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Pro Video Coalition

  • Premiere Creative Training Event Coming to Atlanta October 25-27th 2013
    The Atlanta Cutters are bringing the Southeast Creative Summit to Atlanta! Creative professionals have a dizzying array of tools available today. Knowing what to DO with all those tools to complete a task, create something original…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 3:27pm -
  • Multicam for YouTube in Final Cut Pro X
    This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how easy it is for anyone to create a multicam edit in Final Cut Pro X.Got a few friends and a few iPhones and/or iPads? Got Final Cut Pro X? That's all it…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 12:15pm -
  • Headphones: a few resources
    The secret of the search for perfect sound is that it never ends. While audio monitors are important for video, you might find sound isolation and higher quality easier to afford with headphones. You might also be tired of standard is…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 11:35am -
  • Vegas Visits Vivid - Part 2
    Earlier this year, Sydney design company Spinifex headlined the Vivid Festival with a striking building projection on the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Attracting huge crowds and critical acclaim, the fifteen minute sequence was compri…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 11:29am -
  • Vegas Visits Vivid - Part 1
    Earlier this year, Sydney design company Spinifex headlined the Vivid Festival with a striking building projection on the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Attracting huge crowds and critical acclaim, the fifteen minute sequence was compri…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 11:09am -
  • Banner Collective uses Adobe Creative Cloud to produce video content for Stanley Cup Final champs
    If you didn’t already know, hockey teams are a competitive bunch. No sooner had we posted about the LA Kings using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the Stanley Cup Moments series than we heard from the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Dahl, co…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 6:26pm -
  • Technicolor kills their Color Assist color grading application
    Word came out over the weekend that Technicolor has discontinued Color Assist and Color Assist Looks, their low cost video grading applications. This comes as a bit of a surprise as they were very recently still actively marketing the…
    - 6 days ago, 30 Jun 13, 8:26pm -
  • Product Review: Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle & Accessories
    Adorama's affordable Flashpoint brand has offerings for entry-level DSLR/DV students and budget-conscious indie filmmakers. So I've taken the gear to task in some various shooting situations to see how well it works under normal condi…
    - 6 days ago, 30 Jun 13, 8:02am -
  • Waving a flag in After Effects
    This video tutorial takes an old project, originally created in After Effects CS3, and explains all of the stages involved to create the final result.  It doesn't just explain HOW to do it, but it explains WHY everything has been don…
    - 7 days ago, 30 Jun 13, 1:02am -
  • After Effects ExtendScript Training: Ep. 13
    Welcome to episode 13 of the After Effects ExtendScript Training series. Today is a special day. Today, I am releasing my ExtendScript Developer Utility (E.D.U.) script.
    - 7 days ago, 29 Jun 13, 6:38pm -

News Shooter

  • New Metabones Speedbooster for Nikon-G to NEX and Micro 4/3
    By site editor Dan Chung: The Metabones Speedbooster has proved to be a popular item with many shooters looking for a large sensor look on smaller APS-C, Super35 and M4/3 sensors. This is accomplished by using an optic in the adapter to condense the…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jul 13, 3:35pm -
  • Canon’s new EOS 70D – A revolution in autofocus for video?
    By site editor Dan Chung: Canon have today launched what I think is going to be one of the most revolutionary technologies for real world video shooters – the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. The EOS 70D is a mid level APS-C DSLR replacement for the popu…
    - 5 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 6:47am -
  • Broadcast Asia 2013: Viltrox low cost EF to NEX lens adapter
    By site editor Dan Chung: Viltrox is a brand you may never have heard of – but they make probably the cheapest electronic NEX to EF adapter available. It claims to offer AF and aperture control with EF lenses but is not a ‘Speed Booster’ with o…
    - 10 days ago, 26 Jun 13, 2:13pm -
  • Broadcast Asia 2013: Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q working shooting RAW with FS700
    By technical editor Matt Allard: Broadcast Asia 2013: Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q shown working in RAW with FS700 from Dan Chung on Vimeo. Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q external recorder has been one of the most anticipated gadgets of 2013 so far…
    - 10 days ago, 26 Jun 13, 1:48pm -


Shane Hurlbut

  • The Need for Alligator Skin: Learning How to Lead
    Get out there and start to form that skin. Being sensitive is a strength and a weakness. Finding the right level of each is the hard part and you will find that balance.
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 5:06pm -
  • Documentary Filmmaking: Tell Small Stories
    As filmmakers, we have such an opportunity to tell small stories like Richard’s and it doesn’t take a lot of gear.
    - 10 days ago, 26 Jun 13, 5:02pm -
  • Where in the world is Shane?
    We have a few days off from shooting, so here is a poll. Filming on Need for Speed moves to what location this week?
    - 12 days ago, 24 Jun 13, 7:49pm -
  • How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Three
    Mr. 3000 Camera Lens Restraint. How different lenses, lighting and color help assist in storytelling.
    - 16 days ago, 20 Jun 13, 11:38pm -
  • How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Two
    How using different focal lengths can help assist character development in new ways. It is the cinematographer’s job to assist in the character arc process.
    - 24 days ago, 12 Jun 13, 4:59pm -
  • Canon 1D C Internal 4K Workflow
    Many people have asked about how I am processing these huge files from the Canon 1D C and its powerful 4K in camera capture. Here is how we roll it out.
    - 31 days ago, 5 Jun 13, 5:03pm -
  • How Lenses Assist in Storytelling
    The lens’ traits can help tell your story. The look and feel of lenses, their characteristics of color and contrast rendition, are all relevant factors.
    - 38 days ago, 29 May 13, 5:13pm -
  • Dark Energy for After Effects
    Lance Maurer and his team at Cinnafilm developed the Dark Energy Suite, a revolutionary texture management system. This is how I was able to seamlessly cut film and the Canon 5D MkII together on Act of Valor.
    - 45 days ago, 22 May 13, 5:11pm -
  • Lighting Day Exteriors
    Lighting day exteriors is as much about choosing the right time as it is about your manipulation of the daylight.
    - 52 days ago, 15 May 13, 5:00pm -
  • Your 4K Pro Recording Solution for the Canon C500
    The Codex S Recorder is incredibly lightweight and gives you assurance that your negative is under lock and key. See how we are using it on Need for Speed.
    - 59 days ago, 8 May 13, 5:12pm -
  • HurlBlog Reader Survey
    Please complete this brief survey and you will be entered in a drawing to win a one hour call with both Shane Hurlbut and Lydia Hurlbut. Ends May 10.
    - 65 days ago, 2 May 13, 5:04pm -
  • Podcast on Selecting Cameras for Need for Speed
    The approach to selecting cameras for Need for Speed. It's about each camera's unique abilities and how to use those abilities to your advantage.
    - 67 days ago, 30 Apr 13, 5:02pm -
  • Camera Motion for Filmmakers
    The Why, The Where and The When to Move the Camera: Using a Dolly on Mr. 3000
    - 73 days ago, 24 Apr 13, 5:00pm -
  • Blackmagic Camera Post Workflow
    We look at some workflow options for getting both the CinemaDNG and ProRes files out of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and into the NLE of your choice.
    - 80 days ago, 17 Apr 13, 5:01pm -
  • Inovativ Carts on a Game of Thrones Promo
    Recently, I shot a promo for HBO’s enthralling television series "Game of Thrones" and had the opportunity to put the Inovativ Echo cart through its paces in a real set environment.
    - 85 days ago, 12 Apr 13, 5:04pm -
  • The Music Bed App for iPad and iPhone
    The Music Bed has just released a cool little iOS app and it is a fantastic way to research what music you want for your project while you are mobile.
    - 88 days ago, 9 Apr 13, 5:01pm -
  • Training Your Eye – Lighting for Cinematographers
    Many say that the light meter is dead with digital. I disagree. It is the only tool that you have in your box that can measure what you love.
    - 94 days ago, 3 Apr 13, 5:38pm -
  • The Basics of Audio Equipment for Filmmakers
    In order to be a well-rounded audio engineer, it is crucial that you understand the tools available to you. Here I break down the audio equipment available and teach you their purpose, limitations, and some tips on learning how high quality audio is…
    - 27 Mar 13, 5:03pm -
  • Interview with Greg Staten on the HP DreamColor Monitor
    Greg is dedicated to producing a great monitor. He's fascinated with what his clients are doing with HP's products, and he's always looking for improvements.
    - 21 Mar 13, 5:25pm -
  • Hurlbut Returns Podcast
    I joined the NeedCreative Podcast again this week. We talked about the art and science of cinematography and then did a mini-workshop. I go into story scenarios and how I would light and lens them.
    - 14 Mar 13, 5:49pm -

Philip Bloom

  • In depth podcast with me talking about cameras, 4k, raw, one man band, story, passion and just about everything!
    I haven’t done many podcasts for ages. On Saturday I did one for AnticipateMedia and spent around 90 minutes talking with Paul and Ben about everything under the sun. It’s an honest, frank conversation that I think some of you will find really fa…
    - 35 days ago, 1 Jun 13, 6:51pm -
  • A personal post – a personal statement…
    Just to preface: I am sorry for this rather rambling post. Hopefully it doesn’t come across as too preachy. It’s meant to be taken, like the rest of my site, in the most positive way possible! It’s very open, very honest and pretty personal. He…
    - 37 days ago, 30 May 13, 8:53pm -
  • Why you MUST have 4K and raw and why you absolutely DON’T need it *
    I am trying to have a more attractive Zen outlook on life. So I am selling a load of my gear. Nowhere near most of it. Just a tiny fraction, but it’s time to do it and de-clutter my life, and that means regaining my house and avoiding being on hoar…
    - 39 days ago, 28 May 13, 10:44am -
  • In stock May 28th EST (US) Jibophobia or how I learnt to stop worrying and love the one man jib!
    ETHICS STATEMENT: Kessler Crane are my main site sponsor. They also make my pocket dolly. They are also my dear friends. This post takes a look at various low budget smaller jibs but mainly focuses on the new Pocket Jib Traveller from Kessler. It i…
    - 42 days ago, 26 May 13, 12:50am -
  • Canon 5D Re-Revolution?
    I am trying to have a more attractive Zen outlook on life. So I am selling a load of my gear. Nowhere near most of it. Just a tiny fraction, but it’s time to do it and de-clutter my life, and that means regaining my house and avoiding being on hoar…
    - 45 days ago, 22 May 13, 7:05pm -
  • How to “sort of” give your Blackmagic Cinema Camera a Super 35mm sensor!
    Ethics statement: I have no affiliation or financial arrangement with either Metabones or Conorus. I was loaned these adaptors to test. In fact, it cost me a few hundred pounds, as I had to buy two lenses to actually test them as I own no Leica R or…
    - 48 days ago, 19 May 13, 4:06pm -
  • The elusive work/ life balance….can you achieve success AND have a life?
    Above image courtesy of Kelly Alexandra Williams EDIT May 2013: So how am I getting on? Well to be honest nt great. I am trying to catch up to get to this point. But I am being very proactive to reach this. It’s not as simple as it sounds. Life cha…
    - 55 days ago, 13 May 13, 3:15am -

