Go behind the scenes as we break down how the opens for our latest Videomaker web videos were created with Adobe After Effects. From start to finish, we show you how we built a basic two dimensional graphic title, and then used camera movement and expressions to take it into the third dimension.
Videomaker's Tutorials are a step-by-step look at video production. Learn the ins-and-outs of a variety of topics including documentary storytelling, wedding videography, genre types and special effects. With the following tutorials you can learn how to create muzzle flash effects and light saber effects, obtain legal clearance to shoot on location, and how to set up interview lighting.
Choosing and using the right mic for the job is an important step in any video project, and understanding a microphone’s directional characteristics is one determining factor. In this segment, we talk about a microphone’s directional response and sensitivity, how to interpret a polar response chart, and we listen to examples of various mics to hear how response works in practice. Knowing how to determine the directional characteristics of a mic, and understanding how this affects the sound your mic picks up, can help you make an informed choice for your next project.
The basic concepts of controlling depth of field with aperture, focal length, and distance are fairly easy to grasp, and we covered those topics in part one of this series, but now it's time to dig a little deeper. In this segment, we talk about perceived depth of field, how sensor size and angle of view can affect your ability to get the depth of field you want, and using depth of field to rack focus. There's a lot of confusion surrounding these topics, but a little common sense, and of course a bit of math and science can help us break it all down.
Every shooter wants to be able to direct the viewers' attention to the important aspects of a shot, and manipulating your depth of field is a great way to do it. In this two part series we talk about controlling your depth of field with aperture, focal length, and distance. In part two we talk about perceived depth of field, how sensor size and angle of view might affect your ability to get the depth of field you're striving for, and rack focusing. Knowing the different ways to achieve the depth of field you want for your scene will ultimately help you to craft more effective scenes.
In a perfect world, every light source would cast the perfect color onto your scene, but in reality, the color temperatures of the light sources in your scene can have a wide range, and this can cause color balance issues in your footage. In this segment we talk about the basics of color temperature, and how to use color correction gels on your light sources to create a balanced scene. Understanding how varying color temperatures affect your scene, and learning to correct the imbalance will have your scenes looking good.
We'd all like to have a professional lighting technician, and an unlimited budget to get the perfect lighting setup for the perfect scene. But the reality is, most of us are lucky to have 2 or 3 lights in our arsenal. Knowing how to control your lights can help maximize their potential. In this two part segment we talk about the properties of light, and using gels to control the color, intensity, quality, and color temperature of your light sources. Learning to use lighting tools properly will help you create a great looking scene, even if you've got limited resources.
There's a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want to shoot a scene that can be cut together to achieve great continuity with a good variety of shots. The 180-degree rule is a useful tool to help you achieve this. In this segment we talk about the basic principles of the rule, establishing action lines, working with shifting action lines, and redefining the action line using neutral shots, camera movement, and cutaways. Knowing how to apply the 180-degree rule, and when you might want to break it can take your production skills to a higher level.
One thing that separates amateur videos from professional videos is shooting a scene from multiple angles and cutting on the action. Cutting on the action is an editing technique where the editor cuts from one angle of a shot to another, while maintaining the continuity of the action in the scene. In this segment, we'll show you how we cut four different camera angles together to form one continuous scene.
Particle generators are a powerful tool for motion graphics. Go behind the scenes as we recreate the exploding Videomaker logo used in the open of some of our web videos. We use Red Giant's Trapcode Particular to create this effect, which is a third party plug-in available for Adobe After Effects.
Directed by Andrew Dominik, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” uses creative lighting and camera work that results in effective visuals to enhance the story. Released in 2007 this film's cinematography earned Roger Deakins an Academy Award nomination.