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.

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

The Friday Roundup – Some Shooting Tips, a bunch of Editing Tips and More!

5 Ways to BREAK THE RULES of Filmmaking I am sure most people who have done at least a little research into shooting and editing their videos would have come across a number of very basic rules on bot

The Friday Roundup – Choosing Music, Jump Cuts and White Balance

Using Music to Emotionally Drive your Film One of the best ways to add that little something extra to your projects is by the use of music. One mistake I see over and over is that people tend to choos

LIXI Live! Holiday Gifts, GoPro Hero 6 & Your questions.

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

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

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

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

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

Campervanning in ICELAND!

We take you on a tour through Iceland, and show you what it's like to live out of a campervan!Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://instagram

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 ALL NEW Canon C200 vs C300 (Not what you expect!)

This week we compare the all new Canon C200 to the.....C300? (it's not what you think!)Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://instagram.com/li

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

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

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

Boat Shoot! Filming with the NYS DEC

In this vlog, we give you a behind the scenes look as we film with the NYS DEC on the water. Some of us get injured. All of us survive.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp:

2 Hour Film Challenge - with RANDOM cameras!

Today we do a film challenge where we have two hours to create a 30 second ad with a random plot, genre, and camera.Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixis

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

$2,000 Prime VS $2,000 Zoom Lens! (Zeiss ZF 35mm VS Canon 24-70mm)

Watch in 4k!$2,000 Prime VS $2,000 Zoom Lens! Is there really much of a quality difference? In this video, we find out.VLOG Camera: http://amzn.to/2uiVZxXCamera Lens: http://amzn.to/2uiCKV2Self Recor

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

Facebook KILLED the Video Star

Facebook is ruining online video, and we want to tell you why. The links to the available studies are below:VLOG Camera: http://amzn.to/2uiVZxXCamera Lens: http://amzn.to/2uiCKV2Self Recording Lav: h

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

Surprise! The New Nintendo Switch!

Surprise! Sam didn't even see this coming! Watch as we surprise Sam and unbox the new Nintendo Switch!Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudioshttp://twitter.com/lixistudioshttp://i

SURVIVING Mornings! (Please consult a doctor before trying!!!!)

Do you suffer in the mornings? Does life seem grey and unappealing? WELL, with these EASY life hacks, you can now CONQUER every morning! EVER!Subscribe, and Follow us on:http://facebook.com/lixistudi

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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