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2 weeks ago
During my days as a film student, I shot projects using film and digital media. While digital footage was imported directly from tape, film was sent out, developed, and transferred to tape in standard definition. Now that more than a decade has passed and the industry has gone predominantly digital, what options exist for people looking to transfer their existing film? The answer is: film...
3 weeks ago
For many video shooters, a single camera is often enough. If you’re one of those people who finds this to be true then, by all means, feel free to skip this article. But if you’re someone who works with multi-cam setups or is thinking about picking up a second (or third) camera to supplement your main camera, then please keep reading. There are many things to consider when selecting a “B” camera...
4 weeks ago
Vlogging—or video blogging—is becoming more popular by the day, with seemingly everyone seeking to become the next YouTube sensation. You may be thinking that with the right subject matter and your winning personality, stardom is right around the corner. And who knows—maybe it is! But if you’re really going to give it a go, then you’re going to need a few essential pieces of gear to get your...
3 months ago
If you shoot with up to 50 lb of weight, including with entry-level weights, you might find the new video-head lineup from Cartoni a very realistic match for your needs and investment considerations.  While the 80-year old Italian brand is most famed for its high-end tripod systems, over the past decade Cartoni has also been supporting reduced camera sizes with several entry- and mid-level heads...
3 months ago
Choosing a camcorder for vlogging (video blogging)? I get it—it’s confusing. There are so many, brands, prices, features, and choices, all of which seem to be calling your name when the inevitable GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) kicks in. I wrote about a similar topic, briefly, in my “Video Solutions for...
3 months ago
Color can be one of your greatest allies in the creative process. Even more than color itself, the assurance that your color balance looks as good as possible, is accurate from capture to export, and is consistent from screen to screen can be paramount to sharing your vision with others. To achieve this control over color, a color calibration process is a necessity. The Two Pillars When...
3 months ago
Let me take a moment of your time to inform you about camera self-defense. No, I’m not referring to some form of hip martial arts, but rather how you can use specially made cameras to factually establish that certain events took place, offering legitimate legal evidence in case of a legal dispute. After all, as human beings, we are not perfect. Likewise, our memories follow that same trend,...
4 months ago
Founded in 2014 by a group of engineers from Haverford Systems, PTZOptics is a new entrant into the PTZ camera market, and offers a lineup of competitive broadcast and web-conferencing systems. Haverford Systems is the parent company, backing PTZOptics with its resources and decades of industry expertise....
4 months ago
Video needs lighting. This is a statement worth repeating: video needs lighting. Yes, you can shoot available light, and now there are cameras with obscenely high ISO ratings, but think about it—if you are shooting at 100,000 ISO, 400,000 ISO, or 4 million ISO, what is the quality of your light? And what exactly are you shooting? If you are shooting at high ISO ratings, most likely you are...
4 months ago
Following in the wake of trade shows and a multitude of product announcements, this year has seen the introduction of many products that seem to draw the hard-earned cash from our wallets magnetically; and not just because we have to have them “because all the cool kids will have them,” but for the fact that many of these products are genuinely innovative and, therefore, exciting. Innovative...
5 months ago
The following article contains suggestions for items that you may not know exist, but you might just end up wanting. These accessories can make your production life a little bit better. In researching this article, I took the opportunity to peruse the accessories...
5 months ago
In the last few years, action cameras have become as ubiquitous as surfboards on a sunny day at the beach in southern California. Originally designed for action sports professionals and enthusiasts who needed a compact, rugged, and often hands-free system to capture each thrilling moment, action cameras have trickled down to the general population, too, thanks in part to their ease of use and go-...
5 months ago
The Internet: where would we be without it? While I could spend an entire afternoon pondering that conundrum, the truth of the matter is that for the time being—barring some sort of global catastrophe—the Internet is here to stay. Not only is it staying, it’s growing fast, and you are a part of that growth. Building your own independent media empire brick by brick, as it were, takes time. And...
5 months ago
Although it was in 2013 that radio-controlled multi-copters really became something more than a highly niche hobbyist pursuit, 2015 was arguably the year of the drone. Not only was there a blooming of new models but, as the year closes, we are finally starting to see some clarity regarding where UAVs stand legally, and whether they can be used commercially. In particular, this year we’ve seen a...
5 months ago
For many years, professionals the world over have been using Mac desktop computers to create some of the most impressive content in the video world. This is, in part, because industry-standard software suites, including Apple’s own Final Cut Pro, Adobe’s Premiere and After Effects, and Avid’s...

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