By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 16, 2014
Throughout its run, our series DSLR Video Tips has provided many tools and assets geared to help you make DSLR video productions look great.
So much has happened to transform the industry over the past couple of years. The creation of affordable cameras with large sensors has made video production easier to reach and, accordingly, the world of production is rapidly expanding.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 9, 2014
Many variables can affect your lighting conditions when preparing for an outdoor production. For example, the sun and moon constantly move across the sky, changing your shooting environment. Fortunately, there are several mobile apps that help you gather information about your lighting conditions, including sunrise and sunset times. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Rich and I will demonstrate how to use mobile apps to help you gauge outdoor lighting conditions.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 2, 2014
Even though film stock is no longer popularly used, people still want their videos to have that iconic film look. Third-party plugins give you the tools to create the film look you want directly in your NLE of choice. This week in DSLR Video Tips, Rich and Robbie show how to use plugins from two popular vendors to transform your video footage with a stylized film look with plugins.
By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 25, 2014
Knowing the ins and outs of your location is a very important step in successful productions. Site surveying helps you identify potential problems before your production takes place. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Robbie and I demonstrate how to use mobile apps to make your site survey more effective. From weather conditions to the location of the sun, the more prepared you are, the more successful your production will be.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, April 18, 2014
Getting stable shots while you’re in production is ideal—but it doesn’t always work out that way. When faced with shaky footage, there are different techniques you can use to stabilize it during post-production. Join Rich and me this week as we share our insight into stabilizing video footage using both Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.
• How to stabilize footage using Final Cut Pro X
• How to stabilize footage using Premiere Pro
• The difference between a no–motion shot and a smooth stabilization shot
Check out the sample videos above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com, and we’ll help you get rock-solid, stable shots in post-production.
By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 11, 2014
Getting unique and challenging camera angles for your footage can be tricky. But don’t worry—if a shot requires your DSLR camera to be in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot, you can control it remotely. Join Robbie and I this week as we explore an app called CamRanger that works with a small transponder device to let you control your DSLR from another location.
By Robbie Carman | Friday, April 4, 2014
Grain, shadows, highlights—getting the right film look hinges on how these three elements are handled. Last week we explored how to build film looks in DaVinci Resolve; this week we’ll look at the same process in Adobe SpeedGrade—an excellent color grading tool that’s particularly user–friendly and intuitive. Joining Rich and me again this week is colorist Patrick Inhofer, who’ll walk us through his personal techniques for achieving a film look in SpeedGrade using footage from a recent music video shoot.
By Richard Harrington | Friday, March 28, 2014
It’s very expensive to shoot with film, but there are ways to create a film look in post–production. DaVinci Resolve and Adobe SpeedGrade are two popular apps you can use to color grade, and create film looks for your footage. Join Robbie and me along with our special guest, colorist Dan Moran, a London-based expert in DaVinci Resolve, as we demonstrate different ways you can use Resolve to transform your digital footage into a stylized film look.
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