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The new school year is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to take your classrooms into the 21st Century by replacing that dusty, chalk-stained slab of slate at the front of the room with an interactive whiteboard solution. There are a lot to choose from, but hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. Projectors Epson’s...
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Making videos for YouTube, Facebook Live, and other online video platforms? Of course you are; creating content is what you do! But “content” encompasses many things, with scenarios ranging from reviews and instructional videos in the studio, to travel vlogs, on-location shoots, or run-and-gun interviews at trade shows—all requiring different microphone setups. You know that your audio quality...
by J. Carlos Perez and Shawn C. Steiner
3 weeks ago
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Congrats on starting film school! Your first day of classes is around the corner and you are probably already trying to figure out what equipment you’ll need to get started. Fortunately, most programs have many important tools available for students—namely big stuff such as camcorders and lights. Still, there are accessories, expendables, and other pieces of gear that you’ll want to have on hand...
 Choosing the Right Software Tools to Edit Green Screen Footage
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Congratulations! Your project includes a scene using chroma key and you've just recorded your green screen footage. Or did you use blue screen? Or maybe even a white background? Your next challenge is finding the right software tools to edit your footage in post-production so your final scene doesn't look like the weatherperson on public access TV. The basic process is to import your green screen...
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With apologies to Kermit the Frog, as well as Wayne and Garth, it is easy being green and you are worthy! Worthy of using green screen effects, that is—read on to learn what components you can use to add an impressive green screen (chroma key) effect to your video project. Background To get that zesty, rather odd shade of green as a background for your talent or product you can choose between...
1 month ago
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Water is the mortal enemy of electronics and even though technology has been evolving, with many smartphone manufacturers realizing the benefit of waterproof devices, most camera equipment and mobile devices are still highly susceptible if they happen to take a spill in the drink. During many recent adventures, I wasn’t just going to be near water, I was going to be trekking through it, floating...
What Are the Best Drones to Take on an Adventure?
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Ask any pilot and most will tell you that the act of flying a drone is an adventure in itself. However, to make our list of best adventure drones, we came up with some added criteria. First, it has to be portable. Adventuring often involves travel, so you want something that is easy to carry. Second, it should feature strong target tracking technology. Third, the drone should be built to...
10 Awesome Mounts for Your Action Cam
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Action cameras allow users to capture their adventures in new and exciting ways. Part of that excitement lies in the where and how you mount your camera. Do you want to give your audience an immersive first-person POV? Perhaps a lower viewing angle would work better. Maybe the action is better...
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GoPro is a name that’s synonymous with adventure. Whether you’re running across land, zip-lining through the air, or...
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Action cams remain the go-to option for adventurers, athletes, and extreme-sport enthusiasts who want to capture and preserve all their astonishing exploits—preferably in crisp, stunning detail. However, with so many quality action cams to choose from, selecting the right one can be tough. To help...
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For capturing and recording adventures, few brands can top a GoPro. Whether you’re on land, in the air, or under the sea, GoPro has you covered. But no matter which GoPro you choose, you’re probably...
3 months ago
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Whether you’re a student or a seasoned veteran, selecting the right camera can make your head spin with questions. Does sensor size matter? What’s the difference between 4:2:0 and 4:2:2? Do I really need a camera that can record 4K? What about raw? We’ll explain the key components that help a camera produce cinematic images, and in doing so, hopefully help you make that all-important decision....
5 months ago
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As someone prone to discussing video gear with just about anyone willing to engage in related conversation, one topic that is frequently brought up to me is the price and purpose of professional video gear and the seeming price disparity, in contrast to consumer or prosumer gear. In this installment of pro gear discussions, I will delve into what separates professional cinema lenses from their...
7 months ago
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It is easy to say that tripods are all basically the same, aside from the size. After all, with few exceptions, they serve the same purpose and operate with the same mechanics. Video tripod systems include the tripod legs, along with a fluid head to top them off. The head and the tripod can be purchased separately—but purchasing them as a system reduces the chances of mismatching your gear. If...
9 months ago
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The holidays are upon us; who is going to turn down an ARRI Alexa LF? I know I won’t, so if any long-lost relative is reading this and is unsure how to make a good impression, feel free to give me an ARRI Alexa LF or, for that matter, any of these...
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