Heading out into the wild with a backpack full of action cameras or a drone can make for good times, but as the feature sets of these power-hungry devices grow, portable power solutions and sensible best battery practices are needed to keep those cameras rolling.
Unless you bring a van full of lighting equipment, the most important consideration when deciding how your scene will look is the existing lighting on your video shoots, which leads us to why sometimes your lighting is great and sometimes it sucks.
Long takes have been getting a lot of attention recently with the release of Alejandro Iñárritu’s “Birdman” which was is filmed in what looks like one continuous shot from start to finish. In fact, the film is made up of a series of smaller takes, all cleverly blended together to give a single seamless appearance. What’s exciting is with a little bit of prep and practice, that movie magic can be easily replicated at home.
Let’s face it. We have all made mistakes and still do from time to time. Chances are that they were minor slips that were hardly noticed and easily corrected. Here is how to deal with them, anticipate them, and hopefully prevent them by learning and getting experience on our side.
It's Murphy's law that whatever can go wrong, probably will. That means even your backup plan needs its own backup plan. The best way to tackle any unexpected disruption on a set is to be prepared for everything.
What is the key to capturing good quality audio? Is it about having the right equipment? Or is it about closely controlling your environment and eliminating all those annoying background buzzing noises?
Want a professional looking shot, but only have access to basic hardware store clamp lamps? If you have three of them, in addition to some tin foil, wax paper, a few binder clips (or clothespins), and wire hangers, you will be able to rig your way to a winning shot.
Drones are becoming easier to fly, more stable, more reliable, and even safer. But how do you keep them in the air and reliable? Here are some easy tips to keep your drones in the air and shooting video.