Digital Video Tips and Tricks

Cinema has come a long way since Eadweard Muybridge used 24 synchronized cameras to produce a photographic moving image. Though the original intent was to prove whether horses lifted all four feet from the ground when they galloped, the significance of the experiment was far more groundbreaking than merely solving an ancient anatomical puzzle. That moment in 1878 was the conception of the cinematic medium, birthed nearly two decades later in the form of Thomas Edison's Kinetograph: the first true motion picture camera. Soon, other pioneers began to push the medium out of its infancy, evolving a technological curiosity into a limitless vehicle for creative expression and exploration.

Over a century of innovations later, the ever-growing power of digital editing systems and the arrival of the DSLR camera has signaled the beginning of a new era in which the visual quality of a Hollywood production can be achieved by almost anyone for just a tiny fraction of the cost--though not without significant creative effort and technical expertise. The days of using light meters to guess proper exposure and editing film strips by hand may be over, but the digital era offers a whole new wilderness of obstacles for the modern filmmaker to overcome.
In this collection of Tips and Tricks, we will be guiding you through several Basic Training series on DSLR cameras and various post-production programs. In addition, we will also be providing lessons in basic lighting and green screen techniques, as well as short how-to videos for specific editing tricks.

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Green Screen Basic Training

If you're looking to shoot on a green screen but have no idea how to go about getting one, how to shoot on one, or how to edit the footage afterwards, the very thought of it all can be daunting. We created this Basic Training series to help prepare you to shoot with confidence and edit with expertise

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DSLR Basic Training

Whether you are a photographer looking to branch out into video or an experienced videographer about to use a DSLR for the first time, it is important to remember that the visual power packed into these small devices comes with an intimidating learning curve. Not to worry, however: this Basic Training series will serve as a step-by-step guide to help you become both a skilled DSLR operator and a master of its post-production workflow.

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Brands We Utilize

  • Canon Amazing True HD quality from their SLR cameras and lenses.
  • Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and whole host of state of the art software.
  • Kino Flo Clean and even lighting, that gives off very little heat.
  • Arri Great and professional tungsten spot lighting.
  • Mole Richardson Lights that can withstand any amount of beating - nearly indistructable.
  • ProTools Industry standar for recording and mixing audio.
  • Sennheiser High quality wireless and wired microphones.
  • Telmax Great through the glass teleprompter.