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4 Must-Know Ways to Create Split Screens in Premiere Pro

Split screens are a good way to get a lot of information on the screen. They can also complicate your timeline since you are going to need to layer multiple clips and then organize and/or animate them in a way that is visually appealing. There are plenty of different ways to lay your clips out and you need to decide which works for your video. And as...

Clear Image Zoom vs Scaling Up in Post on the Sony a7S III and FX3

Clear Image Zoom is one of those options buried in Sony’s camera menus that isn’t widely publicized. Some people who found a use for it tend to love it though. It’s essentially a smarter digital zoom that does some processing using the actual sensor data to potentially deliver a better result than you may get in post. There is an advantage for sure...

How to Use Your Smartphone as an External Monitor and Recorder

The best portable screen you have is likely the one on the phone in your pocket. Since smartphones are now mostly screen, a lot of effort and resources has been put into making them better and better. Retina resolutions. HDR. Wide Color. There is a lot of love about them. The only problem is that there isn’t some easy way to use it for anything else,...

Can the Canon R5 Really Record 8K Raw without Overheating?

As you may have seen recently, Canon and Atomos have teamed up to enable 8K ProRes RAW recording from an EOS R5 via HDMI to the Ninja V+. Considering reports – including documentation from Canon itself – that the R5’s 8K recording options are quite limited due to overheating, the ability to now record Raw 8K externally should change the equation for...

Anamorphic Modes Explained – Everything You Need to Know

Shooting anamorphic is not as simple as just popping the camera in a designated “Anamorphic Mode” and hitting record. There’s knowing the optics, there’s actually understanding the workflow, and there’s having a camera that offers some dedicated options to ensure proper metadata and monitoring specs. Different aspect ratios, different codecs, and best...

Connecting Two 4K Monitors to an M1 Mac

The M1 MacBooks have changed things massively for Apple computers. The power draw to performance ratio is among the best in the industry and the new architecture has dramatically boosted speeds across the board. Being a first-generation product there are some minor hiccups in compatibility. One of the more noticeable limitations is that the MacBooks...

Check Out This Dope Sony FX3 Hidden Zoom Feature

Sony has never been at the top of the list for having the best menu system. Most of it is workable and the core features you’ll end up finding fairly quickly. On the other hand, poor wording and little explanation of how some options work does mean that there are some brilliant hidden features that many people just don’t know about – like Power Zoom...

Best Settings on the DJI Air 2S for Cinematic Footage

DJI is the name in drones. They continue to push the industry forward with either more features or fuller-featured drones that are smaller and cheaper than before. The Air 2S is among the latest with specs that would require something with a “Pro” moniker before. This is still considered a more consumer drone, but it is entirely possible to get cinematic...

How to Protect Your Camera’s SDI Output and Not Blow It Up

Apparently there is a huge risk to a camera’s SDI output by doing something that is a normal operation during a film shoot. That is plugging or unplugging the camera’s AC power for a long shoot. Considering the importance of the SDI port to proper filmmaking workflows (and the cost of replacing this component both in price and time) understanding the...

20 Dirt-Cheap Filmmaking Items Under $20

Every filmmaker needs a collection of dirt-cheap items that just work wonders in a pinch. It goes into the bag of tricks that get pulled out when you need them or just happen to become integral parts of your everyday kit. Could be lights, mounts, clamps, stands, power accessories, or practically anything you find useful on set. If you are looking to...

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