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Documentary on dam removal enjoys SXSW 2014 premiere
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 5, 2014 at 11:38:05 am

Adobe Premiere Pro workflow enables filmmakers to edit 90 minute film in REDCODE raw ...

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Using a Field Monitor for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:19:00 am

AdoramaTV presents DSLR Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich explores the benefits of using a field monitor to clearly see what your camera is shooting. Related Products: Flashpoint 7" LED Field Monitor, 1280×800 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, HDMI Input/Output AJA HA5 HDMI to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Converter

“The Immortalists” selected for Documentary Feature Competition at SXSW 2014
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 4, 2014 at 11:31:14 am

Independent filmmakers create character-driven documentary about the pursuit of eternal youth ...

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Using Variable ND Filters for Video
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 4, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

AdoramaTV presents DSLR Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich shows how you can dial in the perfect exposure using a variable ND filter. Related Products: Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density ND Filter - 2 to 8 Stop Light Control Flashpoint 7" LED Field Monitor, 1280×800 Resolution, 16:9 Aspect Ratio, HDMI Input/Output

SXSW 2014 marks North American premiere of “Evaporating Borders”
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 3, 2014 at 10:16:52 am

Documentary edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC presents visual essay on immigration and identity ...

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Want Better Smartphone Photos? Shoot with HDR
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 3, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Whether your smartphone is your behind the scenes, some of the time, or primary camera… it’s important you make the most of it. While the sensors in many smartphones often rival point-and-shoot cameras, I frequently see people underutilize their capabilities. For example, here’s a single image taken on the iPhone 5s. You’ll note that the image lacks sufficient contrast....

Memory Card Type for GoPro Cameras
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 2, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Memory cards come in all sizes. With respect to GoPros, the cards are tiny, fragile and can be easy to lose. They had to go to the smallest form factor available simply because the GoPros are so small. These cards are the micro SD card format. In this course, I'll demonstrate how to securely insert and eject the GoPro memory cards and show what time of memory cases are good for storing these small cards....

Getting the Best Shot- Exposure
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 1, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

When it comes to properly exposing the shot, you need to understand exposure. In this video, I shoot in manual mode and show you how to get a properly exposed video shot. This knowledge also translates seamlessly into photo shooting as well....

Filmmaking as Competition?
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 28, 2014 at 11:35:52 am


Continuous Photo and Video Mode
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 28, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

The GoPro can shoot video and stills at the same time. And you can set you camera at intervals to shoot video and stills simultaneously. What you don’t want is the camera in interlaced mode. You want to make sure you’re shooting at 1080 or 720 which is truly progressive whole frames. Join me as I walk through how to make sure you have the proper recording mode set in your GoPro to achieve just this. You’ll want to look at the Video + Photo mode and set you intervals under Capture Settings....

Shooting Timelapse? Look for Movement in the Shot
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 27, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

One of my favorite styles of photography is timelapse… showing the passage of time through a series of still photos that are then created into a movie. This is a great way to see time passing. For example, here is a simple shot I made during my recent trip to Tokyo. No matter what you are shooting (people, landscapes, nature) you need to remember a core concept. Time-lapse is all about the movement of the subject within the frame. You will want to think about how that movement is going to cover up the photographic frame and pull the eye...

90% of People Have Only Taken a Photo with a Camera Phone in Their Lifetime?
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

As I was browsing my Twitter feed… the following infographic popped up. Keeping in mind that infographics are created by marketing people most often, you have to take these facts with a grain of salt…...


Now is the time for Avid Media Composer 7
By: Gary Bettan on Feb 25, 2014 at 3:53:07 pm

ATTN APPLE Final Cut Pro users: ...


Another Couple of Reasons to Love SSDs
By: Steve Modica on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:08:49 pm

One day, when we're sitting in our rocking chairs recounting our past IT glories ("Why, when I was a young man, computers had ‘wires’”), we'll invariably start talking about our storage war stories. There will be so many. We'll talk of frisbee tossing stuck disks or putting bad drives in the freezer. We'll recount how we saved a company’s entire financial history by recovering an alternate superblock or fixing a byte swapping error on a tape with the "dd" command. I'm sure our children will be transfixed. ...