Vincent LaForet

  • The best explanation on Aspect Ratio’s I’ve likely seen
    First a big thank you for everyone who helped fund Seed&Spark’s campaign this morning!    Thanks to the 198 supporters along with Alex Buono, Philip Bloom,  Chase Jarvis,  Zack Arias, Tamara Lackey, The Diamond Brothers, & Shane Hurlbut helpe…
    - 7 days ago, 29 Jun 13, 10:35pm -
  • Is Hollywood really BROKEN? Help Spark some change…
     If Spielberg and Lucas are to be believed – Hollywood is indeed imploding!     Or perhaps you might want a contrarian opinion to assuage your fears of another Guy Ducker original post here and the ripples of panic that are hitting the industry…
    - 11 days ago, 26 Jun 13, 3:22am -
  • On Friendship, Managing, Respect and the Director/Actor dynamic.
    Recently I just witnessed something on a TV show that reminded me of one of the most important series of lessons I’ve learned over the past decade, and I think it’s a great opportunity to highlight those difficult lessons on this blog.   The TV…
    - 13 days ago, 23 Jun 13, 10:13pm -


  • My BulletProof Presentation at NAB2013
    Now everyone can hear the last words I spoke in Las Vegas. Litterally right after getting off the stage, my voice left me completely. I had to draw a picture of an airplane and show it to the cab driver the next morning.Just a reminder that the fr…
    - 29 days ago, 7 Jun 13, 4:52pm -
  • Slugline at BACPUG
    Pronounced “PUG with a BACKPACK.”On June 5, Clinton Torres and I will be guests at the first ever Bay Area Creative Pro User Group meeting, discussing Fountain and Slugline.Wes Plate of Adobe will also be there, showing off Prelude. There are…
    - 37 days ago, 30 May 13, 5:14pm -
  • BulletProof Free Public Beta
    BulletProof, which Red Giant revealed at NAB, is now availble for download as a free public beta.You’ve got a great camera, you’ve got a great editor — how do you manage everything between them? BulletProof is a complete media prep solution…
    - 46 days ago, 21 May 13, 7:40pm -
  • Haunting Melissa
    From the App Store:Veteran storyteller Neal Edelstein has reinvented filmmaking in a way that brings the power of hypnotic, episodic content to the iTunes Store. Viewed exclusively on the iPhone and iPad this frighteningly haunting story is relea…
    - 51 days ago, 16 May 13, 6:12pm -
  • Space Monkeys, Raw Video, and Giving Us All You've Got
    The team at Magic Lantern have managed to hack the Canon 5D Mark III to record 14-bit raw 1080p video at 24 frames per second. The results are stunning—the highest-quality video we’ve seen from a DSLR yet, comparing favorably to images from cam…
    - 52 days ago, 15 May 13, 5:23pm -
  • Cutting Through the Cloud
    Aharon Rabinowitz posted a wonderful breakdown of why you’re both right and wrong to be bent out of shape by Adobe’s announcement that most of their flagship software will go subscription-only.Adobe is a company that makes tools we all love an…
    - 54 days ago, 13 May 13, 4:20pm -
  • Systematic 43
    Put my talking in your ear holes!I had the great pleasure of joining Brett Terpstra on his Systematic podcast yesterday. We talked about Slugline, sucking at things, and cocktails. It was a really cool conversation that I think you’ll enjoy.Also…
    - 59 days ago, 8 May 13, 5:39pm -
  • Color Correcting Typewriters
    The promo video for Slugline was a fun opportunity for me to try my hand at (AKA rip off) the “show, don’t sell” style of my hipster pitchman idol Adam Lisagor, as well as a chance to bust out some DV Rebel production tricks, such as stealing…
    - 61 days ago, 6 May 13, 4:22pm -
  • Adobe Shows Off That Lightroom Thing I Described
    Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty appeared on Scott Kelby’s show The Grid and showed a “technology preview” of Creative Cloud-synced raw photo editing on an iPad.Sounds familiar!And although Tom mostly showed visual editing, necessary f…
    - 65 days ago, 2 May 13, 4:20pm -
  • Spy vs. Guy
    The latest Red Giant film by director Seth Worley is up, and it is as good as you’d hope. Better even.How freaking cool is it that Red Giant takes over their whole front page to show you a hilarious film that is only vaguely related to a new pro…
    - 73 days ago, 24 Apr 13, 5:02pm -
  • Slugline
    You probably saw this coming.Slugline is an app for writing screenplays. It uses Fountain as its native file format. It brings the power and simplicity of plain text to screenwriting, without sacrificing features that screenwriters need. In fact,…
    - 79 days ago, 18 Apr 13, 4:02pm -
  • BulletProof Unveiled
    BulletProof is a new app from Red Giant that fills a huge gap in the DSLR shooter’s workflow. You’ve shot this great footage—now what do you do with it?Large productions with high-end digital cinema cameras tend to be supported by a full DIT…
    - 87 days ago, 10 Apr 13, 6:28pm -
  • Blackmagic's New Cameras
    Blackmagic Design announced today what was leaked last night—two new cameras.The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a “4K for $4K” update to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Same not-quite-ideal-but-who-cares form factor, but now with a Super35…
    - 89 days ago, 8 Apr 13, 11:31pm -
  • After Effects Next
    Adobe has revealed the new features they’ll be showing off at NAB. Here’s some of what’s new in After Effects:Cinema 4D Lite and live 3D pipeline between Cinema 4D and After EffectsThe Refine Edge tool, which adds crazy good soft edge matt…
    - 93 days ago, 4 Apr 13, 5:44pm -
  • BulletProof
    Sign up for the free public beta at
    - 96 days ago, 1 Apr 13, 3:20pm -
  • Take Highland
    Convert, PreviewHighland, the screenplay conversion app from John August and company, is out of beta and available on the Mac App Store for $9.99 until the end of the month, $19.99 after that.Highland convertes screenplays back and forth among Fi…
    - 18 Mar 13, 4:00pm -
  • A Night to Remember
    Last night was a rough one for the Visual Effects community.I was about to embark down the road of writing up the evening’s events, as if I was some kind of journalist.But I’m not. I’m a director, and a visual effects artist. I’m a fan of…
    - 25 Feb 13, 11:40pm -
  • Dark Skies
    Dark Skies comes out in the US tomorrow. My buddy Scott Stewart wrote and directed it, and it’s really good. Go see it—prefereably with someone who will hold your hand.
    - 21 Feb 13, 6:49pm -
  • Newton2
    The dream is alive. If you don’t hear from me for a while, at least you’ll know why.Newton2, which now features joints, springs, and convex hulls, is available for $249.99 at
    - 20 Feb 13, 7:00pm -
  • RØDE smartLav
    Perhaps one of the most controversial posts I’ve ever made here was Production Audio is Ripe for Revolution. I admitted that I’ve always found production audio confusing and asked gear makers to take my money in exchange for making my life easie…
    - 3 Feb 13, 8:55pm -
  • Courier Prime
    John August has just released Courier Prime, a free typeface designed specifically for screenplays. John calls it “Courier, but better.” I think it’s beautiful.Screenwriting began in the era of typewriters, and it’s always been served raw…
    - 29 Jan 13, 1:02am -
  • 4K in the Home
    Read this cnet article by Geoffrey Morrison called Why 4K TVs are stupid. Read every word. Because it is smart.Have no doubt, manufacturers are going to start pushing 4K (some already are). The thing is, though, you don’t need 4K, because in the…
    - 22 Jan 13, 6:11pm -
  • Race Around the Track: 20 Years of After Effects
    Adobe After Effects is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. I’ve only been using it for 17 of those years, but I’m pretty sure I’ve packed about 100 years of use into that time.After Effects is my go-to creative tool for almost everything I…
    - 17 Jan 13, 5:39pm -
  • Let’s Cook
    Deadlines are good.I only had the camera for a week. And for that entire week, there it sat, unused except for a few test shots. I should shoot something nice with it, I kept thinking. Something pretty. Before the day comes that I have to send it…
    - 20 Dec 12, 12:08am -
  • Me on 24p
    For some reason I thought it would be a good time to repost this video interview I did with Rick young of MacVideo back in 2010. (Click on through if my wonky embed doesn’t work.)See also: Movies at High Frame Rates
    - 4 Dec 12, 10:50pm -
  • Watch Me Light Up the Room
    On Wednesday, December 5, I’ll be presenting at the SF Bay Area Lightroom User Group. I’ll be showing off my “Develop module workflow,” which means I’ll be dropping the science on making the pretty.I have a rather crazy methodology of wo…
    - 30 Nov 12, 11:06pm -
  • Reading Screenplays on the iPad mini
    John August responds to the question of whether the iPad mini is good for reading screenplays:It is. It’s really good.I agree completely. Even without a retina display, the mini is a thoroughly pleasant device for reading. And dictating scrip…
    - 27 Nov 12, 10:52pm -
  • Fountain for Sublime Text
    Jonathan Poritsky has put together a lovely Fountain syntax highlighting package for Sublime Text. Here’s what it looks like in action:A great (and free to try) way to write your next movie in Fountain.
    - 10 Sep 12, 10:24pm -
  • Production Audio is Ripe for Revolution
    Dear companies that make production audio gear,I love filmmaking. I love shooting. I love everything about the on-set experience.Except recording audio.When I’m filmmaking like a grown-up, I have someone else—an expert—handle dialogue recor…
    - 10 Sep 12, 5:11pm -
  • Adobe Anywhere
    Back in May I wrote:The “big iron” days are over. Simplicity is the new powerful. Fast is the new good. The computer is the new hardest working guy in the room. Except it’s no longer in the room.Looks like Adobe agrees:Promising!
    - 5 Sep 12, 5:33pm -
  • Final Draft Writer vs. the Innovation of Less
    Final Draft, Inc. released their much-anticipated iPad screenwriting app this week. Called Final Draft Writer, it promises complete compatibility with the desktop app, and near-feature-parity as well.We’ve known this was coming for a while. As Fi…
    - 31 Aug 12, 10:39pm -
  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera
    The NAB 2012 announcement of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (which folks are thankfully calling simply “the BMC”) from Blackmagic Design, the company that makes delightful video doohickies and acquired industry giants Da Vinci and Teranex, reveal…
    - 22 Aug 12, 6:35pm -
  • This is the Job
    Director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) revealed yesterday on Twitter that his “idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke.” He was talking about his take on a Daredevil reboot, and you can read the pol…
    - 16 Aug 12, 3:03am -
  • Story in Lego
    I read a lot of screenplays. None of them are perfect. It’s a big part of my job as an unemployed movie director to evaluate these scripts and suggest improvements.Almost every script I’ve ever read could have been better if the writer had fol…
    - 10 Aug 12, 7:56pm -
  • Apparently You Bought Some Bolexes
    Joe Rubinstein has posted a lengthy and detailed update on the Digital Bolex, including some historical perspective.I was particularly gratified to read this (something Elle Schneider had also mentioned in an interview):At the end of the day, We…
    - 27 Jul 12, 7:00pm -

