Some consider it tedious work, but pre-production can not only save you money and time. It can also enhance the creative process.
Astrophotography timelapse guide
Astrophotography timelapses are beautifully vibrant videos that allow people to engage in astronomy. Here's what you need to know to record one yourself.
Even the simplest program depends on planning. Production planning, or production logistics, can be so complex that Hollywood production companies devote whole departments to it. It is an essential part of the pre-production process. You can cover the essentials by wrangling just five elements: people, places, things, plans and...
Writers spend most of their time worrying about the words that the characters on the screen will say. Sound engineers worry about how to make sure the words can be heard and how to mix them with music and background noises. Lighting designers spend their days figuring out how...
5 Famous directors
The best way for aspiring film directors to improve their craft is to study and learn from the works of famous directors from the past and present.
This video is all about light types for video and film.You’ll learn about Tungsten, LED, Fluorescent and HMI lights. We will also cover Soft, Fresnel, Flood, PAR and Practical lights. With this information, we hope you’re able to choose the best light for whatever job you are trying to get...
How do you market a documentary? It seems like a simple question to answer. You might try to build a strong social media campaign and apply to as many film festivals as possible. However, this misguided strategy is not enough to get your film noticed. The real question you need...
Over the past 10 years, social media has exploded in popularity. Platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram—as well as many others— have millions of active users that consume content daily. People are reading posts, posting pictures and most importantly, they’re creating and sharing video. According to Vidyard’s 2019 Video Benchmark...
With video production experience, you already have the foundational skills needed to create an impactful virtual event.
8K video is here today. With cameras from RED, Canon, Ikegami, Sony and others, and 8K TVs available now, it makes sense that many video content producers and filmmakers are taking a serious look at filming, editing and finishing in 8K. But the important question to be answered is,...

Essential Learning

Simply put, HDR is a color enhancement feature that allows the range of colors to be extended on both the light and dark ends of the spectrum.

Keeping Up with HDR — No Camera Upgrade Required

We’ve all had those moments in our lives when we are stopped in our tracks by the awe-inspiring beauty of the “now”. Magnificent morning...
Time lapse videography: a new way of looking at things

How to create a stunning timelapse — even in changing light

One of the great things that timelapse video can do is show us our world in a way that’s impossible or very difficult for...

10 Shorts every cinematographer needs to see

Orson Welles often had great ideas for movies and then spent years going from studio to studio in Hollywood trying to get someone interested,...
How to Compose Your Shot When Your Camera Can See Everything

How to Compose Your Shot When Your Camera Can See Everything

Something to remember when shooting spherical video is that everything is visible in the shot.  Even if you think you are being clever by...
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3 Tips for an Effective Multi-Action-Cam Shoot

The action camera market segment, popularized by GoPro, has made point of view (POV) filmmaking accessible to the masses. There’s something compelling about watching...

10 vintage lenses to add to your kit: an in-depth investigation

Using vintage lenses lends a unique character to modern images while breathing new life into old glass.
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Drone Safety: Tips and Best Practices

Playing the OddsDrones are just like any other piece of gear; at times, they can and do fail. Similarly, pilots are just like any...
Best Frame Rates for Slow Motion

How to choose the right frame rate for your epic slow motion sequence

Until recently, directors didn't have a lot of choice in slow motion without highly specialized equipment. 1987's Panaflex Gold II, for example, could only...
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Take Flight with These 8 Must-have Drone Shots

Camera-equipped drones are capable of capturing brilliant, awe-inspiring shots, and chances are you’ll want to learn the essentials of beautiful aerial cinematography yourself.
Digital ISO standard is measured by how sensitive your camera sensor is to light combined with how good your camera’s firmware is at interpreting the signal from the sensor

ISO: What It Is and How to Control It

Put simply, ISO is how sensitive to light film stock is. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive your film and the less time...
A Primer on Live Video Production

A Primer on Live Video Production

Many people want to stream events across the country so far away viewers — whether millions or a select few — can enjoy. Live...
Camera Movement Techniques

Camera Movement Techniques

A static frame is not only boring to your audience; by keeping the camera still, you’re also missing out on one of the most fundamental storytelling tools in cinema — movement.
Which is the Right Image Sensor for me?

Which image sensor is right for you?

We all know light sensors make our cameras work, but what makes a good light sensor? Which camera and image sensor combo is best...
Getting Started with 360 Degree Video

How to Get Started with 360-degree Video

Within the last few years the video industry has seen the emergence of a handful of new techniques, technologies and methodologies. Aerial videography has...
Image stabilization systems are very useful in reducing camera shake when shooting handheld and, with practice, you can learn to achieve smooth tracking shots.

How Does Image Stabilization Work?

There are various ways for a videographer to stabilize their footage. If your camera doesn’t need to move, a tripod is ideal. Where camera...
5 Tips for Shooting in Log Profiles

5 Tips for Shooting in Log Profiles

Video can be an unforgiving medium, and without proper lighting it’s easy to lose data in both the highlights and the shadows. The most...
Understanding bit depth: the difference between 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit video

Understanding Bit-depth and Color Rendition for Video

A video camera’s ability to reproduce a smooth gradation between colors and shades is an important factor when seeking to capture filmic images. The...
Image illustrating Rule of Thirds

What is composition and why is it essential in filmmaking?

There are actually shapes and alignments that people find pleasing. But photo and film composition also needs to tell a story.

Lenses: How does focus work?

If you’re new to shooting video, you may notice that fellow camera geeks like to talk a lot about “glass”. While there are a lot of things made of glass in the video world, there’s only one thing called “glass”: Your camera lens. Here's how it works to produce a useable, in-focus image.
10 Production-saving Accessories

10 Production-saving Accessories

Inclement weather, dead batteries, missing assistants, cars that break down, tripod legs that snap, shoots being delayed for hours, getting kicked off of locations,...
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