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As filmmakers, we’ve all heard that it is important to get BTS video and on-set shots. On my last shoot, I handed a digital camera to a PA and said, “Take behind-the-scenes-stills.” This did not work out well, because I ended up with about 900 stills, of which 97% were useless. It wasn’t the PA’s fault—after all, this is a highly developed craft, and he had no idea what to photograph. I also had...
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When looking to align camera images with what their eye sees, to smooth complexions subtly, or to create specific looks for various scenes, moods, or locations in their projects, experienced videographers and cinematographers often turn to optical filters. When you’re confident about the look you want, optical filters also enable you to “bake-in” elements of your vision, both saving time in post...
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From the filmmakers: "3:13 is a one-minute horror short created for Make Long Story Shorts, on Instagram. Inspired by the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, this film follows Maria (Robbie Jean) who experiences a terrifying visit by a shadowy Demon (Diamond Simone) at 3:13 AM, but can't move—only to wake up and realize it was a nightmare. Working within the limited time length, I wrote a 'loop'...
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You’ve shot, edited, and finished your film. You’ve sent it off to the festival circuit, and you’ve been getting accepted. Congratulations. And yet, each festival is asking you for promotional material, on-set stills or behind the scenes (BTS) video. Sadly, all you have is a picture or two from just before you started shooting, and one that the crew sent around—of you, passed out from exhaustion—...
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Watch Rachel Silver at B&H’s Depth of Field 2019 discuss her motivation for creating Love Stories TV, a wedding video platform that aggregates footage from videographers and delivers it to a worldwide audience of millennial women and engaged couples. Silver also discusses the benefits of publishing wedding content online and other useful tips. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to...
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At NAB 2019, word on the convention floor is that 8K is here! With new 8K cameras, displays, and video gear surrounding the show floor, Doug went around to find out just what the 8K buzz is all about. After you’re done watching, be sure to check out all our NAB 2019 coverage at BandH.com.
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Right off the bat, it is clear that these nascent raw formats are good news for the industry. Apple and Atomos teamed up for ProRes RAW—which is going to be compatible with the Nikon...
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Conceptually speaking, the Microsoft Surface Pro might be the leading example of what modern computing has become, with many users not needing a full-fledged desktop setup, and others requiring just a bit more than what your average tablet can provide. The Surface Pro, now in its sixth...
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Every so often it is a good idea to sort through all your gear. With winter releasing its grip and nicer weather on the way, now is the perfect time to assess what you have, what you’ve lost, give it a good cleaning, and figure out what needs repair, what needs replacing, and what you should just shed. If you are a gear junkie like me, the thought of getting rid of any piece of gear probably...
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Video-production monitors can offer a dazzling array of features with price tags running the gamut (no pun intended) from several hundred dollars all the way up to the price of a new car. So, while your budget will understandably be a primary consideration, what else should you look for in a monitor when setting up your editing system? Read on for some general factors to consider when choosing a...
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Lights! Camera! iPad? Believe it or not, the Apple iPad Pro (Late 2018) has gotten good enough to be an outstanding tool for filmmakers. Its versatility makes it useful, regardless of what part of the production you are working on. Standard productivity concerns are easily handled; apps for...
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Since 2015, the consumer drone market has grown at a blistering pace, with some forecasters predicting it will hit a market value close to $17 billion by 2020. One of the drivers behind this breakneck growth is the nascent subcategory of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV), also known as underwater drones. In this guide, we’ll break down everything you need to know about this exciting new...
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For capturing and recording your adventures, few brands can rival GoPro. Whether you’re shooting on land, in the air, or under the sea, there’s a GoPro for almost every occasion. But what if your latest excursion takes you into more challenging weather or environments, such as extreme cold temperatures or wintry landscapes? Fret not, for even in the snow and ice, GoPro has you covered—with the...
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Of all the seasons, winter can present some of the most challenging weather conditions for drone pilots. Cold temperatures, precipitation, and heavy winds are just some of the potential threats to you and your aircraft. But just because it’s more difficult to fly during winter, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Here are some tips and helpful hints for safely operating your drone during the winter...
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Digital photography has made cameras a lot more complicated and, once we tacked on video, we entered a whole new world. The latest mirrorless cameras and DSLRs are incredibly capable video-making machines, with 4K recording at up to 60 frames per second. Some even offer advanced modes that bump the specs up to 10-bit over HDMI, have different sampling options including 4:2:0 and 4:2:2, and there...
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