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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

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

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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

Explore DSLR Video Tips at lynda.com.

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.

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