With all the emphasis today on camcorder and DSLR image capabilities and technologies such as sensor size, 4K, interchangeable lenses, focus and exposure assists, stabilizers and on and on; it’s very easy to overlook that other extremely important component of great video — audio! You may have perfect exposure, excellent dynamic range and beautifully shallow depth of field, but if the audio sucks, you’re done.
Documents, photographs, audio files, and videos are so easily accessible on the Internet, and so easy to copy, it is tempting to think anything you can view or hear is in the public domain. The fact is, however, you can use only a small percentage of content posted online in your productions without permission from the copyright holder.
Are you shooting with a DSLR, cinema camera or camcorder with an interchangeable lens? Choices in your optics can be mind boggling. What each lens does varies by price, type and ability. This primer on lens families should point you in a new direction giving you abilities you never had before in depth of field, bokeh and control over your imaging.
Buying a lens can be confusing. What is a prime lens? Are good lenses available on a meager budget? Is a zoom lens a good choice? Let’s look at what kind of lenses you should consider and how a wise investment in a quality lens can be the difference between your audience reacting with a wow or a yawn.
Rigs come in nearly as many shapes and sizes as cameras and lenses do, and they’re often infinitely connectable, but there are a few basic types of rigs. Each type has a pretty specific purpose, but depending on the style a shooter is going for, there are no real hard and fast rules surrounding a rig.
At one count, there was 1,575,263 apps available between the App Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users, and the list keeps growing. Whittle that down to apps for video production applications and you'll find hundreds of apps across multiple platforms designed with both the novice and professional video production services provider in mind.
The GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition features several refinements over last year’s HERO3 and they all add up to a solid action camera that captures the awesome shots you want, regardless of the activity, location, or weather.
The Shure Lens Hopper VP3F is a great product. If one needed a simple run and gun shotgun mic, look no further. It does everything it set out to do, and does it with intuitive design and quality construction. Shure has made its name making rugged, quality products and the VP3F is right on the money!