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By Craig Whitaker | Friday, August 08, 2014

5 Advantages to Using Nuke for Motion Graphics

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When I meet motion graphics artists, I’m surprised to find that many don’t realize how Nuke can improve their workflow.

As a big advocate of “the right tool for the job,” I’ll be the first to admit that every job doesn’t belong in Nuke. But there are many advantages to working in Nuke for motion graphics artists—including the very same tools and techniques previously reserved for feature-film work.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 02, 2014

Modifying a GoPro Camera Case for Professional Shoots

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The GoPro began solely as an action camera. But now GoPros have mounts and cases that let you film in a multitude of scenarios—which makes them appealing for use on television and film sets.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I explore different ways to adapt the GoPro camera case for professional shooting situations.

By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, August 02, 2014

Camera Movement: Tripod or Monopod?

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Unlike still photography, filmmaking is a medium defined by motion. Motion is the action within the frame—but it’s also the motion of the frame itself. Even a series of well-lit and well-composed shots can be perceived as a slideshow rather than a story in motion if the shots remain “stagnant.”

Nowadays we’re so used to seeing camera movement in Hollywood films that we expect to see movement in all the videos we watch—even if we don’t know much about filmmaking.

Here are the primary tools for accomplishing camera movement—and when to use which:

By Seán Duggan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Using Layer Masks with Video in Photoshop

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Photoshop has been able to handle video for several versions now, but the video features got a big upgrade with the CS6 release—in the form of a Timeline panel. This was significant because the timeline interface has long been a fixture in other dedicated video editing programs.

The nice thing about working with video in Photoshop is that you can rely on all the skills and techniques you already know about working with layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. The ability to use layer masks with video layers allows you to create some really interesting custom transitions and composites for your video projects.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 25, 2014

Audio Recording Alternatives to the Zoom H4n

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The Zoom H4n is a versatile audio recorder. Not only does it record in stereo, but it can record audio to four tracks while offering the option to add effects and EQ.

Still, it isn’t the only audio recorder on the market. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you some other choices available for recording audio.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 18, 2014

Launch Your Video Camera with a Quadcopter

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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 Rose Meza | Saturday, July 12, 2014

Building Sets — On the Fly, and on Budget

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Do you ever notice the backgrounds in our live-action courses at lynda.com? Building sets is part of our production process. Our stellar team works with directors, producers, and builders to plan and assemble eye-catching sets in our soundproof, well-lit studios. But when the sandwich shop next door to our studios closed, leaving the space vacant for a few months, we saw an opportunity to create a new stage and build a fun new set in that space.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Better Video Focus: Use a Loupe

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LCD screens let you see exactly what the camera is seeing. Adding a loupe on top of your LCD screen helps you see more of the fine details of your shot, and get the crispest video focus. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through using a loupe.

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