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How we made a 4K timelapse film


When shooting a timelapse you never know how it will look like once it’s finished. A few hundred photographs have to be edited and put into one sequence to be able to see the result. Sometimes timelapses turn into more than you expected and sometimes a shot can be ruined by a few rain drops or fog. The fascination about ... Mehr lesen »

Using sound effects in films


There are a lot of reasons to use ambient sound and sound effects in a film. Recording sound effects is a great thing but in a lot of cases it’s hard to achieve really professional sounding results. Don’t get me wrong, I love to record ambient sound but when it comes to more artificial sounds like certain machine noises or ... Mehr lesen »

Konova Jib J2: Portable camera crane


In summer 2013 we got the Slider Jib J1 which is a combination of slider and a regular jib. Click HERE to read and watch the review! In late summer 2014 Konova released the follow-up version of the J1 which is a regular jib without the slider attached to the rest of the construction. Watch our overview video below: Setting ... Mehr lesen »

Cheap LED lights: Aputure Amaran 528 Review


Over the last few years more and more manufacturers have released affordable LED lights for video productions. When it comes to LED lights, everything below 400 $ is considered “cheap” for one light. One of the first LED lights we bought was from Litepanels. It did a good job but the price of the light was not exactly low. 450 ... Mehr lesen »

Film Look & Movie Atmosphere


Finding the right and wanted look for your film can be tough sometimes. Partly it’s about having the skills to color correct and grade the footage but it’s also about having an idea how the film should look like so it’s not something random that might look cool but goes into another direction than you planned it in the first ... Mehr lesen »

Review: RØDE Stereo VideoMic X


Audio is an important part of filmmaking. While for most shoots you would probably consider using a directional microphone there are situations and projects where recording in stereo is essential or useful. We were lucky to get our hands on the Stereo VideoMic X. The mic will be released in November and is priced around $800. You can watch the ... Mehr lesen »

XAVC S codec: Higher frame rate & bitrate


Sony is putting their professional XAVC codec in a lot of new cameras. They also introduced a new codec for consumer cameras a year ago called XAVC S. Some of their newer models already have that codec on board but the Sony RX10 for example can only record in ACHD which is not the best codec for professional editing. The ... Mehr lesen »

Filming with the GH4 at a street festival


While we were testing the Panasonic GH4 we filmed at a street festival in Frankfurt called “Bahnhofsviertelnacht”. The festival takes place in the famous redlight district that has become a melting pot of different cultures and artists. Since it takes place in the evening it was the ideal test for us to see how well the camera performs under low ... Mehr lesen »

Panasonic GH4 review


The Panasonic Lumix GH4 certainly is the most talked about camera this year followed by the Sony A7s. We finally got our hands on a model in Germany and tested it. You can watch the video review below: In case you want to know more about the camera or you are unable to watch the video review – below is ... Mehr lesen »

Canon EOS 7D overview & setup guide


The Canon EOS 7D has been the camera that got us into DSLR filmmaking and we have used it for about four years on a daily basis. It surely is outdated in terms of features and the overall look of the image but because we are asked daily how to set the camera up for filmmaking we decided to put ... Mehr lesen »