Why you probably don’t need the amazing MoVI camera stabilizer

The blogosphere is blowing up with talk of the new “game changing” stabilizer from FreeFly Systems: the MoVI.  It is a camera stabilizer based on the latest technology used for cameras on quadcopters.  It’s a smaller, lighter, and easier-to-use version of the

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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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Ultra Low Light Video with Metabones Speed Booster

Last night I had a ball filming  at a very dimly lit bar in Santa Monica.  There was a magical, convivial vibe in the air, and I wanted to capture the mood of the place the way I felt it, without attracting

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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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The $350 docu-filmmaking kit: Depreciation is Wonderful

Last week, I went out with some friends for yet another night on the town.  I brought along my Sony NEX-5n with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 pancake lens and made the short “Tuesday”. I recently discovered that this combo can be bought

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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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“Roadside” – Impromptu GH2 Short Film

I’m currently on a reality shoot in Texas and had my Panasonic GH2 along for interviews.  During a drive from San Antonio to Austin, I got an itch to go jogging and pulled off at a random exit.  I noticed the wind

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