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By Richard Harrington | Saturday, April 04, 2015

Video Gear Weekly: High Frame Rate Shoot Out

high frame rate cameras

Whether you’re shooting with a phone, a DSLR, or a high-end camera, most cameras these days are capable of shooting with faster frame rates.

High frame rates can range from 60 to 240 frames per second giving you the option for slow motion shots.

Will these high frame rates benefit your project? In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I shoot and process varying frame rates from different types of cameras.

By Seán Duggan | Friday, April 03, 2015

Enhancing a Time Lapse Video with Photoshop

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I was in Iceland recently leading my Winter Landscapes & Auroras workshop and I had the good fortune to be there for a near total solar eclipse.

You can actually see the shape of the partially eclipsed sun in the lens flare on my friend's parka.

You can actually see the shape of the partially eclipsed sun in the lens flare on my friend’s parka.

In addition to taking close-up still shots like I did for the last eclipse, I also wanted to shoot a time lapse sequence that showed a wide view of how the landscape was transformed by the fading light as the sun was eclipsed, and then its gradual return to the full brightness of daylight.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Pros and Cons of the Blackmagic Studio Camera HD

Is the Blackmagic Studio Camera HD right for you?

The Blackmagic Studio Camera HD is a great option for a studio-only camera. It shoots quality footage from HD to 4K and it’s relatively inexpensive.

But will this camera complement your studio workflow?

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I guide you through the ins and outs of the Blackmagic Studio Camera HD.

By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, March 28, 2015

Harvesting Sunlight for Your Video Productions

harvesting sunlight for your productions requires a strategic dance

One obvious difference between using artificial lights and harvesting sunlight is that we can’t move the sun. The constantly changing position of our light source becomes a strategic dance. If we don’t follow its steps fast enough, we might create unwanted shadows with the crew or gear.

Taking the time to plan the position of our cameras, select the proper lenses, and figure out how to block our talent becomes essential when using the sun as a keylight.

Follow these tips to make the most of the sunlight you’ve got on your video shoot:

By Steve Grisetti | Friday, March 27, 2015

HitFilm 3 Pro: Blasts, Bursts, and Booms for All Skill Levels

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If you’re relatively new to special effects, you may be most comfortable working with grab-and-drop preset effects. Or you may be more of a do-it-yourselfer, preferring deeper settings and advanced levels of customization.

Whatever your comfort level, HitFilm 3 Pro will meet you there—and accompany you as deep as you want to go.

For those who like working with presets, the program comes bundled, for instance, with a surprisingly specific library of ready-to-go gunfire blasts—from small arms to laser beams and from shotguns to Uzis. And for expert users, the program is fully equipped with tools for creating blasts, bursts, and explosions from scratch, with dozens of emitter, core, force, and particle controls.

Let me show you!

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, March 21, 2015

Video Gear Weekly: Using a Portable Backdrop

how to set up a portable backdrop

There are times when you’re shooting on location and you need a backdrop right away. Having a portable backdrop in your kit means you’ll never be more than minutes away from your shot.

Portable backdrops are easy to set up when you’re in a time crunch and need to quickly switch out the environment. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I evaluate two backdrop solutions to see which works best.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, March 14, 2015

Flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter — with a Spotter

the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter

Flying a quadcopter requires a lot of the pilot’s focus.

You need to safely balance two things: getting the shot and watching where the copter is traveling. Even the most experienced pilots should have someone with them to spot potential obstacles.

In this week’s Video Gear Weekly, guest host Francis Torres and I team up to fly the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, March 07, 2015

Video Gear Weekly: Using an External Video Recorder

an external video recorder

The DSLR revolution not only made it easier to get your hands on a camera, it also inspired accessories that take these cameras to the next level.

One important accessory is the external video recorder. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I explain why you need to have an external video recorder in your equipment bag.

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