How to Rack Focus Your Camera Lens - 4 Methods Showing the Basics OK so on this one let's start with a little theory! There are two terms used when referring to changing the focal length of the camera during a shot and subsequently what is or is not in focus. The first is "Rack Focus" and the second is "Pull Focus." These two terms tend to get used interchangeably around … [Read more...] about The Friday Roundup – Rack Focusing, Webcam Videos and Art Direction
DIY Video Editor Blog
This is where you will find my weekly roundup (Get it? A cowboy on a horse? Roundup?) covering all the latest news, tips, tutorials and releases in the world of shooting, editing and producing video.
How To Build Your Own Video Editing PC One of the most common causes of problems with any video editing regardless of the software being used is a lack of computer resources being available. In probably 90% of the cases where readers have contacted me with editing problems the culprit turns out to be the computer and not the software. Editing with the H.264 codec (which … [Read more...] about The Friday Roundup – Computer Resources, Choosing a Camera and Masks
8 CAMERA SHOWDOWN - Can You Tell The Difference? I never really get too much into the wacky world of comparing cameras for video or trying to keep up with the latest and greatest in the subject. I just don't have the time or resources to do that and when you combine that with my natural laziness... well you know. Anyway one thing I really get tired of are those circular … [Read more...] about The Friday Roundup – Travel Video Cliches, Camera Shootouts and Ken Burns
Using Smash Cuts for Dramatic or Comedic Moments Rather than just endlessly use pre-packaged vanilla transitions or simple straight cuts why not branch out a little! In previous posts I have covered using audio along with straight cuts to create bespoke transitions but there are many, many other things you can do. One of those is the smash cut. On the surface this is a … [Read more...] about The Friday Roundup – Smash Cuts, Sequences and Isolated Vocals
Handheld Shooting vs. Stabilized This is a very good article outlining the different effect you are going to create from an audience perspective when you are using stabilized or handheld shooting. It is good info to know even if you are not necessarily going to be setting up to shoot in a pro manner. As an added bonus the article uses the opening Steadicam sequence from the … [Read more...] about The Friday Roundup – Handheld vs. Stabilized, Sam Kolder Effects