If you’ve been in the business for a while, you not only know how to estimate and bid a project, you’re probably used to the negotiating that goes on as well. For those new to the game, in this video series, we look at not only the mechanics of how you determine what to charge, like your hourly and day rate but also tips on how to deal with negotiating.
Magic Lantern software helps push the Canon 5D mark iii to its limits. What does that look like and is it worth it? Spuds shot some tests while in Hawaii (vacation? What vacation?) with his Galaxy Note 4, Canon 5D mark iii recording h.264, and then raw using Magic Lantern software installed on the camera. The results are very interesting.
If you produce how-to and tutorial videos, you know that getting your shots is half the job, the other is editing. Frank explores some simple editing tips and tricks to help you improve the quality of your instructional videos and make them pop and look more professional. From adding effective narration, on-screen text, animation, audio and more.
If you’re used to shooting inside, taking your video camera outside can be a study in contrasts, especially here in sunny California where the midday sun is high and harsh. Frank demonstrates some tricks to work with that big lumen maker in the sky: covering diffusion, exposing for a soft background with neutral density filters (ND's) and using a bounce reflector for back-lit subjects.
What’s the difference between reverb and echo? How do you minimize reverb in a small room without covering every inch of the walls with acoustic foam? What is good acoustic foam? Spuds covers all this and more as he shows how he strategically set up acoustic foam panels on his walls to minimize reverb when he records sound and when he edits audio.
Lumens and Lux have started showing up in the specs for video as well as commercial lights, but what are they and how can you use them? Frank explains the difference between Lux, Lumens and Foot Candles, how to convert them, and which specs are helpful and which aren’t when you're purchasing or renting lights for your video production.
See how using the Remix feature in Adobe Audition CC can make editing music faster. Remix can automatically re-arrange any song to fit any duration. We show you all of the advanced parameters and what they do. Remix can help you quickly make music loops and cut down or extend the length of your background music.
We’re all familiar with using a tripod to get standard shots in our videos but what if you need to rig the camera overhead, pointing it straight at a table for those product or food beauty shots. Or to rig it higher up to record straight down at a person. Frank looks at a few simple rigs using grips stands and shows how to make a “goalpost” rig for more stable overhead shots.
We’re so used to digital post effects and CGI that we forget that in camera effects were the defacto SFX technique back in the day, and are still used today. Spuds creates both in camera and post effects with the help of Micah and looks at the history and use of a time-honored technique: from Pepper’s ghost to a recent episode of “Sherlock.”