The holiday season is a great time for video. The events, decorations, lights, and general festivity make a great subject – and lots of people are either buying new gear at a holiday discount, or receiving equipment as a gift. With just a few weeks left in the year, I thought I’d share a few of my very favorite pieces – gear that provides amazing … Read more!
The past several months have been a period of major transition for me. As a freelance video professional moving from the midwest to central California, I’ve had to establish a new client base – and, in the process, learn new techniques, hone my existing skill set, and equip myself with new gear. Essentially, I went from having a well-stocked studio at my disposal with experienced, … Read more!
The most consistently challenging part of using DSLRs for video work is probably audio. From the lack of a headphone port on most cameras to the generally unusable quality of their built-in microphones, most DSLRs were simply not designed to capture audio well. There are ways around these problems, usually involving either an external microphone, a digital recorder, or both. Often, high quality audio tracks … Read more!
Although I no longer live in Pennsylvania, I still do some freelance work for Bucknell University in Lewisburg. Recently, I was able to help out with a video celebrating the success of this year’s men’s basketball team. The team just clinched the Patriot League championship with a win against Lafayette this past Wednesday night – the video was prepared beforehand, with the final moments … Read more!
As a video editor and motion graphics artist, I am occasionally faced with the task of animating a corporate logo. It’s a job that I always enjoy, because it carries unique challenges and creative possibilities, but it can definitely be intimidating. People take logos very seriously – they are the most visible symbol of what a group or company stands for. An immense amount of … Read more!
Stop-motion animation takes a long time. That’s the first thing most people say when I mention the technique – and it’s undeniably true. There is, however, a secret about stop-motion; something that makes the act of snapping hundreds or thousands of nearly identical photographs bearable. Here it is: stop-motion is fun. I don’t just mean that the results are fun, although there is certainly a … Read more!
Oh, the sordid reputation of Final Cut Pro X. Since its release last year, FCPX has been controversial, to say the least. Widely mocked and derided by the forum community, X has become something of a standing joke in the editing world. It’s not uncommon to hear it referred to as the “new iMovie” and the announcement that several major post-production studios are switching from … Read more!