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By Robbie Carman | Saturday, March 14, 2015

Flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter — with a Spotter

the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter

Flying a quadcopter requires a lot of the pilot’s focus.

You need to safely balance two things: getting the shot and watching where the copter is traveling. Even the most experienced pilots should have someone with them to spot potential obstacles.

In this week’s Video Gear Weekly, guest host Francis Torres and I team up to fly the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, March 07, 2015

Video Gear Weekly: Using an External Video Recorder

an external video recorder

The DSLR revolution not only made it easier to get your hands on a camera, it also inspired accessories that take these cameras to the next level.

One important accessory is the external video recorder. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I explain why you need to have an external video recorder in your equipment bag.

By Starshine Roshell | Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Meet lynda.com Video Authors at Post Production World

Check out post production world

Meet your favorite lynda.com Video authors in person in April at Post Production World, the world’s leading training event for editors, producers, directors, graphic artists, motion graphics designers, and new media specialists.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, February 28, 2015

Using a Video Dolly: Tips, Types, and Setup

using a video dolly can be inexpensive

Using a video dolly adds a level of sophistication to any production. It’s an easy addition that can take your footage to the next level—and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I roll out different flavors of dollies to show you what you can achieve with them.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, February 21, 2015

Which Is the Best GoPro Battery? We Test Them!

which is the best gopro battery?

Having back-up batteries is essential when you’re on a shoot, and GoPro batteries are no exception.

Many third-party companies, as well as GoPro, have options available in the marketplace. This begs the question, Which is the best GoPro battery?

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie put different GoPro Hero4 batteries to the test to see which brand works best.

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.

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