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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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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Adobe CS6 catching up to FCP X – Launching Online at 10am PST!

Editing on the run is about to get easier for Adobe users.  Looks like they’re playing catchup to some of my favorite time-saving features in FCP X: click-less scrubbing of clips, timecode-less audio syncing, image stabilization without bouncing out to After Effects,

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