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2017 saw some of the biggest film releases for the action genre with such titles as Dunkirk and War for the Planet of the Apes, as well as many others. But 2017 has also been a huge year for the horror genre with films such as Get Out, which...
The range of possible colors a video camera is able to capture is determined by the bit depth of the file format used for the recording.What is bit depth?All video cameras record their footage as digital files. These binary digital files are comprised of pieces of data known as...
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 range of possible colors a video camera is able to capture is determined by the bit depth of the file format used for the recording....
Early in my video career, I wanted to make a film to enter into a local short film festival. Just one problem: none of my friends or family were available to help me. We all know that filmmaking requires a whole team of collaborators, right? How could I create...
When you get to the point in your skills where you're about to switch from shooting video on your smartphone to a DSLR or mirrorless camera, it's time to learn about the exposure triangle. It's a concept as old as photography itself. It consists of balancing aperture, ISO and...
You'll hear a lot of video shooters talk about how you should never use auto focus. Videomaker is as guilty as any making this bold claim. In fact, it's usually true: Nine times out of 10, manual focus is going to deliver a more usable shot than autofocus. But...
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 common video format, Rec.709 (Short for the completely not confusing ITU-R Recommendation BT.709) is the standard 16:9 1080 HD video format created in 1990 and...
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 even a birthday party. The viewer feels like they are a part of the event. It makes sense that Hollywood has been on the cutting...
Within the last few years the video industry has seen the emergence of a handful of new techniques, technologies and methodologies. Aerial videography has gone positively mainstream, action cameras are ubiquitous, and smartphone or tablet cinematography is as common as things get. A recent addition to the fold is...
If you're like us, and you spend lots of time studying the "rules" of video and filmmaking, you may find yourself frustrated watching professional work. That's because it's quite common for professional filmmakers to break the rules. And while it's normal for the pros to intentionally break the rules...