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By Richard Harrington | Saturday, February 07, 2015

How—and Why—to Use LED Lights for Video Shoots

LED lights are ideal for video shoots

LED lights have revolutionized lighting.

They’re lightweight and are more versatile than traditional lights. LEDs also operate at a comfortable temperature, making them perfect for use in smaller spaces.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Jim Ball and I step you through the benefits of using LED lights for video shoots.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Perfect Video Makeup Kit for Your Productions

a well-stocked video makeup kit will keep your subjects looking their best

Having a fully stocked makeup kit is essential during video production. It ensures that you’re prepared to solve problems that are hard to fix in post-production, like fly-away hairs or shiny skin.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, guest host Kim Foley and I show you all the elements of a well-stocked video makeup kit—one that will help your on-camera subjects look their best.

By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, January 30, 2015

Counteract Camera Shake: Stabilize Video Footage in Post

correct camera shake in post

Let’s face it: Handheld cameras means shaky footage.

And now that every phone, tablet, and digital device seems to shoot video, handheld video comprises a lot of what’s out there.

This week’s Video Post Tips Weekly shows you how to counteract camera shake by stabilizing wobbly footage in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 29, 2015

Introduction to Video Editing: Continuity Editing

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My new course Introduction to Video Editing weaves targeted technical instruction with the art and aesthetics of film editing—using classic and contemporary examples from the last century of cinema.

Whether you’re a video-editing novice or you just need a refresher on aesthetics, you can dive right in to learn just how important the editor’s role is within the storytelling process. You’ll also learn how to follow the rules of editing—and how to break them.

This article will give you a taste of the course by showing how a good editor maintains continuity.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, January 24, 2015

Shooting a Moving GoPro Time Lapse 

a budget-friendly option for shooting gopro time lapse

Moving time-lapses are a fun way to record a long duration of time and compress it into several seconds. And it’s easy to spend a lot of money on equipment to get the movement you want in your shots.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, I provide some affordable options that allow you to get the most bang for your buck when shooting a moving GoPro time lapse.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beyond Match Frames: Using Search Tools in Video Projects

go beyond match frames to locate materials in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X

When working in large video-editing projects, you constantly need to locate various project materials—whether it be a sequence, a specific clip, a precise frame, or the physical media files on your drives.

Rather than hunting and pecking through your bins, folders, and drives to find what you need, tap into the useful searching and locating tools built into the software.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Try Out Different Video Shots with Final Cut Pro X Auditions

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What makes great video editing? A lot of things come into play, but two of the biggest factors are a) choosing the best shots and b) establishing the proper timing and pacing. And every editor knows that meeting these goals takes a lot of time, patience, and experimentation. It’s through testing various options that we often arrive at the best solution.

Each editing software offers various methods for testing different shots, but one exciting tool is Final Cut Pro X Auditions; it’s a really elegant way to quickly sample and swap out different shot options.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly tutorials, I explore all things Auditions. If you’re brand new to the technique, dive right in. And if you’re already using Auditions, rest assured we’ll cover plenty of advanced techniques that you may not know. This article will cover the basics; watch the tutorials to get much more detail.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, January 10, 2015

Using a Gimbal to Steady Your Quadcopter Shots

a gimbal keeps your quadcopter shots from shaking

Quadcopters like the DJI Phantom get cameras up in the sky to capture that coveted wide-angle beauty shot—but it’s hard to keep the copter from introducing camera shake.

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