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How to Take Advantage of High Dynamic Range

How to Take Advantage of High Dynamic Range
Shots with a large dynamic range can give your production a high end, cinematic feel. Footage with rich detail in the highlights and shadows is typically synonymous with big production value. How can you get this look for your next project?

MoVI M5 Review

Picture of the MoVI M5 stabilizer.
The MoVI M5 is heralded as a versatile camera stabilization system to rival even the most established solutions. Surprisingly easy to use and armed with a 3-axis gimbal, the MoVI M5 aims to liberate your camera to achieve shots once thought impossible. But how does it perform in the field?

Autodesk Smoke 2015 Review

Autodesk Smoke 2015 User Interface
All the video editing capabilities of Avid Media Composer and the compositing power of Nuke rolled into one package?! Does anything sound "suite-er?" Smoke 2015, part of the hard-hitting arsenal from Autodesk (makers of Maya, Softimage and 3DStudio Max to name a few), has always been one of those phantoms on the horizon that every editor wishes they had, but felt they couldn't attain. Yes, it's a bit expensive — but is it worth it?

How to Direct Theater Actors for Video

How to Direct Theater Actors
Looking to cast your next low or no budget indie movie? Having trouble finding experienced actors to bring your screen story to life? Look no further than your local theater scene as a possible source of film talent. College theater groups, repertory and community theater organizations are teeming with talented prospects to populate your film.

Get the Most of Your Footage by Using Selective Color Correction

A color correction workstation running DaVinci Resolve.
Color correction is one of the primary tasks of the post-production workflow. It serves to alter the overall image of any video with the video editor crafting a cohesive look that furthers the narrative intent of their production. One of the most powerful color correction techniques doesn’t affect the entirety of the overall image. It’s the process of secondary color correction, selectively applying color correction techniques to only a portion of the screen.

10 Ways to Think Like a Professional Filmmaker

Photo of a director's chair with a slate on it. Reshoot is written in red over the Take number.
Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten about the artistic process was from renowned comic book illustrator Michael Zulli who said, “Learn everything about your craft and then forget it.” This seemed a bit obtuse to me at the time, but then it unfolded like a flower and I realized that bit of wisdom contained everything I needed to know about art.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4K Review

Photo of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 MILC
4K, loads of frame rate options and it’s tiny. Panasonic outdid themselves with the GH4. Don’t kid yourself, it’s more than just a DSLR, in fact it’s a video behemoth with a really nice built-in photography camera.

Using Time-Lapse Equipment

Using time-lapse equipment
Mmm … time-lapse. One of the coolest effects a videographer or photographer can create. Whether shooting time-lapse stills of a cloudscape or stars on a clear night, or maybe a video time-lapse of people racing through Times Square at night, there are few effects that can match the feeling conveyed through a thoughtful time-lapse.

Get Better Audio Using Compressors

Close up photo of knobs on an Audio Compressor
It’s important to understand how a compressor and limiter work. Being able to get the most out of the audio you are recording will make your final product shine and rise above the rest.

Adobe Creative Cloud Update 2014 Review

Screen grabs from Premiere Pro Creative Cloud
The Adobe Creative Cloud video applications received some significant new features, as well as workflow improvements that are beneficial to users of all skill levels. The upgrades trend toward increased efficiencies, especially for the video editor who wears multiple hats.