Category Archives: Wireless

Wireless Follow Focus

I’m in the market for a wireless follow focus. There are a lot of them out there.

Here are a few that I’m looking at:

Silencer Air Wireless
http://24Shots.Com

Red Rock Micro

Micro Remote (Wireless): https://shop.redrockmicro.com/microremote/

Ikan Remote Air 2 Dual Channel
Ikan Remote Air Pro
http://IkanCorp.Com

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Today’s Things

RedRock Micro Remote Focus

I need a wireless remote focus pulling device. I just haven’t gotten the money out of my pocket yet. Here’s one from RedRock. cost about $ 2,400.00 bucks.RedRock-MicroRemote

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This Week’s Things: 10/30/2015

Equipment

What is this thing: Tangent Ripple – Color Correction Panel
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/tangent-ripple-color-correction-control-surface-you-can-actually-afford
tangent_ripple_control_panelNotes: Doing a lot of color correction/color grading? Want a tactile panel? Here’s an affordable solution. 

 

What is this thing: Black Magic URSA Mini
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/everything-you-wanted-know-about-working-blackmagic-ursa-mini
Notes: Doing a lot of color correction/color grading? Want a tactile panel? Here’s an affordable solution. URSA-Mini

What is this thing: Artemis Maxima
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/amazing-new-camera-rig-artemis-combines-a-gimbal-and-stabilizer/
Notes: Gimbals and Stabilizers are getting better and cheaper. Well, almost cheaper. Here’s a cool G&S but it will set you back 20K or so.Artemis Maxima

What is this thing: Paralinx Video Transmitter and Receiver
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/paralinx-ace-wireless-video/
Company Website: http://www.paralinx.net/store/paralinx-ace
Notes: I put together a pretty good Wireless TR/RX for about $ 600.00. However sometimes, you want a vendor complete system and this one is pretty reasonable at $ 1,299.95.paralinx_ace_sdi_combo

Film Making Tips

What is this thing: 10 Lessons on Filmmaking From Wes Anderson
Article Link: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/everything-you-wanted-know-about-working-blackmagic-ursa-mini
Notes: I’m #6 on the list for a 4.6K URSA mini at Showcase Video in Atlanta, Ga. for a URSA mini. I’m hoping that this will take my capabilities to the next level as a Cinematographer. Here’s a good review of the URSA mini.

What is this thing: Enough Coverage is Enough – Why shooting too much coverage can be a “bad thing”.
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/why-shooting-too-much-coverage-is-bad/
Notes: In my experience as a DP I find that Directors who shoot way too much coverage do so because they are not prepared. Shooting too much coverage is usually done by inexperienced Directors during their “learning” projects. Don’t be a Dump-Truck Director. Get the coverage you need and know what coverage you need by preparing before you get onset.

Color Grading/Color Correcting

What is this thing: How to apply a LUT in Premier Pro
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/quick-tip-applying-luts-to-footage-in-premiere-pro/
Notes: LUTS are cool. Here’s a basic quick tip on apply them in Premier Pro!
Need pre-made LUTS – here’s Rocket Rooster
While you’re looking at LUTS, here’s a quick tutorial on how to Save Lumetri Color Presets within Premiere: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/quick-tip-saving-lumetri-color-presets-in-premiere-pro/

What is this thing: Learn Resolve
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/the-best-places-to-learn-resolve/
Notes: Want to learn Resolve and Color Grading? Here’s list of resources where you can start.

Editing

What is this thing: How to Organize Your Digital Film Media
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-organize-a-feature-film-edit-like-a-pro/
Notes: I have a friend who has the filmmaking “eye” yet he is the worse organizer of his digital media. Some artists just don’t have that attention to detail, especially while doing the edit. They are so concerned with getting the film edited the way they see it that the chaotic mess of the project doesn’t bother them. However, if you ever want to be an effective editor you need to learn how to organize your digital assets. Here’s an article that can help get you started.

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This Week’s “Things” – Week of 1/19/2015

Film Making Process

What is this Thing: 15 Mistakes Beginning Filmmakers Make
Things Type: Education – Filmmaking
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1myw_0W5E8&x-yt-ts=1421782837&x-yt-cl=84359240image
Notes: I’m really digging this guys videos. I previously sent out a video Darious did on the three act screen play. Darious maintains a great pace, shows examples and entertains us as he gives good advice on filmmaking. You can catch Darious at his Youtube channel.

Lighting Equipment

What is this Thing: LED Light Ribbon
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://store.litegear.com/default.asp
imageNotes: I have purchased LED light ribbons in the past, but haven’t used them on a shoot. This site sells higher end LED ribbons – found this site through DP Shane Hurlbut’s website. These ribbons are pricy compared to the LED light ribbons I’ve purchased off Amazon. Without testing I don’t know if they are worth the extra cash – I’m sure they are useful , else Shane’s team wouldn’t use them.

Audio

What is this Thing: Four tips for increasing the quality of voice over’s in Adobe Audition.
Things Type: Education – Adobe Audition
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6x__NthInRs
Notes: For tips for using Adobe Audition to enhance voice over’s. I use Audition, not exclusively, for a lot of sound enhancing when editing. Here are tips on using hotkeys, equalizing, normalizing and dynamic rendering in Audition.

What is this Thing: Sound Acquisition on Set.
Things Type: Education – Sound Acquisition On Set
Link: http://vimeo.com/116200417
Notes: Sound Designer/Mixer Jonah Guelzo discuss on set sound acquisition. Get the sound at the source instead of trying to fix it in post. Good information here, but looks like the information was sponsored by Rhode. I have Rhode equipment and have never had any issues.

What is this Thing: Wireless Transmitter & Receiver.
Things Type: Equipment – Wireless Audio
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84359240&v=uvtpkFhWX0A&x-yt-ts=1421782837
Notes: Rode announced a new Wireless audio product using 2.4GHz transmission technology. The price on B&H is $ 399.00. HH’s take: I have several Sennheiser wireless transmission and receiving products and haven’t had any issues, but they start at around $ 629.00 for a transmitter/receiver pair. I have Rode microphone products and haven’t had any issues. I wouldn’t rule out 2.4Ghz technology, just need to test it in a real-world environment before you purchase.

Post Production

What is this Thing: After Effects tutorial for creating Animated Polygon Titles.
Things Type: Education – Adobe After Effects
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuaBg1agd70&feature=player_detailpage
Notes: The Andrew Cramer from video Copilot does a 22 minute tutorial for creating animated polygon titles in After Effects.

Movie Business

What is this Thing: How Are Oscar Nominees Chosen
Things Type: General Information
Link: http://mentalfloss.com/article/54560/how-are-oscar-nominees-chosen
Notes: This still doesn’t explain why Best Picture is filled with artsy films!!! I just think those voting Producers are F’ing with the general public with their nominations.

Color Correcting/Color Grading

What is this Thing: The best order of operation for Color Grading & Color Correcting
Things Type: Color Grading and Color Correcting
Link: http://noamkroll.com/the-best-order-of-operations-for-color-grading-why-it-makes-all-the-difference/
Notes: Noam Kroll discusses the best order of operations for color grading. HH’s take – over the past few years I’ve had to learn how to do color grading and correcting out of necessity since we didn’t have budget for a dedicated colorist. At first I color corrected and graded to fix stupid shooting errors. After getting somewhat functional, you find that color correcting and grading actually gives you another opportunity to add life to the footage. In the future I hope to get on projects that have budget for a dedicated colorist – trust me, they are worth every penny.

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