Ten years ago when working in televison, every week, I would be handed multiple tapes of an event recorded on multiple cameras. I would spend hours uploading the tapes and syncing the footage before editing could even begin, teaching me the important benefits of using a live switcher.
While one could argue over which is better, nodes or layers, the answer will usually come down to software application preference. We’ll look at both systems and explain why they are awesome and where they just don’t make the cut.
In the field or in the office, a properly calibrated monitor is key to delivering quality work. By following a few simple steps to calibrate your monitor, you can ensure what you see on your screen is what your footage really looks like.
A glance back at the last 30 years of consumer electronics history shows that video camera technology has been a fast-moving category marked by innovation that has resulted in increasingly better image quality packaged in increasingly smaller and less costly cameras.
In Joe Carnahan’s gritty 2002 good-cop-bad-cop thriller “Narc,” the director kept it real by shooting some scenes guerilla-style with a hidden camera. There’s a montage in the film where two actor/cops are out in the streets of Detroit questioning unsuspecting real people about a not-so-real murder.
To rent or not to rent? That is ultimately the question. With high-end editing software now available through affordable subscription services, it has many editors debating their software choices and licensing options. We'll examine the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus buying in the digital software production arena.