Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tips for filming from a helicopter.

One of the most difficult places to film is from a helicopter. There are many reasons for this, but it mostly has to do with the nature of how a helicopter obtains lift and direction. Without getting into the theory of aerodynamics, let’s just say that the ride inside a helicopter is far different from that of a fixed wing aircraft. I think the word “vibrate” is the best way to describe riding in a helicopter. Continue reading

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Editing in 2013

by Oliver Peters

Undoubtedly this year will continue the trend of fractured market share for edit systems. If you tally up every system in general use, your professional choices include NLE systems from AdobeAppleAvidAutodeskBoris/Media 100DayangEditshare/Lightworks,Grass ValleySGOSony and Quantel. In most US markets, the split in market dominance boils down to an Adobe/Apple/Avid split. In many cases, the leader is still the now-defunct Final Cut Pro 7. Even Apple is stuck competing with itself. Continue reading

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SSDs vs. hard drives vs. hybrids: Which storage tech is right for you?

In times past, choosing the best PC storage option required merely selecting the highest-capacity hard drive one could afford. If only life were still so simple! The fairly recent rise of solid-state drives and hybrid drives (which mix standard hard drives with solid-state memory) have significantly altered the storage landscape, creating a cornucopia of confusing options for the everyday consumer.

Yes, selecting the best drive type for a particular need can be befuddling, but fear not: We’re here to help. Below, we explain the basic advantages and drawbacks for each of the most popular PC storage options available today. Tuck away this knowledge to make a fully informed decision the next time you’re shopping for additional drive space. Continue reading

Your Basic Filmmaking Kit & Crew: A 3-Level Guide

Basic Filmmaking KitsOne of the biggest problems most first-time filmmakers face is that of planning for – and providing – the right resources for the all-important shoot. You’ve written the script, or found someone to write it for you. You’ve found a cast, and you’ve arranged a day (or days) on which to shoot. And you’ve raised a budget that will allow you to make a film without also serving up a significant dent to your personal bank balance. Continue reading

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Offline to online with 4K

The 4K buzz  seems to be steam-rolling the industry just like stereo3D before it. It’s too early to tell whether it will be an immediate issue for editors or not, since 4K delivery requirements are few and far between. Nevertheless, camera and TV-set manufacturers  are building important parts of the pipeline. RED Digital Cinema is leading the way with a post workflow that’s both proven and relatively accessible on any budget. A number of NLEs support editing and effects in 4K, including Avid DS, Autodesk Smoke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Grass Valley EDIUS and Sony Vegas Pro. Continue reading

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I Decided to Make a TV show and All I Got Was This Lousy Existential Crisis.

TTH-logo-Square-200x200The year of our Lord 2012 was an interesting one for my career – to say the least.

I left the comfortable solace of my former production company, which made mostly soul-crushing corporate and event videos to pursue my ultimate career goal – to have my own TV show glow back at me from an idiot box. I’d like to say, “Little did I know how challenging it would be,” or some other cliche, but honestly, I knew how challenging it would be, and it actually still exceeded my expectations. Continue reading