By Eduardo Angel | Saturday, August 02, 2014
Unlike still photography, filmmaking is a medium defined by motion. Motion is the action within the frame—but it’s also the motion of the frame itself. Even a series of well-lit and well-composed shots can be perceived as a slideshow rather than a story in motion if the shots remain “stagnant.”
Nowadays we’re so used to seeing camera movement in Hollywood films that we expect to see movement in all the videos we watch—even if we don’t know much about filmmaking.
Here are the primary tools for accomplishing camera movement—and when to use which:
By Richard Harrington | Friday, July 25, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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