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By Jim Heid | Saturday, June 21, 2014

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

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

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.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, June 13, 2014

Using a Tripod Top Slider

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A tripod top slider is a useful piece of gear to have when you’re on the go. It’s compact and lightweight, making it a portable solution for motion shots.

But do top sliders have the same fluid movement as full-sized sliders?

By Richard Harrington | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Welcome to Video Gear Weekly

Video Gear Weekly - Welcome!

DSLR cameras have sparked a revolution in the film and video industry over the last few years, opening up a new hardware arena for video pros. There are tons of new gear and gadgets that can help you take your DSLR productions to the next level.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, January 24, 2014

Assembling a Time-Lapse Video in Photoshop

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Last week we explored how to capture time-lapse footage using a GoPro camera. This week Rich and Robbie take their time-lapse shoot to the next level, and demonstrate how to assemble raw GoPro footage into a finished time-lapse video using three popular software products: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.

You’ll learn

  1. How to import an image sequence with Premiere Pro
  2. The correct presets you’ll need for processing time-lapse video with Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects
  3. Nonlinear editing workflow with Premiere Pro
  4. How to process and assemble a time-lapse video

By Robbie Carman | Friday, December 20, 2013

Creating a film look with Final Cut Pro X: DSLR Video Tips

Creating a film look with Final Cut Pro X

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Give your video footage that dramatic “film” look by diving into some color-correction and effect features of Final Cut Pro X in this week’s DSLR Video Tips with Rich and Robbie.

You’ll learn about

The tools: Get to know the tools in Final Cut Pro X that can help you achieve a film look with your video footage. • The post-processing: Learn how to use those tools to create a stylized film look with Final Cut Pro X.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, November 22, 2013

Using a click track to create a music video: DSLR Video Tips

Using a click track to create a music video

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When you’re working on a music video and need to record a commercial or promo that’s tightly tied to a music track, it’s important to think ahead for post-production. Recording with a click track gives you the ability to sync multiple cameras and multiple takes across several locations. Using consistent, sequential audio cues, known as a click track, will help you sync your visuals in post.

On this week’s show, Robbie and Rich walk you through the benefits of using a click track when recording a musical performance.

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 Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Edit a GoPro video in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Editing GoPro videos in Photoshop

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This is week two of the Deke’s Techniques aerial imagery challenge. Today, Deke going to show you how to add transitions to the footage we saw compiled in the last episode, with the video editing tools in Photoshop. The video starts with a dramatic liftoff and ends with a crash, but since it was shot with a GoPro camera and remote control quadcopter, no one gets hurt.

Learn how to open the video in the Timeline panel, move clips around the timeline, split clips in multiple places, and add strategic crossfades. Plus, Deke gives you a ton of shortcuts for navigating around the timeline.

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