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In this video, learn how to analyze video footage with scopes to achieve consistent images in production and post production. Chase Kubasiak, from Zacuto, walks you through the different scopes, shows you what part of the image they analyze, and explains how and in what situation each one can be used to understand what’s going on in your image, beyond what you can see on a screen. We hope you...
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In these days of digital post production, filters are often overlooked as an image-control tool. But there are times when filters can be extremely useful, especially when capturing images from a drone. Common filters available for done cameras include UV, which are typically used as “protective filters,” neutral density filters (ND), which reduce light levels, and circular polarizer filters (CP...
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I am astonished at the technological marvels of the world in which we’re living. I started in this business after microprocessors, crystal speed control, and computer-aided design enabled film cameras to become small and light, and you no longer needed four burly grips to carry your sync sound camera. Back then, ENG wasn't much better, but after the record decks were incorporated into the camera...

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In the following video, Chase Kubasiak, from Zacuto, lifts the veil on the complex world of codecs, what they are, how they work, and when to use them. He highlights the two basic types of codecs, examining the relative strengths and weaknesses of each, and where in the production/post-production process you will find them. Kubasiak also delves into Chroma subsampling, and how that affects your...

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Want to shoot slow motion for your video repertoire? In this video, Chase Kubasiak, from Zacuto, gives us a rundown on the basic dos-and-don’ts of slow-motion capture. From choosing a frame rate, to working with different shutter angles, and what kind of lighting you should be using, there’s a lot to consider when slow-motion is involved. So, sit back and learn all the angles to prepare for your...

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In this video, Doug Guerra, of B&H, demonstrates a variety of methods for taming light in the great outdoors. He shares some simple tricks, tips, and gear that can turn a harsh sunny day into a perfect, soft scene for your subjects. This includes where and when to shoot, as well as how to use tools such as diffusion and bounce cards to take control over the light. Additionally, Guerra...
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The 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival recently announced its winners, so now is the perfect time to start planning your entry for 2017. With this in mind, I sought out festival director Randy Scott Slavin, who was already working on a drone race, to find out just what sort of entries the 2017 festival would be entertaining. I was hoping to find out and, of course, share with you, the secret...

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The C100 is an exciting piece of gear. It produces wonderful images by itself. But what if you want a little more out of your production? In this video, Doug Guerra from B&H shows off the contents of the Canon C100 Wedding/Documentary Kit, which adds the DJI Ronin Stabilizer...
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Drones. Literally, they're everywhere. Whether it’s zipping through the skies, performing aerial acrobatics indoors, or lovingly stalking you from a user-defined distance, there’s no escaping them. And thanks to a rapidly evolving technology base and consumer interest that's steadily on the rise, it looks as if drones are poised to dominate both the air and the airwaves for years to come. If you'...
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As B&H’s chief machine biologist, I get asked a lot of questions from technology owners all over the world: What sort of kibble should I buy for a Nikon D810? Lithium Bits, fortified with extra ions. How tall will a...
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You are likely aware that there are many uses for drones outside of film and video production, but you may be surprised how many and how varied the uses are. And the number is growing fast. In fact, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), optimal integration of drones in the U.S. will result in the creation of about 100,000 jobs and an effect of $82...
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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—...
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Drones, quadcopters, unmanned aerial vehicles. No matter what you call them, by now you’re no doubt familiar with these radio-controlled marvels. However, what you might not be familiar with is the latest craze currently sweeping the aerial R/C community. I’m talking about the increasingly popular sport of First Person View (FPV) drone racing. FPV puts you, the pilot, inside your drone’s cockpit...
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Just out of reach of the longest selfie stick and the lowest-hovering helicopter, drones can capture what no other technology is typically allowed or capable of capturing. That's particularly liberating in a world where 350 million photographs are uploaded to Facebook daily. Here are seven tips to help make your drone photography stand out rather than drone on. Fly smart...
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There are three things that are certain in a digital filmmaker’s life, in no particular order: late nights, taxes, and CMOS imaging sensors. Yeah, that list is a bit of an exaggeration on multiple fronts—it reads more like my personal experiences until this point. Regardless, CMOS imaging sensors are really an integral part of the digital filmmaker’s life, mostly because of the recent shift from...

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