Stuff You Need to Know
Smartphones have become truly powerful tools for capturing high-quality video in a moment’s notice. But, some are more capable than others.
Before you rush off to an expert that will charge you an arm and a leg to solve your computer issues, here are a...
In its most basic form, a lens is a piece of glass or plastic with curved surfaces. Lenses are used to bend rays of...
Recently, I was excited to discover that one of my favorite TV miniseries from the 80’s was coming out on DVD. But when I...
Put simply, ISO is how sensitive to light film stock is. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive your film and the less time...
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...
A RAW image frame is like a film negative — different processing can give you different results.
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.
Something to remember when shooting spherical video is that everything is visible in the shot. Even if you think you are being clever by...
Unless you work for a restoration house or film archive, the days of having to edit video on a $10,000-dollar room-sized flatbed editor are...
How to Plan a Production (Free for Non-Members) Planning is vital to the success of any production. Without a plan, your video likely won’t succeed...
Knowing what bitrate you need to set your Twitch stream to is not only essential for your stream's quality but also for your viewers.
H.264 has been around for quite a while, but it's still the most widely used video compression standard used today.
HEVC has become the industry's compression standard. H.265 offers some clear advantages over H.264 in many situations.
To understand what a shutter angle is, you must first understand film-based camera mechanics. Here's what you need to know.
Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers, big and small, have used the freeze frames in their projects, but why?
The over the shoulder shot is an important and essential element of cinematic vocabulary. Here's why it's so vital.
Mise-en-scène means “placing on stage” and refers to props, lighting, wardrobe and blocking.
The rule of odds is a very useful method for creating visually-pleasing frames and conveying story in film.
It's time to pit two popular video formations against each other: MOV vs. MP4. We will help you decide which format is right for your videos.
The dolly shot is a powerful, unique tracking shot that allows filmmakers to engage their audience with silky smooth camera zooms.
Leading lines are a core element of film composition. They are critical tools filmmakers use to direct where viewers should look.
The close-up shot is a power tool in cinema. In various ways, it helps the audience emotionally connect with what they're watching on-screen.
Establish shots are more than just opening shots. They help films communicate the underlying context of a scene.
The role cinematographers fill is vital, as they are directly responsible for the visual look and feel of the films they work on.