Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cobra Crane Backpacker

Do you want those nice cinematic aerial shots but can't afford to buy those big cranes? Or better yet, can't manage to bring big ass crane to a shoot? Vimeo member Alex Guajardo tested out the Cobra Crane Backpacker. This thing can be mounted to any tripod (sturdier the better), and breaks down in minutes to fit in a backpack! You can tilt the camera on the fly. Even get slider-like shots.

I was able to get some shots of Alex with my T2i, as he was shooting his video below.





Wednesday, March 23, 2011

IndiSlider mini with DIY feet

I just wanted to share my DIY project for adding feet to your IndiSlider mini. First off, this slider is great for only $100. If you want to purchase the version with feet for stable low shots, then it's additional. I ran across a sale on 2 of these mini-tripods for $5 (free shipping) with 1/4" screws that fit perfectly on the bottom on the slider (pre-drilled). Anyway, here's a quick video with the DIY tripod feet to allow for some low shots.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Donate to help Japan and win video gear from Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom is once again helping disaster stricken people in their time of need. In the past he has organized relief efforts for Queensland, and New Zealand. This time it's for Japan. You all know how bad it is since the earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11. Make a donation and be eligible to win prizes from Kessler Crane, Zacuto, Cineroid, Marshall, GoPro...and the list goes on.

For details on how to make a donation, visit:

Video from Dan Chung:

After watching The Hereafter this could just think of what happened to ones trapped in the tsunami.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Color grading tutorial in Final Cut and with Magic Bullet Looks

Color correcting is easy when you use the presets in Magic Bullet. But I always wanted to make my own or do it without using the presets. Here's a great tutorial on simple changes that make a big difference. One method by using Final Cut's 3-way color corrector and the other method using Magic Bullet.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jason Magbanua shares his same day edit secrets

I shoot mostly weddings.  And when I first started, I was inspired (still am) by internationally acclaimed wedding film maker, Jason Magbanua.  One visit to his website and you'll know why.

Last month he shared his same day edit workflow with the Canon 5D Mk II and Adobe CS5 on a live session from the Philippines.  You can watch this archived event here.

This is the final edit of what he shows us in the live session.

Mary and Guido: SDE from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Free seminar with Vince Laforet: From Stills to Video

 sign up for this free creativeLIVE session and get a chance to win over $9K of gear.

Creative Live Promo from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Canon prime lenses compared on the 5D

A great video made by GEBBS.TV that compares Canon prime lenses.

Check out and the video blog for video answers to questions.​igc2NL

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Vimeo Video School

Learn the basics of DSLR Film Making on Vimeo.  This is a great way to start learning.  Best of all - its Free!

The President's Photographer

Until recently, the only shows I've watched on PBS were the kids shows.  Then, I came across a link to a PBS/National Geographic documentary that takes you behind the scenes with President Obama's photographer, Pete Souza.  What a job.  Imagine all the historical events you're a part of.  This is a motivational video for any photographer. 

Also available on DVD.