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by Matthew Jeppsen & Kendal Miller

Matt Jeppsen is a freelance cinematographer, and Kendal Miller is a director at Cultivate Studios. They often collaborate on film & video projects, and you'll find related musings here....

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Kino Flo Lighting - Cine Gear LA 2012

Updates on the LED Celeb, the 4-bank Tegra, and new dimmable Barfly

By Matthew Jeppsen | June 07, 2012

While at Cine Gear LA, we stopped by the Kino Flo booth to get updates on their new dimmable Barfly fixtures with integrated ballast, the stunning new Celeb 200 color-mixable LED light, and the compact Tegra 4-bank kit with dimmer control and new grids. Watch below! Read More


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Updates from Kessler on a New Jib, new iOS App, and the Fusion moco beta program

By Matthew Jeppsen | June 07, 2012

Kessler's Chris Beller shows us the new Pocket Jib Pro prototype and gives us an update on the Fusion motion control system pre-release program for early beta users. He also shows off their Kessler app for iOS, and gives us an early look at the forthcoming iOS version of the Fusion app. Read More


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Incredible new daylight fixtures from Hive

By Matthew Jeppsen | June 07, 2012

Hive Lighting introduces their line of plasma lighting, daylight balanced lighting solutions that draw significantly less power than standard fixtures. This is incredibly cool tech, watch below! Read More


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How to get good production dialogue

Use a boom mic and some common sense!

By Matthew Jeppsen | May 15, 2012

Here's a short and sweet video with a tip on the best way to get good production dialogue audio from your talent. Watch below. Read More


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Shane Ross Reports from NAB on Post Production

Editor Shane Ross launches his standup career at NAB 2012

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 26, 2012

While we were bringing NAB to you with our extensive video coverage of the expo, editor Shane Ross was shooting interviews of his own with a focus on editing and post. His special report from NAB is engaging, informative...and funny. And he's wearing a Della Luce shirt! Watch below. Read More


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FreshDV NAB 2012 Video Coverage Playlist

Our latest video coverage from Vegas in one playlist

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 18, 2012

The FreshDV team is in Las Vegas all this week, covering the NAB 2012 tradeshow. We're bringing you, dear reader, video coverage and analysis from the expo floor. Watch our coverage in the playlist below. For more videos, you can follow us on Vimeo or check out this larger NAB12 playlist at Read More


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Daily Inspiration - Building Houses Music Video

Another beautiful video from director Jesse Rosten

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 02, 2012

Building Houses is the latest work from director Jesse Rosten, and it's beautiful. Recommend watching this at 1080p... Read More


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How to Edit Red Footage with Adobe Premiere Pro

"Accelerate your RED workflow with Premiere Pro" hour-long seminar recording and notes

By Matthew Jeppsen | March 23, 2012

RED Digital Cinema and Adobe teamed up recently to do a live online seminar and tutorial on the RED R3D workflow with Adobe Premiere Pro. The recording of that event is available free at the link below. This hour-long tutorial covers the following topics: Read More


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Importing Canon C300 and MKIII Footage into Avid MC6

Short tutorial on Media Composer 6.0's quick AMA ingest for these new camera systems

By Matthew Jeppsen | March 23, 2012

Here are two quick tutorials by editor Dylan Reeve that will show you the simplicity of importing Canon C300 and Canon 5D MKIII footage into Media Composer 6.0. Watch below. Read More


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Conan’s Post-Production Crew previews Premiere CS6

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pre-order Premiere CS6

By Matthew Jeppsen | March 15, 2012

The editors and motion graphics guys behind the scenes of the late-night show Conan have released an awesome Premiere CS6 preview video. It nicely sums up some of the reasons why Premiere is fast becoming the standard in post facilities that were previously FCP-based, and it offers a glimpse at what the latest CS6 version will offer. Watch below... Read More


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Gear In 60 Seconds - Nauticam NA-60D

Getting watery trick shots with this DSLR housing

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 09, 2012

Here's another FreshDV Gear in 60 Seconds video, on the Nauticam NA-60D housing for Canon 60D DSLR stills & video. In this case, we used the housing to get some wild trick shots for a short narrative film. Watch me jump off a waterfall in the video below... Read More


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4K > 1080P?

Why you probably don't need a 4K TV in your living room

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 30, 2012

There's a nice, ranty article over at CNET entitled "Why 4K TVs are stupid" that talks about 4K TV's in the home, and the coming marketing push from TV manufacturers. In the article, they summarize the mathematical reasons why our limited human eyes can't resolve the 4096x2160 resolution offered by 4K TVs, in average home viewing conditions. It got me looking for more info on this topic... Read More


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Daily Inspiration - Fleet Foxes Montezuma

Beautiful stop-motion and shadowplay on this music video

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 22, 2012

Great stop motion animation on this Fleet Foxes music video. I especially love how they've added depth by using the shadows as well. Simple concept, beautiful execution. Watch below... Read More


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Working Pros Discuss the Canon C300

Rodney Charters, Drew Gardner and Lan Bui discuss the Canon C300

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 16, 2012

What happens when you get three working professionals together late at night with the Canon C300 camera and liquor? They shoot camera tests. And that's exactly what happened when Rodney Charters, Drew Gardner and Lan Bui got together on New Years Eve. To test the C300's 20,000 ISO capability, they shot a quick low-light test using an iPad for the key light. They also spent quite a bit of time discussing the camera in general; one theme they spent some time on is the effect low-light performance is having on film lighting... Read More


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Lytro is the new RAW?

Light Field Camera for Stills, Video and 3D Applications

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 12, 2012

If you aren't familiar with Lytro, they are an innovative company that is very close to releasing a Light-Field Camera. This affordable consumer stills camera has the unique ability to calculate the angle of light hitting the sensor, and store that data along with the image data. Later, in post, you can refocus the image however you wish. It's amazing technology, and there's literally nothing like it in the consumer market. After watching an interview with Lytro's CEO, it really got me thinking about the future possibilities of this technology as a creative tool for professionals... Read More


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Daily Inspiration - Operation White Widow

An animated short with a creative twist

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 08, 2012

Here's a short, inspirational piece I spotted on Vimeo, entitled "Operation White Widow." Hopefully this will stimulate your creativity. Watch below... Read More


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So You Want to Buy a RED Scarlet?

Do you really need that new camera? An intervention.

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 01, 2012

I got a question on Twitter recently regarding the pros and cons of purchasing a Red Scarlet camera. After responding, I decided to expand my replies into this blog post in hopes that someone else may find it useful. Some of this stuff seems elementary, and I apologize if that's the case for you. But I do think that there are many out there who will benefit from this discussion about new camera purchasing in general. Read More


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Imagineer mocha tracking for Editors webinar, today at 10am PDT

By Matthew Jeppsen | November 10, 2011

This is last-minute notice, but there is a free mocha webinar today at 10am PDT. It's a 90-minute webinar that will cover mocha tracking for editors. You can register free here. Read More


29 Ways to Stay Creative

An inspirational pick-me-up for when you're stuck in a creative rut

By Matthew Jeppsen | October 31, 2011

Stuck in a funk, creatively speaking? Here's some ideas to break out of the old. Watch below... Read More


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Gear In 60: SmallHD Monitor Case

A fantastic hard case for the DP6 and accessories

By Matthew Jeppsen | August 08, 2011

Here's another video in our FreshDV Gear In 60 Seconds series that quickly shows how I store and travel with the SmallHD DP6 field monitor and it's associated accessories. Watch below. Read More