Archive for the ‘Video/Film’ Category

Now that Canon is throwing everyone for a loop releasing every ‘in between’ type of camera, I just thought i’d throw up a video about a few differences in the Canon 7D vs 60D vs T2i. I too was quite disappointed that Canon didn’t release any earth shattering news about new video features on their latest camera. For 5DM2 and 7D owners, the announcement of the 60D was nothing to get too overly excited about. When it was between the T2i and 7D I advised all my friends starting in DSLR video to go with the T2i, save the extra $1000 dollars and buy yourself some better glass. Now the 60D is coming in at just $300 dollars more than the T2i, I’m going to change my tune. For Canon T2i owners who said they wouldn’t, I think once you’ve used it and seen what it can do, you’ll make a decision to upgrade. [read]


Back in April, Panasonic caused quite a big splash by teasing the AG-AF100, an interchangeable-lens camcorder for “professional users”. The Micro Four-Thirds device is the first of its kind, offering 1080/60i or 1080/30p AVCHD video recording and the ability to use a bunch of different lenses, adapters and filters with it (Micro Four-Thirds lens mount). [read]

If you’ve been following some of the video tutorials we’ve had here at DIYP, you probably noticed the skateboard dolly that was featured here a few weeks back.

Photographer and videographer Martin Taylor shows us how to build a much fancier dolly which is partially based on a skateboard. This dolly however, is smaller (will fit on table), has a head mount that can support an SLR and can be set to move in circles. It’s all Martin from here. [read]

Because the only permanent solution is to actually change the levels and save out a new version of your audio and video, we’ll take a look at that first. This process can involve re-compressing your already compressed audio, which means quality loss is inevitable, so unless you’re working from high quality sources you may want to avoid this option. To do this, you need something that can process audio and boost the levels. Free software like Audacity can easily normalize your levels, but if normalization isn’t cutting it and you need to compress the dynamic range you’ll need something that can apply a compressor or limiter. Audacity has a compressor and, chances are, you have other software that has somewhat more complex options as well. [read]

Storing your images on a safe and sturdy external hard drive is one of the easiest and cheapest options available to photographers, however this shouldn’t be considered as the only option open to you. In recent years there has been a steady growth of online photo storage sites that specifically hold your images securely and privately. Consequently a growing number of photographers, particular professionals, are using these sites as their all important fail-safe; if the computer crashes and the external hard drives are stolen, then at least you can pull your images back from your hassle-free, digital safety box.

What is more, by backing up work into a “cloud”, photographers are ensuring the availability and accessibility of their work wherever they are in the world. Furthermore this method extends the opportunity for the user to exploit the facility as a way of sharing their most up to date files with colleagues, clients and friends. [read]

Have you seen this incredible Levi’s viral ad? A person walks coast-to-coast across America in stop motion. It’s basically a commercial, but the effect is genuine. A group of guys traveled across the US, grabbing one shot at a time:

Note that the equipment was absurdly simple: a DSLR (Canon EOS 5D Mark II), a protractor, a tripod and a tape measure. It’s humbling to realize that pretty much any of us have the resources to make such a piece. (Heck, most of us even have the 14 days of vacation time to do it.) [read]

Sony has released an official sample video shot on a Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 large-sensor interchangeable-lens camcorder, announced yesterday. The five-and-a-half-minute sample movie, entitled ‘Beautiful Bali’, was captured using a variety of lenses.

Beautiful Bali captured with the Sony NEX-VG10 Handycam camcorder from SonyElectronics on Vimeo.