In film and video, pushing the boundaries of your viewers expectations can take your project to the next level. Break the rules for a creative edge.
How do you get the most out of your budget camera and production gear? The key is to know both your tools and the look you want in your final product.
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On this episode of The Videomaker Podcast we react to the new Rode VideoMic NTG, have a conversation with documentary filmmaker Brandon Vedder, and we talk about some of the leaked camera features coming to Samsung phones.
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Your decision to work with SAG-AFTRA or other unions will directly impact your talent pool, budget, daily schedule, overall timeline and many other factors.
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On this episode of the Videomaker Podcast we react to the new 16-inch MacBook Pro; have a conversation with OMPT Development Manager Andy Shoemaker; and speculate about Canon’s plans for the mirrorless market.
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On this episode of the Videomaker Podcast we talk about what you can and can’t learn at Film School; try to figure out what clues the new Dropbox/Clipchamp collaboration tells us about cloud video editing; and discuss the latest version of the TriCaster Mini.
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On the inaugural episode of the Videomaker Podcast we celebrate our new multi-camera studio setup, discuss the new Mavic Mini and speculate about who might buy the new Canon 1DX Mark III.
With an explosive doc catalog that includes titles like Cocaine Cowboys, Raw Deal and Screwball, Alfred Spellman is no stranger to high stakes filmmaking.
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What do you do when you’ve been offered more work than you have time? That’s a question many freelancers are faced with all too often
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Sound is one of the most essential aspects of any video production. Much like cinematography, lighting, and editing, inconsistent sound can distract from your project. Options to capture representative sound vary case-by-case. Lavaliers, also known as lapel microphones, exist solely to make your job easier.

Essential Learning

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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...
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...
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How to Cover an Event in 360

Spherical video has the ability to bring a viewer right into the center of the action, no matter if that’s sports, entertainment, concerts or...
In the real world around us, there are three hundred and sixty degrees of information, and it’s the directors job, along with the cinematographer, to figure out which very few degrees of that vista best help tell the story to the viewer.

Choosing the Right Focal Length

We’ve got this picture in our minds of a director holding her fingers up in twin L shapes, one inverted, and peering through the...
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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...
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...
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...
It's important to understand your customer's needs and to illustrate how 360-degree will specifically help their business.

How To Make Money With VR and 360-degree Video

While the gear buy-in can be relatively inexpensive, producing engaging content is a bit more challenging. Let's take a look at gear, production and...
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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What is mise-en-scène? An essential filmmaking concept

Mise-en-scène means “placing on stage” and refers to props, lighting, wardrobe and blocking.
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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...
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.
How Camera Usability Impacts Your Final Product

How Your Camera’s Limitations Change the Way You Shoot (and How to Get the Shot Anyway)

There’s a 19th century poem by American writer Edward Rolland Sill called “Opportunity.” It’s about a battle: a cowardly soldier leaves the field, complaining...

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.
The Essential Video Shooter’s Toolkit

The Essential Video Shooter’s Toolkit

The big day has finally arrived — a video shoot for the biggest client to ever darken your door. You’re nervous, but excited and...
Image stabilization systems are very useful in reducing camera shake when shooting handheld and, with practice, you can learn to achieve smooth tracking shots.video

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...
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...
As cameras have increased their video resolution and framerate capabilities over the years, the SD specifications have evolved to include more space and faster write times.

How to Choose the Right SD Card

SD stands for “Secure Digital” — it’s a technical specification published in the waning years of the 20th century, created by three digital giants:...
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Composition in photography and film

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