Episode 41: Is the iPhone X a professional camera?

Episode 41: Is the iPhone X a professional camera?

Is the iPhone X a professional video camera? Plus, we solve your filmmaking math problems, what causes moire, and whether it’s fair use to film a sporting event.

This week, Nick shared Lee Morris’ iPhone X camera review with me, as well as The Verge’s infrared footage.

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Tom shared his cool First Person Santa Claus animation with us.

As we discussed licensing content, Nick remembered Mike Monteiro’s talk, F*ck You, Pay Me.

 

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Bonus episode: I dropped a microphone in water

Bonus episode: I dropped a microphone in water

Griffin accidentally sends his lavalier microphone underwater. Nick starts editing video game content in Adobe Premiere.

Watch Griffin’s microphone comparison video—Can you hear a $500 difference?

Watch Channel One 11:30am November 12

Watch Channel One 11:30am November 12

For our Australian fans, watch Channel Ten ONE this Sunday, November 12. Griffin is on the second episode of this season’s Snap Happy TV, airing 11:30am.

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Episode 40: Shooting Anamorphic

Episode 40: Shooting Anamorphic

Shooting with an anamorphic adapter for the first time, Griffin shares his experience with Nick. Plus, your questions about underwater photography, capturing a nine-hour time lapse, and what ever became of my DIY teleprompter.

Thank you to our listener Kyle for letting me borrow his SLR Magic 1.33x anamorphic adapter!

Alex Gollner writes about new VR features coming to Final Cut Pro X v10.4, and has several tweets about support for HEVC (H.265), HDR and LUTs.

Upcoming Film Festival Screenings
Hand-cut screens Thursday, November 2, at the Big Apple Film Festival (9:00pm)
and Friday, November 3, on opening night of the 5th Annual Yonkers Film Festival* (7:30pm)
*Tickets include access to the red-carpet reception and opening night after party.

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Watch: How to Shoot a Time Lapse

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Episode 39: Scary Camera Danger

Episode 39: Scary Camera Danger

Griffin and Nick have each needed liability insurance for their video projects—luckily never needed camera insurance for damage or theft. Plus, your questions about the hidden mic technique, interlaced video, and putting Nikon lenses on a Panasonic camera.

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Episode 37: White Balance & Kelvin

Episode 37: White Balance & Kelvin

Griffin and Nick answer Kelvin questions and share white balance techniques, then get a surprise medical prescription for voiceover. Plus your questions about finding clients in your small town, which drone to buy, and if you really need an external recorder.

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Listen to Dr. Mark Vaughan’s full recording about “accumulation of mucus on the vocal chords."

Nick would like his hard drive “shucking” video get over 10,000 views.

To help synchronize video file backups to multiple drives, Nick recommends arRsync for Mac.

Special thanks to John Luna who’s been helping produce this show. Subscribe to his YouTube channel.

John also helped me shoot and edit this video about the SpiderLight camera holster.

Watch my latest short film, about Alaskan bears and wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox.

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Episode 36: Panasonic GH5 v2.0 Firmware

Episode 36: Panasonic GH5 v2.0 Firmware

Panasonic updated the GH5 firmware—Nick and Griffin take a look at this camera’s powerful new features. Plus, your questions about color correcting, why framerates come in weird numbers, and filming flood rescue at night, without lights.

Download the new v2.0 Lumix GH5 firmware—or check other bodies and lenses for updates—on Panasonic’s website.

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Episode 35: Tricks for Slow Motion

Episode 35: Tricks for Slow Motion

Nick and Griffin share their tricks for shooting slow motion, and handling the edit. Plus, your questions about recording audio, filming wildlife, and avoiding flicker during time lapses.

Interviewing Ben Grunow in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Interviewing Ben Grunow in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Close audio always sounds best, so when I lock down an interview shot on a tripod, I don’t mind placing myself and the microphone blatantly in the shot. All I need is one clean backplate to mask over the video.

#UnitedForPuertoRico
If you’d like to help Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria’s devastation, donate at UnitedForPuertoRico.com.
For other ways to help, check out this PBS article.

Watch my latest short film about lifestyle photographer Jennifer Maring.

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Episode 34: Recording Great Voiceover

Episode 34: Recording Great Voiceover

Voiceover artist Matt Shivers helps Nick and Griffin record better vocal tracks. Plus, your questions about exposure blending, what to do when your video content is stolen, and if it’s legal to film in a national park.

Thank you to our friend Matt for sharing his voiceover tips!
*Matt uses these mics: Neumann TLM-103 and a Sennheiser MKH 416

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If someone steals your video work, and uploads to Facebook, here’s where you can request a DMCA takedown.

National Park Service—when you need a commercial filming permit

Watch my short film about wedding photographer William Innes:

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Episode 33: Mystery of the Light Leaks

Episode 33: Mystery of the Light Leaks

Nick unravels the mystery of light leaks hitting Griffin’s Panasonic GH4 sensor. Shooting time lapses and infrared at Zion National Park. Episode recorded in St. George, Utah at the DOCUTAH film festival. Plus, your questions about green screen problems, editing short films, and entering film festivals.

My film Hand-cut played this year at DOCUTAH—so did Sriracha in 2014. For more on festivals I’ve entered, been rejected by, and their costs, view Griffin’s film festival spreadsheet from 2013–2014. I also use the website Film Freeway to find film fests.

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Watch Griffin’s latest film from Grindelwald, Switzerland—profiling landscape photographer Ben Grunow.

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Bonus episode: Converting My Camera to Infrared
Infrared light waves penetrate skin enough to soften features—notice my missing freckles.

