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By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 18, 2015

Create Textured Backdrops Using Only Lights

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Want to transform your video production backdrop—using only lights?

Last week, we saw some do-it-yourself approaches to add depth to a backdrop with light and gobos. What if you want a more robust option? This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I walk you through some professional options for using light to create a textured backdrop.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 11, 2015

Create Affordable Textured Backdrops — with a Gobo

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Want to add some pop to your backgrounds? Adding a patterned gobo to a light source is a great way to add dimensionality easily and affordably.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I show you some do-it-yourself and low-cost options that will add texture to your backdrops.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 29, 2015

Get to Know the GoPro HERO4 Session Camera

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Have you seen the new GoPro? The GoPro HERO4 Session has hit the shelves and, with its small, compact design, the Session does not look like the other HERO4 cameras.

But don’t underestimate what’s under the hood.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will show you the ins and outs of the GoPro HERO4 Session and how it compares to the other GoPros in its family.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, August 15, 2015

How Lens Adapters Can Be Your Best Friends

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When you have a lens you love, you use it all the time. But what if the camera you want to shoot with doesn’t have the right lens mount?

Have no fear—that’s where a lens adapter comes in handy. From PL mounts to micro four-thirds, there’s a lens adapter that fits your needs.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show how lens adapters give you the opportunity to shoot with camera and lens combinations that would otherwise be unthinkable.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wide-Angle Lenses for Video: A Comparison

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Wide-angle lenses are designed to help you capture the grandeur of an environment. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie compare different wide-angle lenses to help you decide which one might be best for you and your video workflow. In this week’s episodes, you’ll see what footage looks like from

  • an SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm lens
  • a Rokinon 16mm lens
  • a Lumix 14mm lens

Check out the sample video above, and the rest of this week’s episode, on lynda.com.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 26, 2015

Calibrate Monitor Displays with a Colorimeter

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Calibrate your monitors as accurately as possible by using colorimeters or spectroradiometers.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you how to calibrate your display with a meter.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 12, 2015

The Pros and Cons of the Panasonic FZ1000

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Panasonic has a second 4K video camera with the FZ1000. It’s a mirrorless camera that feels like a DSLR and has a versatile fixed lens.

Is this a camera that can be a benefit to your video workflow? This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie weigh the pros and cons of the Panasonic FZ1000.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 29, 2015

Capture Time-Lapse Video with an eMotimo and Slider

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Using a motion control device like the eMotimo TB3 to control the position of a camera will give your time lapse that much more dimensionality.

In this week’s episodes of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you how to set up the eMotimo TB3 and use it to capture the time-lapse shots you envision.

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