Studio Daily

  • BBC Shelves 3D TV Programming
    BBC head of 3D Kim Shillinglaw says the Beeb will put 3D program development on hold at the end of 2013, with no plans to resume until 2017. In an interview with, Shillinglaw said the three-year hiatus comes after … more »
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 2:48pm -
  • Travis: Moving
    MPC's Motion Design Studio produced live projected animation to create a special in-camera effect — images appear in mid-air, floating in the band members' breath vapor — in this music video from directors Wriggles & Robins and production company…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 10:00am -
  • Focus on White House Down
    Perhaps no filmmaker has been more closely associated with VFX-enabled destruction than Roland Emmerich, the director of large-scale disaster movies that include such apocalyptic scenarios as Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, and 20…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 3:01pm -
  • Janelle Monáe: Dance Apocalyptic
    The eclectic singer, composer and record producer Janelle Monáe keeps the party going as civilization crumbles in this stylish video for her latest, "Dance Apocalyptic." It's directed by Wendy Morgan for Believe Media in New York.
    - 4 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 5:11am -
  • SIGGRAPH Mobile Presents Latest Advances in Handheld Technology
    Now in its second year, the SIGGRAPH Mobile program presents the latest advances in mobile technologies, graphics, and apps. In talks, workshops, panels, and demonstrations, mobile innovators from around the world explore powerful new graphics techni…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 2:51pm -


  • Build a 4K capable 14TB RAID for $3300
    Ryan Brown has a great blog post that walks you through his DIY RAID enclosure build. For $3288 he built a RAID5 box that delivers over 1100MB/s read and 1800MB/s write performance on his Windows system. Yes, it will work for Mac users as well. Ryan…
    - 21 days ago, 15 Jun 13, 8:08pm -
  • Cine Gear 2013 Coverage Wrapup
    Over at my PVC channel I wrote an article wrapping up what I saw at Cine Gear this year. Check it out here.
    - 32 days ago, 4 Jun 13, 5:05pm -
  • How to do a Cinemascope 2.35:1 crop in Premiere Pro
    I shot a commercial project last week that we chose to frame and crop to 2.35:1 frame. We landed on this aspect ratio so that we could carefully draw the audience’s attention to specific areas of the frame. The project was shot on the Canon C300, s…
    - 61 days ago, 6 May 13, 1:36pm -

Vimeo Staff Picks

Royal Canoe - Bathtubs
Official video for Royal Canoe's "Bathtubs." Director - Nathan Boey Art Director - Seth Woodyard DOP - Ryan Herdman Also, thanks to Mike Friesen, Satara Subadar, Eric Sung, Dan Boey, FRAME Arts Warehouse, Luther Alexander. Made with financial assi…
- 2 hours ago, 6 Jul 13, 5:16pm -
The Delorean Outfit
Shot completely with the BMCC and Zeiss Primes in RAW 2K and graded in davinci. Started grade by using the kodak 2393 LUT.Cast: kassim norrisTags: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, BMCC, Cinema DNG, 2.5K Raw, Davinci Resolve, Zeiss Primes, Zeiss…
- 8 hours ago, 6 Jul 13, 10:48am -
Ladi6 - Shine On
Director/Editor/Animator: Robert Wallace | Director of Photography: Simon Godsiff | Creative Consultant: Emily Macrae | Art Department: Simon Godsiff, Roxana McIntyre, Emily Macrae & Robert Wall…
- 23 hours ago, 5 Jul 13, 7:59pm -
A real-time audio-visual performance work that uses a bi-directional communication between audio and visual systems to create colour-shape-sound modalities.Cast: Paul PrudenceTags: Paul Prudence, Chromophore, Geometry, Colour, Sound, VVVV,…
- 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 2:45pm -
The Lion - Benjamin Scheuer/Escapist Papers
A music video for Benjamin Scheuer and his band Escapist Papers. It has just won the Special Jury Award for commissioned films at Annecy. Produced and Directed by Peter Baynton at Radish Pictures. Visit us here Follow us on Twi…
- 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 1:19pm -
The Photographer Series: Jonathan Mehring
"It's just an expansion of the high school road trip. You got your drivers license and you're heading out into the unknown." —Jonathan Mehring The Photographer Series tells the stories behind some of skateboardings most epic images and the dudes…
- 2 days ago, 4 Jul 13, 5:58pm -


  • Tracking objects at high speed
    This impressive camera rig tracks very fast-moving objects with a sophisticated mirror system. Hat tip to Fred Kim. Posted on MotionographerPosted on Motionographer
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 3:58pm -
  • Wriggles & Robins: Travis “Moving”
    London-based Tom Wrigglesworth and Matt Robinson, aka Wriggles & Robins, create this lovely in-camera music video for Travis’s Moving. On a chilly chilly set, the band’s breath reveals animations within a projector beams. My favorite part? The si…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 12:47pm -
  • Roger: Videophonic 2013
    Shiny work from Roger! A fully animated video for Creedence Clewater Revival’s “Lookin Out My Door,” for this year’s PROMAX BDA Session “Videophonics.” Posted on MotionographerPosted on Motionographer
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 11:38am -
  • Dr. Easy Vision Tests
    Password: cantor Shynola has been releasing some clever movie marketing for their forthcoming feature, “The Red Men.” The latest is a research film from Monad Life Science, creators of the fictional Dr. Easy robot at the center of the film’s st…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 8:20pm -
  • we think things
    we think things, who brought us the adorably clever Cummulus & Nimbus animations, has launched a new site and reel. Posted on MotionographerPosted on Motionographer
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 4:30pm -
  • Digital Currency and You.
    As our industry changes, it’s important to keep an eye on how trends in the wider world can affect us. While Motionographer does not specifically endorse companies or products, we do like to occasionally share interesting developments. Our creative…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 3:15pm -
  • Buck: Designed by Apple
    Elegant typography and buttery smooth animation from Buck make this spot for Apple a memorable, classy experience. Posted on MotionographerPosted on Motionographer
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  • Mikey Please: Marilyn Myller Trailer
    The trailer for Marilyn Myller from director Mikey Please looks as bewitching and magical as his work to date. Time-lapse making of here. Posted on MotionographerPosted on Motionographer
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 6:11pm -
  • Jordan Scott
    Fantastic illustration and animation work in the newly revamped portfolio of Jordan Scott. Posted on MotionographerPosted on Motionographer
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 5:52pm -
  • On Departure
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    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 4:28pm -

