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Stock Media Buyer’s Guide

Array of stock video.
Is your video in need of elements like support footage, music, sound effects and some graphics? Don’t worry if you can’t create all of those things yourself. Luckily there are many stock media libraries already available to save the day. Read on to see if stock media will enhance your project and save you time and money.

Plug-in Buyer’s Guide

Plug-in Buyer’s Guide
Plug-ins serve many functions. In many cases, they augment your existing software providing fast, easy-to-use templates, presets, filters or effects. In other cases, plug-ins provide tools that your software may be lacking. Some publishing companies also make stand-alone versions of their plug-ins. These products vary in price ranging from free to upwards of $2000, but how do you know if a plug-in is worth the price?

An Editing Theory Primer

Editing Theory - Photos illustrating the Kuleshov Effect
There’s a science behind our art, based on theories postulated throughout cinematic history. We’ll learn that history, the terms of the craft and how to put them into practice.

Tips to Get you Started in Travel Video

A coconut shell with the yellow painted word, "Gwada", hanging from a bit of twine on the open door of a palm frond tree hut.
A coconut shell with the yellow painted word, “Gwada,” the Creole word for Guadeloupe, swung gently in the wind, hanging from a bit of twine on the open door of my palm frond tree hut.

Typography for Motion Graphic Design

The word "typography" depicted in multiple fonts.
The written word is still the primary vehicle of choice for mass communication. However, words are no longer bound to the printed page. Numerous forms of digital communication are dependent on typography. Video is no different. Image and sound are at the heart of video, but the explosive growth of motion graphics is still dependent on the centuries’ old art of typography.

Finding the Story's Spine: Know Yourself, Know Your Story

Scene from The Big Chill - 1983
This article takes a look into the world of the Three-Act Structure and alternate forms of screenwriting by creating a story spine through personal preferences and formulaic devices. From character development to location settings, everything boils down to the writer’s observation of lifeF

Stop Motion: A Step by Step Guide

Stop Motion Puppet
Stop motion is an old form of animation that’s been around for more than a century, yet its unique style is still worth using for your projects. Getting started may seem a daunting task, but we’ll walk you through it from start to finish.

DevinSuperTramp On Testing out Canon's XC10

DevinSuperTramp shooting video
Since its introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II, Canon has been the go-to camera for many filmmakers and video producers. With its compact size, its ability to shoot in full HD resolution all for an affordable price, Canon’s series of DSLR cameras has consistently delivered on price and quality. Now Canon has introduced a new player to the game: the Canon XC10.

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor Review

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor
The new Dell UltraSharp Curved Display is a fierce competitor in a crowded market of professional monitors, standing out in both image quality, build and appearance. While this display is expensive it is much less than many other high end monitors without sacrificing much in the way of image quality.