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The Art of Capturing Light and Casting Shadows

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Just because something is well lit doesn't mean that it's properly lit. Being able to distinguish between the two is the difference between a clinical product demonstration and art. It may seem unintuitive, but bad lighting through good lighting is a very common, amateur mistake in making video.

How to Use a Mixing Board

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Learn the basic workings of a mixer board, how to set up mics and other inputs and record into a camera or audio device.

The Anatomy of a Lens

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Wrinkly greenscreens… ooh! Dead batteries… oooooh!!!! Mismatched frame rates… OOOOOOH!!!!! ROTOSCOPING!!! AAAAAAGH!!!!!! NO!!!!! NOT THAT!!!!

Shoot a Movie for Under $1,800

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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.