The anatomy of video contains a wide variety of parts—some remain hidden, right before the viewers’ eyes. Pixels, like cells of the body, work together, combining to make the overall image. Chroma subsampling is the DNA of color information in the pixels of a video image. It’s a small part of each individual frame, but one that plays a major role in the construction of the overall clip of footage.
In a win-win situation, the iHistory video contest brings teens and World War II vets together as the vets tell their stories, the kids learn history right from the source, the videos live forever in the Library of Congress, and prizes include Blackmagic cinema cameras as well as light kits, mics and tripods.
Poorly lit scenes can leave your project looking flat and lifeless. But if you can get the lighting right, it will help establish a tone, and bring the depth and texture to your footage. In this segment, we talk about the basics of 3 and 4-point lighting including key lights, fill lights, backlights and set lights. Plus, some insight into hard light and soft light, and high key and low key lighting styles.
Tripod - check. Mic - check. Lights - check. Mobile phone - ah.. don’t you mean camera? It’s amazing to think about, but, yes, amazing videos are being made using those ordinary devices originally meant to make a phone call.
You've got a great script; you've assembled a superb cast and crew (most of whom may be you) and quality equipment – everything you need to make your video dreams come true – well, almost. In your mind’s eye you watch production values soar, with magnificent aerials over snowcapped mountains and seemingly bottomless canyons, or that breathtaking opening crane shot over tropical beaches and turquoise blue waters.
Poorly framed shots can take a video with great dramatic possibilities and relegate it to the bargain bin of mediocrity. In this segment, we talk about the Rule of Thirds and show you how to frame your shots with proper head room and lead room to get aesthetically pleasing shots. Plus, we’ll show you how to anticipate the action in your shots, and give you the confidence to break the rules when the time is right.
There’s the rule of thirds, rule of odds, the 180-degree rule, stay in focus, do matched action edits, move in - don’t zoom in; and the list goes on and on. Sometimes, however, it’s OK to break the rules, so long as you know what you know, what they are and why you’re breaking them.