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Immersive content is the next wave in visual storytelling. Interest in 360° Video has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years, particularly given technological advances that have made the process more available to consumers than ever. Yet, this rapid growth and the proliferation of new tools can make it difficult to keep up with the best approach to creating quality content, especially...
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Once upon a time, compression was a dirty word, but the reality is that compression is occurring throughout the image taking process. Your lens compresses the image, unless you are shooting 1:1 macro. You could consider the Bayer filter on your sensor a form of compression, (referred to as Color Sampling Ratio) and, of course, there is the codec (compressor/decompressor), format, and bit-rate you...
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I’ll be up front with you: I am not a Video Person. I hail from the pro audio world. So why am I here? Because a close family friend (an aunt, you could say) happens to be a pre-eminent Video Person by the name of Joan Logue. Logue’s work in video portraiture has been featured in cultural powerhouses like MoMa, and some of her subjects include Paul Simon, Noam Chomsky, Laurie Anderson, Philip...

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In this third and final installment of our 4K Production Series, Doug Guerra explains how to finalize your video project and export the final product. Learn important tips and tricks, such as round-tripping to Resolve from Premiere and back, as well as export settings ideal for your delivery format. Whether you’re interested in creating content for the Web, TV, or theatrical release, knowing how...
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DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are small, light, and can get into spaces traditional cinema and ENG cameras just can't. However, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are not meant to work on a film set all day long—it just isn't in their ergonomics. This is especially true if you are planning on handholding a camera all day, or working with accessories such as follow focus units, zoom motors, or external...

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Learn how to handle data-intensive 4K workflows properly with Doug Guerra in this second 4K Production Series installment. From ingestion to data wrangling and encoding, a great deal must be considered to keep an organized dataset. Some general NLE guidelines are also discussed to help you along. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other...

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In the following video, B&H Photo’s Doug Guerra presents Part 1 of our 4K production series, which is designed to help you navigate the intricacies of the 4K production workflow. Concentrating on camera, lens, and media in this first video, Guerra will suggest things to consider when choosing the right gear for the right job, as well as show three cameras—the...
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Since the Canon 5D MarkII (since supplanted by the Mark III and Mark IV) started shooting video and consumer camcorders started capturing 4K, the lines of differentiation between cameras, and for what...
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To record, edit, or do just about anything with digital video, you need adequate storage space to store your video files. However, stating this obvious truth doesn’t really help anyone, does it? You may be asking yourself, “How much storage do I need on my drives?” Or, “Is any old hard drive good enough for playing back my video files?” For the TL;DR folks out there, the answers are “a reasonable...
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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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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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Graphics cards are likely the unsung heroes of computational advancement in recent years. While CPU (Central Processing Unit) performance has been improving at a very gradual rate from generation to generation, GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) performance has improved by marked leaps and bounds. Graphics cards from a few years ago pale in comparison to the sheer power of current models. While this...
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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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