Pinterest: Did You Know?

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February 26, 2015

by Jeff Riegel

I’m not a big Pinterest user.  Never have been.  Yes– I know it’s a pretty popular social media contender.  My wife uses it all the time, as do her vast number of friends and fellow pinners.  So to me, it appears to be a female dominated network made up of a lot of favorite shoes, desserts, clothing and the like.

That may be true.  But not entirely…

I was happy to find a plethora of other fellow video makers, editors, graphic artists, photographers, web designers, HUD creators, etc– with a great number of freebies and tutorials available from every corner of the globe. And even easier to find via Pinterest’s keyword search.  Like “HUDs” gives this huge list of highly visual examples.

So when I least expected it, Pinterest has become a fun and most enjoyable media network to find inspiration from other’s posts to create my own… that is, in between the kitchen counter favs and the best of pies desserts.

Mine are by no means as popular nor extensive as the other guru’s.  Check out one of my beginner boards for inspiration:  Heads-Up Displays

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Tips on Integrating GoPro Shots with Cinema Footage

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February 25, 2015

by The Beat

Embarking on a multi-camera video shoot? We run through 4 tips on how to ‘trick’ your audience by effectively mixing GoPro shots with cinematic footage.

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GoPro has come along way since the first version was released back in 2004. Until the last few years, the pint sized cameras were use sparingly if not at all in Hollywood and professional productions, but that all changed with the GoPro HERO 3 & 4 series. In fact, GoPros were the go-to camera for documentary films like 2012′s Leviathan, which uses GoPros almost exclusively to capture a commercial fishing boat at sea.

 

Now these nearly indestructible cameras are being fitted to just about everything, giving the audience a point of view we’ve never had before. But the thing to remember: the cinematographer didn’t just strap the GoPro to just anything and let it go. No, they planned and tested certain shots to ensure the cams were being used most effectively.

Here are 4 tips that will allow you to integrate your GoPro footage with cinematic footage…

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Have you had success integrating your GoPro footage with your cinema style footage?
Tell us all about it in the comments below.

Ansel Adams Act Goes to Congress, Aims to ‘Restore the First Amendment Rights of Photographers’

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February 24, 2015

by Michael Zhang, PetaPixel

(Thanks to Rudy Atallah for posting)

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A new “Ansel Adams Act” introduced in Congress could have big implications on photographers’ rights across the United States. The bill aims to “restore the First Amendment rights of photographers” by removing restrictions on taking photos in public places.

Introduced on January 2nd, 2015 by Republican US Representative Steve Stockman of Texas, the document discusses the disturbing trend in recent years of the US Government creating regulations that prohibit or restrict photography in places such as national parks and public spaces, and of subjects such as government buildings, police officers, and other government workers.

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Republican US Representative Steve Stockman of Texas

Even when these laws don’t exist, people “have been instructed to prohibit photography from public spaces, and threatened photographers with arrest or seizure of photographic equipment,” the bill says.

Stockman argues that this is a violation of “freedom of speech and of the press” against the principles of the First Amendment. “Still and motion photographs are speech,” he says. “It is contrary to the public policy of the United States to prohibit or restrict photography in public spaces, whether for private, news media, or commercial use.”

The bill’s solution is to make sure that photography in public spaces is not prohibited (the government would need a court order to do so), that the government will not charge photographers to shoot on public land, and that photographic equipment cannot be seized or tampered with.

Here’s the full text of the bill for you to read through if you’re interested (it’s rather short):

https://www.scribd.com/doc/251956105/Bills-113hr5893ih

The bill is currently with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where it’s being held for consideration, and we’ll update you when there are new developments.

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Magnetic Stereo in FCPX

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February 23, 2015

by CrumplePop

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Magnetic Stereo: Plugin for automatically fixing audio from your stereo mic in FCPX

 

Use a stereo mic or field recorder? Magnetic Stereo by Audiofile Engineering is a lightning-fast way to balance your stereo audio.

  • Magically fix your stereo audio
  • Works with your stereo mic
  • Drag, drop, and your stereo is balanced

inMotion3D: From 2D to 3D in Motion 5

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February 20, 2015

by Pixel Film Studios

 

Motion 5 users can bring their 2D images to life with inMotion3D: Projection from Pixel Film Studios. This plugin allows editors to map a photo of an alley, hallway or room onto a 3D environment in Motion 5. inMotion3D; Projection also gives users the ability to add text, logos, or keyed footage to their 3D room.

inMotion3D: Projection requires the latest version of Motion 5. Mac Mini and Macbook Air computers with Intel graphics cards are not compatible with this plugin.

From 2D to 3D in Motion 5
inMotion3D: Projection allows Motion 5 users to project a 2D image onto a 3D room. Then with a 3D camera, editors can pan, tilt, and dolly around their environment to observer it from unique and interesting perspectives. inMotion3D: Projection is a great tool for turning a stagnant photo into a fun and engaging journey.

Control the Environment
Motion 5 editors can take total control of their environment. With easy-to-use sliders and controls, they can adjust the depth, width, and height of their room. Then, users can manipulate the position and rotation of the guidelines to match the perspective lines in their scene.

