Education & Inspiration

24 5d mark ii 7d canon eos dslr fox hdslr rodney charters t2i

Want To Make Better Video With Your HDSLR?

Rodney Charters says "Park the Camera!"

By Clint Milby | August 02, 2010

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Rodney Charters, DP for the FOX television series 24 about the HDSLR revolution, and some of his upcoming seminars. His presentations begin with some compelling behind the scenes footage and some deleted scenes from 24. "I'll also be talking about my own 35 year exploration of photography and provide some basic information about how to take a camera you buy in the store and make a finished video suitable for presentation." Read More


5d mark ii american society of cinematographers asc bootcamp canon eos dp explorers of light hdslr shane hurlbut work shop

Shane Hurlbut Shares Pearls at HDSLR Bootcamp

2 Day Workshop Promises To Rival Any Film School

By Clint Milby | August 02, 2010

Read More


camera dynamic exposure latitude mx mysterium-x one range red test

Next Stop: The Last Stop! RED MX Latitude Tests

An 18-stop test chart, a tunnel made of showcard and a dozen yards of black plastic ground cover later, we have a pretty good idea of the RED MX's exposure latitude.

By Art Adams | July 31, 2010

When DSC Labs offered to send me a 102db (translation: 18-stop) exposure latitude chart, I just couldn't bring myself to say no. And, naturally, the first camera I wanted to test was the RED ONE MX. How much better is the new sensor? Let's take a look... Read More


far red filter hot mirror infrared ir nd red one t1

IR Cheat Sheet, Updated to Version 2

Get the right filter for the right camera!

By Art Adams | July 28, 2010

At long last, an update to my fabled IR Filter Cheat Sheet. Not every camera responds the same way to IR; make sure you have the right filter for the right job. Read More


alexa arri far red flesh tone hot mirror infrared ir t1 tiffen

Arri Alexa and Far Red: A Problem That’s Already Been Solved

Most cameras have issues with far red or infrared. There are lots of filters to fix that, but you have to use the right one for the right camera. Read on to see what works with Alexa.

By Art Adams | July 28, 2010

Last night I had the chance to--finally!--touch an Arri Alexa at Chater Camera's Alexa preview party. And, being a curious sort of fellow, I decided to run some impromptu tests. IR tests are the easiest to do so I quickly did some--and in the process learned some interesting things about Alexa. Read More


filter hot mirror infrared ir mx mysterium mysterium-x red test

RED MX IR Tests: The New Sensor is Similar to the Old Sensor

Don't throw your IR filters away yet. You're gonna need them.

By Art Adams | July 23, 2010

RED says that their new sensor is more resistant to IR contamination than their original sensor. This test shows that, while there may be an improvement, IR is still an issue. Fortunately all the usual IR filter solutions work just fine. Read More


camera rgb color matrix mx mysterium mysterium-x red redcolor

Step into the Matrix: What I Learned from Examining RED’s Build 30 Color Science

RED says the MX sensor uses the same colorimetry as their old M sensor. Others say the improvements are so dramatic that this can't be. A search for the truth led me deep into the heart of The Matrix...

By Art Adams | July 21, 2010

Comparing the RED ONE "M" and the RED ONE "MX" in Adam Wilt's office.

The RED ONE MX is finally here, and it looks great--better than it should, considering that RED says that it hasn't changed the colorimetry of its sensors, only its sensitivity and noise levels. How could software alone make such a huge difference? I found out... the hard way. Read More


Sonicfire Pro 5 with After Effects CS5 Workflow Video Tutorials

Sonicfire Pro 5 with After Effects CS5 Workflow Video Tutorials

Learn how to use Sonicfire Pro 5 to create and edit music scoring for your motion graphics projects in After Effects CS5

By Jeff Foster | July 21, 2010

I've broken these tutorials down into three videos, using some real-world examples of how I work using SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 with Adobe After Effects CS5 projects, creating short production videos and motion graphics for broadcast. Whether I'm creating/editing a short video with layers of motion graphics or building a motion graphics animated opener/bumper, I can use the soundtrack creation and editing capabilities in Sonicfire Pro 5 to produce a quick, interactive workflow with After Effects CS5. Read More


adobe after effects avid edit effects final cut pro graphics guides shortcuts video

Handy, useful pdfs for post production

Thanks to Zak Ray for putting these free guides together

By Scott Simmons | July 17, 2010

I found a link via Twitter the other day that is worth sharing. It's to a number of downloadable PDF files that were produced (and licensed under Creative Commons) by director/editor Zak Ray of Worldwide Studios. There's quite the list and many of them might come in handy for the editors of the world. Read More


5d 7d avid canon digital dslr edit editing fcp final cut pro

DSLR Post Webinar available On Demand, extra questions answered

We answered a few questions in the podcast ... here's a few more.

By Scott Simmons | June 29, 2010

Last week I had the privilege of conducting a webniar with called DSLR Filmmaking Post Workflows. That webinar is now available on-demand from New Media Webinars for $25. That gets you the entire 90 minute webinar in HD, an audio podcast where we answered some questions from those attending, several Canon 7D video files for your own workflow tests and some useful links. There were a lot more questions asked by attendees than we had time to answer so I jotted down some quick answers to most of them and have posted below. Read More


adobe camera color color correction premiere pro

Color Correction Conundrum SOLVED!

Thanks to our PVC Readers!

