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.

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

The Friday Roundup – Cinematic Lighting, Jumps Cuts and Camera Hacks

Cinematic Lighting Techniques One of the current catchphrases that seems to be circling around at the moment is “cinematic.” There has been a lot of talk about adjusting frame rates to shoot more

The Friday Roundup – Night Shooting, Audio and Split Toning

5 Tips For Filming at Night Given the fact that most people shooting video at the consumer level of the market are going to be doing so on the basis of auto settings in their devices, shooting at nigh

The Friday Roundup – Color Matching Cameras, YouTube Updates and Gimbals

Matching Shots in Resolve 14 Camera Matching Tutorial Late last year a few of the usual suspects in the world of consumer level video editing began introducing “shot match” modules into their resp

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

The Friday Roundup – Editing Work Flows, Hyperlapse and YouTube Tips

Prepare for Hyperlapse! Another post this week on taking your timelapse footage up a notch and turning it into hyperlapse! Ooh! Hyperslapse, it sounds so exciting! Anyway simply put, a hyperlapse is j

The Friday Roundup – Storytelling, B-roll and Cinematic Tips

How To Get The Best B-ROLL One of the great advantages we have in living in the digital age of video is that we don;t have to worry too much about the quantity of footage we take. Battery life is alwa

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

The Friday Roundup – Basic Editing, Setting Preferences and GIFs

How To Edit Videos – A Complete Beginner’s Guide For a couple of years now my recommended video editing software for people wanting something simple that is easy to learn and use has been Filmora

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

The Friday Roundup – Closed Captions, Audio Tips and Computer Specs

Buying a PC for Video Editing: What You Need to Know! On a pretty regular basis I get a lot of questions on this site regarding suitable specs for a computer editing videos. Just as often I get reques

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!

The Friday Roundup – Software Downloading Tips and a Few Bits and Pieces

6 Video Editing Rules to Live By I found a great video (below) this week and just had to include it in the Friday Roundup. If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time you will probably alr

LIXI Studios Reel 2018

LIXI Studios Reel 2018Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://instagram.com/lixistudios

The Friday Roundup – B-roll, Color Grading, Transitions and Low Light

Color Grading with LUTs – Orange & Teal Look Explained Now that we are mostly all big kids these days with editing software that can handle LUTs it is probably a good idea to work out how to use

Cyberlink Director Suite 6 Review

Before I get into the Director Suite 6 review proper I think it is important to understand where CyberLink are coming from in offering this product in the first place. Cyberlink Director Suite 6 is qu

LIXI Live! Holiday Gifts + GoPro Hero 6

In this episode of LIXI Live, we answer your questions, go over some of our favorite gifts for filmmakers & photographers, as well as answer your questions. Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://fac

Film Festival Scams!

Today we take a look into some of the corrupt practices happening in the Film Festival Industry.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://instagr

5 Killer Halloween Video Tips

Going out to shoot memorable video of your kids?  Here are five Halloween Video tips that will help: 1) It’s dark out at night.  I know you knew that, so let me be more specific:  outside at nigh

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

New Edition of the Book in Stores Now!

Workman Publishing has just released an updated and revised new edition of How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck! It’s available now wherever you buy your paper or pixel books. Look to your right

Wedding Video Blues: 5 Tips for Better Wedding Videos

I’ve never used a video camera, however my daughter will be getting married this October and I will be filming for the VERY first time. I’m scared stiff ! ! ! Can you please advise me on the best

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,

How to make a How-To Video, Part II: The Journey

In Part I of this post, we laid down the basics for How-To Video. Now lets go for mastery.  The key to which, as with so many other elements of video, is story. Think about your video as a real film

Mothers Day Video Tips

Ah, Mothers Day!  Burnt toast and coffee made with hot tap water in bed (“We aren’t allowed to use the stove.”) .  Macaroni-art “I love You Mom” cards.  Perhaps a meal at Mom’s favori

Shooting a Boxing Match Three Ways

I’m new to video recording/ photography and just bought your book…ITS GREAT! How would you shoot a live amateur boxing event if there is only one videographer and his DSLR? I read that you shou

How to Make a How-To Video that Works: Part I

How do I create a series of online class videos that are How-to’s, but creative and interesting, while also teaching? My upholstery course videos are pretty wide shot/closeup. I know I can do bette

Perfect Holiday Video in 10 Easy Steps

Ah, the Holidays! Chestnuts roasting, noses being nipped, and hours of incomprehensible video being shot of people you can’t see or hear all that well doing…I don’t know…something near a fire

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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