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Jeff Foster’s New Channel: The PixelPainter

Jeff Foster’s New Channel: The PixelPainter

With permanent links to the archives...

By Jeff Foster | June 19, 2013

I've been contributing to various production/post-production channels here on PVC for years but created my own channel with the re-launch of the new PVC website format, titled "the PixelPainter". Here's where you can find more about my channel, my interests and of course, links to all my previous articles & reviews.

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Product Review: DJI Phantom Quadcopter for GoPro

Part 1 - Initial Testing & Useability

By Jeff Foster | January 31, 2013

Everyone is looking for that elusive aerial cam that's both affordable and easy to operate for the average videographer. I'm setting out to see if the DJI Phantom Quadcopter combined with a GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is the answer, in this two-part review and workflow study.

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Product Review: DJI Phantom Quadcopter for GoPro (Part 2)

DIY Upgrades and Troubleshooting for Better Video

By Jeff Foster | February 27, 2013

After using the DJI Phantom quadcopter with the GoPro Hero3 for about a month, I've discovered several tips, tricks and resources for getting better photos & videos with this setup. In this segment, I share what I've learned about stabilization, calibration and experimental mounts for the GoPro to get rid of Rolling Shutter (Jello Cam). I've also learned that I'm a terrible pilot and still need a lot of practice and "flight time"!

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The Hobbit in 48p 3D - Technological Hero or Flop?

The Hobbit in 48p 3D - Technological Hero or Flop?

First reactions to this new HFR format on the big screen...

By Jeff Foster | December 29, 2012

There has been much anticipation for this holiday release of The Hobbit - not only in bringing this classic novel to life from the team that brought us a success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but to experience the new technological advances of 3D on the big screen at 48p. But is HFR (high frame rate) really ready for "prime time" or are we just not ready for it? I share my first reactions after seeing it myself and connect with other sources/opinions in attempting to make sense of it all... and this is going to be a heated debate for years as subjectivity and viewer feedback will win out in the end.

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Product Review: Flashpoint 500C Portable LED Light

Product Review: Flashpoint 500C Portable LED Light

A temperature-adjustable 500 LED light panel for $200?

By Jeff Foster | February 06, 2013

Adorama introduces another hit in their line of affordable video and photo lights, with the Flashpoint 500C - a 500 LED portable light panel that features adjustable dual color temperatures and output running on either AC or battery power (battery not included), works on overseas voltage and includes sturdy, built-in reflective barn doors - all for about $200.

 

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Product Review: Lowel Blender 3 Light Kit

Product Review: Lowel Blender 3 Light Kit

Extremely portable LED kit with dial-in color temp controls

By Jeff Foster | December 17, 2012

I give the new Lowel Blender 3 Light LED Kit a good inspection and ponder the possibilities of it being a single option portable lighting source for on-location video production/interviews. This kit offers extreme portability, dial-in color temp control and flexibility for more interview situations. For today's quick "run-'n-gun" productions, having limited time, space and setup requires a lot of flexibility - especially when you're shooting solo and your subject is on a tight schedule.

 

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Product Review: Steadicam Smoothee for GoPro

Product Review: Steadicam Smoothee for GoPro

Stabilize your hand-held GoPro or iPhone shots

By Jeff Foster | November 29, 2012

After struggling with homemade handheld rigs for my GoPro Hero2, I had the opportunity to use the Steadicam Smoothie in various shooting scenarios and after some practice, I believe it's the only way to shoot handheld with the GoPro or your iPhone. I only tested the GoPro Hero... Read More

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Green Screen Workflows: An Interview with a Compositor

Green Screen Workflows: An Interview with a Compositor

An interview that outlines the history and process of compositing

By Jeff Foster | November 30, 2012

As the author of the Green Screen Handbook (Sybex/Wiley, pub), I’ve been interviewed a few times for publications, blogs and videos. One such interview because a feature on a blog called the SpliceVine with Eric Wise. They do a monthly feature interview that publishes a new topic/question for each weekday and my interview was on the topic of Keying/Matting.

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Improving POV Cam Footage with a few Tricks in Adobe CC

Stabilizing, Lens Correction, Camera Filters and more...

By Jeff Foster | November 25, 2013

Whether you've strapped your GoPro to a car, motorcycle, boat, plane, snowboard, skateboard or a UAV, chances are you will need to stabilize that shaky footage, do some quick color correcting or do some lens correction to eliminate the wide FOV inherent with these POV cams. I'll share with you some tips on "fixing" your footage and images, including links to additional online video tutorials from my colleagues at Adobe.

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Updated Product Review: Genus Mini Jib with MoCo

Truly Compact and Portable Jib for DSLRs and HD Camcorders

By Jeff Foster | June 28, 2014

The new Genus Mini Jib was designed for portability and simple setup/operation on location. It's not meant to be a studio jib but while it can handle a decent payload of about 9lbs, you can manage to get a decent load to balance and maintain control of the operation. I give the Genus Mini Jib a thorough test with different camera configurations and push it to the limits. UPDATED with the Genus MoCo motion control system for the Mini Jib started on the bottom of Page 2.

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