One of the most overlooked aspects of uploading videos to YouTube and Vimeo is the proper export settings from your editing software, such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Selecting the correct export settings means having the highest quality video possible when it uploads to a popular video site.
Creating that creamy, out-of-focus background with a sharp, in-focus subject in front of it is all a matter of shallow depth-of-field. And if you really want to impress your friends, call it “bokeh.” It’s achieving a film-like look and making you look more pro.
You’ve probably heard of three-point lighting and you use it to perfection. However, if you want to really look pro, you can change the way your key light shines on your subjects’ faces to create a desired dramatic or more flattering look. Introducing short, split, and butterfly lighting.
Giving your video production value means using professional lighting. However, that professional lighting brings with it an additional problem: harsh lighting that is uncomfortable to your subject, sharp shadows, and makes your subject look unnatural. Diffusion solves that problem.
Slow motion isn’t a difficult thing to do. But there is a time and place for it. We take a look at what slow motion does for the clips in your timeline and how to achieve those effects in iMovie and Adobe Premiere. And we even have a bonus tip for you if the basics aren’t enough.
It may seem like writing a script is simply going to your computer (or if you’re old school, getting a pen and paper), sitting down and just writing. But it might surprise you to learn that’s only part of the scriptwriting process. You need to build a structure for your story, and you need to test it out, before you shoot.
Reel Rebel #36 breaks down the difference between omni-directional and cardioid mics. If you don’t know the difference, then you should, because finding the right kind of mic for the right situation is a must for any video production. Sometimes you want sound coming from all directions, sometimes you don’t. Which situations are those? Read on.
One of the most basic “rules” when it comes to shot composition is the “rule of thirds,” in which you divide your shot into 9 equal parts with intersecting horizontal and vertical lines and then frame the subject at the intersection of those lines. Here’s a video tutorial on it.
When you are editing, you’re usually told to use effects sparingly since a little usually goes along way and you don’t want to overdo it. Sometimes, however, you want a look that is not quite as subtle. If this is the case, one option might …
On this week's Reel Rebel episode we share another common filmmaking technique that's often used by professionals to capture smooth, cinematic looking shots – through the use of a camera slider. Professional camera slider systems can be quite pricey and until recently, affordable systems were …