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By Robbie Carman | Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shooting Video with an iPad — and iOgrapher Case

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Want to shoot professional looking video with your iPad? There are multiple applications available for download that enhance an iPad’s basic camera controls.

But that’s not all.

The iOgrapher case lets you bring your iPad to the next level. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I demonstrate how the iOgrapher iPad case extends what your iPad’s camera can do when you add accessories.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tagging and Searching Your Video Clips

get smart strategies for searching your video clips

In video editing, it’s important to have smart strategies for labeling and searching your video clips —especially since we often work with projects that contain hundreds of clips.

It’s also important to do as much work as possible on the front end to help minimize time and effort on the back end; that way, you’re not constantly hunting and pecking through your bins for the perfect shot during the creative process.

By Ashley Kennedy | Sunday, November 16, 2014

Send a Digital Holiday Card That Grandma Will Love

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Yesterday’s parents reached for their wallets to show off photos of their kids and grandkids. But today’s parents pull out their mobile phones to proudly display their family moments—so if you’re considering holiday cards this year, think about offering your season’s greetings in the digital realm!

With very little effort, you can send a digital holiday card: a simple photo-based video project, which your loved ones can easily play on their phones, tablets, or desktop computers.

Best of all, you can create it quickly and easily using nothing more than the contents of your phone’s photo gallery and any basic editing software.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, November 15, 2014

GoPro Mounts for Your Car, Chest, and More

GoPro mounts are available for all scenarios

GoPro cameras are so versatile—and they need mounting accessories that are just as adaptable. GoPro and third-party manufacturers have accessories to help you get those tough-to-reach angles.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I demonstrate several options for GoPro mounts.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Video Editing Tips: Share Project Data in Premiere Pro and FCPX

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When video editors start out, we often view our editing projects as islands of creativity—with our project files and media assets living alone on a single system. When we export the project and hand it off to the client, we assume that’s the end, and it’s time to move on to the next thing.

If only it were so easy.

In an increasingly collaborative world, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to hand off a project, or a specific subset of a project, to another editor or colleague. This means moving the project files containing your sequences and all of your organized folders, bins, and clips—as well as all of the associated media—to another system so your collaborator can access your edits and work on the project further.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, you’ll get video editing tips on transferring an entire project, a partial project, or even a single sequence in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

By Robbie Carman | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DaVinci Resolve: Get to Know the Contrast & Pivot Controls

Contrast and Pivot are useful controls in DaVinci Resolve

When it comes to setting contrast in a shot, DaVinci Resolve has a lot of tools you can leverage.

Some popular tools like curves, the primary sliders, or the 3-Way contrast rings are generally pretty intuitive.

But there are two controls in Resolve that I use all the time to set contrast—and until you’ve had someone explain them and see how they work together, they can remain an enigma.

So let me introduce you to the Contrast and Pivot controls as a powerful way to set and adjust contrast.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, November 08, 2014

Audio Adapters for DSLR and GoPro Video Shoots

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Many cameras on the market have the ability to shoot professional looking video at a low price point. But when shooting on a budget, it’s tricky to find a camera that also can record professional audio.

There are some great third-party accessories and adapters to connect professional microphones to these cameras—and this week on Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I showcase some of those audio adapters.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Nudges, Swaps, and Dupes: Try These Video Editing Shortcuts

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Video editing is like constructing a giant puzzle whose edges and shapes are constantly shifting.

Truly, the major (but fun!) work occurs once you’ve brought clips into the timeline and started making the finer adjustments within this fascinating puzzle. By trimming, nudging, moving, and rearranging your clips, you can tighten up or loosen your edits—thereby accelerating or slowing your viewer’s heartbeat and mind.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly topics, we’ll be examining various video editing shortcuts for moving and manipulating clips in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

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