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1 week ago
A properly lit green screen is essential to creating effective and realistic composites, but it can often be difficult to pull off. In the following video, Doug Guerra, from B&H, gives a quick breakdown of what it takes to get it right, including lighting your green screen evenly, keeping distance from...

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Spherical video and VR are making their way into consumer and professional markets in an exciting fashion. But how can we handle and successfully manipulate this technology to tell stories and produce immersive content? B&H Photo’s Doug Guerra hosts this panel of four pioneers in this relatively new field, all of whom share their knowledge and experience working with this fledgling medium....
2 weeks ago
Without a doubt, your focal length choice affects the impact of your image, whether you are shooting video or stills. With the rise of digital imaging, there has been an uptick of available formats in which you can shoot. To help clarify the relationship between format and focal length, some have coined the phrase “35mm equivalent.” This term has value when you are planning a shoot, your lens...
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There is an old truism, “To write a movie takes one person, but to make a movie takes an army.” Turning an idea or words on a page into a finished film/video can essentially involve an army of people: those who raise money, break down and budget the script, run the casting, act in the project, crew the film, edit the project, and handle the distribution. Your film/video can end up having hundreds...

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Improve your time-lapse technique with this video from B&H and Zacuto. Chase Kubasiak presents four considerations that help create more professional looking time-lapse videos; from which cameras and gear will get the job done, to practical advice on how to achieve the best image quality. Kubasiak also discusses how to execute the “Holy Grail Technique,” an advanced time-lapse achievement...
1 month ago
This article should not be taken as legal advice. It merely reflects the views of its author. Please consult with an attorney to determine what, if any, legal requirements or restrictions apply to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in your area. In response to booming popularity, many people have been seeking information about the legality of using unmanned remote-controlled aircraft. Drones—...

1 month ago
Color grading is an essential part of the modern post-production workflow, especially with log gamma profiles and raw video recording more accessible than ever before. But for those new to the game, diving head-first into color grading can be a bit overwhelming. In the following video, Doug Guerra, from B&H, eases the processes by covering the basics, including the difference between color...
1 month ago
Once touted as a headlining feature on only the highest grade digital video/cinema cameras, such as the Sony CineAlta line, log (logarithmic) recording has become a mainstay on more affordable professional products, such as the Canon EOS-C series, and more accessible through prosumer products like the...
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Way back when I was in college, a young director came to speak to my class and share his experiences with making, for the time, a moderately budgeted film. Nearly 30 years later, I can still remember him saying that a location day costs $150 a minute. That meant arriving on set, walking over to craft services, and getting a cup of coffee—cha-ching! $150. Drinking the coffee—cha-ching! That’s...

1 month ago
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses how to improve the audio in your video without the use of a dedicated audio editor. He explores the basics of audio levels during recording, and what to do once audio is inside the video-editing software, including normalizing and compression. We also briefly look at what to be aware of during final audio output. We hope you enjoy the...

1 month ago
Cinematographer Randy Scott Slavin discusses his experience being a DP using drones, with B&H Prospectives. He explains how he got into drone shooting, beginning with a skateboard video, and puts into perspective the reservations many people have about drone safety. Slavin also offers tips on getting great shots all while keeping crew and bystanders safe. We hope you enjoy the video, and...
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First, congratulations. You’ve finished your film. It is edited, color corrected, scored, mixed, and you’ve added the credits. Plus, you’ve already found the venue for your cast, crew, friends, and family screening. What is next? Well, that depends on you. Are you ready for the next step? Which to choose: festivals, distribution—both? Festivals Festivals are a great way to meet other filmmakers,...
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A critique is one of the most powerful tools that can help a creative person grow. And it isn’t just a matter of getting a critique of your work that can be powerful; learning to deliver a critique well can also help you improve your own work. What is important to understand is what a critique is and what a critique is not. A critique is a carefully thought-out response, and not an opportunity to...

2 months ago
In the following video, Chase Kubasiak, from Zacuto, gives the lowdown on shooting with multiple cameras, offering tips and techniques to make your next multi-cam shoot easier. Covering topics including camera matching, syncing, coverage, and editing, the solutions presented in the video can be applied to a variety of multi-cam styles, including interviews, concerts, and narrative films. We hope...
2 months ago
Before the rise of the anarchy of digital video, analog video was ruled by engineers at virtually every step of production, post production, and delivery. There were rules that had to be adhered to very strictly to ensure that your footage met the technical requirements of broadcasters. Remember, NTSC was instituted in the 1940s, (PAL appeared about a decade later). So, making sure that your...

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