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Production: How To Use Screen Direction

Screen direction is a term used in video production and editing that refers to the direction an actor or object moves in relation to the camera position. One of the basic rules of editing states...[more]

Production: Daylight 5600K Color Temperature

If you plan on having a career in production, then you need to understand the concept of color temperatures. Color temperatures are expressed in degrees kelvin and that is a measure of color output. Color...[more]

Camcorder Controls: Understanding Zebra Patterns

Mastering your camcorder controls will make it much easier to take high quality, professional looking videos. There are many different controls that you need to master including zebra patterns. This is a special mode of...[more]

Camcorder Controls: Understanding Color Temperature

The color temperature of your camcorder can affect the look of your video. By learning how to adjust the color temperature, you can make your video look completely different. This makes it possible to make...[more]

Camcorder Controls: How To Use the Level and Center Marks

The best camcorders tend to offer the most features in their camcorder controls. One special feature found in the better camcorders is 'Level and Center Marks'. These special features are designed to assist videographers with...[more]

Production: How To Use Shadows to Evoke Mood

Shadows are an excellent way to create a mood in a production. The most famous examples of this are the black and white crime films of the 1940s and 50s. These films are called film...[more]

Production: How To Film at Eye Level

When it comes to video production, differentiating the various types of shots and shooting angles is one of the basic skills any type of director or filmmaker should fully grasp. A cameraman controls what the...[more]

Production: Understanding Depth of Field

Properly understanding depth of field is part of what makes a great photographer.  This understanding comes from practice with cameras. Space "Depth of field" is a term that describes how much of the space in...[more]

Production: A Day-Of Checklist

There are is lot involved in preparing for a production whether it is a movie production or a stage presentation. In this regard, it is important to create a checklist on the day of the...[more]

Production: How To Do a Close Up

A close up is a way to show the subject in a larger, more detailed manner. With larger subjects, it is important to note that this type of shot will only be able to show...[more]

Production: How to Avoid Continuity Errors

Continuity errors are a problem that plague every kind of production. The errors are usually subtle and unnoticeable but they do have the potential to snap the audience out of the illusion your movie has...[more]

Production: How To Apply the 180 Degree Rule

The 180 degree rule is very important to keep track of during production. Applying it to your shots will make all the difference when you get into the editing suite. Step 1 - A Line...[more]

TV Show Scripts vs. Movie Scripts

Between movie scripts and scripts for television shows, there are more examples of the latter rather than the former. Both types have a lot in common, but there are also fundamental differences between the two....[more]

Production Lighting: How To Use a Camera-Mounted Light

In video production, using a mounted light is often the work of either journalists or amateurs. This does not necessarily have to be the case in your production. You've certainly encountered instances, say for events,...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Do High Key Lighting

High key lighting is a style that creates a very unique, high contrast look. It is achieved by using very large bright lights as the key while not having any fill so that one side...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Do Chiaroscuro Lighting

The chiaroscuro technique dates back to the time of Rennaissance paintings. Also sometimes called Rembrandt lighting, it often pertains to having one solitary light source and depicting stark contrasts between light and shadow. This style...[more]

Wedding Videos: Home Movies vs. Professional

There are few things more cherished and more appreciated in a wedding than the wedding videos. They capture those moments that will be remembered forever and also provide hours of entertainment for the couple. There...[more]

How To Blend Images in Photoshop

If you would like to learn how to blend images in Photoshop, you may find that you are not alone. More and more people are becoming photo savvy and learning how to blend images. It...[more]

How To Embed a Myspace Video

Myspace videos are another very popular video sharing website. This sharing website makes it easy to find a wide variety of different videos on all kinds of subjects. If you find a video on Myspace...[more]

How To Upload Videos to Myspace

Myspace makes it easy for you to upload videos to their website. Uploading videos to Myspace is a quick and free way to share important moments in your life with your friends and family. This...[more]

Production: 5 Tips for Directing Children

Directing children in a film is not exactly the easiest job in the world. Here are a few tips that may help in directing children. Children Come First: In order to protect yourself and the...[more]

Production: 4 Lens Techniques

Production is a wide term and cannot be limited to lens and camera techniques. With that said, lens is the eye of the camera and a video or photograph cannot be taken without it. The...[more]

Production: Tungsten 3200K Color Temperature

When putting on a production, one of the biggest things to keep in mind is the color temperature of your lights. Color temperature is measured in degrees kelvin and had nothing to do with the...[more]

Camcorder Controls: How To Use Manual White Balance

Mastering the Manual White Balance controls of your digital camera will make it much easier to create professional looking videos. The white balance setting controls the balance of colors and will affect how your camera...[more]