Art of the Title

  • Juno (2007)
    “I am a sacred vessel, alright? All you've got in your stomach is Taco Bell.” — Juno MacGuff…
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  • Evil Dead (2013)
    “You shouldn't have touched anything from that basement.” — Mia…
    - 11 days ago, 25 Jun 13, 12:00pm -
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
    “We're now a quarter of an inch tall, and 64 feet from the house. That's an equivalent of three-point-two miles. That's a long way. Even for a man of science.” — Nick Szalinski…
    - 18 days ago, 18 Jun 13, 12:00pm -
  • Chasing Shakespeare (2013)
    “You can never keep lightning from where it wants to go.” — Venus…
    - 33 days ago, 3 Jun 13, 12:00pm -
  • A Call for Sponsorship
    “As Criterion is to home video and Cinefex is to visual effects, Art of the Title is to title design.” — Charles de Lauzirika, director of Crave…
    - 40 days ago, 27 May 13, 12:00pm -
  • Elementary (2012)
    “Before you say anything, I'd like to remind you that I'm holding an axe.” — Sherlock Holmes…
    - 47 days ago, 20 May 13, 12:00pm -
  • OFFF 2013 Cincinnati (2013)
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  • The Seven Year Itch (1955)
    “Ohhh! This feels just elegant!” — The GirlPerhaps more than any other film title sequence, Saul Bass'…
    - 60 days ago, 7 May 13, 12:00pm -
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
    “I'm gonna offer the choice: do you want an empty life, or a meaningful death?” — The MandarinThis article is currently offline.You might like to browse the s…
    - 61 days ago, 6 May 13, 12:00pm -
  • The Third Man (1949)
    “You were born to be murdered.” — Major CallowayThough the modern title sequence would not emerge until several years later, the main titles for Carol Reed’s…
    - 68 days ago, 29 Apr 13, 12:00pm -
  • Da Vinci's Demons (2013)
    “Genius cannot be contained.”…
    - 75 days ago, 22 Apr 13, 12:00pm -
  • Skyfall (2012)
    “Life clung to me like a disease.” — Raoul Silva…
    - 89 days ago, 8 Apr 13, 12:00pm -
  • The Evil Dead Trilogy (1981)
    “Groovy.” — AshA glance at director Sam Raimi's 36-year Hollywood career produces a resume that reads like every 14-year-old boy's dream job: superheroes and v…
    - 96 days ago, 1 Apr 13, 11:00am -
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
    “I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.” — Hercule Poirot…
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  • SXSW 2013 Wrap Up
    For the fourth consecutive yea…
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  • Hard Rock Medical (2013)
    “Myths, Mishaps & Medicine”…
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  • SXSW 2013 Film Awards: Title Design Finalists

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  • Kroll Show (2013)
    “Show a little more very much respect to this beautiful creature here.” — Bobby BottleserviceA rapid-fire postmodernist piss-take,…
    - 26 Feb 13, 11:00am -
  • ParaNorman (2012)
    “There's nothing wrong with being scared, Norman, so long as you don't let it change who you are.” — Grandma…
    - 11 Feb 13, 11:00am -
  • Run Lola Run (1998)
    “What happened to you? Did you run here?” — ManniTick, tick, tick. The opening sequence of Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run is an experiment in choice, in allowing…
    - 4 Feb 13, 11:00am -
  • Young and Wild (2012)
    “Bible, Bible, Bible. Sex, sex, sex.” — Daniela…
    - 29 Jan 13, 11:00am -
  • Murder by Death (1976)
    “No pulse, no heartbeat. If condition does not change, this man is dead.” — Sidney WangWayne Fitzgerald’s opening titles for Murder by Death produce more que…
    - 21 Jan 13, 11:00am -
  • An Education (2009)
    “If you never do anything, you never become anyone.” — Jenny Mellor…
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  • Signs (2002)
    “Swing away Merrill. Merrill... swing away.” — Graham Hess…
    - 7 Jan 13, 11:00am -
  • 2012: The Year in Review
    It’s the end of 2012 and with a year like the one we just had, we felt it would be f…
    - 31 Dec 12, 11:00am -


  • Cyriak: Bloc Party ‘Ratchet’
    Wake up your Friday afternoon with the latest After Effects monster-piece by Mr. Cyriak Harris as he applies his singular command of recursive compositing to Bloc Party's "Ratchet" and pushes band performance videos over the edge into some mind-sheer…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 4:48pm -
  • Karni & Saul Slip “Skinmeal” onto Channel 4
    Loosely inspired by the work of David Lynch, this new short from Aardman directors Karni & Saul – featuring insanely detailed animated tattoos – was commissioned by Lupus Films for Channel 4's Random Acts, a short-form late-night arts block. Kar…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jul 13, 8:07pm -
  • MPC and Sam Brown Earn Their Strongbow
    VFX supers Kamen Markov and Tim Civil lead the MPC crew in their support role on this genius installment in the Strongbow "Earn It" campaign helmed by Rogue Director Sam Brown thru St Luke's. Kamen Markov: “While the acting is the backbone of each…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 4:49pm -
  • Laika Flips Open “The Boxtrolls” Teaser
    Take a peek at Laika's very promising follow-up to "ParaNorman," a CG/stop-motion hybrid effort called "The Boxtrolls" based on Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters and directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.Here's the o…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 2:31pm -
  • Ntropic and Immaterial Explode “RYSE: Son of Rome”
    Ntropic and conceptual artist Immaterial double down on the fine details to create an understated but riveting trailer for the Launch of the Xbox One title "RYSE: Son of Rome" thru twofifteenmccann. Created with Maya and Zbrush, the full-CG film "te…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 12:31pm -
  • Psyop and Smuggler Swarm Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
    The Jack Daniel's King Bee is back and this time he brought a few hundred thousand of his closest friends courtesy of director/CD Laurent Ledru and the CG crew at Psyop who shot on the Warner Bros backlot with DoP Robert Elswitt. Agency: Arnold World…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 5:14pm -
  • Toronto Shorts Fest Call for Entries: Deadline July 9
    July 9 is the deadline to get your short films entered into the prestigious Toronto International Short Film Festival. Event Date: October 25-27th, 2013 [Read more]
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 3:00pm -
  • Akama Rescues Rayman for Ubisoft
    Paris-based Akama Studio continue their long string of stellar CG character work with this trailer for the latest in Michel Ancel's Rayman franchise from ubisoft. Check out other highlights in Akama's character vault below including the hilarious and…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 1:12pm -
  • Mikey Please Carves Out “Marilyn Myller”
    Hornet director Mikey Please (creator of the BAFTA Award winner "The Eagleman Stag") just released this intriguing trailer for a new six-minute stop motion short called "Marilyn Myller" which premiered June 26th at the Edinburgh International Film F…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 2:01pm -
  • Dvein Gets all Dvein on the Science Channel
    One of the reasons we love Barcelona's Dvein is their mastery of visual surprises and an unfailing sense they are having fun while expanding the boundaries of whatever genre they are working in at the moment. For instance, these short but perfect IDs…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 5:12pm -
  • MPC and Garth Davis “Imagine” the Sony 4K HD TV
    Directed by and featuring RESET’s Garth Davis (co-director of "Top of the Lake"), shot by Oscar-winning DP Claudio Miranda ("Life of Pi"), and featuring VFX by MPC this new Sony spot "imagines the limitless potential of Davis’ vision, as realized…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 1:25pm -
  • 2013 Young Director’s Awards Titles
    Antar Walker, senior AD at The Mill in London, just dropped us these atmospheric and kinetic titles for the 2013 Young Director's Awards he directed as part of The Mill + studio. "Using a combination of live action, 2D and 3D animation, we delve…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 12:56pm -

John August

  • Three Page Challenge, Live Edition
    John and Craig have done quite a few Three Page Challenges over the last 90-or-so episodes, but never with the writers themselves present. In this episode, everything changes. Recorded live at the Writers Guild Foundation’s Craft Day, we talk empty…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 2:33pm -
  • Building shotlists from Fountain screenplays
    Matthew McCowan built a handy little script/app for building shotlists from screenplays written in Fountain.
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 9:35pm -
  • The Origins and Formatting of Modern Screenplays
    John Hess gives a terrific overview of the history of the screenplay format, and how changes in the film industry changed how the words are arranged on the page.
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 8:39pm -
  • Eating dessert first
    Joss Whedon's productivity advice is to figure out what you actually need to do, then do the most fun stuff first.
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 7:25pm -
  • Scriptnotes 100 tickets now available
    Tickets for the live taping of the Scriptnotes 100th episode, July 25th in Hollywood, are now available [on the Academy site].
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 3:00pm -
  • Scriptnotes, Ep 95: Notes on the death of the film industry — Transcript
    The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 95 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interest…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 10:58pm -
  • Notes on the death of the film industry
    John and Craig discuss the death of the film industry as foretold by four prominent filmmakers. Is the way we make movies unsustainable? Is the system fundamentally broken, or just changing into something new? And why don't we make romantic comedies…
    - 11 days ago, 25 Jun 13, 1:00pm -
  • Scriptnotes, Ep 94: 10 Questions, 10 Answers — Transcript
    The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 94 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interest…
    - 15 days ago, 22 Jun 13, 12:44am -
  • 10 Questions, 10 Answers
    John and Craig tackle the bursting mailbag, answering listener questions on topics ranging from the variable length of the TV season to underachieving agents to embarrassing IMDb credits.
    - 18 days ago, 18 Jun 13, 6:04pm -
  • Previz for screenwriters
    Generally, screenwriters should focus on words rather than pictures. But in certain cases, images really help.
    - 22 days ago, 15 Jun 13, 12:27am -
  • Scriptnotes, Ep 93: Let’s talk about Nikki Finke — Transcript
    The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 93 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interest…
    - 22 days ago, 14 Jun 13, 11:06pm -

