Video Production

5 Poor Excuses for Bad Video


The classic "my dog ate my homework" excuse that people joke about as a cop-out for carelessness is easy to poke fun at, but the underlying lesson from that line is that many excuses are just that: coverups for not being prepared, not being alert or not being savvy enough to know what you're getting into.

Editing Tip: Prioritize Your Workflow


Editing Tip: Prioritize Your Workflow
Prioritizing your edit workflow is extremely important to ensure that the project you submit is one you're proud of. The real trick, is learning the difference between the quick touches that make big differences, and the time-consuming touches that casual viewers aren't even likely to notice.

Video Resumes Do they really work?


Video Resumes  Do they really work?
Let's get real. If you are looking for a job you are not alone. You are competing with thousands of other job seekers just like you. So how do you stand out above so many other well-qualified candidates? How do you get an employer's attention? Some folks are sending out Video Resumes instead of the usual, run-of-the-mill paper resumes. But do video resumes work? Do they really make you stand out? Will they help you land a job?

Where Do You Draw the Line Between Professionalism and Fun?


Where Do You Draw the Line Between Professionalism and Fun?
I love shooting video. I love achieving perfect composition and capturing great sound. It's really satisfying to bounce light around for perfect exposure. When I'm traveling with family and friends, it's important to me that we take home some great images that capture the moment. The problem is, I have a really hard time stepping away from the action to set up my gear. Like many shooters, I've come to the conclusion that in order to find that sweet spot between enjoying the moment, and capturing the moment, sacrifices need to be made.

Pro Gear Highlight: Kino Flo Celeb 200 LED


Pro Gear Highlight: Kino Flo Celeb 200 LED
The Celeb 200 LED is a Light Emitting Diode based lighting system for professional videographers. Like many other Kino Flo products, the Celeb 200 is also designed to reproduce colors beautifully on both high definition (HD) and film at the studio or on location. What sets Celeb 200 apart from other LEDs is that it is cool, color corrected, flicker free, noiseless in operation, compact and energy efficient.

Marshall Releases 5.6" Modular Field Monitor


Marshall Releases 5.6" Modular Field Monitor
Having an external field monitor is extremely handy, especially if your director and camera operator are two different people. However, one of the benefits that is often overlooked by beginning videographers is the ability get picture analysis that doesn't exist in-camera. While having a larger screen that makes collaborating with others easier is definitely a big draw, one shouldn't overlook the simple advantage of being able to find flaws in your shots. Marshall's new V-LCD56MD field monitor gives you an array of tools to help you get the best shot possible. Additionally, it's modular, meaning you can add components to make it useful for a variety of cameras and shooting scenarios.

Shooting Tip: Be Bold With Your Camera Shots


Shooting Tip: Be Bold With Your Camera Shots
When I'm on a shoot, I constantly think about what tool can take a camera shot from ordinary to extraordinary. There are some really great camera accessories out there that can help you achieve that exact goal. Who doesn't want to glide along the dolly track for that smooth shot, or throw on that stabilizer and get a great follow shot? Many times, just keeping your shot steady on a tripod can separate a beginner from a pro. However, relying too heavily on the tools in your arsenal can actually restrict your options.

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