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By Robbie Carman | Saturday, February 14, 2015

Is the Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder Right for You?

Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder

Sony, a company known for entertainment systems, movies, and quality cameras, has entered into the action camera world with the Sony HDR-AS15.

Is this the action camera for you?

In this week’s installment of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie walk you through the ins and outs of the Sony HDR-AS15 action cam.

By Chris Meyer | Friday, February 13, 2015

Create a Flying Logo with After Effects and CINEMA 4D

flying logo

One of the most common motion graphics jobs is to create a flying logo: taking a client’s flat, two-dimensional print logo, turning it into a 3D object, and animating it onto the screen for a wide variety of video destinations (trade shows, press events, training videos, web and social media, etc.).

This process used to require buying and learning a 3D application, rendering your 3D footage, and bringing it into After Effects (and/or your non-linear editor of choice) to integrate it with your other footage.

Now that CINEMA 4D Lite comes bundled with After Effects and features a direct render path between the two apps, this task just got a whole lot easier.

But there’s still that (not so) little step of “learning a 3D program.” With this in mind, I’ve published a video course to teach anyone—even those with no prior 3D experience—the skills to create a flying logo using After Effects and CINEMA 4D.

In this article, I’ll show you the key steps to create a flying logo effect.

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

7-shots vary

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.

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