2013 was a good year for Videomaker and the video industry in general. The world continues to change and technology is moving forward at blazing speeds. What does that mean for the video enthusiast and video professional? It means 2013 has seen a lot of video innovations, so much so, that it's easy to forget all that's happened in one year's time. Here's a look back at the 15 most read stories from Videomaker.
15. Five Tips for Finding Free or Cheap Video Equipment
One thing that stands out at Videomaker are the articles that feature tips, trick, and techniques to help make better video. Sometimes, making better video doesn't cost as much as one would think.
14. Canon Introduces the XA20 and XA25
Equipment and video camera reviews are always a popular topic at Videomaker and 2013 was no let down. This year, it seemed like new cameras were released every week. Canon's XA20 and XA25 were of particular interest.
13. Videomaker’s Best Products of 2013
Cameras aren't the only gadget of interest to video producers. 2013 saw lots of innovative gear, equipment that helps to raise the bar in creating professional quality video.
12. Time Lapse Photography
Video is a series of still images. So incorporating a still photography DSLR camera for time lapse shots makes a lot of sense. It's not that difficult, once you know the tricks. This story helped you find them.
11. How to Make an Effective Demo Reel
The best way for a video professional to showcase their work is with a comprehensive and good looking demo reel. Videomaker shows you how it's done.
10. Is Shooting with a Drone Camera Legal?
One of the big video highlights of 2013 is the number of miniaturized cameras. Not necessarily because of the cameras themselves, but what can be done with them. Aerial videography is now in the mainstream, but what are the legalities to it?
9. One Man Crew in Action
Videos of video gear in action are popular here at Videomaker. This video of Redrock Micro's One Man Crew proved to be one that enticed and entertained our audience.
8. Video Editing Software Buyer’s Guide
Video editing is a part of the production pipeline that can't be ignored, which means it's a good to know the options that are out there for video editing software. The technology changes at the speed of light, so it's always good to stay tuned in.
7. Panasonic AG-AC90 Review
Did we mention video camera reviews? They are the most popular features here at Videomaker, and the review of the Panasonic AG-AC90 was very well received.
6. Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 – Which is the Better Option?
Different situations and set-ups require different gear. This comparison between Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connections answered some questions that were out there.
5. Faking Slo Mo
Slow motion is much more common with today's cameras that offer variable frame rates. Unfortunately video producers sometimes has to work with the footage they're given. This video proved popular in showing some of the options out there to fake slow motion in the edit bay.
4. Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review
One of the most popular new cameras on the market is the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Its 13-stops of dynamic range, affordable price point, and ability to output uncompressed footage make it a revolutionary option for the digital filmmaker.
3. GoPro Hero 3, Black Edition Review
New technology in 2013? Check. Smaller cameras in 2013? Double check. Popular camera reviews in 2013? Check, check, and check. GoPro cameras quickly became the "go to" camera for wearable action cameras. The GoPro Hero 3 proves to be incredibly popular.
2. 6 Tips for Awesome Vine Videos
What good is a video if there's not an audience to share it with? Vine is a social media platform for sharing quick six-second videos. This popular article explains how to make the most of that time.
1. Top 10 Video Editing Habits to Give Up
There's always room to grow. Sometimes that means gaining new skills and sometimes that means changing old habits. Video editing is a craft that is always changing, and as such, something that can always be improved upon.
Happy New Year! We hope you have a productive, healthy and fun-filled year making great videos in 2014.
Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning freelance writer and video producer.
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