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Shoot Video to Look Like Film (Take 2)

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Shooting Video to look like Film

What follows, as in all things artistic, is born out of my own personal taste – but my views and techniques are from actual experience. A couple of years ago I won an Award for the Photographing a video “short” called ‘The Extinguisher!’. The ‘film’ was shot on Betacam SP using a JVC KY-35 camera docked with a Sony BVV-5 back-end recorder. Although the 700 lines/picture width KY-35 gave greatly defined video pictures, I used some techniques to make the video pictures less electronic and more like film.


Adobe After Effects: Parenting and expressions: animating a piston, crank and wheel – keyframe one, the others follow

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Parenting and Motion on Paths

Dan Ebberts demonstrates setting up an animation of a piston, crank, and wheel using parenting and expressions so that we only have to keyframe one of the pieces and the others follow along. In this case we’ll be using the wheel to drive the animation so we will have to develop expressions for the piston and the crank. We will then set keyframes for the rotation of the wheel and (hopefully) the crank and piston will animate automatically.


Apple Final Cut Pro: What I really want to do is direct

Chapter: Business

Topic: Career Development

This article was originally published in February of 2000 on It’s the story of a man with no editing experience and his struggles to learn Final Cut Pro. It attempts to answer that most frequent of questions; Can I learn Final Cut Pro on my own and is this “app” right for me? The answer it seems, is yes you can and yes it is.

TAGS: “beginning, tutorial”

Apple Logic: Groove Templates

Chapter: Music

Topic: Tips and Techniques

There’s a step-by-step guide to creating Groove Templates this month, plus the usual collection of handy tips, including some pointers on making the most of Aliases.