Tips & Solutions / Video
Tripods legs and heads are not the most enthralling subject in the universe. At first glance, they can seem to be boring pieces of gear. They support the camera. Big deal. What you may not realize is that cheap tripod systems usually leave a lot of room for improvement. That’s not to say that you need to spend top dollar to get the absolute best system, but it's important to avoid compromising to... READ MORE
Whether you just started out in video production, or if you've been shooting for a while, this article will introduce you to some useful accessories that might come in handy one day, or possibly become something you use on every shoot.
First up is the budget-friendly Zeiss Jumbo Microfiber Cloth... READ MORE
Whether you’ve snagged a used GoPro HERO 1, or you’ve got three brand-spanking new HERO4s in your gear bag right now, you probably know how awesome these little cameras are. Alone, they can be a bit of a novelty, and certainly don't provide as much versatility as a $5,000 video... READ MORE
Fresh from his well-received 10-week “Directing Motion Tour,” Vincent Laforet turns his attentions to this year’s PhotoPlus Expo, where he will take part in the brand-new Filmmaking Track. Amid his busy schedule, Laforet was able to find the time to sit down with us to talk about his recent tour, what we can expect from the Filmmaking Track at PhotoPlus, and general thoughts on making the... READ MORE
Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C., is a Director of Photography who views the world differently than most cinematographers. After 16 years of shooting feature films traditionally, using cinema cameras and film stock, he was one of the first filmmakers to break ground and use the DSLR to make movies. The "inciting incident"—to borrow a screenwriting term—in his digital-filmmaking career was the introduction... READ MORE
If you only shoot outside, using the sun and reflectors for light sources, it is highly unlikely that you will encounter flicker problems. However, for the rest of us, flickering light sources can become a daily headache when shooting video. What is important to remember is that most electrically generated light sources flicker in some manner, but what matters is how perceivable that flicker is... READ MORE
Though many of us are familiar with cameras having two ports―a timecode in/out port and a genlock port―we may not consider why both might be needed. Perhaps we dismiss genlock as just a legacy holdover from the times before switchers had built-in frame synchronizers. The terms “sync” and “timecode” are often used interchangeably, and the fact that timecode can be used to sync devices only... READ MORE
One of the more often overlooked production steps, especially in the digital age, is proper slating technique. It is easy to understand why: banging a slate seems to belong to a bygone era, something relevant only to productions shooting on film, and in today’s rapid-fire production environment with directors rolling endlessly on multiple takes or wanting to shoot without alerting the actors... READ MORE
Video editing is one of the most demanding tasks you can execute on a computer. A modern video-editing program such as Adobe Premiere requires high performance from the processor, RAM memory, GPU (if using GPU acceleration), as well as storage drives. Choosing a fast storage... READ MORE
The Panasonic GH4's ability to record both DCI 4K and UHD video internally, without line-skipping or pixel binning, sets a new standard for in-camera... READ MORE
Even though it's only been shipping for a short time, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is the current "go-to" choice for shooting 4K video with a single sensor/interchangeable-lens system for less than $4000. However, things may change when Panasonic ships their 4K-capable... READ MORE
There are good lenses, there are great lenses, and then there are the lenses that dreams are made of. The Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 is one of this latter group. Originally designed for the NASA Apollo lunar program in 1966, Carl Zeiss manufactured only 10 of them. One was kept by Zeiss, six were sold to NASA, and three were sold to director Stanley Kubrick. The rest, as they say, is history.... READ MORE
There is a plethora of apps out there, geared toward cinematographers. While many are useful, I’ve decided to share the three apps to which I find myself returning regularly. They have earned a place in my digital toolkit and, in my eyes, are must-haves for any DP or camera assistant.
Please note: As an iPhone user, I can only comment on the functionality of these apps on iOS devices.
Sun Seeker... READ MORE
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. We hope you enjoy the video... READ MORE
Depending on your age, you may recall the first person on your block to get a VCR, the first to connect to the Internet, or the first person to take a “selfie” with a smartphone. Now you can be the first person with a 4K TV—however, content still remains on the scarce side, but there is a handful of ways to get 4K into your home.
In order to do this, you’ll need a 4K monitor, TV or projector,... READ MORE