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Recent updates to After Effects CC (12.2)

Published by | Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

In December, Adobe released another incremental update to its video software, including After Effects CC. As a motion graphics artist, there were a couple of major updates to After Effects features that caught my eye. As a result, I updated my After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course with a new chapter that covers these features. Here’s my quick take on them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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