Creating the Habit of Backups

Creating a new habit isn’t easy. We all know that. And I’m not talking about major changes (like exercising more, eating better, or working less) but simple things like backing up our projects, especially when working on locations. The “I’ll do it later” or “this is not a good time” will always be there so […]

Pro Tip: Use “Search Bins” Option in Adobe Premiere

Adobe has brought significant improvements to Premiere Pro over the past couple of years, and the latest versions offer really interesting and useful features. Some of them include: Open multiple projects without importing all the assets Cineform, Phantom CINE, Canon RAW, AJA RAW, 4/5/6K+ native support GPU boost for unleashing of more codecs in real-time playback […]

Six Reasons to Dust Off Your Trusty Lightmeter

I was talking with a friend about how some technologies change so quickly and drastically while others seem to survive the rapid pace of “progress”. On the topic of photography, the lightmeter comes to mind. I purchased my first Sekonic lightmeter when I was getting started in photography. Right after school I did a lot […]

RAID Storage for Photographers and Filmmakers Explained

Explaining the meaning of RAID is among the most difficult concepts to describe to my students and clients. It sounds like a military term, at best, and super geeky tech talk that only mechanical engineers understand. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. It is a system of two or more connected hard drives […]

The Data Storage Puzzle: How Technology is Headed Towards a Solution

In terms of image capturing devices, today we have access to a wide variety of systems available at a wide variety of prices. Even at the “low end” of the spectrum of technology and price we are able to find surprisingly good gadgets. Considerably, capturing images – be they stills or video – is no longer […]

Make Your Movie: Adding Foley to Your Film

As an indie filmmaker you’ve certainly heard of Foley Sound and possibly even had to create some of your own. No great film can go without this integral part of the filmmaking process. Without Foley, a film sounds empty and hollow – the actors seem to be talking in a vacuum. The sound recordist, if […]

Tutorial: How to Capture the Milky Way Using Timelapse

This is a perfect way to learn some new skills for your photography quiver. In it, you will learn how the photographer, Ian Norman, uses a time-lapse sequence to capture the Milky Way. That’s right, this photographer has found a way to capture the entire galaxy. If you’re somebody who likes to grow in your […]

Compositing in After Effects vs. Nuke

To all you post-production folks out there, I caught this interesting video the other day and wondered what your take on the subject was? One commenter pointed out that “you can view the AE timeline as nodes, double-click on a layer and view it, play with multiple views, [and] lock them.” to which the poster (who claims […]

Making of a PSA: Interview with the Editor Oscar Luna and Colorist Tim Ziegler

Above: (Left to Right) Director Aubrey Smyth, DP Bryant Fisher, and Colorist Tim Ziegler working on Little Leading Ladies in the editing studio. Photo courtesy of Adorama Rentals. We hope you’ve enjoyed this week-long blog series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals.  In part one of our fifth installment, […]

What’s New in Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.2?

Apple has announced a major upgrade to Final Cut 10. This upgrade includes the new ProRes XQ which allows for 4K and 5K compressions, formerly not allowed in a ProRes option. This is HUGE. Simultaneously, Arri has announced it’s support for the new codec to be included in their next firmware update of the Alexa XTs […]