Clear In and Out Points in the Project Panel
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 25, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

With some of the older features to Adobe Premiere Pro CC you could only create in and out points to one clip, but with the new features, you can create the in and out points to multiple video clips. In this course, I’ll show you how to use this function in the project panel....

How to Develop Compelling Images in Lightroom
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 24, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Join Adorama Learning Center favorites Gavin Hoey, Mark Wallace and Rich Harrington for an in-depth hangout as they share how to get the best from every image using Lightroom. You can sign up for free here — Featuring: Gavin Hoey, host of Take and Make Great Photography Mark Wallace, host of Exploring Photography Rich Harrington, host of DSLR Video Skills  ...

Nikon D5300 DX-Format DSLR Camera
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 23, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

AdoramaTV presents the Nikon D5300 DX-Format DSLR Camera. Join Rich Harrington as he shows all the of the great features of and sample images from the first APS sensor Nikon DSLR to offer full WiFi communication ability. Nikon D5300 24.1 Megapixel DX-Format DSLR Camera with Nikon AFS DX 18-140mm Lens - Black - Bundle With Slinger Holster Case Black ,32 Ultra SDHC CL10 Card, New Leaf 3 Year (Spills Drops) Warranty, Spare ENEL14 Battery, Sunpack Pistol Grip Tripod, Cleaning Kit , Screen Protector, Rapid Charger  ...

The Ultimate Camera Support Rail
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 22, 2014 at 6:04:34 am

I know what some of you are thinking… what the heck is that!?! It’s a camera support rail… that I’ve heavily modified for a special reason. I’ve been looking for a way to shoot with multiple cameras on a single tripod. This combination lets me attach up to 5 cameras to a single tripod. This is really useful for video shooting as well as time-lapse (as I can get multiple angles/compositions of coverage at once)....

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How to Slide a Camera: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 22, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

On this week's DSLR video tips we explore how to add an extra element of professionalism and dynamism to your shots by using a slider. You can watch for each week's episode for free the week it is released. Robbie Carmen and I explore the various methods, techniques, and types of sliders out there. Joining us is director of photography Kevin Bradley, sharing his expertise and personal tips for creating smooth tracking camera shots. Paying attention to what’s motivating your shot will help you decide which type of slider and camera speed to use ; Kevin and I will take...

Don’t fast forward
By: Adam Spiel on Feb 21, 2014 at 2:09:22 pm

Television commercial editor delivers stunning spots using Adobe Creative Cloud workflow ...

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Hearst Television covers the Winter Games
By: Adam Spiel on Feb 20, 2014 at 1:31:01 pm

Remote team uses laptops equipped with Adobe Premiere Pro to edit and package athlete stories ...

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Graham Elliott puts creativity in motion
By: Adam Spiel on Feb 19, 2014 at 12:57:07 pm

Fearless filmmaker and innovator explores the world of creativity with help from Adobe Creative Cloud ...

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Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 19, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

Adorama TV presents the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera. Join Rich Harrington as he shows all the of the great features of and sample images from the least expensive full-frame 35mm sensor DSLR that Nikon makes. Related Products: Nikon D610 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body, 24.3MP, EXPEED 3, Picture Control, 6 fps Continuous Shooting - USA Warranty Nikon D610 DSLR Camera with 24-85mm VR Lens 70-300mm VR Lens - Video Bundle - with 32GB SDHC Card, Camera Case, Spare Lithium Battery with Charger, Rode VideoMic, 9V Battery (8pk), Flashpoint Shoulder Rig, Zoom Lever Gear Ring, VL-35 35 LED Light, and...

The End of the Direct to Video market
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 17, 2014 at 7:13:39 am



Direct Link to Adobe SpeedGrade
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 17, 2014 at 6:15:00 am

The Adobe workflow is known for its exceptional integration between apps. Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade have a great relationship. SpeedGrade CC is a powerful color grading system with a streamlined interface and in this course I will show you how to work with the SpeedGrade workflow directly from Premiere Pro....