Go Into The Story

  • newGreat Scene: “Kramer vs. Kramer”
    Here is an IMDB plot summary of the 1979 movie Kramer vs. Kramer, screenplay by Robert Benton, based on a novel by Avery Corman: A just divorced man must learn to care for his son on his own, and then must fight in court to keep custody of him. There…
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  • newSaturday Hot Links
    Time again for another installment of Saturday Hot Links! Today: The Independence Day Weekend Declare Your Independents edition! The Way, Way Back: Opens this weekend. Let’s start off with some links provided by Shaula Evans. Cool comparison of U.S…
    - 3 hours ago, 6 Jul 13, 4:00pm -
  • newWritten Interview: Stephen Gaghan
    Great interview from a new book “Film Craft: Screenwriting,” edited by Tim Grierson with Stephen Gaghan, screenwriter of such movies Traffic and Syriana. When I moved to Los Angeles, I wrote spec screenplays. I was really poor, and I thought I wa…
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  • newDaily Dialogue — July 6, 2013
    Note: Vinny is the lawyer, but Stan thinks he is there to sodomize him. Vinny Gambini: Look, it’s either me or them. You’re gettin’ fucked one way or the other. Stan tries to get up. Vinny Gambini: Hey, relax, I’m gonna help you. Stan: Gee th…
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  • newThis Independence Day Weekend… Declare Your Independents!
    “Declare your independents” is not a misprint. It’s an idea I had yesterday. I was stewing over this post — Why are the major studios NOT making more movies for the largest demo groups — and feeling grumpy about it when I read quotes like t…
    - 21 hours ago, 5 Jul 13, 10:00pm -
  • newInterview: Arash Amel — Part 5
    Arash Amel is one of the bright new talents among Hollywood screenwriters, having penned the 2011 Black List script Grace of Monaco which has been produced starring Nicole Kidman and will be released later this year, as well as set up several high pr…
    - 23 hours ago, 5 Jul 13, 8:00pm -
  • WGA 2012 Annual Report: TV? Okay. Screenwriters? Ouch!
    Every year the WGA west puts out a financial report. You may download a PDF of the most recent summary here. There are pages of numbers related to the latest year with figures available (2011), but the most significant ones as far as we are concerned…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 6:00pm -
  • Movie Trailer: “The Turning”
    Written by Tim Winton. A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton. IMDB
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  • Movie Story Type: Spoof
    In Hollywood movie circles, there are genres like Horror or Science Fiction, cross genres like Action-Thriller or Drama-Comedy, and sub-genres like Romantic Comedy or Mystery Thriller. Then there are story types, a shorthand way to describe a specifi…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 4:00pm -
  • Great Character: Erin Brockovich (“Erin Brockovich”)
    This month’s theme: Heroines. Today’s guest post by Jason Cuthbert features Erin Brockovich from the 2000 movie Erin Brockovich, written by Susannah Grant. After Julia Roberts, that gorgeous actress with Southern charm, earned back-to-back Academ…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 2:00pm -

Screenwriting from Iowa

  • newScreenwriting & Coincidence 2.0 (Tip#11)
    Since much of the story of JAWS takes place over the Fourth of July weekend, it seems fitting on this Fourth of July weekend that on today’s repost Saturday I at least touch on the classic summer blockbuster movie. If you don’t have time to read…
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  • “The Godfather” Meets “Big Wednesday”
    “Charlie don’t surf.” Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) in Apocalypse Now Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and John Milius This morning I took the above photo and decided to make it a challenge to use it as a springboard for a n…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 3:42pm -
  • Postcard #34 (Sea Turtle)
    Ain’t that America Something to see, baby Ain’t that America Home of the free, yeah Pink Houses/ John Mellencamp Proving once again that at this point in my life I’m a better photographer than screenwriter, I took this photo at sunrise today as…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jul 13, 1:30pm -
  • The Perfect Logline
    “A logline conveys the dramatic story of a screenplay in the most abbreviated manner possible.” Christopher Lockhart The Construction of a Logline (Get this free PDF.) “A good logline usually covers three bases. It gives us the main character,…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 2:56pm -
  • The Wite Out Test (Tip #77)
    Once upon a time most screenwriters used typewriters to write scripts. Though some still do, I would venture to guess that most screenplays are written on a computer these days. So a word of warning—the wite out test isn’t advisable on computers…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 5:09pm -
  • Screenwriting Quote #184 (John Logan)
    “I personally get up at four, because I’ve found the hush of silence and darkness very conducive to me writing. The phone’s not ringing, there are no distractions, it’s just me and the whimsical characters moving about. So I start very early.…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 2:26pm -
  • Can Screenwriting Be Taught? (2.0)
    “Education isn’t about filling a pail, but igniting a fire.” Poet W.B. Yeats On this re-post Saturday we’re going back to one of the first ten posts I ever wrote, Can Screenwriting Be Taught?  (That’s more that 1,500 posts ago for anyone…
    - 7 days ago, 29 Jun 13, 4:54pm -
  • One Last Shot @Screenwriting
    “It was Chandor’s script, filled with tart exchanges and involving situations that explore unexpected areas of corporate psychology and human behavior, that attracted the high-powered cast…” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic Rega…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 2:36pm -
  • Goal: Elicit Emotion (Tip #77)
    “Emotion grows out of conflict.” Michael Hague “The goal of every screenplay, every movie, every novel, every story of any kind (and ultimately, every work of art) is identical: to elicit emotion. We go to the movies and we read books so we can…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 3:32pm -
  • “The Greatest Gift”
    “I’m stuck here in this mudhole for life, doing the same dull work day after day…I never did anything really useful or interesting, and it looks as if I never will. I might just as well be dead.  George Pratt in The Greatest Gift “Even the…
    - 10 days ago, 26 Jun 13, 1:28pm -


  • Gear Review: Dinkum Systems ActionPod, FlexiMount & FlareDinkum
    Rigging gear on set can be a hassle. Clamps, screws, stands, etc. all can get in the way of speed and creativity. Dinkum Systems has a great assortment of articulating mounts and shades for film and audio professionals. We had a chance to work with t…
    - 35 days ago, 1 Jun 13, 2:43pm -
  • Lanternlock & Matthew’s Mini Max make the perfect video light
    I’m always looking for ways to speed up my workflow on set. We operate with small crews and have to be setup and torn down under very rapid conditions often times. One frustration I encountered in many of my shoots was the inability to mount a ligh…
    - 36 days ago, 31 May 13, 2:45pm -
  • The Entitled Filmmaker
    Please excuse me as I rant on for a little bit. I uploaded a video yesterday about Adobe Creative Cloud which has received some very harsh and derogatory comments. Several of the comments got me thinking about the current mentality of many “no-budg…
    - 44 days ago, 23 May 13, 5:35pm -
  • DVTV: How to Avoid Adobe Creative Cloud
    In this episode of DVTV, we follow up on the Adobe Creative Cloud debate and share ways to avoid having to subscribe to Creative Cloud. Casual users may find all the features they need by purchasing software like Adobe Photoshop or Premiere Elements…
    - 45 days ago, 22 May 13, 10:19pm -
  • Storytelling Mistakes from Star Trek Into Darkness
    Before I start I’d like to preface two things as to not elicit any arguments. First of all, I’m a long time Star Trek fan. I grew up on it and have enjoyed all the series and the majority of the films. Secondly, I do enjoy J.J. Abrams reboot of t…
    - 47 days ago, 21 May 13, 12:35am -
  • DVTV: Adobe Creative Cloud Pros & Cons
    We share our thoughts on Adobe’s recent change from box distribution to Creative Cloud, both the advantages and the disadvantages
    - 51 days ago, 16 May 13, 9:40pm -
  • NAB 2013: Wrap up, gear list and post-production workflow
    As we wind down from our NAB coverage, we take a moment to share the gear we used to make this year’s coverage great. Gear listed: Tenba Roadie II HDSLR/Video Backpack Sony NEX-FS700 FS700 Cage Rode Reporter Mic Sennheiser Wireless System XLR to Wi…
    - 59 days ago, 8 May 13, 8:03pm -
  • NAB 2013: Vincent Laforet
    Vincent Laforet sits down with us to discuss the new Freefly Movi and his thoughts for beginner filmmakers
    - 59 days ago, 8 May 13, 4:43pm -
  • Why Creative Cloud is awesome for Adobe and for you
    Times, they are a-changin… Software is much different today than it was ten, twenty years ago. It used to be, if you wanted a piece of used software, you had to go down to a swap meet, book store or computer store and hope they might have something…
    - 60 days ago, 7 May 13, 3:11pm -
  • NAB 2013: Rodney Charters, ASC
    We sit down with Rodney Charters, ASC and discuss how he got started as a Director of Photography, projects he’s worked on, lighting tools he uses and his thoughts on
    - 67 days ago, 30 Apr 13, 9:56pm -


