Cranes and Jibs

Mechanical techniques include the use of devices that allow filmmakers to create unique and interesting camera movements.

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Multicam Shooting

MultiCam IntroWhether it's shooting a wedding, baseball game, church service or two-person interview, shooting it with more than one camera can be a time-saving and very creative endeavor.

While the director has a lot to contend with, the shooter also has to keep some very important techniques in mind when taking part in a multicam shoot.

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10 Things to Remember When Shooting HD

Blaine01Here are some tips specific to lighting for HD and shooting with High Definition cameras:

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Live Shots

Liveshot01Everything these days seems to be moving at a faster pace than ever before. Drivers run a credit card through a reader on the gasoline pump so they can get in and out of the station faster.

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Shoot For The Edit

EditGraphic“So Johnny, this is a pretty good package, but why are you sitting on that shot for so long?

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11 Steps to Add Some Spice to your Videos

There are many ways to make your video dull. We speak derisively of "talking heads" on television because they're not exciting. It's one thing to be in a room with someone who is talking for an hour,

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Introduction to Lenses

LensThe lens is the single most important component of the camera system, and choosing a good lens can significantly improve the overall image quality of your production.

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Cheating the Eyeline on Reverses When You Have a Bad Background

If you are filming people in a studio you will probably have a degree of control over where to position them, decide whether they should be sitting or standing, and what background they will be in front of.

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Sports: The Camera

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A sports production will utilize a variety of camera types, unique point-of­view shots, extremely long telephoto lenses and different kinds of camera mounts.

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Hold On!

Hold0A pro's look at holding your camera

There is an old song that goes something like this: "Hold on loosely, but don't let go.

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Behind the Scenes at a SloMo Shoot

Ever wonder how those astounding slo-mo shots that make a broadcast or big-screen production jump off the screen are created?

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Rules of the Grid

Grid0Knowing the technical workings of your camera is half the battle of shooting a good video. Understanding good composition can really give your work some pizazz. If you've been reading this column for any length of time, you've heard me talk about the Rule of Thirds.

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Hawk Quick Check Chart

DSCLOGOQuick and precise camera matching for on location single- or multi-camera shoots

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Our Camcorder Classroom - The Camera

Today’s modern digital video camera is a technological marvel. For less than the cost of a decent suit of clothes, anyone can buy a modern camcorder that largely outperforms yesterday’s professional studio cameras.

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All About Lenses - Part Two

The Long and Short of It

The focal length of a lens affects three important aspects of the image: angle of vjew; depth of field and perspecUve.

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The Key to Chromakey

In the 1970s, the use of chromakey became widespread amongst local TV news programs, conjuring up images of cheesy weathermen in garish plaid polyester jackets standing in front of superimposed maps.

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All About Lenses

Lens00Without passing through a lens, the light falling on your camcorder's CCD would be as empty of information as a flash­light beam.

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White Balance

Your camera’s white balance function compensates for the variations in color temperature by making the dominant colored light appear as normal white light regardless of its true color. 

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Try a Tripod

md_tripod-imageFew pieces of video support equipment are as useful as the tripod. Simple in con­cept, elegant in function, the tripod has a long history of bringing needed stability to the world of photography.

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Bored by Your Videocamera?

Bored by your video camera's limitations? Wish you had a wider lens, longer zoom or could connect your camcorder to a telescope or microscope?

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Make Your Move

Movin00Unlike our counterparts in still photography, those of us shooting video have a wonderful advantage-motion.

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Sports Videography

A professional sports videographer may have better equipment and more experience than the casual home shooter, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to shoot good sports video with your consumer camcorder.

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Composition 101

Comp00Ask a lot of people what makes good art, and they'll all have a different opinion,

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Secrets of Spectator Shooting

Nice person that you are, you agree to document your neighbor's softball tournament. How can you make the usual boring home video into something more?

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Framing Good Shots

Framing01AThe images you record are the build­ing blocks and foundation of your video productions.

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Videotaping Sporting Events - Part Two

When my nephew made the football team, my sister's career as a videographer instantly went into high gear. Hollywood has never made a film as entertaining to 10-year-olds as watching themselves make that touchdown over and over and over.

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Dollies, Wheelchairs, and Wagons

Dolly00One important ingredient in feature-film production values is camera motion. We don't mean tilts, pans, and zooms. We mean moving the camera smoothly with a dolly, crane, or other device such as a Steadicam. The change in perspective that this motion creates gives the viewer artificial depth perception in an essentially 2D medium. Used well, camera motion adds a lot to the quality and feel of the production.

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Videotaping Sporting Events

It's probably fair to say that, after family fetes and forays, the most common video topic is sports; and it's equally safe to predict that too many amateur sports videos are, well, disappointing.

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Back to Film School

Back to Film SchoolWatching films is a classroom in itself, yet you really have to have the right tools to become a critical viewer.

All good directors are students of film. They devour film, looking at the way their peers chose to present the script - their shot choice, transitions, music and form.

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