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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...

3 months ago
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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...

7 months ago
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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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