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By Rob Garrott | Friday, October 03, 2014

Up Close with 9 Top Digital Artists in Mograph, VFX, and More

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Creating art is a journey. Sometimes you know where you’re headed, and other times you meander until you suddenly realize you’ve already arrived at your destination.

I began my career as an artist almost by accident. After graduating college with a degree in business administration, I was working at a local government job auditing capital assets when I discovered a massive desktop publishing system that was not where it was supposed to be. To make a long story short, I found that I had a talent for creating images on the computer.

Luckily for me that was a pretty new thing in 1991—and I never looked back.

On a recent trip to Vancouver to attend the SIGGRAPH conference, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with nine incredibly talented artists from across the digital spectrum. Motion graphics, visual effects, concept illustration, and print design were all on the agenda.

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Each of these artists has his own particular workflow and story—but there’s an important common thread: Almost none of them are doing what they started out to do.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New Post-Production Series Kicks Off with Master Clip Effects

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This week kicks off my new Video Post Tips Weekly training series, covering all-things-post-production.

Each Wednesday, I’ll teach a specific technique or workflow—but I’ll be covering it in multiple nonlinear editing (NLE) platforms like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer. This is a great opportunity for you to just watch the movie(s) applicable to your preferred NLE—or you can watch each movie and start to build a vocabulary for how other NLEs tackle similar operations.

It’s my goal to make the series a cross-pollination of editing tips that familiarizes editors with a wide variety of techniques and software.

This week’s topic, master clip effects, explores a really exciting development in editing that allows you to correct or stylize your clips right at the master clip level—rather than applying effects to individual clips in your Timeline. Specifically, we’ll be looking at how to do this in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, September 27, 2014

Production Tips: Using Small Lights on Your Video Set

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Sometimes you need a light that can be placed in a small space—where a traditional light can’t go.

Small lights can be tucked away to fill in the shadows and add accent colors on set. They can also be attached to a camera’s hot shoe to add some fill light.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and guest host James Ball explain the benefits of having small lights in your kit.

By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Make a Stop Motion Movie on Your iPhone or iPad. It's Easy!

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Stop motion animation was key to many of the first special effects in movies. Jason and the Argonauts wouldn’t be as memorable without Ray Harryhausen’s creatures, and who could forget the original King Kong or even fully animated movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas?

What most appeals to me about stop motion, however, is that you don’t need a Hollywood budget or expensive equipment to do it. You can make your own stop motion movie using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

And patience—you’ll need a lot of patience.

Bonus: It’s a great activity for kids on rainy afternoons or long airplane rides!

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 19, 2014

Choosing a Pair of Professional Headphones

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Headphones are a must-have piece of equipment on set, on stage, and in the studio. They come in different shapes and sizes for a variety of uses.

In this week’s Video Gear Weekly episode, Robbie and guest host Cheryl Ottenritter walk you through the different types of headphones and when it’s best to use them.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, September 13, 2014

Using a Parabolic Slider in Your Video Shoot

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A slider creates dynamic movement in a video shot. But what if you want a slider shot—and there aren’t enough hands to operate it?

Redrock Micro has a parabolic slider called The One Man Crew that runs on its own and keeps the shot in focus. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I demonstrate how to set up and use a parabolic slider.

By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dolly Shots 101: Tracking Your Subject

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Nowadays dolly shots can be found in nearly every film, from indie low-budget productions to high-end Hollywood blockbusters. Technically speaking, the dolly setup is simple, consisting of a mobile platform, a construction upon which the platform glides, and the camera. You can achieve this camera movement with a dolly on tracks, a dolly on wheels, or—for faster, easier setups—a slider (see the latest Video Gear Weekly episode for more tips on sliders). Dolly shots are also often referred to as tracking or trucking shots.

By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, September 12, 2014

Hollywood Gender Divide: Women in Post-Production Speak Out

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Scene from the 1913 film “The Evidence of the Film”

In the very early days of film, nearly all editing positions were held by women. Female editors, or “cutters” as they were called, were known as the stitchers and menders of the craft. The work was all done by hand; it was low-paid and women rarely received screen credits for their work.

Fast forward to a century later, and although advancing film technologies have made the work easier and more efficient, the proportion of women editing motion pictures has gone from a majority to a low minority—extending the Hollywood gender divide to yet another area of motion picture-making.

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