Infrared light waves penetrate skin enough to soften features—notice my missing freckles.

Bonus episode: Converting My Camera to Infrared

Before their next full episode on September 13, Griffin decides to convert his Panasonic GH4 to shoot infrared, instead of visible light. Nick joins Griffin in St. George, Utah next week for the DOCUTAH film festival.

The two most popular infrared conversion services are Life Pixel in Texas and Kolari Vision in New Jersey.

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Episode 32: Swear Words & Censorship

Episode 32: Swear Words & Censorship

Nick and Griffin discuss swear words, censorship, and figure out the MPAA movie rating for Sriracha. Plus, your questions about prime lenses, operating a Glidecam, and picture profiles for cameras.

Watch Indy Mogul’s History of Movie Ratings.

Resources from this episode

Nick is proud of this Glidecam HD-2000 shot.

Griffin hangs a blanket behind his camera to dampen room reverb. Nick places a pillow behind his microphone.

Griffin hangs a blanket behind his camera to dampen room reverb. Nick places a pillow behind his microphone.

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Episode 31: I Filmed the Solar Eclipse

Episode 31: I Filmed the Solar Eclipse

Griffin heads to Bowling Green, Kentucky to film the solar eclipse—Nick experiences cloudy weather. Plus, your questions about marketing yourself on social media, how to expose for time lapses, and mounting two cameras on one tripod.

Filmmaking equipment mentioned in this episode:

Thank you to my friend Carrie at Sur la Lune Photography for these great behind-the-scenes photos!

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Episode 30: Filming Bears in Alaska

Episode 30: Filming Bears in Alaska

In Alaska, Griffin gets close-ups with brown bears, and Nick asks—how did you stay safe? Wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox weighs in. Plus, your questions about camera cages, budget lenses, and why I stopped using variable ND filters.

During my trip, I shared many of the following photos and videos on Instagram.

Thank you to wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox—follow his work on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The indiSYSTEM ULTRAcompact is the first shoulder rig Nick and I used.

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Episode 29: How to Make a Tutorial Video

Episode 29: How to Make a Tutorial Video

Griffin critiques Nick’s latest tutorial video. Plus, your questions about the usefulness of a monopod, editing and backing up footage, and capturing the eclipse in 360 degrees.

After discussing his first cut with Griffin, Nick added an on-camera intro, and re-recorded the voiceover track. Watch his finished tutorial video:

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Episode 28: How to Film the Solar Eclipse

Episode 28: How to Film the Solar Eclipse

Griffin and Nick learn what it takes to photograph the upcoming solar eclipse, and each make a new hard drive purchase. Plus, your questions about anamorphic lenses, false color, and adjusting the flange distance on your lens.

Map—Where to view the August 21 solar eclipse

Equipment to Film a Solar Eclipse

Useful Solar Eclipse Photography Articles

Hard Drive Coincidence

Independently, Nick and I each purchased the same 8TB hard drive from Best Buy, because it was 50% off.

Related to Viewer Questions

Listen to me on Larry Jordan's podcast, Digital Production Buzz, this Thursday (August 3) at 6pm PT.

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Episode 27: Australian Filmmaking Adventure

Episode 27: Australian Filmmaking Adventure

Griffin photographs a Quokka, and builds drone confidence off the coast of Australia. Nick suggests a new live-streaming venture. Plus, your questions about filming LCD monitors, faking motion blur, and if you really need a demo reel.

Watch Griffin’s rough edit of his DJI Spark footage and GH5 time lapses from Rottnest Island.

Editing tools mentioned on today’s show:

  • LRTimelapse (99€) is popular among photographers for cleaning up a series of time lapse images
  • ReelSteady ($399) stabilizes better than After Effects’ built-in Warp Stabilizer.
  • ReelSmart Motion Blur ($90) adds convincing motion blur—available in many applications, including After Effects and Final Cut Pro X.
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Episode 26: Illegal Drone Flight in Sydney

Episode 26: Illegal Drone Flight in Sydney

In Sydney, Griffin is confronted by Australian police, and Nick explains multi-cam editing. Plus, your questions about nat sound breaks, avoiding light flicker in foreign countries, and capturing slow motion audio.

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Episode 25: Which camera bags for travel?

Episode 25: Which camera bags for travel?

Nick’s in Chicago, and Griffin’s just returned from filming in Grindelwald, Switzerland and Verona, Italy. They talk camera bags, plus your questions about filming a dance class, capturing clear audio, and how to script a documentary film.

Camera Bags mentioned in this episode:

Read the wedding contract Griffin has used in the past.

Nick mentioned Glif, a product for tripod-mounting a smartphone.

For electronic contract signing, Nick uses Adobe Sign (formerly called EchoSign).

View images and video—including time lapses—from Griffin's Switzerland trip on Instagram.

All of the electronics Nick and his family travel with.

All of the electronics Nick and his family travel with.

Griffin using the ThinkTank Perception Pro backpack in Grindelwald, Switzerland last week.

Griffin using the ThinkTank Perception Pro backpack in Grindelwald, Switzerland last week.

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Bonus episode: Why shoot 10-bit color if I can’t see it?

Bonus episode: Why shoot 10-bit color if I can’t see it?

Our next full episode is July 12, but today Griffin and Nick answer three audience questions, including why shooting 10-bit color (1 billion color possibilities) is better than 8-bit (16 million color possibilities) if our screens don’t even display that much color data.

Watch What is "10-bit 4:2:2"? for a technical explanation of color bit depth and chroma subsampling.

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