Quick Video Lighting Breakdown

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One of the things I do outside of this site is serve as the visual director at my church, which affords me plenty opportunities to experiment with different aspects of video production. I recently made a change to our video set that we use for announcement videos and created a diagram to answer some questions I’ve received about what the set looks like. [Read more…]

4K Video – Is it worth it?

Here’s a great video from Linus Tech Tips that gives some insight to the 1080p/4K debate and some practical considerations for shooting, editing and exporting in one over the other. It pays particular attention to online video use (and specifically with regard to YouTube videos) and how they use the Panasonic GH4 and Sony FS700 as 4K shooting options.

I have been a proponent of shooting 4K and editing in a 1080p timeline to afford additional reframing options (or even 1080p footage in a 720p timeline if you are limited to HD cameras). The above video, however, makes the additional argument for 4K exports even if you are working in a 1080p timeline. That’s a new consideration for me but, given how YouTube treats 4K files, is certainly worth considering and testing in the future.

For those of you who shoot video, what format do you prefer to shoot, edit and export?

[YouTube via Reddit]

These Production Promos for the Rugby World Cup Will Make Every Cameraman Smile

In the lead up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Sky Sport released a series of advertisements featuring a lighthearted play on the camera and production crew and their readiness for broadcasting all 48 matches live.

From assembling cameras blindfolded to learning the first rule of being a cameraman, the quips in these ads will surely make you smile. Check out the rest of the series below. [Read more…]

Avid Announces Free Version of Media Composer

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Avid has revealed its plans to release a free version of its popular Media Composer video editing software. Dubbed “Media Composer | First,” it will be scaled down in features but will still offer much of the experience for which Media Composer is popular.

Avid has not divulged the complete details on Media Composer | First; however, it will launch later this year. The available info from Avid highlights an in-app Marketplace for purchasing effects and stock footage. Additionally, Avid also highlights cloud connectivity, stating that all projects are stored in the cloud with media stored locally.

As Avid’s FAQ reinforces several times, Media Composer | First is targeted specifically at beginners. Avid makes effort to encourage anyone looking to become a serious editor to look at the full version Media Composer instead.

Avid Media Composer | First will officially launch sometime later in 2015.

Canon Launches $40,000 4K Reference Display

Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display

Canon has launched the DP-V3010 4K reference display for digital cinema color grading and 4K post production and effects monitoring. The DP-V3010 is a 10-bit IPS display with a 4096 x 2560 and 16:10 aspect ratio. Obviously, this is a high-end display (at $40,000 retail) and is made for larger productions.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]