The Friday Roundup – Steadier Handheld and Mask Transitions

The Marching Band Trick to Steadier Handheld Moving Shots
This is a great demonstration video for shooting steady handheld footage.
I have read and even written a lot of tutorials on this subject and sure there are lots of tips and tricks but this one actually shows it.
I have seen and have used the camera strap trick to keep the camera steady but I have never seen the…
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11 Practical Filmmaking Pro Tips on How to Film Yourself

Filming the movies by yourself, where you are the main actor, is getting to be very popular, primarily due to the quality video recording gear that is quite affordable. The movies that used to require a team of professionals are now made by individuals. There are some tips that you should use to have your work look really professional. Use the camera proper for what you…
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Cleaning A Voice Track With Audacity

One of the best ways to improve your home videos whether they are of family events, outings, or even videos you are making for online consumption is in the area of audio.
There is an old saying that the most important part of video is audio and in this case you can make your videos more watchable by making them more… listenable! (OK! I know that’s not really a…
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Interview Lighting

A key lighting technique for any aspiring video maker is the interview setup.
You don’t need to break the bank to get it right and with a few tips you can master this vital skill.
The first step is to look at the space you are shooting in and work out the best positioning for the subject and camera.
Which spot will make best use of the existing features such as leading lines…
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The Friday Roundup – Pinnacle Dynamic Masking and YouTube Videos

Dynamic Video Masking in Pinnacle Studio 24
First of all let me just clarify that I have not turned into some kind of strange Pinnacle Studio fanboi!
The reason I say that is that for the last few weeks I have been reporting on the release of Pinnacle Studio 24.
Usually that would mean a blog post announcing it and then an update of the review that you can see here,…
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How to Turn Boring Shots into Bitchin’ B-Roll

There are quite a few things that you can do to change boring shots into some great b-roll footage. First, it is extremely important to get all the small details right when it comes to shooting footage. Make sure that the lighting is properly done and the frames per second will highlight the shot. Move the camera around to make your shot feel more energetic and you can…
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DVD File Structure With Notes on Recovery and Finalization

I recently received an email from someone with some questions about DVD video discs, their files and structure and the relative safety of different methods of DVD recovery or repair.
My reply kind of went on a bit as I am inclined to do so I thought I had better post it here so I don’t have to cover it again… I’m lazy like that.

The Basics of DVDs and DVD Video File…
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Building A Travel Audio Recording Toolkit

Many people outside of the filmmaking industry do not realize that audio is just as important as video, but those within the industry understand that audio is crucial. Budget cameras usually provide poor audio quality, so it can be important to simply get an audio toolkit, but there are some mid-range cameras that provide sufficient audio quality that is better than what…
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7 Tips to Help You Avoid Common Audio Pitfalls

Audio is just as important to the viewer experience as video. Studies have shown that poor audio can lead to negative reactions from viewers. First, it is important to use a standalone camera instead of one on a recorder. An individual camera can give higher quality sound. Secondly, it is important to get as close to the source of audio as possible. The closer you are to…
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Cables Matter—Test Your Connections

In the past it was not difficult to know which cables to use, but in recent years the rise of many potential cables has made knowing more difficult. Now that USB cables and thunderbolt cables look similar, it is more difficult to know which cables to use. The cable that you use can greatly impact performance and the speed of read and write operations. It is not enough to…
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