Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer Demo Footage

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Here’s some test footage I shot in Laguna Beach, CA with my Pilotfly H1+ stabilizer. The camera is a Panasonic Lumix GH4 with the Panasonic 12-35 mm lens at 12 mm. Optical stabilization in the lens was turned on. I shot in 4K and in a couple of clips I zoomed out to full HD in post (i.e., started at …

Participants in climate change rally

Orange County for Climate Action Video

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Here’s a video I shot and edited for Orange County for Climate Action this week. This is from a rally in Orange, CA which was one of dozens across the United States that were organized by People’s Climate Movement. This video consists mainly of excerpts from short, impromptu interviews I did with the rally participants.

Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

Pilotfly H1+ Gimbal Stabilizer

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The Pilotfly H1+ is a small, lightweight gimbal stabilizer which provides the ability to hold & move a small video camera with one hand while still getting smooth footage. The low cost of this and similar devices is bringing Steadicam-like footage to the low-budget filmmaker and the small size is providing opportunities for getting smooth footage in tight situations where …

Removing Unwanted Sounds with Adobe Audition

David Salahi Audio, Video Editing 0 Comments

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 the foot of the monopod. …

choosing transitions while editing video

Style Serves Story

David Salahi Video Editing 2 Comments

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 the story. Still, I think …

audio tracks in Adobe Audition

SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Royalty-Free Music

David Salahi Audio, Resources, Video 0 Comments

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, there are some excellent royalty-free …

Frame from the video: The Diary of Anne Frank

Videos from The Diary of Anne Frank

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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 theme such as “Irrepressible Anne,” …

Technology and Unemployment

My New Video, “100% Unemployment,” is now on Vimeo

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My new opinion/documentary video, 100% Unemployment, is now online at Vimeo. This 7-minute video looks at the increasing trend of displacement of workers by robots and smart machines. This trend is also leading to increased income inequality. But some people see the potential for a new renaissance in a world where no one needs to work. Could this be a …