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21 Jul

7 Summer Video Projects to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

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It’s official - summer is halfway over, meaning a lot of people are probably feeling the summertime blues. The heat and sunburn are getting more intense, and any creative energy is bogged down by the humidity. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of seven summer video projects for every skill level. Whether you do videography professionally and are just looking for a fun way to get your creative juices flowing, or you’re a total newbie to all things video and are looking for some projects to help get you started, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these seven summer video projects and get your summertime mojo back! 1. The Family Tree This twist on a classic home video will...
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19 Jul

Everything You Need To Know About Shooting Music Videos

Music videos are not only one of the most fun forms of videography, but they’re also a great way to hone your technical and editing skills. Although they require a bit more setup, planning and equipment than other types of videography, the final product is well worth it. Even if you’re new to videography or have never shot a music video before, with the help of this how to guide, you’ll be ready to shoot music videos like a pro. The Equipment Music videos require more equipment than most other types of videography, so you’ll need to plan ahead. Shooting music videos with only one camera body is extremely difficult, so this project is best done with a couple of friends....
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15 Apr

GoPro Unveils a Virtual Reality Camera Rig

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GoPro has unveiled a virtual reality camera rig set to give action photographers and videographers a chance to send their creations into another realm, so to speak. Dubbed the Omni, the rig looks like a hollowed-out cube with attachments on all six sides that will hold GoPro Hero4 cameras. When six cameras are put together and equipped inside of the rig, it creates a single, 360-degree video. As with most things GoPro does, this virtual reality camera rig will undoubtedly be marketed to the more mainstream consumer, rather than professional filmmakers who most likely already have access and the funds to afford virtual reality rigs. In fact, GoPro already has a “professional” VR rig on the market: the Odyssey. That bad...
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1 Apr

Drones Color the Sky with Smoke Grenades in Mesmerizing Short Film Chromaticity

Looks like drones can add yet another skill to their expansive resume: making rainbows. Director Paul Trillo has crafted a mesmerizing short film, Chromaticity, that essentially turns the sky into a bleeding canvas of glorious Technicolor and wonder, all thanks to drones and smoke grenades. Utilizing four drones, including DJI Phantom and DJI Inspire drones, Trillo and his team, aided by Aerobo, a company that designs and operates drones for various applications, including filmmaking purposes, took to the sky above the Jersey Shore and made it their canvass, saturating it with colored smoke grenades. Attached to the drones, the smoke grenades unleashed bursts of colors in the sky over the ocean. The drones, which were programmed to pull off various feats...
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21 Dec

Patagonia 8K Reveals Surreal Destinations in Southern Chile and Argentina

Tired of seeing the same destinations covered in time lapse videos? For something new and fresh, check out Patagonia 8K. The clip is a stunning display of never-before-seen footage of Chile and Argentina. Created by Martin Heck from Timestorm Films, the video was shot in 8K resolution, which is 16 times sharper than standard HD of 1080p. After six weeks of intense filming, here’s the short film that everyone is raving about: “Patagonia 8K explores the beautiful and rough landscapes of southern Chile and Argentina. Shot in 8K resolution on a medium format camera, it's aimed to deliver the most realistic experience,” said the description of the clip in YouTube. “Shot in 6 weeks, traveling over 7500km from Santiago to Punta Arenas, we...
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1 Dec

Nokia Enters VR with $60,000 OVO Camera

Our cinemas are expanding. To make movies more immersive, theaters have been slowly but surely upping the scale of the silver screen. At least one IMAX theater is likely right down the road from you and the wider 16:9 aspect ratio has long eclipsed the less sweeping 3:4. While it may seem like everything should continue to get bigger and bigger, the most immersive revolution in cinema's history is actually small enough to hold. VR headsets are just now making their way into consumer's hands with Google's Cardboard, Samsung's Galaxy Gear VR and the Oculus Rift. Film as an a virtual experience is the next frontier, the next big platform for artists to conquer - and it looks like Nokia wants...
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15 Oct

7 Tips for Recording Your Next Cross Country Road Trip

In the summer of 2012, I decided that I would travel over 3,700 miles in my Rav4 from Washington, DC to my new job in San Francisco. I also decided that I would record the whole thing. After all, I'd be alone for over 2 weeks on my northern route that would take me up to Yellowstone before heading down through California. I'd need something to do. The video I recorded wasn't perfect. It didn't suck, but it also didn't blow me away like I wanted it to. If I was going to go on another road trip tomorrow, here's what I wish I would have known the first go-around. 1. Give yourself more time than you think you need. You don't want...
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6 Oct

Top 5 Action Camera Gear Items for Extreme Filmmakers

Leave your smartphones at home. Today’s action filmmakers rely on hardcore gear that can withstand harsh weather, rough handling and hours of intense shooting. That’s why we’ve compiled a handful of tried-and-tested tools of the trade that will help you take your action shots to extreme levels. GoPro Hero+ Wi-Fi Camera First up, you'll need a sturdy action camera. Lucky for you, GoPro just released the new Hero+ Wi-Fi. The latest addition to the brand’s line shoots with a quality of 1080p and 720p at 60 frames per second (eight megapixels for photos and time-lapse footage). Waterproof housing ensures the robust camera keeps rolling in depths as low as 40m. Even newer and half the size of the GoPro Hero4 is the...
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10 Sep

Top 3 Mini Drones for Superior Aerial Recording and Footage

Mini drones are a great way to enter the rapidly evolving UAV community. In the film industry, such machines are essential for capturing unique footage. Aerial Filming Trends Autonomous shooting is the future and there’s no reason to play hard-to-get with the technology. Handheld quadcopters have become increasingly affordable (some cost as low as $100) in the past five years. A small, powerful UAV can easily replace thousands of dollars worth of recording equipment. This allows you to get the shots you want without having to worry about going over your budget. Compact drones have several advantages over standard-sized UAVs. They can navigate around tight spaces, making the units perfect for discreet shooting at indoor venues. For travelers, small quadcopters are easy to transport (they don’t take up...
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