I’ve Never Watched a Video That Couldn’t Benefit From Being Shorter
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 15, 2014 at 6:19:00 am

The primary place video is watched these days is on mobile devices. This means small screens and lots of distractions. Add in changes in the human attention span, and I can’t emphaize enough to keep the total run time low to avoid viewer fatigue. Here’s a simple idea: Keep your videos short. It is better to have five 3-minute videos than one 15-minute episode. I try to keep most client videos to less than 10 minutes (in fact less than 5 in almost all cases). With the rise of the web, videos tend to be consumed during things like work...

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Swiss Radio and Television produces stunning Sochi opener
By: Adam Spiel on Feb 14, 2014 at 10:29:34 am

Broadcaster uses Adobe Creative Cloud workflow to create opener promoting the winter games ...

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Charting a course for the filmmaking future
By: Adam Spiel on Feb 13, 2014 at 10:49:25 am

Prolific young filmmaker adopts Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud ...

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“Red Obsession” weaves intoxicating story
By: Adam Spiel on Feb 11, 2014 at 11:02:48 am

Freelance video pro relies on Adobe video workflow to edit documentary about Bordeaux wine ...

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Advice When using WiFi and Your GoPro
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:08:55 am

One of the great features of the GoPro is the WiFi capability. There are a few things you’ll want to be aware of with the WiFi. If you’re in a heavily traveled area with many WiFi spots, you might get interference. Also you should create a balance with the battery power in turning your Wifi off and on because it will suck out some of your battery life. In this course I'll give some helpful and useful tips when using WiFi with your GoPro....

Voiceover Artist Debbie Irwin
By: Bob Gillen on Feb 10, 2014 at 9:39:20 am

“I warm up on the subway en route to a gig,” says voiceover artist Debbie Irwin, “and engage with people in the elevator on my way up to the studio – to put a smile on other people’s faces, which makes me feel good, and is a great vibe to bring into the recording session.” READ MORE......

“Live From Daryl’s House”
By: Bob Gillen on Feb 7, 2014 at 9:26:20 am

A black SUV pulls up to a farm-style complex in upstate New York. Out steps a man in a long black coat, signature long red beard, a red do rag under a worn, comfortable felt hat, and sunglasses. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons walks forward to shake hands with his host, Daryl Hall. After a few words of conversation, the two are jamming inside Hall’s expansive music room. READ MORE......

Disk I/O Speeds, RAID levels and Spindle Count
By: Tim Jones on Feb 4, 2014 at 12:01:17 pm

In the world of storage, many claims are made about performance that may or may not be defensible. In this adventure, I'm going to visit the technical side of disk performance - how it relates to data types, disk RPM speed, RAID levels and spindle count (number of disks). Note that the information presented here is related to spinning disks, not SSD or PCIe memory disks. However, some of these thoughts apply to SSD-based arrays as well. ...


Using a Table for Tethering
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:27:00 am

When getting your space set up for tethering, you’ll want a sturdy place to put your laptop on. A stool or table works well. Depending on how much you want to invest, you have options. In this course, I’ll show you a more accessible and cheap way to lock down your laptop and mention other ways that work too. Building the Tethered Station: Using a Table for Tethering To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Tethered Shooting Fundamentals, for ng/145427/161134-4.html There are many advantages to tethered shooting. It allows you to get instant feedback on the subject...

How Are You Doing? Let's Talk: Mental Illness & Creativity in the Film & Video Industry
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 2, 2014 at 8:41:38 pm

Let's talk. No tech questions, no debates, no critique. Let's talk about you . How are you? No really, how are you? ...

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What’s Your NLE of Choice
By: Steve Modica on Feb 2, 2014 at 7:20:35 am

Now that we’re several months removed from Apple’s introduction of Mavericks for OSX and we've all tested the waters a little, I wanted to talk about video editing software and how the various versions play with NAS storage like we use at Small Tree. ...


