5-minute quick overview of the new Final Cut Pro x 10.3 interface. New button locations are identified and more.
Did you know that Final Cut Pro X can edit VR 360 video? Thats right, you can just import it right in to the program (except for the new Samsung VR camera, which is PC only).
Once in Final Cut Pro, you may need this plug in, 360VR Toolbox from Dashwood Cinema. It allows you to view the video in 360 as your editing (in a small viewer that you can place anywhere on top of the interface). The suite from Dashwood also contains a plug-in that allows you place a starting point/perspective for the viewer at the start of your VR Scenes. This helps orient the viewer to begin exploring your world. Watch the below video for more info on editing VR 360 with FCPX
Click above images to check out an inexpensive audio adapter (allows you to use XLR professional microphones with your iPhone), and Video Stabilizers for handheld iPhone shooting.
Below is Filmic Pro, the best App for your iPhone. It allows you to manually control focus and exposure, shoot up to 4K, and 50mbps at 1080 (similar to high end broadcast news cameras). It's a $10 purchase at the App store. Now available for both Android and iPhones. Click below for more info.
on The Campaign Trail as a Videojournalist
If you like being charged by cops on horses with batons, rocks the size of grapefruit thrown at you,, then covering the Trump Rally is for you! I wanted to share some photos from recent coverage of the Trump Campaign as it rolled thru Southern California.
Working for the Associated Press, I used a Liveu broadcast unit to "go live" for 6 hours non-stop covering the Trump visit to San Diego, California. My footage was used by the BBC, CBS, FOX and more. One website that streamed the AP live feed had 30,000 viewers watching.
It always get's scary the last hour of any protest where there are massive amounts of Police Force. The police fired Pepper Spray "bullets" at the press and protestors, and continuously charged at us shouting "move-back ", even though it was a mostly peaceful crowd.
Here are some tips if you are covering large protests with big police actions.
1- Don't Leave until the very last person has been arrested. The Most dramatic images come as the cops chase down and arrest folks after they declare an "Unlawful Assembly", this arrest footage is key to the coverage, and usually occurs in the final hour.
2-Use a Monopod. It allows you to raise the camera above the action, so you are not stuck filming people's backs.
3-Make sure you have a valid Press Press. It's the difference between being arrested or allowed to film.
4-Move around, follow the CNN crew and Still Photogs you trust, they know where the action is.
5-If you have access to a helmet and light weight goggles and gas mask, bring them for the final moments. ( Pepper spray in your mouth and eyes is not fun. I had a rock the size of a grapefruit land just 5 feet away from me, and it came from behind).
6- Run away if you need to get away from Gas, spray or aggressive cops. ( I had to twice, and the folks at AP HQ said they thought it was funny when they would see shots of my feet as I was running away from the Pepper Spray Bullets...HA, ha , ha.)
Here are some basic for shooting video with a DSLR.
The most important point is that you need to get your camera off auto, and set the Shutter Speed for twice the Recording format.
Shooting at 24p for a film look, your shutter should be set to 1/50 ( there is no 1/48 shutter speed).
Shooting at 30p for a video look, your shutter should be set to 1/60.
For those used to using their shutter to brighten and darken images, you need to use ISO and F- Stop controls, and not the shutter wheel.
Here is a in-depth article from one of the past DVworkshops.com newsletters
The power of Web Video
Video is rising to the top of the Internet Pile. Facebook and Google seem to be pushing more video in our news feeds, searches. A few weeks ago it hit me personally after the Associated Press released a short documentary I produced about a "Gangster Gardener". He fights the "Food Deserts" of Los Angeles. In just a few days it had more then 6 million web views via AJ+. The TEXT driven narrative, replacing a voice over, may have helped Facebook distribution since FB mutes audio of video in your news feed ( unless you click on it ).
Here is a link to the video