  • DitoGear Summer Promo
    This summer we want to heat up the temperature a bit by offering you a 15% discount for the main DitoGear™ products. Can't see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! The discount applies to the following products: DitoGear™ OmniSlider…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 2:17pm -
  • Biordi Video Documentary Italy 2012
    Also dug out of the email hell that is my inbox… Igor Bertolucci sent in this little documentary he produced that we wanted to share… Biordi Video Documentary Italy 2012 I am a 5D video filmmaker and manager of an Italian ceramics store in San Fr…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 1:40pm -
  • UAV Aerial Video Behind the Scenes with a Freefly and Octocopter
    We love to highlight ways you guys are getting different views of the world, and many of you are fascinated by trying to “fly” your cameras – so here’s a sample of work being done and sent in by Chris Futcher – and it includes gear from Fre…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 1:13pm -
  • “The Weeks” Host a Block Party in ‘House We Grew Up In’
    Ok, I confess I got this some time ago and it was buried in the old inbox, but I finally got thru some old mail and wanted to share… Hey Mitch, I hope you’ve been well. You’ve featured a few of my videos in the past and I thought I’d give you…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jul 13, 1:40pm -
  • Director of Tim Ferriss’ Book Trailers Discusses How To Think Like a Director
    Interview with Adam Patch, Director of Tim Ferriss’ Book Trailers As cinematographers in charge of the image (and often many more aspects of the production) we can easily forget that the work we strive to emulate is a collaboration of many departme…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 1:46pm -
  • Reality Show Cameras – Graveyard Carz Behind the Scenes
    Not too long ago, I ran into this behind the scenes of a TV show called “graveyard carz” and noticed that they shoot a lot with HDSLRs. I thought you’d want to see it as well. Graveyard Carz Behind the Scenes Can't see the video in your RSS rea…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 1:06pm -
  • planet5D announces the new planet5D Headline News
    You spend a lot of time surfing the ‘net and so do I – but you also want quick access to news and information and commentary on video, HDSLR, camera gear, and photography – so why not have all of that at your fingertips in ONE location? That’…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 1:24pm -
  • Canon gives more info on the “revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF”
    I haven’t had time to digest this yet, wanted to get it out in your hands – straight from Canon’s PR: MELVILLE, N.Y., July 2, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its parent company, Canon Inc., de…
    - 5 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 4:17am -
  • Canon’s EOS 70D – revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF and landmark ISO for APS-C cameras
    Canon has just added the Canon EOS 70D to the APS-C crop sensor line up. It looks to be very capable mid-range DSLR. They’ve added the WiFi that was introduced in the Canon EOS 6D, but did not include the GPS that was added to the 6D. The biggest f…
    - 5 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 4:01am -
  • Beautiful and terrifying molten lava in this Hawaii Volcano timelapse!
    QT Luong sent us his fascinating timelapse of Hawaiian Volcanoes and a whole bunch of behind the scenes which has even more photos and info. I’d like to bring to your attention “Hawaii Volcanoes”, a time-lapse video as the first to transport th…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 1:45pm -
  • Win CamCaddie filmmaking gear at planet5D!
    Win one of 3 CamCaddie products from CamCaddie and planet5D! As a reminder, we’re doing a giveaway on the planet5D forums (more info on the giveaway) and we’re highlighting the products that you might win! In this case, our amazing friends at Cam…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 1:30pm -
  • Back In Time kickstarter project focused on “Back to the Future”
    For any fans of “Back to the Future” movies, this may be a fun kickstarter project especially if you’re a fan of the DeLorean! We got an email from Jason Aron about this project the other day… We spoke a few months ago about a film I was prod…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 1:10pm -
  • Will Nikon get RAW video as well? Early 1.5fps samples just released!
    This just in… the first RAW Video samples are coming in from Nikon cameras – the first one I’ve seen is from a Nikon D700 posted by Simone! tho note, this is very early as so far they’re only getting about 1.5 frames per second, but that’s…
    - 6 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 3:11am -
  • Canon EOS C100 firmware released with continuous focus tracking
    Canon EOS C100 firmware released! And, we first found about it from one of our moderators on the planet5D forums! See what you’re missing by not contributing in the forums? @mthomas reported in this thread: I spoke with a Canon Rep today at…
    - 7 days ago, 29 Jun 13, 2:30pm -
  • Technicolor shuts down short lived Color Assist color grading software
    Chase Reggee sent us a copy of this note this morning… Technicolor has just announced their recently launched color grading product (that competed with Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks) has suddenly been shut down and will no longer be supported (a…
    - 7 days ago, 29 Jun 13, 12:35pm -
  • DEFY G2 3-axis camera gimbal pre-orders start soon!
    For those of you who saw the post “Can the DEFY 3-axis camera gimbal be a low priced MōVI for the rest of us?” and got all hot and bothered, good news, Defy has announced pre-orders will begin on July 9th – and they’ve posted more video as w…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 1:59pm -
  • Battle of the VariNDs: What’s the Best Variable ND?
    Chris Conti sent us this nice report he did on Variable ND filters and said we could share some of it with you (you’ll have to read the whole report for all the details). He does select a winner between the two and there are some additional photos…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 1:52pm -
  • canonrumors reports new Canon EOS 70D is due next week is reporting that next week will show us a new Canon EOS 70D! Below are the specs. See more of my thoughts in the comments (on the planet5D forums) Canon EOS 70D specs New Sensor! Below is the spec list of the upcoming Canon EOS 70D.…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 11:17am -
  • A stills camera Canon 50D shoots RAW music video! Magic Lantern RAW video rocks
    We’ve shown you a ton of Magic Lantern with RAW videos (and we were one of the first to report the stills only camera Canon 50D was capable of shooting video via the Magic Lantern software), but here’s one of the first Canon EOS 50D music videos…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 2:30pm -
  • Win one of 7 microphones from RØDE at planet5D!
    UPDATE NOTE… I don’t know why the link above isn’t working, but this link will get you to the comments for this blog post and you can enter to win there. Win one of 7 RØDE microphones here from RØDE and planet5D! As a reminder, we’re doing…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 1:55pm -
  • Wooden Camera – New Product Update
    Some of you may not have heard of Wooden Camera so we thought we’d get you some of their recent news – they do all kinds of products (and they’re not all wood) and we had a nice chat with them at NAB 2013 this year! They are a planet5D forums s…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 1:49pm -
  • Introducing the Letus TaG System and a discount
    Our good friends over at Letus have announced the Letus TaG System – a universal dovetail mounting system. Since there are a lot of pieces to any rig, we’ve also included some descriptions of some of the other pieces shown in the video supplied b…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 1:38pm -
  • Introducing the Kessler K-Plate
    Our good friends at Kessler have just announced the K-Plate! Introducing the Kessler K-Plate Can't see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! The K-Plate is a Kwik Release plate and all-around mounting solution designed to help keep your…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 1:29pm -

Wide Open Camera

  • Canon C500 with Ki Pro Quad
    Back in the fall of 2012 I bought a C500 and was instantly slammed by all my friends who own a Red Epic etc.  I saw some big potential in the C500 but was for the most part flying blind with very little hands on time with it before its release.  Ev…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 7:00pm -
  • Duclos Canon cinema zoom multi-mount conversion
    Late last year Canon released the 30-105mm cinema zoom to provide a compact alternative to the 30-300mm and the 14.5-60mm.  The $44,000 30-300mm had a great range but came in at over 12lbs which is pretty heavy.  It also ramped aperture which to so…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 4:25pm -
  • Restoring Film: The Art of Bringing Classic Films into the Digital Age
    Filmmaking and distribution is a walk in the park compared to yesteryear. Image if each time you played back your film you were slowly degrading the quality? You have no playback on set, dailies aren’t on your iPad, your editor is meticulously carr…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Jul 13, 3:12am -
  • 4K is Now – Sony has brought 4K to THEIR Consumers
    I said it when RED announced their 4K distribution method, you can’t bring 4K to the mainstream with closed systems. Sony has gotten one step further though, they actually are delivering their 4K Ulra HD Player starting on July 5th! A real player w…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 11:11pm -
  • Canon 70D: What to Like and Dislike
    Canon has finally announced their new mid-range APS-C camera, the 70D, successor to the 60D. The camera borrows from the 700D and comes with some new bells and whistles too. It’s got a long list of specs you can read on pretty much every other site…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 12:00pm -
  • Arri Makes a “Baby Alexa”, Introducing the Alexa HD
    Arri has added another Alexa to the line-up, a baby Alexa if you will. The Alexa HD is the same size and shape as the original Alexa, shares the same ALEV III CMOS 2.8K sensor, but stripped down to a supersampled 1920×1080 image only. It shoots in 2…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 10:06pm -
  • Carl is Gone, ZEISS will stay
    Carl Zeiss lenses have been around since 1946. The company is actually called Carl Zeiss AG though, but for as long as I can remember, we’ve called the lenses just “Zeiss”. However, the variation in names and branding have been significant in i…
    - 6 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 1:47am -
  • Re-inventing the Music Video
    I’ve long since stopped enjoying watching music videos. I know there is still a huge market of people that will watch them, but unless there is a great hook to the video and I see it’s going viral, I rarely even watch videos for songs I love, mor…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 11:42pm -
  • Thunderbolt 2: Are Your Peripherals Obsolete?
    The new Mac Pro was announced to include new Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. This really is less like going from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 and more like USB 1.0 to 1.1. Thunderbolt 1 had two 10Gbps streams going up and down, but they operated independently so 1…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 11:01pm -
  • BMCC Now Available in MFT and EOS, BMPCC & BMC4K Shipping July 25th
    The Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) announced at NAB 2012 in EOS mount, later announcing the MFT mount option in September 2012, is now readily available in both mount options. It’s been possible to get the EOS mount for a while now but B&H hasn’…
    - 10 days ago, 26 Jun 13, 8:24pm -

Gear In 60 Seconds

Gear in 60 Seconds - RØDE NTG-3 and Blimp Suspension
Cast: FreshDVTags:
- 31 Jan 13, 1:21am -
Gear in 60 Seconds - Cordvision Cine Rings FreshDVTags: FreshDV, GearIn60, Gear In 60 Seconds, Sixty Seconds, Cine Ring, Cordvision, Cinemize, Cine Lens, Still Lens, Modify, Mod, Common Thread, Filter Thread, 77mm, 80mm and Mat…
- 30 Jan 13, 11:51pm -
Gear in 60 Seconds - Formatt Hitech Filter Holder
Full review here: There are a number of tools that I bring in my gear kit for almost every shoot. One of these is the Formatt Hitech Modular Holder. This is a screw-on filter tray for 4×4 filters, and I u…
- 30 Jan 13, 10:57pm -
Gear In 60 Seconds - Travel Grip Kit
My favorite way to travel with large grip gear for a small lighting kit. More info at FreshDVTags:
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Gear In 60 Seconds - Travel Lighting Kit
My favorite budget travel LED lighting kit, and how I fly with it. More info at FreshDVTags:
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Gear In 60 Seconds - SmallHD DP6 (and DP4) Monitor Case
I love this little Pelican case for my SmallHD monitors. Here's how I squeeze a full DP6 monitor, accessories, and batteries into this compact, travel-able case. More info at FreshDVTags:
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Preston Kanak

  • The Raw Time-lapse Tutorial: How To Shoot Day To Night Time-lapses
    As many people have proclaimed, day to night or night to day time-lapses are the ‘holy grail’ of time-lapse shooting. They tend to draw the attention of viewers because of their assumed complexity. At the same time, what people don’t understand…
    - 24 days ago, 12 Jun 13, 11:35pm -
  • The Four Stages of Learning: Why ‘End Gaming’ is Not A Good Idea
    Foreword by Preston Kanak: The learning process is a very personal one and there are many obstacles to overcome along the way. Believing that one can specialize without practice is desired by many but as everyone knows, perfection takes hard work an…
    - 46 days ago, 21 May 13, 4:01pm -
  • Rhythms of Spring: An Eight Day Time-lapse Workshop Film
    With summer just beginning, 2013 workshops have begun and the first workshop took place in Glacier National Park from May 7th to May 15th. First off, I must say that the experience was a HUGE success and cannot wait for the next one! For people unfam…
    - 50 days ago, 17 May 13, 5:27pm -

