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Remote control your DSLR

Published by | Friday, April 11th, 2014

Remote control your DSLR

Getting unique and challenging camera angles for your footage can be tricky. But don’t worry—if a shot requires your DSLR camera to be in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot, you can control it remotely. Join Robbie and I this week as we explore an app called CamRanger that works with a small transponder device to let you control your DSLR from another location.

Create a film look with color grading: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, March 28th, 2014

Create a film look with color grading

It’s very expensive to shoot with film, but there are ways to create a film look in post–production. DaVinci Resolve and Adobe SpeedGrade are two popular apps you can use to color grade, and create film looks for your footage. Join Robbie and me along with our special guest, colorist Dan Moran, a London-based expert in DaVinci Resolve, as we demonstrate different ways you can use Resolve to transform your digital footage into a stylized film look.

Log recording: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Log recording is an incredibly handy mode to consider when shooting video. It uses a different color space than standard recording modes, making the image appear flat and washed out—but giving you tremendous flexibility in post-production. When recording in log mode, you retain detailed information in the highlights and shadows of your footage, allowing increased dynamic range in the image itself.

In this episode, Robbie and I explore log recording workflows on a multi-camera set, then transition to post-production and process the resulting footage with Adobe Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade to show you the benefits of log recording firsthand.

Shooting video with an iPhone 5S: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, February 28th, 2014

Shooting video with an iPhone 5S

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Often the best camera is the one you already have with you—like your iPhone. Shooting video with an iPhone today is comparable to using an actual video camera. The iPhone 5S includes many features such as 1080 HD video, 30 FPS, slow-motion video capability, and video stabilization, and in this episode Robbie and I walk you through the video features of the iPhone 5S and show how easy it is to take and make great videos.

Getting a GoPro in the air: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, February 14th, 2014

Flying a GoPro camera

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Shooting with a GoPro allows you to mount it almost anywhere; its small size lets you really push the envelope when capturing your life experiences. Join Robbie and me as we get the GoPro flying with a quadcopter. We’ll walk through important steps on protecting a GoPro before it takes off, operating the quadcopter, and ensuring a smooth flight. Things could get a bit turbulent as you learn how to fly your camera, but the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Enjoy the ride!

Assembling a time-lapse video in Photoshop: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Last week we explored how to capture time-lapse footage using a GoPro camera. This week Rich and Robbie take their time-lapse shoot to the next level, and demonstrate how to assemble raw GoPro footage into a finished time-lapse video using three popular software products: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.

You’ll learn

1. How to import an image sequence with Premiere Pro
2. The correct presets you’ll need for processing time-lapse video with Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects
3. Nonlinear editing workflow with Premiere Pro
4. How to process and assemble a time-lapse video

Shoot time-lapse videos with a GoPro: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, January 17th, 2014

Time-lapse frames shot with a GoPro camera

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Though known mainly for fast-paced action footage, the versatile GoPro camera is widely used for many different tasks. Because of its small size, you can mount it nearly anywhere to capture a variety of unique time-lapse shots. Join Robbie and Rich this week as they explore setting up and capturing time-lapse videos with a GoPro camera.

Get a tour of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, January 3rd, 2014
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

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Check out the latest in digital cinema technology!

In this week’s episode, Robbie and Rich introduce the elegant and sophisticated Blackmagic Cinema Camera and its features. They’ll explore the camera from the inside out, covering focus, recording, and shot evaluation, and show you the RAW workflow you’ll need to bring a timeless feature-film look to your footage.