WPPI 2014: The Biggest Wedding Filmmaking Event of the Year

Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) has added a series of seminars, dedicated to the craft of wedding videography, to their annual Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, taking place from February 27 to March 6. The new series is a collaborative effort involving WPPI Director of Education and Membership Jason Groupp and top industry cinematographers, such as Vincent Laforet. “Each year we’ve seen an increase in wedding and event filmmakers joining our conference,” explains Groupp. “WPPI: Filmmaking is a program specifically designed for wedding and event filmmakers.”

Editor's Note: This post was written by Justin Dise

The Atomos Spyder Color Calibration Unit

Atomos, makers of the popular Samurai and Ninja portable video monitors and recorders, have recently released the Atomos Spyder, a portable display calibration unit. This device is ideal for use with the Samurai Blade recorder and monitor, which allows users to adjust the built-in display’s luma, gain, and lift values.

Basic Settings for DSLR Video

Basic Settings for DSLR Video

In the following video, Mia McCormick goes over basic settings for shooting video with DSLR cameras. She discusses resolution, frames rates, and compression, including IPB and ALL-I formats. She also takes a look at how shutter speed affects motion, and makes mention of auto-focusing systems, highlighting the new dual pixel phase detection system on the Canon EOS-70D.

Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam

Sony has announced two new Handycam camcorders, each with 1” image sensors at CES 2014. A veritable show stopper, the FDR-AX100 is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps. The second camera, the HDR-CX900 has a practically identical design and feature set, sans the 4K recording mode. Both cameras represent a significant step forward for Sony’s consumer level camcorders.

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Canon VIXIA HF G30 Camcorder

The Canon Vixia HF G30 is garnering a great deal of attention; watch Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, as she enlightens us about what makes this consumer camcorder a standout. Pointing out important features such as the fast aperture, optical zoom, and image stabilization, McCormick makes note of where the camera shines.

JVC Announces GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 Pro Video Cameras

JVC is releasing two new camcorders primarily aimed at the fast-paced news market, where being the first to air footage is the name of the game. The ProHD GY-HM850 and ProHD GY-HM890 have built-in networking protocols so you can attach available USB modems/Wi-Fi adapters and stream live footage while simultaneously recording to readily available SDHC/SDXC media.

Outdoor DSLR Event Videography

In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, discusses accessories and shares tips that help you get the most out of your DSLR for outdoor event videography work. McCormick explores using variable neutral density filters to maintain shallow depth of field in bright conditions, the benefits of lenses with de-clicked aperture rings, and more.

Pro Video and the New Mac Pro

Many people in the video-editing community are asking what the radically redesigned new Mac Pro means for them. They hear it has two AMD FirePro Graphics cards and can drive up to three 4K monitors, or that it has six Thunderbolt 2 ports and PCIe SSD internal storage. But with all that, they’re still left wondering, is it the right choice?


The Robotic, Unreal Cinematography of the Film “Gravity”

Gravity opens with a 13-minute, uninterrupted shot that introduces the audience to three astronauts outside a space shuttle. Starting wide, the camera pushes toward Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) as she attempts to make routine repairs, when suddenly debris from an exploded Russian satellite hurls toward them, destroying their space shuttle. Stone, still tethered to the doomed spacecraft, unhooks herself and is sent flying away into the vastness of space with limited oxygen and limited options. This all happens without any cuts.

Editor's Note: This post was written by Justin Dise

CES 2014: A Look at the Panasonic HC-W850 Camcorder [VIDEO]

In this video, Mia McCormick, from the Kelby Media Group, speaks to Mathew Frazer, from Panasonic, about the new HC-W850 camcorder, which features two built-in cameras, and the ability to capture two angles at once.


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