Tom Guilmette

  • Downloadable TV/Cine Formats – Red, XDCAM, GoPro, DSLR, Raw – “The Goldfish Test”
    UPDATE 12/07/12 I am now hosting all file downloads on my website with DROPBOX. This free service (2GB) offers links to provide clients or the general public an easy way to download files. The person on the downloading end no longer needs a DROPBOX a…
    - 19 Nov 12, 4:20am -
  • Documenting Extreme Weather this December
    Above is just a tease for what is coming… This December I will be living inside a remote manned weather station with scientists and climate observers. I will be shooting a documentary on extreme weather and will also be posting BTS using a microwav…
    - 5 Oct 12, 1:20am -
  • High Frame Rate Reel – 2012
    This is a sample of my work with high frame rate cameras over the last two years. Most of this was shot on the Phantom Flex, but I also used a Phantom HD GOLD & v640, Fastec Imaging HiSPEC2 & TS3 100, Red One MX & Epic, and NAC MemoryCAM. Frame rates…
    - 19 Sep 12, 2:26am -
  • Exploring Frame Rates and Resolutions on a Phantom Flex High Speed Camera
    My friends at Rule Boston Camera hooked me up with a Phantom Flex for a job and I had an extra day to play with this amazing high speed camera. I asked on my Twitter feed if any of my follows were interested in a techy video blog that showed off the…
    - 31 Aug 12, 3:49am -
  • Shooting Professional Sports “ENG” Style with Red One MX Camera
    I have been working in sports television for over a decade. I have seen standard definition turn to high definition and technology improve to help live remote broadcasts bring the action from the field into your living room. I have the honor of using…
    - 20 Jul 12, 5:19am -
  • Exciting new GoPro Products: The WiFi BacPac and the Underwater Dive Housing
    Ethics Statement: I am not sponsored by GoPro and they did not ask me to write about their new products. I bought and tested out the new Dive housing and wanted to share my experimentation with my readers. I made the mistake of shooting underwater b-…
    - 5 Jun 12, 3:32am -
  • Dillon Coleman – Shot on Sony F3 with Zeiss CP.2 Lenses and Kessler Stealth
    I have been extremely busy and have not had time to post much to this blog, hope to get back at it soon. For now, take a look at this short video. I shot this profile piece a few weeks ago for the NCAA. It is a great story about a young baseball play…
    - 31 May 12, 4:14am -
  • Testing out the Fastec TS3 Cine High Speed Camera and Butterfly Footage
    I finally got my hands on the new Fastec TS3 Cine camera and I love it. It is truly a portable high speed solution that is very easy to use! EDIT 5/2/12: I shot a video blog detailing the operation of the camera and also traveled to a local greenhous…
    - 2 May 12, 3:55am -
  • NAB 2012 Video Blog – Some of my Favorite Pieces of Kit
    I am in the Las Vegas airport and so happy that the download speeds are 1MB and the upload speeds are 10MB! I could not find a proper internet spot on the strip that would allow me to get the into out to you all. But here at the airport, I am on free…
    - 19 Apr 12, 6:43pm -

Timur Civan

  • Extracting the best color from your RED camera. An informal experiment.
    The ease of shooting digital is a double edged sword.  Seeing what you are getting, without delay, is    so easy and quick.  However, the simplicity of turning on the camera and getting to work, often leads to a false sense of security.  Seei…
    - 26 days ago, 11 Jun 13, 3:59am -
  • An Examination of: Fujinon Cabrio 19-90 T2.9
    Welcome back.  In this installment of Tstops I will be putting the Fujion Cabrio through its paces. The Cabrio represents a leap in cine optics.  I will go into why I feel this is true but first I want to talk about Fujinon Optical Division a b…
    - 48 days ago, 19 May 13, 9:16pm -
  • Liberation: Something Wicked this way Comes.
    I get to tease the world a bit today.Two weeks ago, I DPed a short test film for Vincent Laforet.  I cant really say too much about it, as its not officially released yet, but the only thing I can say right now is WOW.... WOW.... WOW....I dont…
    - 93 days ago, 5 Apr 13, 5:54am -
  • An Examination Of: Rokinon Manual Primes
    Hello folks!In this installment of Tstops, i'm going to take a look at the Rokinon Manual Primes. A budget set of fast primes in Canon, Nikon, MFT and Pentax mount.The first and most exciting feature of these lenses is the combination of feat…
    - 9 Mar 13, 5:53pm -
  • An Examination of: Black Magic Cinema Camera
    Welcome back,I have had MANY emails requesting a review of the Black Magic Cinema Camera, (BMCC).So, I got a hold of a BMCC and spent a good 5 days with it on a production for Sesame Street.   You may remember the last time I worked with Ses…
    - 17 Feb 13, 5:50am -
  • First Look: Sony F55 4K Digital Cinema Camera
    In this installment of Tstops, I had the fortunate luck to have a few hours with a pre production Sony F55.For an indepth look at its features, please watch this video. Its long, but very detailed. Sony F55 Initial Review - Ned Soltz and Timur…
    - 20 Jan 13, 10:05pm -
  • An Examination of: Duclos 11-16mm Ultra Wide Zoom
    In this installment of Tstops, i will be examining the Duclos 11-16mm T2.8 Ultra wide angle lens.  (Yes yes... i ve been promising this one for over 2 years.....)This lens, originally a still lens ment for APS-C DSLR cameras, has been…
    - 13 Dec 12, 4:26am -
  • An Examination of: Sekonic Litemaster Pro Lightmeter
    In this installment of Tstops, I will be taking a look at my new favorite piece of kit.  Like being reunited with a long lost friend... a light meter!  More specifically the Sekonic L-478D "Litemaster Pro".The Litemaster Pro, the latest meter…
    - 6 Dec 12, 8:51pm -
  • An Examination of: Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle 2
    In this installment of Tstops, I will be looking at the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2. The new HyperDeck Shuttle 2 (HDS2) Uncompressed/Prores/DNXHD recorder, which records to off the shelf SSD's.   The HDLS "1", was an uncompressed 10bit422  recorder.…
    - 30 Nov 12, 8:59pm -
  • The best tool for a DP during Pre/post Production - The iPAD 3
    In this installment of Tstops, I want to talk about productivity and efficiency leading up to your shoot.We can all go on and on about cameras, lenses, grading software and sliders till the end of time it seems...   That said, one of the many j…
    - 21 Sep 12, 10:26pm -
  • The Big Changes.
    I'm back!  I've taken a 3 month hiatus from blogging simply because I was so incredibly busy this spring.  This past NAB was a game changer for me, I met with some wonderful individuals, and struck up new contacts that have helped Tstop Cinema LL…
    - 28 Jul 12, 10:14pm -
  • Examination of Sony F3 and RED Scarlet: REDUX
    In this installment, I have reshot the skin tone portion of the direct comparison.  I brought on Local600 DIT Thomas Wong to supervise the color and quality-check the results.Some interesting points were raised regarding white-balance and how it…
    - 20 Apr 12, 9:23am -
  • An Examination of: Sony F3 and Red Scarlet; a Direct Comparison.
    Hello everyone, thank you for reading.  In this installment I will be examining the similarities and differences of the F3 and RED Scarlet.  As an owner of a Sony F3 with sLog and a RED Scarlet, i am lucky in that i am in the positon to do a dire…
    - 8 Apr 12, 9:18am -
  • Red Scarlet: The Gateway Drug.
    I am surprised. I am surprised by how much i like the RED Scarlet.  Like is too soft a word.  I adore my RED Scarlet.  This comes as a surprise to me not because i was expecting a bad camera, i just wasn't expecting something that i would come…
    - 17 Feb 12, 4:44pm -
  • Anticipation.
    The RED scarlet is an interesting camera.  People rushed in droves to buy an untested, brand new camera sight unseen, with no sample footage, or reviews.  Simply on RED's good name.  I too am one of those people. As the weeks wear on with no cam…
    - 21 Dec 11, 6:31am -
  • An Examination of: Small HD DP4 EVF
    Pardon my hiatus friends, thankfully i've been very busy shootin this last few months. One tool i've been using on a regular basis is what i like to call the "Light meter for the digital age".  That is to say a small, high quality monitor.  In th…
    - 6 Dec 11, 8:01am -
  • Sony F3 - sLog Testing
    Today we will be looking at sony's sLog Update for the Sony F3.  This camera represents so much imaging power in such a compact package.  The whole rig weighs in at about 17 pounds.  Roughly the same size and weight as my old SGpro REV3 setup, w…
    - 5 Sep 11, 6:48pm -
  • An Examination of Lenses: Carl Zeiss Compact Primes MK1
    image from www.en.panalight.roSo as promised I am finally looking at something other than a Cooke. On the slate today, the Zeiss CP - 1 Set.  I chose to review the CP1's, as opposed to the CP2's for a reason. One, because i have a set of CP1…
    - 14 Jul 11, 9:21am -
  • An Examination of Lenses Part III: Cooke 25-250 CineVarotal MkI T3.1
    In this installment of the Examination of Lenses series,  we will be looking at a venerable lens.  The Cooke Super Cinevarotal MKI T3.1 25-250. (Special thanks to Mike Ross who provided the lens, and i promise i will review something other tha…
    - 6 Jun 11, 1:37pm -
  • Sony F3: First S-Log Test!
    "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas"Photos by: Chris DowsettWell, not this time.  I attended the 2011 NAB conference in Las Vegas Nevada this past week.  Seeing as i never attended a NAB before, my good friends Khalid Mohtaseb and Jon Breg…
    - 19 Apr 11, 6:59pm -
  • Examination of Lenses Part II: Cooke iPanchros
    Picking up where i left off with the Cooke Varotal 18-100 T3, i figured it was only fair to continue with the Cooke line.   The beauty of lenses in the digital age is that they are the last organic component in the image path.  We used to have th…
    - 6 Apr 11, 8:46am -
  • Examination of Lenses.
    The influx of the 35mm sensor cameras over the last few years has created a vacuum in the cinema lens world.   Used lens prices are sky rocketing from the demand, and many manufacturers are scrambling to get high quality, "cine" style lenses to…
    - 21 Mar 11, 11:18pm -
  • Read my latest article for!
    Click here to read the Article!Enjoy folks!
    - 15 Mar 11, 9:47pm -
  • Tstop Cinema LLC's First official production!
    This was started some months ago, but it is finally finished and ready for the world to take a peek.  I'm very proud to present the official video of the DEVImoves Workout, by Bhavani Lee.Its just a quick peek, but its a great first project for…
    - 2 Mar 11, 1:29am -
  • Simple resolution test of the Sony F3.
    This is a shot of a standard lens resolution chart.  It measures the resolution of lenses in lines per millimeter on the film plane. This is from the XDcam on board Codec. ISO800, with a Cooke iPanchro 50mm @ T5.6, 180 degree shutter. Cine like…
    - 24 Feb 11, 4:56am -

