It's pretty commonplace for someone to ask how a special effect shot in a summer blockbuster was done, but you don't often hear someone asking how an exterior car shot was done - though it can be just as difficult to do. The truth is, every great car shot starts with a great car mount. So to help you with your car shots, we'll be showing you how to measure, cut, and assemble your own car mount using materials that are inexpensive and easy to find in any big box retail store.
Believe it or not, audience members are more likely to forgive poorly captured video than poorly captured sound which means that capturing clear audio is an incredibly important task. But it isn't as easy as it sounds. As such, we've decided to help you in your quest for quality audio by showing you how to make your very own microphone boom pole, shock mount, and windscreen using easy to find materials from any big box retailer.
If you've ever had need to make a product look sleek and dynamic or just wanted to lend a bit of movement to a low-angle shot, you've probably found the table-top dolly to be the best tool for the job. This video will show you how to build the body, the axles, the wheels, and the camera mount for a table top dolly that can add both character and dimension to your next production.
Any good cinematographer can tell you that controlling light is an important part of the job. Good lighting makes subjects look more flattering and sets the mood of your entire production. Here, we show you how to measure, cut,glue, and assemble a simple and inexpensive matte box that will keep your shots free of stray light and looking clean and pristine.
You've captured great audio and brought it into the editing timeline where you've synchronized and cleaned it up even further. For one final touch before releasing your masterpiece to the masses, we'll show you how to design a professional sound mix in post, using ducking, frequency gaps and normalization to give your audio a particularly professional polish and set it in a class all its own.
Capturing flawless video and awesome audio is certainly a crucial part of the process, but if the two aren't properly synchronized in post then the results will surely be disastrous. We show you how to bring it all together using timecodes, slates and waveforms, and synching software, to keep your project's timing on track and looking and sounding it's absolute best.
Recording great audio is the goal but how exactly do we accomplish that? In this segment we discuss miking scenarios for recording studio interviews, conference rooms, live events, and film acting so you'll be ready to capture awesome audio in every situation.
In this training video we show you some tools for sweetening your mix and and even correcting those inevitable audiosyncracies. Soon you'll be using Audio Effects and Filters such as the EQ, Lowpass, Highpass and Notch filters, as well as compressors, limiters, and reverb, to have your audio sounding its absolute best.
Now that you've recorded all the various components of your audio track, and have them carefully assembled on your timeline, it's time to add a professional touch. In this segment, we show you how to ensure that your audio is well balanced and free of both low end noise and high end distortion by using compressors, limiters and noise gates to sound its very best.
In this segment we show you how to prepare a recording booth and choose proper audio equipment. Once you know the ins and outs of recording and editing voice overs, your narration will be solid and carry as much impact as the rest of your production.
Here you are: on set, cast and crew standing by waiting for your instruction to get the shoot rolling. Everyone on set needs to work to achieve a common goal. As the director, it's your job to keep the production moving efficiently.
A major determining factor in how your story is told is the performances of the actors. Every director wants good performances, but even that isn't enough. What you want is the right performance. In this segment, we go over how to prepare your actors before the shoot, and how to direct them during the shoot.
Before you start to roll camera, you and your team need to know what the actors will be doing and where they'll be positioned. This step is called blocking, and it's an important step in determining the technical direction of your shoot. This video looks at what to do before you shoot, as well as handling changes that come up while you shoot.
In this how-to training video we show you how and why to assemble a storyboard, organize your resources, and manage a production schedule. When film-making, time is money, and being well organized will keep you on time and, more importantly, under budget.
Here we show you how to bring your characters to life by casting the best talent you can for your production. We show you where to look for actors, and walk you through the screening and audition processes, all the way to making a final decision.
In this segment learn how to discover the story and the characters of your next production.
In this training video we look at how to use object removal techniques such as scaling and cropping, chroma keying, or motion tracking.
We're going to show you how to successfully convert from one frame rate to another using footage interpretation and pitch shifting.
We'll show you some handy tips for correcting hisses and hums using high and low pass filters, notch filters and automated tasks.
Learn to fix jittery video the easy way, using the standard motion trackers and stabilizers found in common editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects