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5 Outdoor Self Portrait Ideas

When taking a self portrait, you might think that your options are limited. However, there are actually many different things that you can do to make the most out of the photograph. Taking the photo...[more]

How To Take a Self Portrait with an SLR

Taking a self portrait with a digital SLR camera is normally much easier than with a compact point and shoot. That's because they offer some very useful features which make taking photos of yourself much...[more]

Understanding Your Camcorder's Aperture

If you want to use your camcorder the best you can, then you will need to learn about aperture and various other settings. These settings can be used to take much more compelling photographs that...[more]

Understanding Video Camcorder Face Detection

Many digital cameras have included face detection as standard for some time now. Just recently, video camcorders have also started adding this useful feature. The feature is actually very clever and makes it possible for...[more]

6 Reasons To Get a GPS Camcorder

When shopping for a video camera, you might stumble across a GPS camcorder. These are very useful types of camcorders which can record the location where a video was recorded. While these are more expensive...[more]

Explaining Flash Camcorders

There are many different types of video cameras available, including flash camcorders. Although flash technology might be newer than tapes, they are fairly affordable. There are many different types of camcorders which are available with...[more]

How To Use the Zoom on a Video Camcorder

The digital camera lens on your camcorder will almost always support zoom. Virtually any modern camcorder allows you to zoom into a subject and make it look much closer than it really is. Most cameras...[more]

How to Make Money Creating Stock Footage

Individuals can use stock footage as a business because stock footage is used by many companies, individuals and businesses. This footage is used for photos, advertisements, commercials, websites, films, televisions and more. This is a...[more]

How to Use and Where to Find Stock Footage

Stock footage is film or footage that is not filmed for a specific film but can be used in any type of film. This footage can be much less expensive to use than to go...[more]

Production: How To Work with Union and Non-Union Actors

Actors are a unique group of people whose job is completely different than the rest of the world. An actor's job is to be someone else. They take a character who exists only in a...[more]

9 Tips for Making Your Videos More Profitable

Today, in order to make videos very profitable, the name of the game comes down to speed. The faster you can shoot the video, the more you can produce, which in turn generates more profits....[more]

Post Production: How To Make the Most of Outtakes

Outtakes are not always included in post production but they can be a lot of fun. Most people find the outtakes to be some of the funniest parts of shooting. Outtakes always occur as mistakes...[more]

Distribution: How To Get Your Film on Public Access

Public access television stations are important for a budding filmmaker, producer or businessman as they provide free access to airwaves, training, equipment and even support. These are stations which have been made open for the...[more]

Distribution: Understanding Leased Access

Leased access has been used for a long time as it was first introduced into the industry in 1969. There are many government regulations dealing with leased access. These laws do change frequently as they...[more]

Distribution: How To Get Your Film Broadcast

Getting your film broadcast can be a real challenge. Producing films is great fun but unless people actually see them then it's pretty pointless. By getting your film broadcast you should get a lot more...[more]

Distribution: How To Make Your Own RSS Feed

An rss feed stands for really simple syndication. This type of feed is effective if you have a website or blog. Basically a subscriber will choose to receive the live feed from your website. Their...[more]

Production: 5 Tips for Moderating and Facilitating an Interview

The whole process of interview is very mind stressful. When you are being interviewed, you feel there is nothing more difficult than to keep your cool and answer the questions in an intelligent and yet as...[more]

Post Production: Making Your Video Ready for Mobile Devices

Post production techniques are important to make the most out of the video that you have created. These techniques can edit and enhance your videos for a variety of different reasons. One of the most...[more]

Online Video Distribution Tips and Ideas

Distribution is the final and most important phase for all video projects, yet it is often overlooked. Most filmmakers have an attitude that says 'Why should I think about distribution when I'm a filmmaker and...[more]

Distribution: What is Four-Walling and How Can You Do it?

Four walling is a type of self distribution. Basically, the owner of the film will rent a theater and then show the film themselves. The theater will keep any profits made due to concessions. There...[more]

Why Film Festivals are a Great Distribution Idea

Film festivals are a great distribution idea. In most cases, the entry fee for entering a film festival is minimal. If your film is selected to appear in a film festival, your film will be...[more]

Film Festivals: Basic Strategy To Impress the Judges

Film festivals are a great way to gain exposure for your film. Even if you do not win, impressing the judges can be worth the cost and effort. There are recommendations and tips that can...[more]

Tips for Entering Video Contests

Having your video featured in video contests is a great way to show off your film to large audiences. Many video contests even offer cash prizes. Here are a few tips that will enhance your...[more]

Film Festivals: Getting Your Film into Cannes

It can be a daunting task to submit a film to film festivals, but the reward is more than worth it. The Cannes Film Festival, which takes place in France, is typically held in May...[more]

Film Festivals: Getting Your Film into Sundance

Having your film featured in film festivals is a fun and exciting experience. The Sundance Film Festival is held on a yearly basis in January. On average, the Sundance Film Festival receives more than 9,000...[more]

