When to Cut, Music Videos and Finding the Story

When and why you should make that cut, simple music videos, finding the story, documentary tips and adding music for more depth.

When to Cut, Music Video Tips and Finding the Story

This week when and why you should make that cut, simple music videos, finding the story, documentary tips and adding music for more depth.

The Friday Roundup – Transitions, Trippy Effects and Syncing

Pro, Prosumer, Consumer? Over the past 15 years or so in the field of digital video the separation between professional cameras and editing software and their consumer level equivalents has become som

Better Call Saul: The Devil is in the Details

There is no better show on television than AMC’s Better Call Saul, from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, ex of Breaking Bad. All four seasons are spectacular, but if you haven’t watched (or even

How to Shoot Vacation Video that Won’t Bore People to Death

When I was a kid, the Armbrusters had a slide projector.  Which meant that after every vacation they took, we’d troop dutifully to their house for endless carousels of badly-shot Kodachrome slides,

The Friday Roundup- Drone Shots, Gimbals and Polarizers

Welcome to this week’s Friday Roundup! So by way of explanation what you would normally expect to see as the lead image in the Roundup would generally be an image doctored by me to make a lame joke

The Mythical Effectiveness of “Asking for the Order”

This week a post went by on my Linked-In feed suggesting that all good video must “ask for the order” and contain a clear “call to action.” This awful idea was, as far as I can tell, invented

The Friday Roundup – Camera Basics, 4K Tips and Drone Shots

Super Camera Basics for Video: Shutter Speed, Aperture, & ISO One of the key steps you can take if you are looking to up your video game and lift it out of the “home movies” level is to start

Video in the Classroom: Free Downloadable Lessons

Are you a teacher?  Do you know a teacher?  Have you ever had a teacher?  If so, read on: It’s the beginning of a new school year.  Which means one more year of school projects shot on video, an

The Friday Roundup – Magix Updates, Free Emojis and Content Management

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Updates About two years ago German Software manufacturer Magix decided to abandon the yearly update cycle on some of their products. What that meant was that their consumer level

Pinnacle Studio 22 Review Part Two

  So first of all in case you haven’t read page one of this review, we probably need to clarify something when it comes to writing any Pinnacle Studio 22 review. This is a big program, and by that

Pinnacle Studio 22 Review

Before I get into this Pinnacle Studio 22 review fully I have to mention that this is only the fourth time I have included it as one of my recommended video editing software programs. There are some i

The Friday Roundup – A Pinnacle Studio Update and Much More Stuff!

Pinnacle Studio Updates to Version 22 Well I guess the top news story for this week in the world of video editing software would have to be the release of Pinnacle Studio 22. With this latest release

The Friday Roundup – Finding the Story, 2D Animations and Plugins

Making it a Story When I was a kid, very often friends of my parents would come over to our house after they had returned from a holiday somewhere and we were all subjected to the obligatory slideshow

Tricks to Storify Your Travel Video

I shoot videos and landscapes when I travel overseas. Obviously, I cannot shoot to a script or have much of a plan, since this is an unplanned vacation. How would I construct a story from random s

The Friday Roundup – Indoor Lighting, Street Photography and Tripods

Tips on Using Minimal (Indoor) Light The bane of almost every amateur video enthusiast is trying to get decent looking footage in an indoor situation when you know the available light is borderline. C

Yeah, But is it Any Good? Learning from Mediocre Video

People hate going to the movies with me. It’s not because I talk or text during films, because I religiously don’t do either. It’s what happens after the lights come up.  “That was good” sa

The Friday Roundup – Blend Modes, Bit Depth and Double Exposures

Blending Modes in Filmora It is easy to dismiss Filmora as an editing solution because of its apparent simplicity but for me personally its simplicity is the whole point! In the video below you can se

What is a Hero? Lessons from “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

What is a hero? It’s who your story is about. Strong heroes make choices and take action. They have strong desires and goals. Watching them pursue those goals pulls us through the stor A mute woman

The True Story of How Tattoos Got Us a Digital Series on Comedy Central

Our new digital series for Comedy Central, Gnarnia went up on Youtube last week.  It’s about 4 guys in a heavy metal band who live together behind a used record store in Los Angeles, who’ll do j

10 Tips for Doing Better Marketing Video

You write a lot about movies, home video, story, etc. It’s all great, and I use it when I shoot stuff. But I need to convince my company to do better marketing videos and I’m not shooting those. A

History of the Camera Phone!

