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CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE – The Interface, the Workflow and Getting Started

by Chris Jackson

What is CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE? MAXON CINEMA 4D is one of the leading 3D software packages used today to create stunning 3D motion graphics, product visualizations, video game assets, and much more. It provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface and set of tools for 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering. After Effects CC…

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Preparing a Location for Recording and Ambience

by Dean Miles

Preparing a Location for Recording You’ve probably heard the comment “We’ll fi x it in post.” If you’re on a fi lm shoot with a heavy audio postproduction budget, then almost anything is possible. But in video, what you record on location is pretty much what’s going to end up in the final product. Preparing…

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Testing For Documentary Values – Six Vital Questions

by Michael Rabiger

To distinguish a documentary from other nonfiction forms, or to check whether you have strayed beyond the pale, see how you answer these six vital questions: 1. Does it depict actuality— that is, real people in a world that exists, or did exist? 2. Does the film arise from a belief of some kind? Documentaries…

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Top Ten Reasons to Write with a Partner

by Claudia H. Johnson

A former screenwriting student, Tom Kurzanski, e-mailed me one day: I just wanted to thank you for planting the seeds of writing with a partner.  The seeds took root and I partnered up with a good friend and colleague of mine (Michael Young).  Now here I am with a TV pilot that, I feel, is…

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VIDEO: How Metadata Works When Shooting RAW

by Blain Brown

The below video tutorial is a quick look at how Metadata works when shooting RAW. It is just one of the video tutorials that is included on the companion website for Blain Brown’s book The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging for Cinematographers, Digital Imaging Technicians, and Camera Assistants.

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Six Shot List Considerations

by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

A shot list is usually created by the director and the production manager (or associate producer). The shot list is the first step in the larger task of scheduling the production, and the principal factor in organizing the shot list is efficiency. The considerations determining the organization of our shots, in more-or-less descending order of…

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Final Cut Pro X Tutorial: Syncing Audio

by Kurt Lancaster

Most DSLR shooters are already aware of PluralEyes and DualEyes. But the new version of Final Cut X will also sync external audio recorders with DSLR audio files. This lesson shows you how. Preparing files Without any pre-rendering, I imported the files. (I’ve heard that you can edit H.264 files from DSLR live, and I’m…

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Are You Qualified? The Biggest Issue of Secondary Color Correction

by Steve Hullfish

For me, the biggest issue of secondary color correction is qualification. I’m not talking about whether the colorist is skilled enough to do it. I’m talking about what portion of the image you are trying to qualify—in other words, “choose”—as the section in which you make alterations. “To qualify” or “qualification” means that an area…

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White balance with Canon DSLRs — Not as Easy as Video

by Kurt Lancaster

A couple of my colleagues at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication noted how difficult it is to do manual white balance with the Canon DSLRs some of our students are using. All I can say: Not as easy as video cameras. The Canon presets have worked pretty well for all the projects I’ve shot,…

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Postproduction – Offsite Collaboration and the Cloud

by Scott Arundale and Tashi Trieu

“The cloud” refers to a method of data storage which is by nature decentralized, offering both data redundancy and ready access almost anywhere on the planet. The concept is a little misleading since “the cloud” is not really up in the sky as the name suggests; rather, it involves remote computing from distant locations and…

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