Magic Lantern raw video: How I shoot and edit on the run

Last year, the wizards at Magic Lantern enabled raw recording on Canon DSLR’s.  Raw is the same lossless format used by the highest-end cinema cameras like RED and Arri Alexa.  It’s a breakthrough in image quality, but the painfully tedious workflow and

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Optimizing Film Grain for Web Output

Adding film grain gives character to the images created by DSLR’s and video cameras.  It can create moods, evoke an era, or just give a sense of style.   However, It can be frustrating to optimize film grain for Youtube, Vimeo, and

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Converting 60p or 30p footage to smooth 24p: a quick guide

24 frames per second has long been the standard frame rate for film production.  30fps and 60fps have a distinctly “video” look, which is often undesirable.  So how do you achieve this cinematic look if your camera only shoots 60 or 30fps,

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Your old reading glasses are your new effects plug-in

Got $10? Get some reading glasses, or grab some old eyeglasses, pop out the lenses, and hold them in front of your lens to create magical effects.  You’ve probably seen this look before; perhaps you didn’t know how it was done. It’s

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Cinematic video settings on the Sony RX100: a step-by-step guide

If you have a Sony Rx100, you know it’s the best compact camera for video.  But getting the settings right can be tricky.  This is meant to be a handy, step-by-step guide for getting the best video out of the camera.  Stills

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How to film your Vegas fling and get away with it

Last fall, I was approached by VivaVegas.tv, a Las Vegas events promotion company, to create a branded video about one of their nightclub parties at Haze.  I’ve never had a particular interest in shooting at clubs, or events of any kind, because

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Wider, Brighter, Cheaper? Metabones Speed Booster + Nikon Manual Lenses

Last night I hit the town to test out the Metabones Speed Booster on my Sony NEX-5n with some old Nikon manual lenses.  For the uninitiated, the Speed Booster is the “Holy Grail” adapter that allows any NEX camera to accept full-frame Canon

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Skip the ND (Neutral Density) Filter and add your motion blur back in post

Neutral Denstiy Filters are a pain to use. From storing them, to attaching and removing them from the camera, to adjusting them to changing lighting conditions, they add significant hassle to video production.  For the un-initated: we use ND’s to cut down

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Walk Like a Steadicam (Part 2)

It’ s long been my geeky dream to be able to get those fluid Steadicam-style tracking shots without any external gear.  Last year I posted a couple tests using warp stabilizer to smooth out the bumps, to mixed results. I’ve been practicing

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Your Sony RX100 can go aerial for about $700 with the DJI Phantom

Quadcopters, those mini-helicopters that fly cameras with amazing fluidity, have been around for a while.  But their cost and complicated operation has kept them out of the reach of non-helicopter experts until recently . Enter the DJI Phantom: a low-cost, backpack-sized, pre-built

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