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Using a Click Track to Create a Music Video
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:44:00 pm

When you’re working on a music video and need to record a commercial or promo that’s tightly tied to a music track, it’s important to think ahead for post-production. Recording with a click track gives you the ability to sync multiple cameras and multiple takes across several locations. Using consistent, sequential audio cues, known as a click track, will help you sync your visuals in post. On this week’s show, Robbie and Rich walk you through the benefits of using a click track when recording a musical performance. This week we cover • Using a click track: Learn how to...

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Fixing the Exposure Triangle Beyond Camera Settings
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 29, 2013 at 2:48:00 pm

Throughout the past month , we’ve tackled the exposure triangle —the critical way to get properly exposed photos and videos. Remember your camera and lens have three essential controls that affect how much light comes into the camera: the aperture or opening of the lens, the shutter speed (how long the shutter opens), and the ISO (the sensitivity of your sensor). But a problem as tough as exposure can still be hard to crack. What happens when you can’t get more light into the camera and the shot is dark? How about when you want shallow depth of field and...

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Understanding GoPro Bodies
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 12, 2013 at 1:35:00 pm

GoPro cameras are great for time-lapse, underwater, and aerial photography. This tutorial takes a detailed look at GoPro cameras. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials... . Understanding GoPro Bodies Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Elevate Your Video Camera
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 11, 2013 at 3:04:00 pm

A great way to create more interesting video perspectives is to raise your camera higher . Positioning the camera above any scene gives a unique view—and putting the camera into motion from that position can result in really dynamic shots. In this week’s video, we look at a couple of tools for raising your camera up higher, and discuss techniques for getting the most out of elevated shots. This week we cover Using a monopod to extend your reach. Learn why a monopod is one of the easiest ways to get the camera up higher and extend it into a...

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How Do I Mount and Control a GoPro Camera?
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 8, 2013 at 2:37:00 pm

From its origins as a surf camera to its current incarnation as a flexible tool for any project that needs a small, durable, and capable camera, GoPro has become synonymous with go anywhere, “get the shot no matter what” productions. Smaller than your fist and providing endless mounting options, GoPro cameras allow you to get shots you never thought were possible—especially where larger, more expensive cameras won’t work. In this week’s episode , we’ll take a look at the iconic GoPro camera and how it can become even more flexible with different mounts, and the GoPro App, which allows you...

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What is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 1, 2013 at 3:07:00 pm

Blackmagic Design is well known for its reasonably priced video post-production products, including interfaces and adapters. Recently they’ve also started making cameras, including the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4k, and Pocket Cinema Camera—all with high-end features and great price points. On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the small, yet capable Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera . About the same size as a traditional point-and-shoot stills camera, the BMPCC is capable of shooting video using Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and now, the compressed RAW format as well, all to a fast SD card. It’s a versatile camera that...

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How To Read A Waveform Monitor & Vectorscope
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 16, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

When reading video scopes for the first time, it can be tough to figure out what you re actually looking at. But tools like waveform monitors and vectorscopes can help with the exposure and color in your shots and are definitely worth the time spent learning how to use them. The primary thing to keep in mind is that these tools are more accurate than your eyes in providing an objective, analytical snapshot of your video signal. This week we ll explore Why scopes are essential in helping you achieve better shots How a histogram complements the information on a...

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Postprocessing choices for time-lapse photography
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 7, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

I love timelapse photography. And here's my new class all about the topic! Get the class here http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Creating-Time-Lapse-Video/1379 03-2.html Postprocessing choices for time-lapse photography Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Recording Audio for an Interview: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 24, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

Having clear, crisp audio tracks is essential for effective corporate videos, commercials, documentaries and particularly critical for interview footage. Audiences are often willing to forgive small technical mistakes with video, but far less so with problematic audio. This week we ll set up to shoot an interview, and look at ways to improve audio recording quality on location. It s easy to focus solely on capturing great visuals while shooting an interview; but audio that s hard to hear, distorted, or runs together between interviewer and subject can quickly ruin a production and possibly even require a reshoot. To help...

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Choosing a DSLR frame rate
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 20, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moir . This tutorial discusses which frame rate you should choose, depending on your specific requirements. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials... Choosing a DSLR frame rate Republished by Richard Harrington...

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DSLR tutorial: Transferring from a card into Premiere Pro
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 13, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm

In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman explain how to bring footage into Premiere Pro from a card. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials... . This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moir . DSLR tutorial: Transferring from a card into Premiere Pro Republished by Richard Harrington...

