Some films are just meant to be seen in IMAX, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one of them. When director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Water for Elephants) took over the series, he knew right away that he wanted to shoot the 50-minute arena sequence using IMAX cameras. As Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) ascends in her tube and enters the games, the frame expands vertically to fill the entire IMAX screen. The result is both subtle and startling. You feel like you’re sucked straight into the middle of the arena with Katniss and the other 23 tributes, fighting for your life.
Editor's Note: This post was written by Justin Dise
The big story in video production for the past five years has been shooting HD video on DSLR cameras; however, in 2013 there is something even hotter—shooting aerial footage with affordable multi-rotor aircraft. In this post, we take a look at three incredible videos that were shot with drones, and we find out how they were made from the people who created them.
While the GoPro HERO action camera is an amazing tool for capturing high-speed sports and stunts, it also has the uncanny ability to transform seemingly mundane activities into striking visual marvels. Here's a collection of five videos that demonstrate how this tiny camera radically alters perspectives of everyday life.
There are great numbers of people shooting video on DSLR cameras these days, so it makes sense for video-centric companies to come to the show. We had the chance to talk to Heather Williams from Atomos at PhotoPlus 2013, to find out how their products help video shooters achieve better-looking results and faster workflows.
Besides boating, kayaking, skiing, surfing and skydiving, the GoPro HERO3 is also popular for capturing footage while scuba diving. This tiny camera has revolutionized the way people shoot video when participating in action sports. It's so popular, that some ski resorts have public editing stations, which allow guests to download and edit their footage before heading home. Likewise, it's now impossible to go on a dive boat anywhere in the world without seeing the GoPro being strapped to divers, along with their fins and tanks.
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Larry Cohen
It can be very beneficial to utilize a camera support system when shooting video with a DSLR; however, it can be challenging to figure out what equipment to buy, and how elaborate of a rig you need. We spoke to Duy Linh Tu about the compact rig that he uses for shooting documentaries with his Canon 5D Mark III, how his rig has gotten smaller as it has evolved, and his approach of recording audio directly into the camera.
These days, there are countless devices available to capture video; everything from a smart phone or MP3 player to a pocket-sized shoot-and-share camera. So, what’s the difference between a smart phone’s video camera and advanced video cameras?
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