Add Text or Keyed Footage
inMotion3D: Projection is a powerful tool that can help editors create 3D title sequences quickly in Motion 5. With designated presets, users can add logos, text, or keyed footage to their scene that can interact with their environment in 3D space.

Designed for Motion 5
inMotion3D: Projection was professionally designed by the team at Pixel Film Studios for Motion 5. As an Motion 5 generator, this tool can be dragged-and-dropped onto the timeline and filled with a still image. inMotion3D: Projection also contains easy-to-use controls built into the Motion Inspector that allow users to customize their environment quickly.

 

Don’t Blink: Quick Tips

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February 19, 2015

by Film Riot

This is going to be the shortest blog post, yet one of the most information-packed ones you’ll ever find here on the Daily GLJ Media Blog.

Ready?

OK– here it is:  Don’t blink… A bunch ‘o QUICK Tips and Tricks on Video Production thanks to Film Riot.  While you’re there, check out their weekly longer more in-depth video’s on everything ‘Video Production.’

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Like this one: Quick Tips: Household Dolly Hacks!  or even these…

 

Freebie: Neuro-Systems Substance 3D

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February 18, 2015

by Neuro-Systems

Looking for a free photorealistic evolutionary and organic art generator? Well, here it is!  Sorry mac users, this one looks like the download is an .exe file. :-(

 

Click Here to Learn More and Download

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French and English user guide included in the package

 

 

10 Tips for Taking Photos in the U.S. Outdoors

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February 17, 2015

by Frank Lee Ruggles

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Over the past couples years, I’ve had the great fortune to meet and work with Frank Lee Ruggles on a few video projects.  Each and every one of them was a memorable adventure which I cherish more than he could ever know (this coming from a ho-hum guy in the sometimes adventure-less government sector).  Here’s a great article by my friend, Frank, adventure photographer and writer…

While serving as an official photographer for the United States National Park Service, I was able to visit more than 100 different National Parks across the country. Along the way, I learned a lot about what it takes to photograph the parks. Here are my 10 tips for photographing in the great outdoors…

Do a little research on Canyonlands National Park in Utah and you’ll learn that Mesa Arch is one of the park’s most photographed places. It’s easy to see why.

Find more about Frank on his website that includes a plethora of his outstanding and breathtaking photography or find him here on facebook.

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A First Look at Selections in Affinity Photo

Originally posted on Photofocus:

In this video, I take a look at Affinity Photo, and how you can make accurate selections containing hair, very similar to how you can in Photoshop using the Quick Selection Tool and Refine Edge.

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22+ Useful Tricks to Save Time & Work More Efficiently in After Effects

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February 16, 2015

by Joe Marine, nofilmschool

Programs like After Effects can be very complex, but there are lots of useful shortcuts and tools that can make your life easier and help you work faster.

We’ve already shared part one of Ukramedia and Sergei Prokhnevskiy’s After Effects tutorial, and now there is a terrific follow-up video with additional tips:

Here is a list of everything he goes over in the video:

  1. Shift+Parenting Behavior
  2. Layer Selection
  3. Go to Visible Item in the Timeline (J, and K)
  4. Reveal Properties (U, and UU)
  5. Paste Layers at Current Time (CTRL+ALT+V)
  6. Close Other Timeline Panels
  7. Find Missing Footage, Effects, or Fonts
  8. Reveal in Explorer
  9. Copy with Property Links (CTRL+ALT+C)
  10. Center Anchor Point (CTRL+ALT+HOME)
  11. Center in View (CTRL+HOME)
  12. Fit to Comp (CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+H, CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+G, and CTRL+ALT+F)
  13. Flexible Masking Options
  14. Bezier Paths for Shape Layers
  15. Reveal in Timeline
  16. Default Render Setting (CTRL+Click on Render Preset)
  17. Set Work Area to Duration of Selected Layers (CTRL+ALT+B)
  18. Delete All Effects from Selected Layers (CTRL+SHIFT+E)
  19. Turn Off All Other Solo Switches (CTRL+Click on Solo)
  20. Reset Rotation and Scale
  21. RAM Preview with Alternate Settings (Shift+0)
  22. Live Text Templates for Premiere Pro

You might have known some (or all) of them before watching the video, but I think it’s helpful to have these little shortcuts and tricks when you’re working in gigantic programs like After Effects that often let you do the same thing a number of different ways. If you haven’t watched it already, here is the first video:

Here are the tips from this video:

  1. Keyframe Velocity (CTRL+SHIFT+K)
  2. Mini-Flowchart (TAB)
  3. Align Tools
  4. Replacing Images
  5. System Color Picker
  6. Render Presets
  7. Cycle Mask Colors
  8. Math
  9. Gradient Overlays
  10. Reverse Keyframes
  11. Expressions to Keyframes
  12. Splitting Layers (CTRL+SHIFT+D)
  13. Guide Layers
  14. Moving Masks (Space bar)
  15. Creating a Motion Path from a Mask
  16. Scaling Multiple Keyframes (Alt+Click and drag)
  17. Copying Paths from Illustrator
  18. Maximize Frame with a Shortcut (~)
  19. Rendering Comps Out of Media Encoder (CTRL+ALT+M)
  20. Close Panel and Frame with a Shortcut (CTRL+W, CTRL+ALT+W)
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