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New Sony FS7 Video Tutorials by Alister Chapman

Ever since its introduction at last year’s IBC Show in Amsterdam, the PXW-FS7 has been taking the professional video world by storm. Easily the most sold camera in Europe for the past 12 months according to a Sony report, the Sony FS7 does pack a wealth of

An Alternative Workflow For Creating a DCP Using SCRATCH

Assimilate’s SCRATCH software is not only a premier DI solution delivering real-time data management of dailies, conforming, editing, advanced colour grading, 3D compositing, finishing and mastering for your projects, but it can also be used as a platform than efficiently can help you to create a DCP package for theatrical exhibition of your

Stabilizing Shaky Footage in DaVinci Resolve

One of the less known features of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is the ability to stabilize shaky footage. Some people are seriously questioning whether the Stabilizer in Resolve performs as good as the Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro, for example, however if you’re on the rush, and DaVinci Resolve

Choose the Version of ProRes Best Suited to Your Project

No matter what kind of project you’ve been involved with over the years it’s more than likely that you have used ProRes, or any other type of intermediate codec at some point in time, for primarily capturing, editing, delivering or for archival purposes, or all of the above. With the Apple ProRes

Tips & Tricks For Shooting An Interview as a One-Man Band

Shooting an interview as a one-man band is a common practice in the world of the independent filmmakers and documentarians. Being in this position on set, one is required to operate the camera, light the set, be a sound recordist, director and interviewer all-in-one. Very often, this turns

Isolating Colours and Stylizing Your Grade in DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 11 is not only a true high-end colour correction software and full-feature editing platform, but also can be used for creating a plethora of stylised looks for your video. For example, you can quickly isolate and emphasise on different colours to create a more appealing look, set a different tone

Time Remapping In Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Remember these super cool freestyle extreme sports videos where the guy on the skateboard is jumping off the vert ramp high in the air, and suddenly the action slows down, and you could barely notice any movement at that very moment, except the guy in focus, slowly drifting in the

How to Mask a Moving Object in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

It’s quite impressive how much the technology has grown as of right now, and it has no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Talking about the NLEs in particular, we can’t miss the fact that some complex and labor-intensive operations such as mask tracking and rotoscoping, that

Enhance Your 4K Video by Picking the Right Font

Picking the right font for your next 4K video project is just as the same as picking the right 4K camera for shooting. Fonts can conduct emotions and can enhance and round out your project providing a stronger sense, or on the contrary, can ruin the overall impression and the impact

How to Easily Color Grade Your Sony A7s and FS7 S-Log Footage

With the implementation of the S-Log2 profile in the A7s, Sony has finally fulfilled one of the highest demands of professional shooters and enthusiasts alike for enhanced control over the image in an affordable package. Usually, a flat, Log curve would be present in much higher level cameras like

How to Shoot Better Day for Night Scenes

Shooting day for night makes a lot of sense in many shooting scenarios, especially for small independent productions. Probably you don’t have the resource to hire a team for night shooting, or you have some budget restrictions and couldn’t afford a massive lightning set up. Or better yet, you

Basic Setups for Shooting Green Screen

Shooting green screen has become an expected part of the current film production environment. Whilst films such as Avatar combine live-action with computer generated characters thus resembling to a large extent a children’s animation, Fincher’s films as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and more like Zodiac use

Avid Media Composer Now Supports Native 4K Editing

Three months ago Avid upgraded their existing intermediate codec DNxHD by adding DNxHR codec flavours that now support resolutions higher than HD. The new capabilities of the codec are based on an architecture called Avid Resolution Independence announced earlier in September that supports 2K, UHD and 4K native editing inside Media Composer

Tips and Tricks on Putting Together A Music Montage

One of the most common advises many professional editors would give young filmmakers is to try and find the best editor you know and the one you can afford to do the job for you. Undoubtedly, this is a reasonable advice, however there are always some little tips and

Which Codec Is Most Suitable for Your 4K Workflow?

Before answering this question we should take a more in-depth look at the definition and structure of video codecs. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about how codecs work, what are the differences among them, which one is better than the other, which codec should be used in a

Retouching Video Using Adobe Photoshop CC

Many of us still underestimate the power of the video editing features of Adobe Photoshop CC. Sure, who does actually need Photoshop when we have great NLEs like Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Avid or even Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve for example. The truth is that Photoshop CC