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DSLR tutorial: Frame size recommendations
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 3, 2013 at 6:23:00 pm

This tutorial answers the universal question, "Which frame size should I use?" by covering the basics of frame size. DSLR tutorial: Frame size recommendations Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Choosing the Right Frame Rate and Frame Size
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 29, 2012 at 7:51:00 am

Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. This episode will reveal how to choose the proper frame rate and frame size when shooting with a DSLR video camera. Follow Rich as he explains the difference between frame sizes and frame rates and which is appropriate for different shooting scenarios. Then, watch as he takes you into a DSLR camera menu and shows you how to choose your frame size and rate. Check out more DSLR videos here http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A Choosing the Right Frame Rate and Frame Size Republished by Richard Harrington...

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DSLR tutorial: Setting levels
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 28, 2012 at 7:50:00 am

This digital video tutorial explains how to get your audio recorders set up to record at the right levles. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/10370 7-... . This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moir . DSLR tutorial: Setting levels Republished by Richard Harrington...

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DSLR Tutorial: Why use a dedicated audio recorder?
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 18, 2012 at 6:46:00 am

This digital video tutorial explains how to get better quality audio with a dedicated audio recorder. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/video-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips/103707-2.html DSLR Tutorial: Why use a dedicated audio recorder? Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Talking About Lens Flare
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:10:00 pm

This digital video tutorial explains the difference between intentional and accidental lens flare and their causes. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/10370 7-... . Talking About Lens Flare Republished by Richard Harrington...

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How to Get Great Video Interviews
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 13, 2012 at 6:46:00 am

Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he reveals great tips and techniques on how to achieve a good interview. From establishing a proper relationship with your subject, to eye-line, feedback, and how to ask follow-up questions, Rich will sit down with filmmaker Irene Magafan to talk about her newest documentary. AdoramaTV features talented hosts including: Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Joe McNally, Joe DiMaggio, Tamara Lackey, Bryan Peterson, and Rich Harrington. How to Get Great Video Interviews Republished by Richard Harrington...

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What is a DSLR Loupe?
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 8, 2012 at 8:08:00 pm

This digital video tutorial explains how to use an external video loupe to magnify the actual image that you're seeing on the camera LCD and to block ambient light. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/10370 7-.... What is a DSLR Loupe? Republished by Richard Harrington...

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What is an Electronic Viewfinder?
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:59:00 pm

This digital video tutorial explains what an EVF, or electronic view finder, is, and why they provide a higher resolution view of your scene. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/DSLR-Video-Tips-Rich-Harrington/10370 7-... . What is an Electronic Viewfinder? Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Three Point Lighting Explained
By: Richard Harrington on Jul 15, 2012 at 8:13:00 am

AdoramaTV Presents DSLR Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he discusses three-point lighting when shooting an interview on DSLR. Three-point Lighting is a combination of a Key light, back light, and a fill light. Three-point light gives you full control over the light and shadows casting over your subject. Understanding the three-point lighting technique gives you the building blocks to advance with your photography. Three Point Lighting Explained Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Recording Sync Sound: DSLR | Video Skills
By: Richard Harrington on Jul 4, 2012 at 5:39:00 am

Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he demonstrates how to record sync sound audio when shooting with a DSLR camera. This video focusses on how to record great audio for your next project... we'll cover postproduction in a future episode. Most DSLR cameras have a built in microphone, but to accomplish good professional audio you need more. Audio is one of the most important elements when producing video. Having an dedicated microphone to capture your audio can increase the overall quality of your video. In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to capture...

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Vincent Laforet & the Canon C300
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 19, 2012 at 8:35:00 am

NAB 2012 - Vincent Laforet & the Canon C300 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo . My producer, Pamela Berry, catches up with Vincent Laforet at NAB. Learn about the Canon C300 and his new film Mobius at NAB 2012. ( Behind the Scenes ) Vincent Laforet & the Canon C300 Republished by Richard Harrington...