Stock Footage: How To Put Yourself into History

Stock Footage is a great way to add extra interest to your video productions. Stock footage is readily available from the Internet and can add something that you wouldn't normally be able to add.  You...[more]

A Guide to HD Video Cameras

HD video cameras are a great way to record your family movies in the highest quality possible. High Definition recording is becoming more popular as a result of HD TVs becoming much more common. By...[more]

A Guide to Pocket Camcorders

Modern technology is making things smaller all the time, including pocket camcorders. These camcorders are perfect for many different types of people because they fit in your pocket and can be taken anywhere. You will...[more]

How to Convincingly Use Stock Footage for B-Roll

Using stock footage for the B-Roll in your movie can help to add extra interest to your video and make it much more professional. The name is taken from old video editing. This is because...[more]

Stock Photography: Understanding Rights-Managed (RM)

There are two main ways to sell stock photography. Most people sell royalty free stock photography, which simply means that these photographs can be used for as long and however the person decides. Right Managed...[more]

Stock Photography: Signing Away Your Rights

Stock Photography is a useful way to make some money from your camera. There are many stock photography websites on the Internet, and this is a very easy way of selling photographs quickly. While you...[more]

Changing the Memory Card Chip in Your Camera

Almost all digital cameras use a memory card to store photos on. A memory card is a special type of computer disk which uses flash memory. The card fits inside the camera and is hidden...[more]

How to Operate the Camera Zoom

Digital cameras offer a number of features, including Camera Zoom. While zoom is a fairly simple feature, it might be difficult for some people to use. Camera zoom makes it possible to make far away...[more]

Digital Camera Instructions: How to Record a Video

If you've lost your digital camera instructions, then learning how to use various features of your camera can be difficult. Most modern digital cameras make it possible to record videos by changing modes. As most...[more]

Post Production: Keying, Alpha Channels and Mattes

Several different functions and tools you can use in video post production include mattes, alpha channels and keying. These features are all part of editing done on the computer but are fairly advanced as they...[more]

Post Production: How to Use Color Tweaking

Many times, realistic color is just not correct on a movie and this is where post production color tweaking comes into play. There are many different ways to use color and by making small and...[more]

Post Production: How to Use Mattes to Broaden Your Effects

Mattes and matte painting are used to help generate images or alter images. Before using computers, these mattes were painted on glass. However, today it is possible to add these mattes using editing software. The...[more]

Post Production: How To Make a Stop Motion Light Painting

It is possible to create a stop motion film using still photographs and light painting. Light painting uses very bright light points and longer exposure. Many times light painting is used with stop motion fights...[more]

Post Production: How To Edit a Multicamera Footage

Many times multicamera footage is used for a single event. This is used to save time though it can make editing the footage difficult. A great example of multicamera shooting is sports coverage. There are...[more]

Post Production: 8 Tips for Editing Montages

Montages are video sequences that include a rapid succession of different images that all tend to be associated with a specific idea. Normally these montages combine many different pictures. These montages are used in film,...[more]

Post Production: How To Create Bullet Effects

All bullet effects are added in post production because guns in films will contain gun powder but no bullets. Therefore the actual bullet and bullet holes need to be added in later on. All video...[more]

Post Production: How To Create Fire Effects

If you want to create fire in a video, then this can be done using after effects. Basically there was no fire in the actual shot but you want to insert it into the clip...[more]

Multi-layer Still Photo Effects in Avid

Editing your digital photos, video or audio material with the effects of avid is one of the least destructive editing techniques that keeps the original source intact while creating a new digital item by transferring all...[more]

Post Production: Understanding Continuity in Editing

Continuity editing is the dominant editing technique found in narrative feature films, television shows and web content. It is used to unify a series of disconnected shots into a scene that plays out in a...[more]

Post Production: How To Use Jump Cuts To Improve Your Edit

Jump cuts are a type of transition used in between two shots, causing the subject of the video to appear to "jump" from one shot to another. The similarity of how the shots are framed...[more]

Post Production: How To Use Canned Music When Scoring

Canned music is a term that most new filmmakers are not familiar with. The term 'canned' is slang for something that is prepared in advanced for non specific use. It's generally used to describe something...[more]

Post Production: How To Get From Your Rough Cut To Polished Work

Having a rough cut is the first goal that you should set out to achieve during the post production phase. Editing a movie is a daunting task that can only be completed in stages; the...[more]

Post Production: What is Foley and How To Do It

Foley is an often overlooked, yet extremely important part of sound design. Perhaps the reason that it is overlooked is because foley is a combination of a sound effect and originally recorded audio. You see,...[more]

Post Production: Understanding Sound Effect Libraries

Adding a sound effect to your video can make all the difference. Sound effects are used to create tension or to enhance the action of the scene. Music is used to bring emotion to a...[more]

Post Production: 5 Tips for Media Management

When handling multiple post production projects, media management is essential. Efficiency in handling media should be a habit. It is a basic lesson all video editors or members of the post production crew should master...[more]

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