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Editing in 4K: Minimum System Requirements

To start editing 4K video, you’ll first need to ask yourself some questions about your projects. What type of footage will you be editing:...
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How to Get Great Video without Great Gear

Have you ever heard anyone say, “This dinner is really good. What model oven did you use?” I haven’t either. Then why do people say, “Wow, great video. What camera did you use?”
How Camera Usability Impacts Your Final Product

How Your Camera’s Limitations Change the Way You Shoot (and How...

There’s a 19th century poem by American writer Edward Rolland Sill called “Opportunity.” It’s about a battle: a cowardly soldier leaves the field, complaining...
Video Gear for the Masses

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 choose the right computer for video editing: 4 key...

Buying the best workstation for your needs means understanding how the CPU, GPU, RAM and storage options work together to enhance overall performance.
Best Frame Rates for Slow Motion

Choosing the right frame rate for your slow motion sequence

In a nutshell Slow motion is achieved when you shoot footage at a higher frame rate and play it back at a normal frame rateAt...
Understanding Lenses: How They Work

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...
DIY Computer Diagnosis: Solve your PC problems like a pro

DIY Computer Diagnosis: Solve your PC Problems Like a Pro

Before you rush off to an expert that will charge you an arm and a leg to solve your computer issues, here are a...
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Take Flight with These 8 Must-have Drone Shots

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.
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Deciphering Mic Tech Specs

Have you ever struggled choosing the best microphone for a particular situation? Let us demystify mic specifications to give you the power to make the best choice.

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An American shot in "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964)

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.
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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. In this segment, we show you how to fix those rough and discolored edges that are often left after...
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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.
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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.
HEVC (H.265) is today's standard feature art

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.
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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?
Over the shoulder shot

Over the shoulder shot: its uses in cinema

The over the shoulder shot is an important and essential element of cinematic vocabulary. Here's why it's so vital.

What is mise-en-scène? An essential filmmaking concept

Mise-en-scène means “placing on stage” and refers to props, lighting, wardrobe and blocking.
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The rule of odds and what it means for your film

The rule of odds is a very useful method for creating visually-pleasing frames and conveying story in film.
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MOV vs. MP4: Which video format should you use?

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.
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A beginner’s guide to the dolly shot

The dolly shot is a powerful, unique tracking shot that allows filmmakers to engage their audience with silky smooth camera zooms.
Leading lines

What are leading lines?

Leading lines are a core element of film composition. They are critical tools filmmakers use to direct where viewers should look.