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Documenting A Road Trip Via Video By David Hague The Monaro is to be wired up with a phalanx of camcorders; a Kaiser Baas dashcam is mounted on the windscreen with a 64GB Sandisk card, a Sony HDD DCR-SR200 Handycam is on a Hague headrest mount (no relation by the way), and a Canon Legria Mini-X 'action cam' is to perform roving boundary rider camcorder duties when not mounted to another Hague mount, a suction based heavy duty unit kitted out with Manfrotto hardware. Audio is also well catered for too. An Azden wireless mic setup with a label lav mic will record dialogue to a Samsung Recorder, a RØDE VideoMic Go on the Sony will record ambience, suitably backed up with a RØDE Videomic 2 on the Legria. ...Read More »
Mounting Camera To Auto Headset By David Hague I have been asked by a few people to give some more nuts'n'bolts information on the mounts I have in the Monaro. First up, we'll look at the headrest mount. It's quite a simple affair on the surface, in being a bracket that wraps around the 'posts' of the lifted headrest, and this is then tightened by a couple of butterfly/wingnuts. ...Read More »
Masking: The Black Art Of Video Making By David Hague Masking to many, is the black art of video making. It all sounds, well, too hard to bother with, with terms such as 'alpha channel', 'compositing' and 'overlay' to deal with. But trust me gentle reader, knowing even the basics of masking and compositing will add a whole new dimension to your home videos, family documentaries, short films and so on. We'll start with something simple. For the sake of the exercise I am using Sony Vegas Pro here, but the basics apply to any editing package (NLE) that dares call itself such. ...Read More »
A Smashing Way to Make Glass Props! By David Hague All the best movies have a car chase (think Bullitt and the French Connection) but they also should have a bullet smashing a window - or anything smashing a window really. If you need to break a window or some such thing in your next production don't risk cuts and lacerations. Do it this way! (With stuff from the kitchen larder) ...Read More »
Do You Know How Long An Average Scene Lasts? By David Hague How long do you reckon the average scene in a TV show lasts for? A minute? 30 seconds? There is nothing more boring than watching a fixed camera shooting a scene for a long period of time. And I define a long period of time as more than 15 seconds! ...Read More »
iPhone Tip # 10 - Do Not Disturb! By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia The new Do Not Disturb feature on the iPhone allows you to be very selective about what calls you want to receive and what calls you don't. This is ideal if you're looking for peace and quiet after business hours or, if during the evening or night, you don't want to miss an urgent call, but you just don't want to talk to everyone ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #9 - Customize Your Music Controls By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia How do you like to sort your music? Some people prefer to do it by playlist, others by artist or albums. There are seven ways to organize your music by Playlist, Artist, Songs, Albums, Compilations, Composers and Genres. Plus access your audio controls at anytime! ...Read More »
iPhone Tip # 8 - Scrolling Back To The Top By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Often when you are scrolling through especially long web pages on your iPhone, it would be good to have a really easy way to flip back up to the top address bar. Every wish that? Well, with one single tap you can. Here's how. ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #7 - Weather At Your Fingertips By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia The weather around a lot of the country these past few weeks has been really awful, so we thought we'd make sure you know about a hidden feature in the Weather App on your iPhone. When you open the weather App, it gives you your Local Weather and then, of course, you can add as many cities as you would like, by tapping on the "i" button at the bottom right hand of your phone. ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #6 - Extra Keyboards By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Are you one of those people who likes to add emoticons to your email and text messages? Or you've seen it and wondered how people do that? If so, did you know there is an entire keyboard which is dedicated to emoji which you can enable and access instantly while texting conversations, etc? Here's how to do it. ...Read More »
iPhone Tip #5 - Easy Email Tricks and Features By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Are you the type of person who writes a lot of draft emails but has trouble finding them? You like to check for new mail but don't want to push a button to do so? Want to add an image within an email on your iPhone? Read on! ...Read More »
Creating iPhone Text MSG Shortcuts! By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Sometimes when texting you find that you will often type the same common phrase or a long URL, and writing it over and over each time can be tiresome. Well did you know, that you can actually create keyboard shortcuts that will represent those phrases or other combinations of key strokes? It's a really handy trick that you'll find you'll have lots of uses for. Here's how you do it! ...Read More »