HP Sundance House hosts Dustin Grella and his unique chalkboard animations
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:46:35 am

Adobe Creative Cloud workflow helps artist create daily animations at Sundance Film Festival ...

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Malaysian-born filmmaker debuts short film at Sundance
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:39:22 am

Short film shot on RED in 4k edited on Macbook Pro using Adobe Premiere Pro software ...

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Merging and Syncing Clips with Audio Sync in Premiere Pro
By: Richard Harrington on Jan 25, 2014 at 6:10:08 am

Looking to save time when editing sync sound or multi cam? I really like a newer option in Adobe Premiere Pro called Audio Sync. You can select two clips that you think go together that have been recorded separately and use Audio Sync to sync them up. nbsp; In this video I will walk you through how to merge and sync clips with Audio Sync. Quality and Format Improvements: Merging and Syncing Clips with Audio Sync To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Premiere Pro: Creative Cloud Updates, for c/126763/129863-4.html Adobe Premiere Pro CC has some very...

“Dig” explores what it’s like to be a kid
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:32:09 pm

Short film edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC delivers big impact at the Sundance Film Festival ...

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Motion graphics and visual effects work shines at Sundance Film Festival
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 22, 2014 at 2:03:44 pm

In the lead up to the Sundance Film Festival we had the good fortune to talk with a number of creative professionals involved in creating some of the great films premiering in Park City. From animated and live action shorts to feature-length documentaries and dramatic premieres, these films display a dizzying range of creativity and talent, as well as inspiring uses of motion graphics and visual effects. Me + Her , Hits , and The End of Eating Everything are three films in which Adobe After Effects played an important role. ...

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What is "feature length"?
By: Peter John Ross on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:01:24 am


Improving Your Comedy Writing and performing
By: Bob Gillen on Jan 20, 2014 at 11:03:47 pm

“I personally appreciate extremely dark humor,” says Dublin-based comedy writer and performer Valerie Ní Loinsigh. “I think that it is an Irish trait to be enormously dark in your humor. I don’t appreciate superiority humor or humor at the expense of others quite as much. I like self-deprecation and black comedy.” READ MORE......

Sundance veteran offers up lyrical documentary film
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 20, 2014 at 1:19:21 pm

Film about American music history comes together beautifully with Adobe video workflow ...

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Klip Collective pushes film into new spaces at Sundance
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 19, 2014 at 7:47:29 pm

Projection mapping installation relies on Adobe Creative Cloud tools ...


What's the big deal with how an LTO (or other) tape is written?
By: Tim Jones on Jan 19, 2014 at 2:08:57 pm

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“Last Days in Vietnam” to premiere at Sundance
By: Adam Spiel on Jan 17, 2014 at 1:44:48 pm

Adobe Creative Cloud integral to working with archival content for PBS documentary ...

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What you need to know about video editing storage in 2014
By: Steve Modica on Jan 17, 2014 at 10:05:58 am

With the New Year festivities well behind us, today seems like as good a time as any to chat about where video editing storage is (or should be) headed in 2014. ...


FCP7 To Premiere Pro Cloud 7.0.1 Tips #10: Grid effect to make a rule of thirds guide
By: Lucy Moon on Jan 16, 2014 at 7:23:35 am

Create the following parameters on a (built in) "Grid" effect and apply to a strip of transparent video. You can create a grid to your own design. ...

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Street Art as Inspiration for Writing
By: Bob Gillen on Jan 15, 2014 at 1:22:05 pm

All creative artists reach a point where they have to let go of their created work. Publish it, display it, sell it, screen it. Let it go. For some artists an even deeper sense of abandonment is at play in their creative process. Several years ago I attended a performance of Euripides’s The Trojan Women, his epic indictment of war written in 415 BCE. Outside the black box theater, located in the arts district of LA, a street art mural publicized the current production. The artist – I don’t know who – created the piece knowing that it would only...

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