By Bruce A Johnson | June 23, 2010

Many thanks to all the PVC readers that responded to my anguished plea for color correction help! You can see the before and after results above. Not perfect, but good enough for my purposes. Five readers (if you include Chris Meyer) offered ideas, but Eric Addison was both timely and pretty damn good. He even set up a small Premiere Pro sequence to be downloaded, unzipped and opened. Once the sequence was loaded, it was no big deal to save the color correction preset and re-use it in my four-camera HDV concert coverage. As you can see, the yellow was exiled and the shot was saved! Thanks, Eric!And a tip 'o the bike helmet to PVC readers Portishead, Jim Hines and PerroneFord for sharing their ideas too! Read More


5d 7d avid canon dslr final cut pro hdslr video

Join me for a free DSLR Post-production webinar this Tuesday

You can't make use of that DSLR's video capability without the post production.

By Scott Simmons | June 20, 2010

This coming Tuesday, June 22, I'll be hosting a free webinar discussing DSLR post-production. The program will kick off at 10:00 AM Pacific, Noon Central time and run for approximately 90 minutes. It's free to attend the event, all you have to do is register.UPDATE: This webinar is now available On Demand for $25. Click here to purchase the webinar and other supporting materials. Read More


5d 7d canon cinematography effects eos lighting mime music video vfx

Lighting Against The Wind: The Making of a Mime Music Video

If your first response to a low-budget music video contest is to cast one actress in three different parts, all of whom appear onscreen at the same time and interact with each other, then this article is for you.

By Art Adams | June 18, 2010

In the last two years I've often described myself as a "reel-building whore." If I'm asked to do a low-budget and "reel worthy" freebie by a trusted director/collaborator I jump at the challenge. When director Ian McCamey asked me to shoot a freebie music video with three interactive mimes who were all played by the same actress, I couldn't say no. Read More


ama avid edit editing fcp mac mc5.0 media composer software video

A tour around Avid Media Composer 5.0’s interface changes

Veteran Avid editors will notice quite a few new things with this upgrade

By Scott Simmons | June 08, 2010

With any big software upgrade there's going to be changes. Some visible, some not so visible. Personally, I love those changes ... as long as they add new or needed functionality without getting in the way. One of the big things we often worry about with big upgrades are interface changes that might clutter up a clean design or impart on the editor additions or subtractions that might seem more like a step backwards. Of course much of this type of thing is subjective. One editor's productivity enhancement is another editor's unnecessary feature. With that said, here's a look at some of the bigger interface enhancements that I noticed upon first working with Avid Media Composer 5.0. Read More


AdobeCS5 and nVidia:  First Impressions Part 2.1

One Mystery SOLVED!

By Bruce A Johnson | June 03, 2010

If you have been following my ongoing Adobe CS5/nVidia shakedown cruise (here's Part 1, and here's Part 2) you might have read my whiny cry: Read More


after effects commercial green screen lighting red spot vfx visual effects

VFX Tell the Story in California State Fair Spots

A RED ONE, a barn, seven kids, a guy in a yellow bear costume, the setting sun, an animated dinosaur and dozens of visual effects elements combine to create dazzling imagery on a moderate budget.

By Art Adams | June 01, 2010

A bit of prior planning, some clever visual effects and a new RED software build help a talented production team get maximum bang for minimum bucks. Read More


5d 7d canon ipad iphone ipod touch remote wifi wireless

Monitor your Canon HDSLR Wirelessly

A clever setup lets you monitor and control your Canon remotely.

By Adam Wilt | May 21, 2010

Berat User, a DP working in Chicago with Canon HDSLRs, came up with a clever way to monitor the camera's image remotely while walking around the set. Read More


dvd instruction red red101 reference training

Review: RED101 Training and Reference DVDs

How to familiarize yourself with RED ONE in the comfort of your own home.

By Adam Wilt | May 21, 2010

Jay Kelley describes using the RED ONE on a gearhead with an eyepiece leveler.

RED101 is a $60 DVD set covering most of what you need to know to build, configure, and operate a RED ONE camera. If you're thinking about buying or renting a RED ONE, or you just want to know your way around the camera, RED101 is a quick, easy, and enjoyable way to learn the basics. Read More


The DV Show lists 14 FREE FCP tools. Here’s 14 paid ones as well.

A great list of FCP freebies got me thinking about what are the must have paid tools as well

By Scott Simmons | May 16, 2010

The DV Show dropped a great post over the weekend that answered a question from one of their readers: "I'm looking for some plugins or tools to enhance my productions. I mainly use Final Cut Pro and was wondering if there are any free or low cost alternatives to make my videos look better." With that they listed 14 Must Have FREE Plugins & Tools for Final Cut Pro. It's a fantastic list of a number of great tools that will be right at home in any editor's toolbox. But this post got me thinking about some of the paid plug-ins and tools that are great in the FCP editor's toolbox as well. Read More


WEBINAR: Pristine HD Web Video Creation: Mobile video for Blackberry, iPad/iPhone + Google/Android

Learn how to create a single, pristine video for Web distribution from expert Allan T©pper.

By Scott Gentry | May 10, 2010

In this webinar, you'll learn:How to create a single pristine, optimized video file for the web, which is playable both with a Flash player (even on Windows, without QuickTime installed), as well as on an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry multimedia models, and Google/Android phones.How to determine the ideal bit rate for any particular video, quickly and easily: You'll learn both the tool and the technique.HTML5, H.264, and Flash: what you need to know about the present and the future.When (and when not) to de-interlace your material, and at what step in your workflow.Inexpensive software & hardware tools that improve quality and save time when you encode for the web, or various other SD and HD devices.Legal and practical reasons why you are sometimes better off using your own web server, rather than certain popular free web streaming services like YouTube and Vimeo.Discounts for all attendees on software, and on flat-rate web hosting with unlimited bandwidth.Register Now Read More