Video-enabled DSLR cameras have become the Tickle Me Elmo's of the creative production world, but one thing Elmo isn't laughing at is the audio quality of the built-in microphones. Whether your camera has a microphone input or not, you should consider using an external digital audio recorder to handle the sound recording for your next video production. Using an external audio recorder in video production and filmmaking is often referred to as "double system." This practice requires a bit more work on your part; but if the ultimate goal is to create an excellent finished product, then capturing good sound should be a top priority.
My background in filmmaking and animating keeps my focus on any editing and animation tools that become available. I've used Photoshop over the years to design textures for 3D objects or basic photo touchups required for the final video project. And although I have a collection of decent SLR cameras, still photography is more of a hobby for me, so I've limited my use with Photoshop to the video/animating worlds. Thus when Photoshop CS4 Extended came out a couple of years ago, I was already familiar with the basic animating tools included that may have eluded the amateur or pro photographer.
Whether you’re a first-time feature filmmaker or a serious documentarian, you want your next camcorder to be HD. You’ve looked at what’s out there. The pro stuff has way more than you need at a price that rivals Ivy League student loans. Shoot-and-shares are affordable, but don’t have the manual controls and inputs you want. Time to sneak a deal with the JVC Everio GZ-HM400.
Just about everyone on the planet is familiar with clapper slates, but few people understand why they're used on set. Now that video-enabled DSLR cameras are at the top of many people's wish lists, the need for clapper slates has never been greater. In this post I'll test out the Pearstone SADC-711 clapboard slate, and let you know why it's an essential item for any serious video shoot. Lights, camera, blog post!
Yup. Someone finally did it. With the announcement of the AG-AF100, Panasonic is putting a DSLR-sized sensor into a dedicated, professional video camera. Micro Four Thirds is going primetime. What does this mean for you? If you’re a filmmaker or video artist wanting shallow depth of field characteristics, multiple lens choices, and pro-grade audio and video I/O, this just might be the camera you’ve been waiting for.
From April 8th to April 12th at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, take the opportunity to expand your horizons with the RED camera by joining REDucation. Learn all there is to know about the RED Digital camera in this 5 day hands on intensive education and training workshop. REDucation is the premeire RED approved and sanctioned event for learning all things RED. Michael Cioni and Steve Freebairn will be instructing with twenty TAs and forty camera packages presenting a massive gathering of RED gear and technology.
If you’re a photo/video person, you own cables. I’m not talkin’ one or two power cords. Somewhere in your home or office there’s a big box with everything from stingers to strobe leads, USB extensions to FireWire daisy chains. This gaggle of cable will cause infinite frustration when you’re looking for one specific piece. Thankfully the folks at Rip-Tie offer an organizational solution with handy, low-cost Straps and CableWraps.
Whether you’re an indie filmmaker, field reporter, or wedding videographer, a pro-grade video tripod will enhance your productions more than any other type of support accessory. By adding stability, forcing perspective through composition, and providing smooth pan and tilt movement, a good tripod + head can be just as integral to your production as the camera. So how do you choose the combination that’s right for you? Read on.
Although you'd never be able to tell by watching the movie, Shutterbug's photographer, played by Nando Del Castillo, uses a Pentax camera. It's the S1a, a decades-old camera that's actually a family heirloom belonging to the movie's director, Minos Papas. Today (March 19, 2010) Shutterbug opened at Cinema Village in New York, and Papas told me that the camera was originally his father's.
I don't know about you, but when I think of Hewlett-Packard, it'sprinters and ink that generally come to mind first. But HP is into other things too.The company recently unveiled a line of digital camcorders that are aimed at YouTubers and other social mediaphiles. In pocket-friendly and traditional form-factors, with competitive pricing, these video cameras are poised to jump into the social networking frenzy for their piece of the scene.
Back when Heineken was the hot brand for cold beer, you could count on the bottles’ pulverized remains lining streets off the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route with green fairy dust. Magical as it seemed, broken glass isn’t exactly welcome on a set. That’s why the Breakaway Beer Bottle from Rosco Laboratories goes a long way to solving the problem of staging a fight without injuring actors or models.
Maybe you’ve seen these words floating around the B&H website recently: “The latest & greatest at B&H” . When it comes to camcorders this tab with the word “NEW!” highlighted by an eye-catching red circle lives on the right hand side of the page. Perhaps already set on drooling over the pro cams or perusing the consumer camcorders you passed it by. Whatever the case may be I thought I’d highlight this NEW! addition to our website.
The industry's tallest, strongest tripods are usually made of carbon fiber, assembled in Europe, and cost tons of money. Buyers are typically well-funded professionals or hobbyists with a lot of disposable income. While a pro set of $900+ sticks might not be in the cards for everyone, serious photographers and video makers would do well to consider the budget-friendly Slik Pro 700DX.
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