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By Richard Harrington | Saturday, September 06, 2014

Shooting Video with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

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Now you can get your shot from the sky without having to buy a separate camera. The Phantom 2 Vision lets you capture your overhead shot with its built-in camera.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Francis Torres and I will show you how the DJI Phantom 2 Vision camera works.

By Eduardo Angel | Friday, September 05, 2014

Shake It Up? When to Use a Handheld Camera

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Camera movement is a powerful tool in filmmaking. It can infuse a scene with drama, track a characters’ movements, direct the viewer’s attention, reveal key details in a scene, and transition between shots in a sequence.

There are essentially six types of camera motion techniques: tilts, pans, dollies, trucks, pedestals, and arcs—and you can accomplish all of these with a handheld camera.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shooting Video with Ultra Fast Prime Lenses

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In an interview or close up shot, setting a soft background with bokeh is a really popular look.

Ultra fast prime lenses allow you to work with more of a set’s natural light to help you create that soft look, while keeping the focus area crisp and sharp.

This week on Video Gear weekly, Rich and I shed light on why a fast prime lens should be in your camera bag.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What to Do When Your Content Is Pirated

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I woke up on Saturday to find a new link posted to a popular video editors forum I belong to. It was advertising lots of free tutorials, available to anyone.

I looked closer at the post, and noticed that the tutorials were mine—those I had recorded under contract for lynda.com. As a special bonus, the collection even came with a cracked (unauthorized) copy of the software that I teach!

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 23, 2014

Protect Your Video Gear from Dust and Water

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Weather, dust, and scratches, oh my! When getting into position for a great shot, there are many things that can damage your video gear.

However, there are just as many strategies that can keep your equipment out of harm’s way.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, I take you to Dig This! in Las Vegas to show you multiple ways to keep your gear safe while shooting outdoors.

By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, August 22, 2014

Setting Up a Recording Booth for lynda.com Courses

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Have you ever shut yourself in an unventilated closet for hours at a time during the hottest, most humid months of the year?

It’s fun—let me tell you.

And if you’ve watched any of my courses on lynda.com, you’ve probably heard my voice speak through the sweaty resilience that resulted from such a setup. But no longer.

Life is looking up, and it’s thanks to the life-changing addition of a WhisperRoom recording booth to my professional setup.

By Nick Brazzi | Monday, August 18, 2014

Sneak Peek: SIGGRAPH Interview Series

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Last week I went to the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver with Rob Garrott, the Content Manager for all of the lynda.com training in Video Production and Visual Effects.

SIGGRAPH is one of the oldest running conferences in the computer graphics industry. Each year graphics pros from all over the world gather to exchange ideas and demonstrate new techniques and products. 

While I was exploring the SIGGRAPH show floor, Rob was busy interviewing some of the visual artists at the conference—folks who specialize in visual effects, motion graphics, storyboarding, and 3D print design.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is the Panasonic GH4 Right for You?

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Panasonic embraced the DSLR video movement with the Panasonic GH3. Now, with the new Panasonic GH4, they’ve pushed the envelope by introducing Ultra-HD and 4K resolutions, while retaining the familiarity of the GH3.

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