Lens whacking, or freelensing as photographers sometimes call it involves taking the lens off your camera and and maneuvering it manually with your hands to manipulate the focal plane, and allow light to leak through the cracks between the lens and camera body. This technique creates some really interesting qualities in your footage
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.
While post production programs might have dozens of preset transitions to choose from, most of them are off limits when it comes to professional production. Nothing takes a viewer out of a story faster than a cube spin transition. A simple dissolve can work wonders to show the passage of time or a change in location, but what if you’re looking for something a bit more dynamic? In this segment we show you how to use two types of body wipe transitions using simple shooting techniques and a little bit of post-production to pull it off.
We put different LED lights to the test to find out if you get what you pay for. Also, we talk about CRI ratings, and tell you what they can and can't tell you about the quality of an LED light.
Not all microphones are created equal. Where a dynamic handheld mic shines, a shotgun mic might fall short. No matter what type of video you're producing, hearing how mics perform with different placements can help you choose the right mic for the job. We test several types of mics including shotgun, dynamic handheld, and lavalier to illustrate the sound difference.
If you’ve got fast action in a scene, but you need to reveal more detail for dramatic effect, using time remapping to perform a speed ramp is a great technique. Transitioning from real-time or even faster than real-time to slow motion can produce truly dynamic results. In this segment, we take footage shot at 60 and 120 frames per second, and show you how to create simple speed ramps in Adobe Premiere Pro using the time remapping tool
When you want to increase the drama of a scene or reveal fine details in a shot, slow motion is a great way to do it. From the iconic use of bullet time in The Matrix, to instant replays in sports, slow motion is a versatile tool for any video producer. In this segment we talk about how it works, proper camera settings for recording, converting your footage for smooth playback, and using it effectively. A well-planned, well-placed slow motion shot can take ordinary footage and make it extraordinary.
When you see a film in the theater, you’re looking at footage that has been professionally color corrected and graded to give a stunning result. But film straight out of the camera is actually a fairly flat image with far less contrast, sharpness, and color. Starting with a flatter image gives editors more flexibility in post production, and maximizes the dynamic range potential of every shot. In this segment we show you how to get a flatter image out of your DSLR camera using picture styles.
Go behind the scenes as we show you how our Deconstructing Series opens were created. We walk you though the entire process step by step and create dust and a flickering film projector light in Adobe After Effects using Trapcode Particular, optical flares, and simple wiggle expressions.
If you’ve been shooting video for a while, you’re probably familiar with the magic hour. You know, the first and last hour of sunlight that provides magnificent lighting for your scene. Of course, you may also be aware that shooting outside at noon on a sunny day is pretty much the worst case lighting scenario. In this segment, we test out different lighting setups to combat the mid-day sun, and show you how to make the best of it using reflectors, white boards, diffusion, and location.
Poorly lit scenes can leave your project looking flat and lifeless. But if you can get the lighting right, it will help establish a tone, and bring the depth and texture to your footage. In this segment, we talk about the basics of 3 and 4-point lighting including key lights, fill lights, backlights and set lights. Plus, some insight into hard light and soft light, and high key and low key lighting styles. Knowing the fundamentals of basic lighting setups can help breathe life into bland scene.