Camcorder Controls: How To Use Shutter Speed

Learning how to use all the features on your camcorder, including shutter speed, will make it much easier to take professional looking videos. These techniques will also give you a firm foundation on which to...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Analog Capture Options

This step-by-step procedure provides you with useful steps on how to use the analog capture options in Pinnacle Studio. Pinnacle Studio is an editing software program that can make your editing job easier. Step 1:...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Text View

There are 3 movie window views in Pinnacle Studio - timeline view, storyboard view and text view. The text view in Pinnacle Studio provides users with a list of the start and end times for...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Audio Transitions

Transitions provide different effects to your video. In Pinnacle Studio, you can create both audio and image transitions. To better understand how audio transitions work in Pinnacle Studio, it is best that you understand what...[more]

Camcorder Controls: Understanding Exposure

Exposure is probably one of the most common features in a camcorder. It is the control used to let you adjust the exposure in your camcorder. Exposure is an important tool in your camcorder because...[more]

Production: How To Edit Audio Like a Radio Edit

There are several techniques you can use to give the end result of your production looking like a professional did it. One of these techniques is using radio edit style to edit your audio. A...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding the Arc

Doing an arc shot requires camera movement around the subject. It's not a full circle around the circle, but it does cover half of the subject. Definition of an Arc Shot An arc shot is...[more]

How to Use Secondary Color Correction in Avid

The secondary color correction avid allows the user to select a portion of an image and to correct the range of colors in that selection without changing anything else in the image. This feature will...[more]

Camcorder Controls: How To Rack Focus

By mastering techniques such as rack focus you will find it much easier to create professional looking videos using your camcorder. Your video camera is a very complicated device which takes a long time to...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Trucking

This camera movement is also often referred to as tracking shot or crabbing. Similar to the dolly in terms of movement, but instead of moving in and out of your subject, the trucking shot is...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Zoom Out

A good videographer will know how to effectively use camera movement to tell a story and to keep the viewers interested. The zoom out is one camera function that provides numerous opportunities in telling stories....[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Zoom In

When done right, camera movement can add depth to your story. If you're filming a narrative, appropriate camera movement can even take the place of words and dialogue. One such powerful tool is the zoom...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding the Tilt

Similar to the pan, the tilt is a camera movement that is often used in filmmaking and videography. As with all the other types of camera movements, this should also be used sparingly. Tilt is...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Pedestal Up

Some camera movements will require certain equipment, like the pedestal up. In big productions, the camera is often mounted on a pedestal that can be moved up or down during a shot. Similar to a...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Pedestal Down

One of the most vital camera movements you will learn is the pedestal down. Similar to tilting down, pedestal down involves lowering your framing. The difference is with tilting down, your camera is at a...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Dolly Out

There are many types of camera movements you can use in order to establish your scene or setting. A popular one is the dolly out, which often involves having your camera on a wheeled platform,...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding Dolly In

In video production, camera movement is not simply for the purpose of framing a shot, but is also a storytelling tool in itself. Sometimes, emotions and characters can be portrayed simply by moving the camera...[more]

Camera Movement: Understanding the Pan

One of the most basic camera movements is the pan. In the early days of cinema, the pan shot did not come about until the 1900s when rotational tripod heads were first introduced. Stemming from...[more]

Production: Understanding the Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is one of the most common rules that photographers use. Basically, the rule of thirds states that you can break any image down into horizontal and vertical thirds. When you break...[more]

Production: How To Do an Extreme Close Up

An extreme close up shot is part of the macro photography field. When you take an extreme close up shot, you only want a small portion of the subject that you are shooting to appear...[more]

Production: 4 Basic Cinematography Tips

Before you start production, you should be thoroughly familiar with the action in the script and you should have a preconceived idea of what you want to do with that action. If you are doing...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Do Low Key Lighting

Low key lighting is a style of lighting that is commonly used by photographers and filmographers. Generally speaking, most people set up low key lighting so that they can achieve the chiaroscuro effect. With the...[more]

Production: 6 Tips for Shooting on Sets

Whether you are filming a television show or a movie, there will be a sets involved. A set is an environment created to make the script more believable. Sets that represent towns are generally built...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Volume and Balance Tool

The volume and balance tool in Pinnacle Studio offers users the ability to mix their video in a virtual audio mixer. This makes the process quicker and easier to do because the work space is...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Title Type Buttons

Pinnacle Studio is one of the best video editing software programs on the market because it allows users to edit videos with complex graphics and dynamic titles. Part of its success comes from its easy-to-use...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Tips for Using Menus from the Album

Pinnacle Studio is a dynamic and incredibly easy-to-use, non-linear video editing software. Not only can it edit video, but it can also capture it, create titles, create world class effects, export edited video to tape,...[more]

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