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By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 25, 2014

Audio Recording Alternatives to the Zoom H4n

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The Zoom H4n is a versatile audio recorder. Not only does it record in stereo, but it can record audio to four tracks while offering the option to add effects and EQ.

Still, it isn’t the only audio recorder on the market. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you some other choices available for recording audio.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 18, 2014

Launch Your Video Camera with a Quadcopter

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One piece of video gear that has risen in popularity over the past few years is the quadcopter.

Before quadcopters, getting your camera into the air was an expensive task. But DJI recently launched the much awaited Phantom 2 Vision, which has a built-in camera.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, my guest host Francis Torres and I will walk you through the ins and outs of the new DJI Phantom 2 Vision.

By Rose Meza | Saturday, July 12, 2014

Building Sets — On the Fly, and on Budget

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Do you ever notice the backgrounds in our live-action courses at lynda.com? Building sets is part of our production process. Our stellar team works with directors, producers, and builders to plan and assemble eye-catching sets in our soundproof, well-lit studios. But when the sandwich shop next door to our studios closed, leaving the space vacant for a few months, we saw an opportunity to create a new stage and build a fun new set in that space.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Better Video Focus: Use a Loupe

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LCD screens let you see exactly what the camera is seeing. Adding a loupe on top of your LCD screen helps you see more of the fine details of your shot, and get the crispest video focus. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through using a loupe.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 04, 2014

Charging Batteries on the Go

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Power is an essential aspect to video production, as most video field gear runs on batteries. Having more than one power source gives you the peace of mind of not running out of juice while on set.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I discuss several power options for charging batteries while out in the field.

By Eduardo Angel | Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Shooting Video in Noon Lighting

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Working with small crews—and sometimes even smaller budgets—video production crews often have to work fast with limited tools. A common situation is shooting B-roll the very same day you arrive in a new city. Understanding simple techniques like harvesting harsh noon sunlight or harnessing available shade can make or break a day on location.

Here are some tips for making the most of a location shoot in noon lighting.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 27, 2014

Cheap Camera Lenses: Some Surprising Benefits

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The type of lens you use adds character to a shot. However, you don’t always need an expensive lens. Sometimes, a cheaper camera lens can give you the results you are looking for.

By Jim Heid | Saturday, June 21, 2014

Room with a View: Shooting a Time-Lapse Video from a Hotel Window

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Frank Lloyd Wright used to say there are two kinds of people: nesters and perchers. Nesters like to be tucked among woods; perchers prefer being high atop hills.

I’m a percher, especially when I’m on the road. In hotels, I always try to score an upper-floor room with a view. It’s great for cityscape photography and for one of my new photographic interests: time-lapse photography.

Inspired by Richard Harrington’s courses on time-lapse photography and on the GoPro HERO cameras, I’ve begun taking my GoPro camera and its suction-cup mount with me when I travel. When I check in to a room with a view, I know there’s a time-lapse movie in my future.

On a recent trip to Boston, my wife and I scored a room on the 36th floor of a hotel in the city’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. With views of Copley Square, the Hancock Tower, and some of downtown Boston’s busiest streets, it was a perfect perch for shooting this time-lapse video.

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