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color_gels.pngIf you want your lighting to look more professional, you'll want to give special consideration to "color temperature" especially when you're mixing light sources.  A great way to change the color of your lighting is by using color correcting gels.  Gels are small plastic transparent sheets that can be mounted onto your lights.  Outdoor lighting with a higher light temperature appears to have a blue hue or a "cooler" feel to them, whereas Indoor lighting with a lower light temperature appears to have a more yellow or "warmer" hue.  By using color correcting gels, you can match different light temperatures.  2 of the most common gels used are Color Temperature Orange, and Color Temperature Blue, often referred to as CTO and CTB respectively.  Color Temperature Orange gels allow you to turn the higher temperature or "cooler" light sources into warmer ones and Color Temperature Blue gels allow you to make lower temperature or "warm" light appear cool.  Gels are also available in different intensities from dark to pale, so you may have to experiment to achieve the look you want.

Some other types of gels that can be used include Plus and Minus Green gels, Neutral Density gels, Diffusion gels, and Color or Theatrical gels.  Plus and Minus Green gels can be used when mixing fluorescent lights with daylight or incandescent lights since fluorescent lights give off a greenish hue.  Neutral Density gels are gray and rather than changing the color temperature, they merely cut down the lighting, making it softer and less intense.  Diffusion gels work pretty much in the same way, as they are frosty or milky white, and do not change the color temperature, rather just soften the light.  Color or Theatrical gels are used to accent or create dramatic unnatural effects or actually to add a specific color to your "stage".

Remember to replace your gels over time since they can become brittle or fade from the heat of your lamps, thus changing the degree of your color correction.

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Using the Rule of Thirds in Video Production is one of the most traditional rules of composition.  It gives you an artistic understanding of how to position subjects in the frame in a way that is most visually compelling.  When composing a shot, the last thing you want to do is place your subject in the dead center of the frame; it makes for a static or dull image. 

Rather, use the Rule of Thirds by dividing the frame into 3 sections side to side, top to bottom, so that you end up with a 9 space grid kind of like a tic-tac-toe board.  This creates reference points which act as guides for framing an image.  Points of interest should be placed at 1/3 or 2/3 of the way up or across the frame rather than in the center.  Balance the image by placing the subject on one of the lines; when you do this, you get a much more interesting image.


It's all about making your video better by putting your subject in different parts of the screen.  We tend to be more interesting when we can place subjects along these intersections.  When filming landscape, place the horizon line along the bottom or upper third of your frame rather than in the middle.  In close-up shots, place the subject's eyes one-third of the screen height from the top.

You may be asking yourself, "why do I want to use the rule of thirds?  I've always placed my subjects in the center of my frames."  The Rule of Thirds states that images may appear more engaging or dynamic when not placed in the center.  Key elements placed along these intersections suggest instability, tension, suspense, and intrigue.  Our minds direct the eye to scan for more information to re-establish a sense of stability and closure.

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Here is a quick tutorial showing the advantages of mapping the Add Edit function to your keyboard versus using the Blade Tool.

savevid_logo.pngFunny thing I ran across today; I was trying to create an archive of my YouTube videos for a friend, and quickly discovered that YouTube will only allow you to download a video as an MP4 at a limit of 2 per hour.  Not very convenient when I want to send him over 125 videos!  Solution?  Savevid.com.  SaveVid is a tool which gives you the ability to download videos from streaming video sites.  You can download videos from YouTube, Google Videos, Metacafe and more in FLV, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV formats.  It's completely free and easy to use.

Simply paste the URL of the video from your browsers address bar into the green box and click the "download" button.
Note that this is really convenient if you have short little 1-3 minute videos to download.  If you have a 30 minute video, it could take up to 30 minutes to actually download.  My guess on why it takes so long is because it's encoding the actual stream.  Therefore a 15 minute video will not download any faster than 15 minutes.
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