Stuff You Need to Know
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...
Why visual storytelling is the most important aspect of video
There are numerous reasons creators get into the world of film and video, but the overlying constant that consumers all want is a good story!
Green screen – how does it actually work?
The secret to pulling your subjects out of the real world and placing them into a digital domain is chromakey, and that means going green with green screen.
This is how your camera’s lens produces a usable image
In its most basic form, a lens is a piece of glass or plastic with curved surfaces. Lenses are used to bend rays of...
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...
Video Gear: Finding and Accessing Equipment
A long time ago, in an industry that now seems a lifetime away, accessing gear to make films was a very expensive proposition, and...
How to Shoot a Professional Video by Yourself
Early in my video career, I wanted to make a film to enter into a local short film festival. Just one problem: none of...
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...
What is mise-en-scène? An essential filmmaking concept
Mise-en-scène means “placing on stage” and refers to props, lighting, wardrobe and blocking.
Your step-by-step guide to assembling a video editing computer from scratch
A successful DIY computer build requires only patience and attention to detail. It can be nerve-wracking to handle these delicate, expensive components, but once you know the process, it’s not too difficult.
Church Video Production
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...
All you need to know about the 180-degree rule
Videographers follow the 180-degree rule for a very important reason: to move their stories along in a logical way.
A beginner’s guide to the rule of thirds
The rule of thirds is a fundamental guideline all videographers should know and follow. Here's everything you should know.
What is lens compression?
Lens compression is easily misunderstood, but its visual impact can't be denied. Let's talk about what lens compression is and how to use it.
What is the low-angle shot?
To make subjects feel powerful, filmmakers often use the low-angle shot to make those subjects appear larger-than-life.
Why do filmmakers shoot master shots?
Master shots have been around since the inception of cinema. So, what is it, and why do filmmakers shoot them?
The high-angle shot defined
The high-angle shot is a classic angle that allows filmmakers to establish a location and communicate grand emotions.
The American shot: The cowboy of camera angles
If you have watched a classic Western, you've likely already seen the American shot in action. Here's all you need to know about the shot.
Everything you need to know about the jump cut
Filmmakers throughout history have used the jump cut in jarring but effective ways. It's a technique every filmmaker should know about.
Fixing Rough and Discolored Edges for Green Screen
Green Screen work is complex, even under ideal circumstances, and working with footage that hasn't been lit or shot properly can be pretty tough....
What is the best bitrate for a Twitch stream?
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.
Why H.264 is the most popular video compression standard
H.264 has been around for quite a while, but it's still the most widely used video compression standard today.
Why HEVC (H.265) is today’s compression standard
HEVC has become the industry's compression standard. H.265 offers some clear advantages over H.264 in many situations.
What is shutter angle and why is it important?
To understand what a shutter angle is, you must first understand film-based camera mechanics. Here's what you need to know.
The freeze frame: Why filmmakers stop time
Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers, big and small, have used the freeze frames in their projects, but why?