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The Anatomy of a Lens


Photo of a Canon zoom lens
With so many lenses out there, it can be hard to find the right one for the work you're doing. Many people describe the look that a lens produces, but what produces that look?

Five Ways to Fix Messy Audio


Screen grab of Adobe Audition with messy interface.
Taking time to clean up awful audio can make or break your productions. If you find yourself confronted with unsatisfactory sound quality when you sit down to edit, here are six strategies that can help you make the most of a bad sound situation.

An Introduction to Basic Concepts of Prosthetic Makeup


Montage of a person having prosthetic makeup applied to mimic a knife slash.
We’ve all seen the extravagant monsters in the movies. The techniques used to create these iconic images seem like an art form beyond the reach of most who dabble in entertainment. The truth however, is that a basic understanding of materials and concepts is all that’s needed to get started in making your own imagined creatures come to life.

Mobile Video Editing and the Current State of Cloud Collaboration


Working on a tablet.
There has been so much talk lately about the cloud and how it's changing the world around us, but what does the cloud have to offer to those of us working in video? Size and scope of projects are key variables when considering the effectiveness of mobile video editing and cloud collaboration.

The Horrors of Rotoscoping


Screen grab of Adobe After Effects showing Roto process.
Wrinkly greenscreens… ooh! Dead batteries… oooooh!!!! Mismatched frame rates… OOOOOOH!!!!! ROTOSCOPING!!! AAAAAAGH!!!!!! NO!!!!! NOT THAT!!!!

Shoot a Movie for Under $1,800


Photo of a collection of budget friendly video production products with price written on masking tape next to them.
To make a movie you need a truck load of expensive equipment, right? That may have been the scenario 10 years ago, but these days you can work with a lot less for the same results at a fraction of the cost. Here’s how.

Finding Distributors for Your Low-Budget Horror Film


Close up of Bloodwood Cannibals DVD cover
Whether you make a deal with a traditional distributor or self-distribute, there are many ways to get your low-budget horror films to your audience. The key to success is creating a marketable film and a well-researched distribution strategy.

Emotional Justification of Shot Choices


Cameraman and DSLR with matte box
Every shot in your video should help convey the overall emotion of your project. Camera placement and movement can add greatly to the emotional impact of your work. Be sure to consider the reason behind every shot.

Western Digital My Cloud EX2 Review


 Western Digital My Cloud EX2 Personal NAS
My Cloud EX2 is an easy to configure, affordable solution to the data backup chore. Its intuitive user interface makes managing complex tasks a snap. Personal cloud storage gives this device the power to be the only drive you own.

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