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By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 06, 2014

Remote Control a Video Camera with CamRanger

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Typically, camera remotes are used in photography. But now companies like CamRanger have developed camera gear that allows you to control the aperture and record button from afar and add movement to the shot. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you how to remote control a video camera and add motion to your shot with CamRanger and the CamRanger PTHub.

In this week’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to set up a CamRanger
  • How to pan a camera with the CamRanger PT Hub
  • How to remotely adjust a camera with a CamRanger
  • What footage controlled by a CamRanger looks like

Check out the sample video and this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly on lynda.com. Be sure to check back next week, when they’ll show you how to add movement to a shot with a tripod top slider.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, January 10, 2014

Create a film look with Premiere Pro: DSLR Video Tips

Create a film look with Premiere Pro

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Feeling left out with our recent episode on creating film looks with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? This week Rich and I will switch apps and show you how to use Adobe Premiere Pro’s color correction and effect features to give your video footage that dramatic “film” look. And just like before—it all starts in post-processing.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, November 08, 2013

What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera? DSLR Video Tips

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera

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Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points.

On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, October 25, 2013

Fixing the exposure triangle beyond camera settings: DSLR Video Tips

Fixing the exposure triangle beyond camera settings

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Throughout the past month, we’ve tackled the exposure triangle—the critical way to get properly exposed photos and videos. Remember your camera and lens have three essential controls that affect how much light comes into the camera: the aperture or opening of the lens, the shutter speed (how long the shutter opens), and the ISO (the sensitivity of your sensor).

But a problem as tough as exposure can still be hard to crack. What happens when you can’t get more light into the camera and the shot is dark? How about when you want shallow depth of field and the shot is overexposed? Sometimes you have to look past the camera and make external changes to get the results you want.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, October 11, 2013

Mastering Shutter Speed

Master your shutter speed

Does your footage look too choppy? Are action scenes a streaky mess? It might be because your shutter speed isn’t set properly. The shutter in a camera is a lot like a pair of shutters on a window. It controls how much light comes through and hits the camera’s sensor.

This week, we continue to look at exposure. There are three critical pieces to achieving good exposure and creative control with your shots. Fortunately, shutter speed is the easiest to learn, with just a few simple rules.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, October 04, 2013

Mastering Aperture: DSLR Video Tips

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How much light does your camera see? The aperture of your camera is its portal to the light in your scene (and without light, there are no pictures or video). Controlling the aperture is essential to getting the right amount of light on to your camera’s sensor to capture the best shots.

There’s another side to aperture as well. As you open the aperture wider, you can narrow the depth of field in your shot, blurring more of the frame outside of your immediate focus area. This is often a hallmark of the “DSLR video” look. Mastering aperture is critical to high-quality video and photos.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 27, 2013

Mastering exposure: DSLR Video Tips

Mastering the Exposure Triangle

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When it comes to capturing great images, exposure is critical. Under- or overexpose your shot and you lose precious details. But setting the proper exposure isn’t easy; your light may move behind a cloud, or change over time. When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 20, 2013

Getting started with a GoPro camera: DSLR Video Tips

The GoPro Hero 3

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Whether you call it a sports cam, action cam, crash cam, or toy cam, the GoPro 3 has taken the production world by storm. While it’s not a true DSLR camera, we find ourselves mixing it into our production jobs all the time. For time-lapse, point-of-view, underwater, and aerial photography, these cameras are great.

In this week’s episode, we start with an in-depth look at GoPro cameras. You’ll learn

What is a GoPro? Where did these cameras come from and what are they good for?

The GoPro bodies What are the challenges with the form factor?

Essential GoPro gear What do you need to get the best shots?

Powering the GoPro How can a little camera use so much juice?

Accessing GoPro menus How to stop driving yourself nuts pushing buttons and actually see what you’re doing.

Essential menu commands Which commands will get you a quality shot?

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