Media Library Basics

Tips and tutorials on importing media assets and organizing a video library.

The Friday Roundup – Filmora Updates, Color Correction and Storytelling

Filmora 8.5 Released First cab off the rank for this week’s roundup is the latest release from my favorite easy to learn and use video editing software Filmora. The people at Wondershare tend to up

How To Create A Stunning Custom Title Sequence + Free Ink Splashes

Whether it's for a trailer or the opening sequence of a film, these assets can help you create attention-grabbing text slates or character introductions.

How David Fincher Shot and Edited Netflix’s “Mindhunter”

In which we explore everything from the brainstorming to the post-production behind Netflix's acclaimed series "Mindhunter."

The (Black) Friday Roundup – Lighting Tricks, Shooting 360° video and Color

It’s a bit of thin Friday Roundup this week mainly due to the American Thanksgiving celebrations. Of course being an American holiday there has to be some unashamed commercialism involved in the for

How the Buddy Comedy Continues to Enamor Audiences

From big blockbusters like Thor: Ragnarok to classics from Laurel and Hardy, the buddy comedy continues to win over viewers.

Personal Message from the Basic Filmmaker - THANK YOU!

It's nearly Thanksgiving. Well, that doesn't matter, as we can all stop and give thanks for something. For me, I try and thank everyone who (whom) has supported my efforts on this channel and elsewhe

How to Shoot Interior Locations with Limited Lighting

Do you need to shoot an interior location without any lighting equipment? No problem. Here's how you rise to the challenge.

The Cameras Behind Netflix’s Original Films and Series

Curious about the cameras behind Netflix Originals? Here are the cameras Netflix has officially approved — and the series using them.

How the Team Behind Thor: Ragnarok Crafted an Epic Action Film

Let's take a look at how the filmmakers behindThor: Ragnarok demonstrate the power of collaboration when creating a movie.

The Slightly Late Because It's Chinese New Year Friday Roundup!

This week some relinking tips for your media library, some basic information on money and a comprehensive look at when to use or not use captions or audio.

4 Cinematography Tips for Filming During Magic Hour

While filming at dusk may look beautiful, it can quickly become problematic. Follow these tips to get the most out of "magic hour."

Production Tip: 5 Tricks for Filming in Small Spaces

Need to shoot in a tight spot? Here are 5 helpful tips for getting the shot when all of your gear won't fit where you need it ...

Grip Tricks: Creating Do-It-Yourself Camera Rigs

Tired of renting or buying pre-built rigs that don't fit your project? Start creating your own custom camera rigs just like the pros.

Back to Basics: The Rule of Thirds in Filmmaking

Using the Rule of Thirds can dramatically increase the look of your composition. Here's a few tips on how to integrate this technique into your next shot.

Basics of Lighting - What You Need To Know Before Buying

Dedicated to new and beginning video creators and filmmakers on knowing what to spend your money on when it comes to lighting. This one was a beast, so I hope it helps you out. Links, time markers an

The Friday Roundup – Lifting Your Selfie Game and the Secret to Stress Free Editing

How to Video Yourself with iPhone and Android Like a PRO! Much as I hate to admit it there will be times when you may need to take shots of yourself to be included in your projects. Hopefully this wil

The Friday Roundup – Handling Criticism, Audio Ducking and Rotation

Handling Criticism One of the unavoidable side effects of creating video projects and having other people view them is that you open yourself to criticism. How you handle that criticism is an importa

The Friday Roundup – Slider Tips, LUTs and Transitions

Creative Slider Techniques One of the most common accessories you will have thrust at you from online advertising are sliders and no, I don’t mean those little hamburgers you get at outrageously exp

The Hidden Demons of New Video Creators and Filmmakers

A bit of a different episode meant to help new video creators and filmmakers with where they get their critiques and feedback from. Just for the record, it's almost Halloween (demons).and this video

Aputure Light Storm COB 300d Review and Tips for Filmmakers

A review and some tips covering the all new Aputure Light Storm COB 300d. It's light, portable, and extremely powerful! Links and a big pile of info in the description below. ▼UPDATE: It uses less

The Friday Roundup – Focal Length, Stabilization and VR

What You Need To Know About Focal Length Given the fact that more and more people are shooting footage with either DSLRs or MILCs these days it would be a real pity not to take advantage of what those

How To Make a Website (Tutorial)

Here is a VERY complete tutorial on building a website using the WIX ADI and design tools. My purpose was to port my old site into something new and useful - very happy with the results! Check out h

The Friday Roundup – Audio, Templates and Color Matching

Audio Tips I can very clearly remember a number of years ago when I purchased my very first digital video camcorder. Foolishly I had taken the advice of someone who as it turned out, had absolutely no

The Friday Roundup – Glitch Distortions and Basic Editing Tips

OK, so it seems we are back to normal this week after what seemed like an endless procession of updates. Running a site like this is generally not too much of a problem but maintaining the weekly roun

Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 Review

Back in the day Adobe’s Premiere Elements seemed to rule the world of consumer video editing. This was probably because of superior marketing and a lack of competition rather than the software being

Adobe Premiere Elements 15 Review Part Two

  Time to review the good and the not so good! The Interface What is clear in this latest version of Premiere Elements 2018 is that Adobe have finally decided on a direction for the program based on

Full YouTube Episode Creation Walk-through

I've been asked a lot to do a full walk-through of making one of my YouTube episodes. Well, here it is, and it is LONG!!! There's a ton of tips and tricks along the way. More in the description. ▼E

iPhone 8 Plus vs Canon 5D Mark III Camera

I wanted to make a point, which is, using an iPhone, you can shoot your YouTube videos and they can look good. So the iPhone is a little soft? Yeah! Compared to a $3000 camera!!! No excuses - Go make

How To Download ALL Your YouTube Videos!

Want to download ALL your videos from YouTube as they were originally uploaded? Here's how! Link in the description. ▼TRANSLATION THANKS:Dutch: Victor van Dijk https://www.youtube.com/user/vfvandij

Microphone Isolation Audio Tests - Check that Cable! Basic Filmmaker Ep 232

Video uploaded a YEAR ago and not published. Tests using mic, foam, and blimp. Thing learned (see very end of the video and description) is a cable electrical short can be REALLY subtle. How do I &qu

Premiere Pro Program Monitor Panel Zoom Tip

A few people have problems with the zoom menu in the Premier Pro Monitor panel. Surely there must be a better way? Yes there is! More in the description. ▼LINKS:▶ PREMIER PRO: http://bit.ly/Adobe

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