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Casting is one of the most crucial elements of your film—casting the right actor to play the role can make your film, and casting the wrong actor can break it. It is easy enough to get actors interested in your film, and you don’t have to be limited to friends and family unless that is the aesthetic you are pursuing. There are lots of actors, and lots of people who want to be actors, and want to...
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Working with a fluid head can be a joy. When set up with your camera properly balanced, it is a boon to your production. However, when set up incorrectly, operating your tripod can be a nightmare. I remember when I just started out shooting, I acquired an Akely Gyro head. It was built for 35mm cameras way back in the early 1900s and used gyros to smooth out operation. And there I was, trying to...
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Every so often it is a good idea to sort through all your gear. With winter releasing its grip and nicer weather on the way, now is the perfect time to assess what you have, what you’ve lost, give it a good cleaning, and figure out what needs repair, what needs replacing, and what you should just shed. If you are a gear junkie like me, the thought of getting rid of any piece of gear probably...

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Recorded live in B&H’s booth on the NAB 2017 show floor, this panel of five industry experts—Larry Thorpe, Ted Kenney, Don Sperling, Jeff Jacobs, and Ken Kerschbaumer—discusses modern reality and sports productions. When anything can happen at any time during the production, many different considerations must be considered to ensure a balance between quality and quantity, and all the...

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Alister Chapman is a renowned cinematographer and educator, based in the UK. In this video from the NAB 2017 Show floor, he presents his knowledge on shooting in extreme, or even downright hazardous conditions, including his exploits in storm supercell chasing, facing the harsh arctic cold, and more, while ultimately producing beautiful images. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view...
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It starts with a finished script. Unless you are intentionally doing something different, the finished shooting script is the structure that supports the film. There will be many questions that aren’t answered by the script and will require the director’s input; however, without the script, no one will even know what questions to ask. So, it really does begin with the script, and once you have...

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Video production professional Alister Chapman discusses everything you need to know about HDR video and how to get started producing HDR content today.

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Cinematic VR specialist Alexandre Regeffe discusses his unique approach to cinematic VR post-production, addressing several factors, including storytelling.
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If you’ve taken the plunge and invested in one, two, or a full set of cine-style lenses, you’ll now want to take the best care possible of your lenses. Not only will the lenses function better if they’re properly maintained, but you’ll be protecting your (probably substantial) financial investment. Most cine-style lens care and maintenance is the same as for still or ENG-type lenses, so if you’ve...
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If you read the title of this article and thought “What the…” don’t worry, you are reading the right article, and once you get past all the jargon, it really is simple and clear. Our aim is to familiarize you with the tools that help you move your video and audio signals from one device to another. To accomplish this, you may need a variety of baluns, matrix switchers, and format converters. What...
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Like so much else in tech work, live video production is riddled with jargon. In addition to a series of articles providing in-depth discussion, this space serves to enumerate some of the key terms and concepts you are likely to bump into sooner or later, which may be unfamiliar. Knowledge of these terms will enhance your ability to communicate clearly in this fast-paced industry. Alpha Channel...
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PTZ stands for “pan/tilt/zoom” and denotes robotic cameras that typically (though not always) have integrated pan/tilt motors and zoom lenses. The Sony EVI series cameras are popular examples. Pan/tilt/zoom cameras may look like outsized surveillance cameras, and in many ways, are like them. They...
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The main things to consider when creating an HDR video are the reference monitor and the format. The monitor is the big issue because HDR monitors are very expensive. The most affordable one at the time of this writing is close to $20,000. What is HDR Video? HDR (High Dynamic Range) video is an emerging technology that will be the future of video, for professionals and consumers. HDR video is...

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In this B&H Event Space video, filmmaker Brandon Li shares his favorite techniques for creating a story out of purely improvised material. His strategy for creating a film is heavily dependent on the unexpected, and for using those unexpected elements to fuel creativity. Working without scripts or storyboards, it is part of his plan to have events go not according to plan. Li guides you...
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There is a first time for everything, and if you have your mind set on producing a wedding video, you will encounter plenty of “firsts” during that initial wedding weekend. There is a first kiss, a first dance, and a first slice of cake. Where will you have your cameras set up for each of these memorable moments? Will you need lights for every shot? How will you manage the audio? When the bride...

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