This week we look at the history of cameras in cellphones, and how they've evolved into the crazy smartphones they are now.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.co

Shoot Just Enough and No More

Throughout your book you talk about cutting, trimming, deleting, editing until you’ve removed all of the bad, redundant, boring parts of your project. What happens when you cut out all of the bad

Fujifilm X-H1! The Filmmakers Review

We take out the new Fujifilm X-H1 and shoot with the camera in various conditions. Any footage that is not of the camera (or of our silly cut aways) are all X-H1 footage. Subscribe, and Follow us on:

Osmo Mobile 2 Review + Mounting a GoPro

Today we test out the new DJI Osmo Mobile 2, and use an adapter to mount a GoPro on it.ADAPTER LINK: http://amzn.to/2pdAxWxSubscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.co

DJI Mavic Air Obstacle Course!

We wanted to test out the new DJI Mavic Air's avoidance system, so we created an obstacle course!Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://instag

5 TIPS for Filming in WINTER & SNOW

We go over some tips to help you film in Winter & Snow successfully. Drone: http://amzn.to/2unAmw7 VLOG Camera: http://amzn.to/2uiVZxX Camera Lens: http://amzn.to/2uiCKV2 Self Recording Lav: http

DJI RONIN-S FIRST THOUGHTS! And Nebula 5100 Slant unboxing.

We give our first thoughts on the new DJI Ronin-S, a new handheld gimbal. We also flashback to the summer, where we unbox the Nebula 5100 Slant and have terrible results. Drone: http://amzn.to/2unAmw

Affordable Electric Pennyboard! The Lou Board 1.0 Review

We backed this Lou Board 1.0 on Kickstarter for $250 over the summer. Many months later, we take it out in the cold and put it through some tests. Drone: http://amzn.to/2unAmw7 VLOG Camera: http://am

LIXI Live! New Year's Stream + 2018 Camera Rumors

In this stream we look at our favorite gear from 2017, and discuss the rumors around all the gear we want in 2018.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistu

LIXI Live! Filmmaking Apps + Cool Products

This week we look at popular apps for filmmakers and some random cool products (that we probably wouldn't buy).Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudio

LIXI Live! Animal Visit + Filming in Nature

Today we have Ranger Eric Powers of Your Connection to Nature (YC2N.com) visit us with his creatures, as we talk about them and challenges/what it's like to film outdoors in nature!

Hollywood Scores & Soundtracks: What Do They Sound Like? Do They Sound Like Things?? Let's Find Out!

This is a supplementary video for THE MARVEL SYMPHONIC UNIVERSE, which you can watch here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vfqkvwW2fsAnd here’s a new Twitter account we made about temp music: https

The Marvel Symphonic Universe

Here's a second, supplementary video we made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEfQ_9DIItIAnd a new Twitter account about temp music we made: https://twitter.com/SoundsLikeTempWatch Dan Golding's grea

Joel & Ethan Coen - Shot | Reverse Shot

How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut

Memories of Murder (2003) - Ensemble Staging

How do you emphasize to the audience that something is important? Well, you could always cut to a close-up, but how about something subtler? Today I consider ensemble staging — a style of filmmakin

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag

Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared onscreen,

Vancouver Never Plays Itself

Perhaps no other city has been as thoroughly hidden from modern filmmaking as Vancouver, my hometown. Today, it’s the third biggest film production city in North America, behind Los Angeles and New

Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d

In Praise of Chairs

One of the great things about detailed production design is that it pays off in unexpected ways. So today I explore the weird possibilities of that most common of objects: the chair.For educational p

Lynne Ramsay - The Poetry of Details

What can one detail tell us about a scene? If you’re Lynne Ramsay: absolutely everything. Today I consider the poetic possibilities of cinema and one of our finest contemporary filmmakers.For educa


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