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Stabilizing video footage in post

Published by | Friday, April 18th, 2014

Stabilizing video footage in post

Getting stable shots while you’re in production is ideal—but it doesn’t always work out that way. When faced with shaky footage, there are different techniques you can use to stabilize it during post-production. Join Rich and me this week as we share our insight into stabilizing video footage using both Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Create a film look in Adobe SpeedGrade

Published by | Friday, April 4th, 2014

Create a film look with SpeedGrade

Grain, shadows, highlights—getting the right film look hinges on how these three elements are handled. Last week we explored how to build film looks in DaVinci Resolve; this week we’ll look at the same process in Adobe SpeedGrade—an excellent color grading tool that’s particularly user–friendly and intuitive. Joining Rich and me again this week is colorist Patrick Inhofer, who’ll walk us through his personal techniques for achieving a film look in SpeedGrade using footage from a recent music video shoot.

How to match cameras: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, March 21st, 2014

Matching cameras

In a multi-camera shooting workflow, matching your cameras is a must. Sure, you can take your footage to a colorist and have it matched in post–production, but it’s better to prepare well so you get consistent footage during production. Join Rich and me this week as we use the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to demonstrate how we match up multiple cameras. We’ll then process our footage in DaVinci Resolve with expert colorist Patrick Inhofer.

Working with mirrorless cameras: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, March 7th, 2014

Have you ever worked with a mirrorless camera? In mirrorless cameras, light doesn’t hit a mirror and bounce off of it like in DSLRs; it comes straight through the lens to the image sensor. And there are pros and cons to the mirrorless process.

Join Rich and I this week as we jump into the studio to demo three different mirrorless cameras while we capture a live recording, then compare and contrast the cameras’ picture quality and perspective in the final footage. We’ll also show you how flexible a mirrorless camera can be for your productions, supporting all sorts of lenses from Nikon, to PL, to FD mounts.

How to slide the camera: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, February 21st, 2014

You can add an extra element of professionalism and dynamism to your shots by using and investing in sliders. Join Rich and I this week as we explore the various methods, techniques, and types of sliders out there. Joining us is director of photography Kevin Bradley, sharing his expertise and personal tips for creating smooth tracking camera shots. Paying attention to what’s motivating your shot will help you decide which type of slider and camera speed to use; Kevin and I will take you onto the set of a music video to demonstrate various techniques of tracking and camera speed that will help you slide the camera to achieve the mood you’re after.

Process multi-camera shots with Final Cut Pro X: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, February 7th, 2014

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Last week Rich and I explored a multi-camera workflow process in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. This week, we’ll take a look at the same workflow using Apple’s nonlinear editing software Final Cut Pro X. We’ll dive into the Final Cut Pro X workspace and show you various processing methods for multi-camera footage and the basics of multi-camera editing.

This week you’ll learn how to

• Post-process multi-camera footage in Final Cut Pro X
• Organize multi-camera shots in Final Cut Pro X
• Synchronize audio from multi-camera shots using click tracks
• Edit multi-camera footage in Final Cut Pro X

Process multi-camera shots with Adobe Premiere Pro: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, January 31st, 2014
Process multi-camera shots with Adobe Premiere Pro

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Have you ever worked on a multiple-camera shoot and been left wondering how to bring all the footage together? This week, join Rich and me as we explore how to process multi-camera footage from a music video shoot using Premiere Pro. We’ll step you through the post-production workflow required to create a multi-cam video that you can be really proud of.

Create a film look with Premiere Pro: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, January 10th, 2014
Create a film look with Premiere Pro

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Feeling left out with our recent episode on creating film looks with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? This week Rich and I will switch apps and show you how to use Adobe Premiere Pro’s color correction and effect features to give your video footage that dramatic “film” look. And just like before—it all starts in post-processing.