Using iCloud With Photo Stream By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Photo Stream allows you to take a photo on any iOS device, or import a photo from your digital camera to your computer. Then, utilizing Apple's iCloud, Photo Stream instantly pushes a copy of that photo over any available Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to the Photos app on your iOS devices, iPhoto on you or the Pictures Library on your PC. ...Read More »
iPhone Camera Editing Tips By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia In the latest iOS software update. some editing functions are built right onto the screen for each picture, so you don't have to go out to a third party app unless you're doing something more than basic. Select a picture you want to correct and then tap on the Edit button at the top right of the screen - that will bring up the editing functions. ...Read More »
iPhone Hidden Camera Features By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Since we are mobile app developers at Rev Up Transmedia, we wanted to offer you some cool tips on hidden features and short cuts for your iPhone and iPad. We'll be adding more tricks each week so bookmark this page for easy access! Here are some great suggestions to make using the iPhone camera easier. You know, of course, that the camera icon on the home screen (iOS5) now allows you to instantly access the camera without even having to unlock the iPhone. ...Read More »
Mark Syncs the Spot By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia One of the most missed features of legacy Final Cut Pro is persistent in and out marks. That is to say, once in and out marks are set in a clip, they remain exactly where they are, as a part of the clip, until explicitly changed or removed. Unfortunately, this arguably essential feature for digital video editing did not make it into Final Cut Pro X. If you set in and out points on a clip then deselect that clip and reselect it, the in and out marks are gone. While it is true that you can use ratings, like Favorites, in FCPX to create persistent clip selections, in and out points have valuable uses beyond just marking a usable portion of a video clip. ...Read More »
Torpedoed by Subtitles By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia A video or film project's titles provide crucial information to the viewer, whether it's the opening and closing credits identifying a video or film, the principals involved (the talent and production crew), or lower thirds, the nouns of video, identifying the people, places and things being viewed. Subtitles play a significant role, particularly in editorial or documentary work, in a number of ways. Subtitles make clear, speech or dialog that is difficult to hear or understand, as when people mumble or use unfamiliar dialects; provide language translations for viewers to better understand dialog in foreign languages, especially if the video is produced in a language not native to the viewer; and to make your film or video more accessible to viewers with hearing impairments. ...Read More »
Transitional Animation By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia Final Cut Pro X provides a number of interesting ways to animate video elements in the Viewer and Timeline to provide complex visual effects. But do you know how to create quick and simple animations just by using transitions? The beauty of this technique is its simplicity. No complex motion paths to adjust, no messing about with untold keyframes, just add a transition and set the timing and you're off to the next project. ...Read More »
Render the Fat in Final Cut Pro X By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia Render files are the video files that Final Cut Pro creates when you make adjustments to your video clips. Add a filter or transition, crop the image change the clip's speed, and Final Cut Pro has to create brand new video files using your original media and applying the changes. When the video is played in the project timeline, the render files are played in place of the original video clips, where you have added effects. But what do you do if the render files become corrupt? Or when projects are completed and you want to back them up without the render files? ...Read More »
Command and Conquer Your Keyboard Commands By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia Final Cut Pro has provided keyboard shortcuts for the vast majority of its functions, but there have always been a few features or functions where it made sense to have a keyboard shortcut, but none was pre-built and ready to use. In legacy versions of Final Cut Pro you could add, remove or modify keyboard shortcuts by using the Keyboard Layout tools. In Final Cut Pro X you use the Commands feature to add, remove, modify, and otherwise manage changes to keyboard shortcuts. In this tutorial you'll learn how to add new shortcuts for functions that don't have them, how to create new Command Sets, and how to export and import command sets to access these shortcuts across multiple editing stations. ...Read More »
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