The 8-Foot Ceiling Mounted DIY Camera Slider

Posted on March 12, 2012

We shoot Motorz with a limited crew, and sometimes I'm even flying solo. Filming a 22-minute (half hour format) television series on a budget has its challenges, but they are so much fun to work around it's part of the game. Take for example my recent challenge. I wanted to be able to ceiling-mount one of our three Canon 60D DSLRs so I could position a camera anywhere overhead (within reason). I knew that I wanted to span about an 8-foot ...

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TV Show Production on a Budget

Posted on November 1, 2011

It’s amazing what you can do these days with a limited production budget and some knowledge... including producing a national TV show.

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The HD HERO2: Just Wow!

Posted on October 25, 2011

What an amazing update to the tiny helmet cam: [GoPro]

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If a 61-point autofocus and an ISO range up to 204,800 doesn't make you giddy, how about the fact that videographers can now record up to 30 minutes (actually 29 minutes and 59 seconds) in one 4GB file--and when that fills up, it automatically starts a new one? Yes, continuous recording is now here with the introduction of the new Canon 1D X ($6800), Canon's new top-of-the-line DSLR. What? You say you can't afford it? Well, neither can ...

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Final Cut Pro X: iPad as a Second Display

Posted on September 20, 2011

While editing another episode of Motorz tonight for Season 5 using Apple Final Cut Pro X, I wondered how well the support for a second display was. Not having one hooked up to my Mac Pro, I decided to try using my iPad. I already had the Air Display app installed, but I never tried it with FCPX. Continue reading “Final Cut Pro X: iPad as a Second Display” »

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Final Cut Pro X: Retiming Tutorial

Posted on September 1, 2011 This is an excellent Final Cut Pro X retiming tutorial that shows you how to: Reverse a clip Rewind a clip (instant replay) Speed ramp a clip Slow motion It's amazing what "X" can do and how easy it is! [steevepatrick]

Read More ReflecMedia LiteRing and Chomatte Here's some cool new tech for DSLR videographers. ReflecMedia's LiteRing paired with their Chromatte glass-beaded backdrop is a portable green (or blue) screen solution. Separate lighting for the backdrop is not needed as standard chromakey setups require. Only downsides are that you cannot use a teleprompter, and you cannot use it in daylight.

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Timelapse Montage

Posted on May 20, 2011

One of the more impressive videos of time lapse photography that I've seen.

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How-To Lower a Mustang With Coilovers

Posted on April 16, 2011

Chris Duke from Motorz TV shows you how to lower a 2008 Ford Mustang GT (S197) with an Eibach lowering kit, and how to install Hella LED tail lights on a Toyota Tundra and a Chevy 1500.

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The Mountain – Time Lapse

Posted on April 16, 2011

How-To Caption Your Videos For Broadcast

Posted on March 24, 2011

Making videos for online is simple enough, but at some point you might want to take your content to television like I have with Motorz. Making a commitment to going from a variable length video series to a half-hour (22 minute) episode series is quite an undertaking. As you explore your options for broadcast, you will quickly find that each channel/network has different requirements. And, depending on their age and method of broadcast you may be ...

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A must watch: The new dawn of filmmaking?

Posted on January 23, 2011

DIY Spider Trax Dolly

Posted on January 21, 2011

Seems simple enough. I just need to find a cheese plate "lying around"! You can buy one for $140 (if they ever get them back in stock), but this seems cheap and easy to build. To save you some time, here's what he bought to make it: Glidecam Camera Weight Plate: $15 from B&H Skateboard: $20 from Target Wheel upgrade kit: $10 from Target Then just use any old tripod head, grab 2 carriage bolts with some washers and wingnuts to ...

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UNDERCITY by Andrew Wonder

Posted on January 20, 2011

Watch the video and then read about it here.

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