Simply put, a gimbal is a pivot point that allows rotation along a single axis. Combine three separate gimbals to allow rotation along three different axes and you have a 3-axis gimbal — and an excellent tool for achieving silky-smooth, handheld video.
In the field or in the office, a properly calibrated monitor is key to delivering quality work. By following a few simple steps to calibrate your monitor, you can ensure what you see on your screen is what your footage really looks like.
A glance back at the last 30 years of consumer electronics history shows that video camera technology has been a fast-moving category marked by innovation that has resulted in increasingly better image quality packaged in increasingly smaller and less costly cameras.
Domke offers a wide variety of bags for professional photographers and videographers. The Director is part of their Next Generation Viewfinder series and is meant for DSLR cameras and similar sized gear.
In Joe Carnahan’s gritty 2002 good-cop-bad-cop thriller “Narc,” the director kept it real by shooting some scenes guerilla-style with a hidden camera. There’s a montage in the film where two actor/cops are out in the streets of Detroit questioning unsuspecting real people about a not-so-real murder.
To rent or not to rent? That is ultimately the question. With high-end editing software now available through affordable subscription services, it has many editors debating their software choices and licensing options. We'll examine the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus buying in the digital software production arena.
The Polaroid brand is most often associated with the old-school “instant camera” that featured squares of self-developing film. Since getting out of the film business in 2008, Polaroid has lent its name to several digital cameras. The latest is a nifty looking “active lifestyle cam” dubbed the Cube.
How do you extract the best performance from your actors? Rehearsal can be the key, but what is the fine line between proper preparation and over-rehearsing? As the director, your job is to steer your actors toward emotionally rich, convincing performances, so what is the best way to communicate your desires to your actors?
Blackmagic cameras seem to strike a strange balance of strengths that rival high-end cinema cameras along with weaknesses that have us scratching our heads in disbelief. While the URSA certainly alleviates some of the pain points of its predecessors, it’s still a bit of mixed bag when all is said and done.