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Focus: Broadcast Documenting A Road Trip Via Video By David Hague The Monaro is to be wired up with a phalanx of camcorders; a Kaiser Baas dashcam is mounted on the windscreen with a 64GB Sandisk card, a Sony HDD DCR-SR200 Handycam is on a Hague headrest mount (no relation by the way), and a Canon Legria Mini-X 'action cam' is to perform roving boundary rider camcorder duties when not mounted to another Hague mount, a suction based heavy duty unit kitted out with Manfrotto hardware. Audio is also well catered for too. An Azden wireless mic setup with a label lav mic will record dialogue to a Samsung Recorder, a RØDE VideoMic Go on the Sony will record ambience, suitably backed up with a RØDE Videomic 2 on the Legria. ...Read More »
Focus: Broadcast Mounting Camera To Auto Headset By David Hague I have been asked by a few people to give some more nuts'n'bolts information on the mounts I have in the Monaro. First up, we'll look at the headrest mount. It's quite a simple affair on the surface, in being a bracket that wraps around the 'posts' of the lifted headrest, and this is then tightened by a couple of butterfly/wingnuts. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Masking: The Black Art Of Video Making Here is a simple ten step tutorial on making a mask
By David Hague Masking to many, is the black art of video making. It all sounds, well, too hard to bother with, with terms such as 'alpha channel', 'compositing' and 'overlay' to deal with. But trust me gentle reader, knowing even the basics of masking and compositing will add a whole new dimension to your home videos, family documentaries, short films and so on. We'll start with something simple. For the sake of the exercise I am using Sony Vegas Pro here, but the basics apply to any editing package (NLE) that dares call itself such. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production A Smashing Way to Make Glass Props! If you need to break it, its easy to make it!
By David Hague All the best movies have a car chase (think Bullitt and the French Connection) but they also should have a bullet smashing a window - or anything smashing a window really. If you need to break a window or some such thing in your next production don't risk cuts and lacerations. Do it this way! (With stuff from the kitchen larder) ...Read More »
Focus: Broadcast Do You Know How Long An Average Scene Lasts? If you want to make your own movies more interesting, think about timing and camera angles
By David Hague How long do you reckon the average scene in a TV show lasts for? A minute? 30 seconds? There is nothing more boring than watching a fixed camera shooting a scene for a long period of time. And I define a long period of time as more than 15 seconds! ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics iPhone Tip # 10 - Do Not Disturb! How to set and use the Do Not Disturb iPhone features
By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia The new Do Not Disturb feature on the iPhone allows you to be very selective about what calls you want to receive and what calls you don't. This is ideal if you're looking for peace and quiet after business hours or, if during the evening or night, you don't want to miss an urgent call, but you just don't want to talk to everyone ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics iPhone Tip #9 - Customize Your Music Controls New playing and accessing features
By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia How do you like to sort your music? Some people prefer to do it by playlist, others by artist or albums. There are seven ways to organize your music by Playlist, Artist, Songs, Albums, Compilations, Composers and Genres. Plus access your audio controls at anytime! ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics iPhone Tip # 8 - Scrolling Back To The Top Also how to set caps lock on when needed
By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Often when you are scrolling through especially long web pages on your iPhone, it would be good to have a really easy way to flip back up to the top address bar. Every wish that? Well, with one single tap you can. Here's how. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics iPhone Tip #7 - Weather At Your Fingertips You can also view weather for just the next few hours
By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia The weather around a lot of the country these past few weeks has been really awful, so we thought we'd make sure you know about a hidden feature in the Weather App on your iPhone. When you open the weather App, it gives you your Local Weather and then, of course, you can add as many cities as you would like, by tapping on the "i" button at the bottom right hand of your phone. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics iPhone Tip #6 - Extra Keyboards You can add extra keyboards and character sets to your iPhone
By Shirley Craig, Rev Up Transmedia Are you one of those people who likes to add emoticons to your email and text messages? Or you've seen it and wondered how people do that? If so, did you know there is an entire keyboard which is dedicated to emoji which you can enable and access instantly while texting conversations, etc? Here's how to do it. ...Read More »
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