B-roll adds value to your videos and makes them more dynamic, and there are plenty of ways to shoot an epic one. One of the most common tips is to stabilize your camera, be it with a gimbal, a steadicam, a slider, or even a tripod. However, you can get a pretty awesome B-roll sequence even handheld. Josh Yeo of MAKE. ART. NOW. teamed up with Tommy Callaway to do it, and they ended up with some interesting footage. In this video, they take you behind the scenes to show you how they did it and inspire you to try something similar yourself.
I believe we’ve all heard that “gear doesn’t matter” so many times before. And indeed, you don’t need super-fancy gear for filmmaking. However, there is some gear you actually need and can’t go without. So, in this video, Ted Sim teamed up with Caleb Pike to tell you more about it. They list nine things you actually need if you’re gonna be a filmmaker, and give you some tips how to get them without spending a fortune.
One would think that shooting video would be fairly straightforward these days. With all the advances made in video-capable cameras the last few years, a newcomer might assume it’s simply point and hit record.
But if you want to make the most of your equipment and get the best shots you can, this is simple not true. In this video, filmmaker Darious Britt talks about the 9 things he checks before he hits the record button. His checklist might not be perfect for everybody’s workflow, but it’s a great starting point for developing your own.
The rolling shutter effect creates weird patterns in the videos shot on most devices with CMOS sensors. Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day has created a fantastic video that explains this effect in a series of examples and comparisons.
As Destin points out, even the past three years he would film the effects of the rolling shutter every time he had his smartphone and a high-speed camera at the same time. As a result, he came up with plenty of examples to simulate the rolling shutter effect, and show us why and how it emerges.
So you’ve bought a DSLR for shooting videos and you’re not sure where to begin. It can be overwhelming, as there are plenty of settings and variations. If this is the case, Darious Britt has a useful video for you. He’ll teach you some of the basic settings for getting the best video look with a DSLR, and quickly guide you through the camera settings and features he normally uses. Although you can have different features in your camera, the principle stays the same, and you can still apply the same settings like resolution, frame rate, ISO, shutter speed etc.
When it comes to DSLR and audio you really don’t want to use the microphone in your camera. It involves echo, directionality, mic quality, sound bouncing and more. The short version is that it just sounds crap.
We compared three options for DSLR audio (four if you count the crappy in-camera sound) and we wanted to put it out there. Of course, you want to get the best microphone out there, but there are other aspects than sound quality, like budget, intended usage, power and wired vs wireless.
The three microphones we are comparing are: