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A Location Sound Primer for Camera Ops, Videographers And DPs

Location Sound Primer

With the increasing contraction of budgets and increased expectations of clients for high-quality sound, are you being asked to include Read more...

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2021’s Top Three Hybrid/Digital Cinema Cameras Under $6,000

2021 has been a beehive of activity by camera makers in a race to offer the most innovation and features Read more...

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Mini Review—Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini Pro 12K

The URSA Mini Pro 12K is a truly groundbreaking camera that counts several unique features that set it apart from Read more...

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BirdDog Eyes P200 + PTZ Keyboard Camera Package

BirdDog Eyes P200

The BirdDog Eyes P200 is a state-of-the-art NDI-enabled PTZ camera that’s perfect for live stream and other PTZ work. I Read more...

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Planning Versus Reacting—A Video Producer Primer

A view of the main interface of one of our VMix Live systems switching a graduation ceremony. While I’ve been Read more...

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Speed Through Your Cinematic Workflow

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SanDisk Professional’s storage, transfer and backup technologies provide a complete end-to-end solution that’s scalable for every production.

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Quick Take: OWC Envoy Pro FX SSD

While working with an Apple MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, I wanted to test out workflow with external portable Read more...

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Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Mount Adapter—A Mini Review

The Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Adapter allows you to easily and quickly mount Canon EF and EF-S mount lenses Read more...

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Production Design Makes It

A BTS still from a recent live Internet Broadcast I produced that utilized some sophisticated production design. Have you delved Read more...

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The New Hybrid Event

A shot of the 10,000 square foot stage that we utilized recently to produce a new type of event, a Read more...

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The Aputure C300D MKII COB Light In Use

The Aputure C300D MKII is the second-generation refined version of the light that kicked off the COB LED revolution, the Read more...

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On Being A Good Interviewer

A BTS still from a live interview in front of a studio audience. Being an effective interviewer means that you Read more...

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Lighting With Big Sources

Lighting with big sources can give your images a quality that simply isn’t possible with smaller sources. A BTS photo of a reality show set I lit with large sources. Recently, I had a chance to do something in production that I haven’t had a chance to do since quarantine began. I was able to Read more...

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Mirrorless Cameras For The Pro Video Shooter

Sony’s new flagship mirrorless camera is the Alpha 1. The a1 has a 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor CMOS. Its image processing is 8 times as powerful as other Alpha cameras thanks to the latest BIONZ XR processor. It’s capable of shooting 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0 XAVC HS video with 8.6K oversampling. It can also shoot Read more...

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Have You Ever Fired A Client?

Production is more than just shooting or post production, it’s also about the relationships you have with your clients. BTS on a shoot at a popular department store for a charity client. Instead of writing another blog entry about technology, it felt like this entry was a good time to talk about the ugly truth Read more...

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The Great Camera Divide Is Growing

New cameras like the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 12K that boast innovative new sensor technology as well as the highest resolution available for less than $10,000? It must be the Great Camera Divide of 2021! Have you noticed it yet? The great camera divide. What exactly do I mean by the term, “the great Read more...

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Sony Intros FX3: Its Most Compact Cinema Line Camera Ever

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Sony just unveiled its most compact cinema camera ever, the FX3, which is designed for solo shooters.

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Is Crew In A Box Coming For Your Job?

In our work, we’ve used cameras like Panasonic’s AW-UE150K PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) for the past couple of years. Have we even used them in place of a live camera operator? In 2021 and forward though, does this even matter? What about a box that replaces the entire video location crew? The problem has been Read more...

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The Horse Before The Cart, Part 2

Previously, I wrote about the need to understand the final delivery requirements for your project. Getting deliverable specifications early allows you to make sure your workflow and final finishing will produce the best results when your project is finally delivered. As an example, I wrote about doing the finishing on a project that was completed Read more...

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The Horse Before The Cart, Part 1

When I wrote about “running through the tape” and explained how I make sure to deliver a properly finished project, I briefly mentioned deliverables. I spoke of the deliverables matching the client’s deliverable specifications. If this past year is any indicator, the topic of deliverable specs needs to be more than a quick aside. Although Read more...

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Hands-On Review: Godox VL300 LED Light

The Godox VL300 is a powerful COB LED and comes with a full array of accessories and features. In 2020, my company’s production work was significantly slower than it was in 2019, mostly due to COVID-19. However, luckily, I landed a real, crewed, multi-camera production shot on a stage for Focusrite, a UK-based audio company. Read more...

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Always Have A Plan B

Recently, Amazon had a major outage with its Amazon Web Services (AWS) system. Thousands of companies were affected for hours. The problem showcased which companies had their own infrastructure and which were simply cloud-based. What surprised me was the lack of a plan when things go wrong. Certainly, that starts with Amazon, but it also Read more...

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The Best Lavalier Microphones

Choosing the best lavalier microphones for any given situation can be a daunting task, especially if you aren’t a professional sound mixer or audio engineer. One of the most practical microphones to consider is the humble lavalier, which is used in so many scenarios that one could say lavs are for anyone who needs to Read more...

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Different Aspects

As editing software companies add tools to accommodate the plethora of aspect ratios editors are faced with these days, I can’t help but wonder about the results. Social media platforms have a dizzying array of ratios. And we’ve all probably seen the results when one aspect ratio is crammed into another. I understand why the Read more...

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Run Through The Tape

I recently wrote about some of the challenges in the finishing process given how many of us work remotely now. While processes may have changed, I still keep in mind a quote I heard that’s used in track and field: “Run through the tape!” You might have seen videos showing a lead runner slowing down Read more...

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Pro Video Gear

2020 was an unprecedented year for video professionals both in terms of the disruption to our industry and the technology available to us. The new production tools introduced this year have been unexpectedly groundbreaking, and we’re excited to highlight what we think are the most interesting and helpful tools for video and filmmakers. We’re going Read more...

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Staying Afloat And Pivoting In 2020

I’ve managed to stay afloat in 2020 by shooting and livestreaming a variety of new types of work that I’ve never produced. This is a still from a live stream for WE Spark, A Children’s Cancer Charity hosted by comic Alonzo Bodden. When you hear the phrase “Staying afloat,” what does that mean to you Read more...

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Using Texture In Your Backgrounds

Are you on the lookout for interesting texture to build into your backgrounds? For some of you, this will be old news. For others though, the thought of using texture in your backgrounds is a new one. Let’s talk about the challenges introduced by creating interesting backgrounds for your interviews and narrative scenes—really any kind Read more...

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Finishing Challenges, Part 3

In my last post, I talked about my process for exporting trimmed clips to send to color that’s handled elsewhere. I explained the need for trimmed files because of challenges with file sizes. Once I get the footage files trimmed and exported, there are a few more steps I take. Because I like to make Read more...

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Understanding The Four Levels Of Professional Livestreaming

I recently wrote a post on HDVideoPro’s blog in which I divided professional livestreaming into four tiers. For me, this exercise is an effective way to examine not only what livestreaming is but also who the clients are for this service and what kind of gear, skills and creativity you need to succeed at that Read more...

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