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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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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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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