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DSLR Rolling Shutter Explained
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 27, 2012 at 7:31:00 pm

DP BestFlow - Rolling Shutter Explained from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo . I explain the problems of a rolling shutter when shooting video with a DSLR, and how to make sure that fast moving subjects aren't distorted or stuttery. From the dpBestflow.org project. DSLR Rolling Shutter Explained Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Connecting a Video Monitor to a DSLR Camera
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 23, 2012 at 7:28:00 pm

DP BestFlow - Connecting a Video Monitor from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo . I explain the different accessories and monitors you can connect to your DSLR camera in order to see your video footage better. From the dpBestflow.org project. Connecting a Video Monitor to a DSLR Camera Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Recording Sync Sound for a DSLR
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 20, 2012 at 5:30:00 pm

DP BestFlow - Recording Sync Sound from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo . Capturing quality audio with a DSLR camera can be a bit of a challenge. I explain how to get good audio on your next DSLR video shoot. From the dpBestflow.org project. Recording Sync Sound for a DSLR Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Shooting Video? Better Under than Overexposed
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 28, 2011 at 7:15:00 am

This is a sneak peek from a new book I am writing Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots While you can do a lot in postproduction to fix exposure, video files are a lot like working with JPEG images (as opposed to raw photos). Push an adjustment too far and you ll get posterized image where details are clipped. Shoot too dark or too bright and you ll have no information to work with and possibly quite a bit of noise. The key is to always protect your highlights. Do not let the bright areas of your image...

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Time Lapse Part 3: Assembling a Timelapse Shot
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 3, 2011 at 8:30:00 pm

Time Lapse Part 3: Assembling a Timelapse Shot From the Creative COW DSLR Essentials Podcast, Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington bring you part three in a three-part series on creating time lapse. This episode covers assembling a time lapse shot. Check out more at http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/ Time Lapse Part 3: Assembling a Timelapse Shot Republished by Richard Harrington...

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The Great Camera Shootout 2011: Episode 2 ~ "Sensors & Sensitivity"
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 7, 2011 at 12:34:00 pm

The Great Camera Shootout 2011: Episode 2 ~ "Sensors & Sensitivity" from steve weiss on Vimeo . I got to see some of this great footage and test at a sneak peek at NAB. This is a real-world comparison of DSLR and other CMOS type sensor cameras like the RED, Alexa, and Sony F3. Episode 2, Sensors & Sensitivity of the three part series continues with tests covering sensitivity, resolution, compression and the relationship between them. These tests were designed and administered by Robert Primes ASC, director of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE) and shown at 2K screenings around...

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Zacuto Electronic Viewfinder Adds New Features
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 2, 2011 at 6:39:59 am

My Zacuto Electrnic Viewfinder showed up Saturday. I'm already using it on my second shoot tonight. This thing is so awesome in that I can really see things like exposure and focus with a true viewfinder. The buttons are easy to use, the unit feels solid (but weighs practically nothing). The best part? The fact that I've only had it a few days and Zacutto is already adding features via a free firmware update (love that). Here's the complete user manual so you can check out the features. Download the current EVF Manual: Z-Finder EVF Manual Heres the free firmware...

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How to Calibrate Your HDSLR with Color Bars
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 25, 2011 at 2:04:02 pm

A quick post on how to calibrate a HDSLR camera with color bars. Proper tutorial later. We we're so excited about what we figured out that we just flipped on the laptop iSight camera. Here are the bars for download www.richardharringtonblog.com/downloads/Color_Bars_Start.png How to Calibrate Your HDSLR with Color Bars Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Mastering DSLR Frame Rates
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 14, 2011 at 5:31:00 pm

In this DSLR podcast Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington discuss the various frame rates available on today's DSLR Cameras such as the Canon 7D. Learn what rates to use for proper film looks, slow motion and other special effects, PAL or NTSC. http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast/dslr-frame-rates Subscribe for free at the COW http://podcasts.creativecow.net/dslr-video-podcast Subscribe for free on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-cow-dslr-video-podcast/id409873 ... Mastering DSLR Frame Rates Republished by Richard Harrington...

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How to Calibrate DSLR Video Cameras
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 21, 2011 at 2:55:00 pm

Oftentimes you'll find yourself using more than one camera body while shooting footage. This may be to get an extra angle or to avoid having to change lenses in the field. The closer your camera settings the match, the more seamless it will appear when you edit the different footage together. Ideally the acquired footage will match as closely as possible. This means that you to adjust both the aesthetic and technical properties. Aesthetic Matching Look inside the camera and check your menu settings. You'll typically find several options that will aesthetic properties of the footage. Ideally, you'll closely match...

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How to Create a Master File for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Nov 9, 2010 at 7:02:00 pm

For many, getting footage into their edit application is the easy part. It's getting the footage out that becomes tricky. While each editing application will all have its own unique steps for exporting a project, the process is pretty standard. Use these steps to create a master file. Identify the final sequence. This sequence should be what is called "picture-locked" meaning that no additional changes will take place to the sequence. Make sure that the whole sequence is rendered. Click in the timeline and choose Select All, then render the clips. Mark and In point at the start of the...

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