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Audio Level Padding to Prevent Distortion

| June 29, 2015 | 2 Comments
Audio Level Padding to Prevent Distortion

Recently, I shot a live performance and, afterwards when reviewing the footage, I found that I had audio overload problems. I had used my Lumix GH4 with the Panasonic DMW-MS2 microphone and this simple setup just wasn’t equal to the task. The problem was the great dynamic range of the show which included actors and […]

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Promotional Video for the Stage Play South Pacific

| May 25, 2015 | 2 Comments
Promotional Video for the Stage Play South Pacific

Here’s my latest in a series of 17 short videos I’ve produced for the Camino Real Playhouse. It’s a promotional video for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

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Glide Gear DEV-1000 Camera Slider

| May 18, 2015 | 2 Comments
Glide Gear DEV-1000 Camera Slider

I was looking recently for an inexpensive slider and I settled on the Glide Gear DEV-1000. I had read and watched a number of reviews and the DEV-1000 looked like a decent option. At a price point of only $89 I knew I wasn’t going to get top quality or special features. But, in this […]

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Removing Unwanted Sounds with Adobe Audition

| May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Removing Unwanted Sounds with Adobe Audition

On a recent video shoot I had an audio problem with my monopod. What’s that you say? How does a monopod affect the audio? In my case, the problem was a sort of creaking noise it made when tilting or rolling from side to side. The problem was caused by friction in the ball at […]

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Kingston SSDs Down for the Count

| May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Kingston SSDs Down for the Count

Earlier this week my PC locked up hard again—another Kingston SSD failure. I’ve written before about my recent problems with Kingston SSDs (read about my first crash; and my second crash). I had hoped such crashes were behind me but, alas, on Monday this week the Kingston SSDNOW 300 that was my Windows system disk […]

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Lumix GH4 WYSIWIG Mode

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lumix GH4 WYSIWIG Mode

One of the things I like about my Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the fact that the EVF display reflects my settings for ISO, aperture and shutter speed. I like to think of this as WYSIWIG mode (what you see is what you get). There was just one problem—it was only working that way when shooting […]

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Style Serves Story

| April 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
Style Serves Story

A common bit of advice to new filmmakers is to eschew dissolves, wipes and other fancy transitions. Instead, experts recommend using the simple jump cut for most purposes. I don’t wish to dispute this advice. I think that, in general, it’s sound advice. Inappropriate or excessive use of elaborate transitions can distract and detract from […]

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SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Royalty-Free Music

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Royalty-Free Music

Any experienced filmmaker will tell you how important high quality audio is to a film or video. And an important part of the soundtrack is the feeling that music can add. Big budget movies can afford a composer to create a custom soundtrack but most indie filmmakers have to make do with off-the-shelf music. Fortunately, […]

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On Finding Passion

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Finding Passion

Passion is elusive. At least, it can be in my experience. I had a grand passion once—it was sailing. One of the things I loved about it was the richness of the experience. I’ve never felt more alive than on the deck of a small sailboat. Another thing I loved was the variety of things […]

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Videos from The Diary of Anne Frank

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Videos from The Diary of Anne Frank

This week I’ve been editing some footage I shot at the Camino Real Playhouse during the previous two weeks. The footage is from rehearsals of their upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank. I’ve started a YouTube playlist for the play; the playlist currently contains four short videos. Each of the videos features a […]

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