera and lens combinations that would otherwise be unthinkable.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Top Video Editors Share Their Storytelling Secrets


In a new type of lynda.com course, I set aside the software training and talk with veteran video editors about their projects, workflows, and philosophies.

The first three subjects in Conversations in Video Editing are Steve Audette, documentary editor at PBS Frontline; Jesse Averna, current Disney editor and former Sesame Street editor; and Monica Daniel, L.A.-based freelance editor.

Each of them is immensely talented in the craft of video post-production, and in this discussion series, we get a taste of how they do their jobs, talking about everything from collaborating in the cutting room to specific editing workflows to understanding audience and intent.

Best of all, each editor screens several recent projects and treats us with detailed scene analysis—breaking down how they approached the edit.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 24, 2015

Tips for Buying Wide-Angle Lenses for Video

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Wide-angle lenses not only give you the ability to capture your surroundings; they capture action as well.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I continue to take a look at wide-angle lenses and help you decide what to consider when buying a wide-angle lens.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wide-Angle Lenses for Video: A Comparison

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Wide-angle lenses are designed to help you capture the grandeur of an environment. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie compare different wide-angle lenses to help you decide which one might be best for you and your video workflow. In this week’s episodes, you’ll see what footage looks like from

  • an SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm lens
  • a Rokinon 16mm lens
  • a Lumix 14mm lens

Check out the sample video above, and the rest of this week’s episode, on lynda.com.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 03, 2015

The Pros and Cons of the Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark III

The Canon 5D Mark III follows in the footsteps of the Canon 5D Mk II with good quality video with a full frame sensor and improved processor.

Is it right for your workflow? In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I walk you through the ins and outs of the Mark III.

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