Red Giant

  • Adobe Creative Cloud is Here!
    Hey folks – as promised, we are ready day-one with Creative Cloud compatibility for all of our products. If you own our current CS6 compatible products, your updates to Creative Cloud are FREE. Check out this FAQ on upgrading your Red Giant produc…
    - 19 days ago, 18 Jun 13, 4:45am -
  • Finding Your Products and Serial Numbers
    We get a lot of support requests every week where customers don’t know what the current version of a product they they own and/or can’t find the download for their product version (or the serial numbers needed for installation). We’ve been work…
    - 23 days ago, 13 Jun 13, 5:05pm -
  • PluralEyes 3 for Windows is Here!
    Hey folks – we know it’s taken a while, but we’re crazy excited to announce that PluralEyes 3 for Windows is finally here! Get it NOW! If you’re new to Red Giant PluralEyes, here’s what it’s all about: Pricing Wondering how much it’s go…
    - 30 days ago, 6 Jun 13, 4:20pm -
  • Help Us Make BulletProof Great!
    You got the free BulletProof Beta last week, and we’re as stoked as you are. The BulletProof Forum has been buzzing with feedback and feature requests, and we are taking notes. Join the conversation today and help shape the future of BulletProof. I…
    - 30 days ago, 6 Jun 13, 1:31pm -
  • Red Giant BulletProof (Beta)- Download it now for FREE!
    Hey folks – we are super proud to present Red Giant BulletProof (Beta) a new on-set solution  for Media Prep and Delivery. Best of all – the BulletProof beta is FREE! Download it right now! What are you downloading? The greatest thing since slic…
    - 46 days ago, 21 May 13, 4:22pm -
  • Creative Cloud and Red Giant Products
    Hey folks – With Adobe’s recent announcement about Creative Cloud, we’re starting to get questions about whether or not our plug-ins will work on the new versions of Adobe’s tools. The short answer is: Yes! People who are already using Creati…
    - 53 days ago, 14 May 13, 6:00pm -
  • Spy vs Guy – A New Short Film From Red Giant
    Introducing Spy vs Guy – a new original short film from director Seth Worley and the awesome team at Red Giant Films. Spy Vs Guy A retired Russian spy hunts down sensitive technology after it falls into unsuspecting hands. Spy Vs Guy was made with…
    - 73 days ago, 24 Apr 13, 4:51pm -
  • An Update on PluralEyes 3 for Windows
    Hi folks  - Many of you have been reaching out to us, asking when PluralEyes 3 for windows will be available. Some of you have been expressing frustration that it’s taking so long, and even doubt that it will ever be available. We want you to know…
    - 73 days ago, 24 Apr 13, 4:51pm -
  • We’re back with FCPX 10.0.8
    Hey folks – we have some good news and some great news. First the good news: Yesterday, Apple released an update to FCPX (Version 10.0.8) with new features and some really important fixes. Learn more HERE. These fixes solve the issues that you’ve…
    - 99 days ago, 29 Mar 13, 3:58pm -
  • Magic Bullet Suite Updates, Including Speedy Denoiser II
    This latest update for the Magic Bullet Suite (11.4.2) contains several bug fixes and improvements for products in the Suite, most notable of which is a new, GPU enhanced version of Denoiser II – speed! To download the latest version of the entire…
    - 21 Mar 13, 4:56pm -

Video Copilot

  • Element 3D V1.6.1 Ready to Download!
    Element 3D V1.6.1 is now available to address many bugs and stability enhancements from V 1.6 plus this free wallpaper! The update is free to current customers or you can get Element 3D  and join the 3D revolution!…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 6:30pm -
  • Now Available: Optical Flares for Nuke
    Optical Flares for Nuke is now available! Check out Features and Videos! Top Features: Custom Lens Flare Generator Over 100 Presets Including new Nuclear Presets + Conspiracy Presets 70+ Photographic Textures  & Anamorphic sprites On Lens Simulation…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 6:44pm -
  • Element 3D Weekend Experiments!
    Just playing around with Element 3D and the replicator options. Most objects are from the Motion Graphic model pack which makes it easy to swap out various abstract shapes to achieve various looks. I don’t know what it all means but it’s definite…
    - 6 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 3:50am -
  • Optical Flares for Nuke Available Tuesday!
    The day has finally come… Optical Flares for Nuke will be available this Tuesday!  The Nuke version includes several brand new textures and presets along with several new features and improvements. Watch Tutorial Video (HD) NOTE: Originally I deci…
    - 6 days ago, 30 Jun 13, 8:59pm -
  • The VFX Flight Plan
    Well as you know at Video Copilot we are fascinated with Airplane Emergencies… so after seeing so many movies with cool plane destruction I decided to try and make something similar. Not quite a tutorial but here is what I did! I used an Airplane m…
    - 16 days ago, 20 Jun 13, 5:12pm -
  • City of Tomorrow: Future City Update!
    Update: Our team at Video Copilot has created 2 high quality future buildings for the community-built future city pack. The image above was created with just 2 buildings so imagine what is possible with a few great submissions from you. I’ll bet we…
    - 17 days ago, 20 Jun 13, 3:00am -
  • Futuristic City Pack?
    I had this Crazy Idea last night… A Futuristic City Pack created by the collective, err I mean community for the community, that would be 100% FREE! I know your time is precious but if we could each spare a little bit of time to make one futuristic…
    - 30 days ago, 6 Jun 13, 8:44am -
  • New Tutorial: Translucent Glass!
    Update: View Tutorial and get the project file here In this tutorial we’ll create a cool translucent title design with real 3D displacement using just built-in After Effects Plug-ins. Project file and official tutorial page upload will be up later…
    - 32 days ago, 4 Jun 13, 7:33am -

AE Tuts

  • Interview With Tim Matney About His Work as a Matte Painter
    Tim Matney is an experienced visual effects artist, specializing in digital matte painting, whose work has appeared in many feature films, TV shows, national commercials and games. He began his career as a 3D Generalist working in computer games in t…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 1:00pm -
  • DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals – Managing Grades
    Today we’re continuing our tutorial series on DaVinci Resolve. We’ll be talking about managing grades, as well as looking at how we can keep this process as simple and efficient as possible with a few handy shortcuts. Tutorial Download Tutorial .…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 1:00pm -
  • Quick Tip – Project Shadows When Using Element 3D
    In this Quick Tip we will learn how to project real 3D shadows from Element 3D. We will do this without the use of additional 3rd party scrips or plug-ins. We will also go over composting the shadow into a scene realistically. Tutorial Download Tutor…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jul 13, 1:00pm -
  • How to Get Better Control of Warp Stabilization
    In today’s tutorial you’ll learn how to convert stabilization from the Warp Stabilizer to regular After Effects keyframes. This technique will work for the position, scale, rotation, and perspective methods. You will learn how you can manipulate…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jul 13, 1:00pm -
  • Set Up a Wide Angle Point of View Mirror Effect
    In this tutorial I will guide you through the process of shooting and especially compositing point of view mirror effect, where the main character sees himself in the mirror. We’re gonna use After Effects for compositing and Mocha AE as tracker. Tu…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jun 13, 1:00pm -
  • Master the Tools of the Professional Photography Workflow
    We are excited to announce a fantastic new workshop led by Instructor Martin Perhiniak: Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers Are you an aspiring photographer with the desire to take your skills to the next level? Learn everything you need to kno…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 6:00pm -
  • Quick Tip – Create a Simple Typewriter Animation
    In this Quick Tip we will learn how to create a typewriter effect using a simple setup that will help us control when the characters appear. We will see how make it more realistic using a specific font and more. So lets start writing! Tutorial Downlo…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jun 13, 1:00pm -
  • Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Titles Series – The Great Gatsby
    We’re going to be looking at the animation style of “The Great Gatsby”. We’ll make this title style using Cinema 4d for the modeling of the logo and After Effects for the final composite. The real core of this tutorial is how to get the logo…
    - 10 days ago, 26 Jun 13, 1:00pm -
  • Simulated Fake Jib Movement in Time Lapsed Shots
    We’ll show how to creating a fake, but realistic crane movement on a time lapse shots. When you make a time lapse you usually have no choice but to just lock your camera down on a tripod. We’ll explain how to recreate a small movement to enhance…
    - 11 days ago, 25 Jun 13, 1:00pm -
  • DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals – Working with Nodes
    In Part 7 we’re going to talk about Node Tree Structures. Serial nodes or the Output goes into the next Node. The second Node follows the first one and every change in the second Serial Node is applied upon the first. If you switch them… the fina…
    - 12 days ago, 24 Jun 13, 1:00pm -


The Great RC Battle
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Parkour POV
- 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 3:45pm -
Maid of Honor's Rapping Toast
- 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 2:48pm -
8-Bit Anchorman
- 1 day ago, 5 Jul 13, 2:12pm -
The BoxTrolls Teaser Trailer
- 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 9:04pm -
50 Facts About The 50 States
- 3 days ago, 3 Jul 13, 7:40pm -