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This is probably one of the most asked questions in the indie/low budget film community: How do you make a film look cinematic? It’s a difficult question to answer, because there are so many important elements that help make a film look that way, like lighting, camera movement, and set design, all of which take years of experience and practice. However, if you’re looking for cheap and easy ways to make your work look more cinematic right now, Armando Ferreira has 5 tips that will help you do just that.
And here’s the list of five Tips on How to Instantly Make Your Film Look More Cinematic including some freebies!
by DSLR Video Shooter, Caleb Pike
Caleb Pike shows you how to create beautiful re-timed slow motion shots using camera movement and some tricks in post via FCPX. In Premiere, this is called time remapping. Right click on the little colored fx logo in the corner of the clip in your timeline, select time remapping and then select speed. You can now add control points by holding control and clicking on the clip.
One of our favorite video editing tools is Optical Flow in Final Cut Pro X. This feature, similar to the popular Twixtor plugin, allows users to slow down clips in a way that simulates footage shot at a high frame rate.
OpticalFlow is a great creative tool for showcasing your film and video projects in a unique way. The following video tutorial will demonstrate how to use creatively use OpticalFlow in Final Cut Pro X.
But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and discover what it’s like to manipulate time with Optical Flow! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you free assets so you can follow along.
You can download the free footage, sound effects, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.
Step by Step instruction here…
October 6, 2014
In spite of the earth-shattering scandal that is “Bend-gate,” early adopters of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have already shot some outstanding footage with the improved cameras on the new devices, most notably some first-person perspective hyperlapses as well as some stunning 240fps slow motion.
Of the many features added to the iPhone camera in the latest hardware/software update (timelapse and super slow motion being among the most notable and flashy of them), there’s one feature in particular that might put the iPhone 6 Plus is a class all its own in terms of video capture. I’m talking of course about optical image stabilization. Lack of stabilization of any kind has always one been one of the biggest issues and dead giveaways smartphone video. Hopefully a well-implemented OIS technology could begin bridging the gap between phones and dedicated cameras, and making smartphone video more palatable.
Click here to see the rest of Robert Hardy’s article and 240fps Slow Motion Footage & Timelapses from the iPhone 6…
January 13, 2014
by Serenity Caldwell @settern
If you haven’t yet played around with Apple’s slo-mo feature on the iPhone 5s, now’s a perfect time to start. This week’s video tip has Macworld associate editor Serenity Caldwell demonstrating how to shoot slo-mo video, preview it on your own device, and share it with others.
Transcript: One of the great features of the iPhone 5s is its slow motion video mode. To use this mode, just swipe over while in the Camera app to the Slo-Mo setting.
To begin shooting a slow-motion video, make sure you’ve got your target focused, then press the record button. Your video will begin recording in what looks like real time, but don’t be fooled: there’s some slow-motion magic yet to come.
If you just want to view your masterpiece yourself, you can open up the Camera Roll. There, two new blue edit handles will drop down, allowing you to phase in and out of slow motion. But if you’d actually like to send those videos to anyone, you have to move over to iMovie, Apple’s free software for editing and sharing home movies.
iMovie automatically lists all the videos from your Camera Roll that you’ve taken. To create a project from one of them, just select the clip in question, then press the Share button, followed by Create Movie. From there, you’ll enter the Edit screen.
Unlike the Camera Roll, you can’t automatically phase in and phase out slow motion. We actually have to make some cuts first to do that. Scroll through your clip and decide where you’d like the slow motion to start.
Tap the clip, and then swipe down on it to create a cut. Once you’ve made your cut, double-tap on the clip to the right and select the Speed option. This allows you to slow down that new clip to 1/4 its original speed.
Now you’ve slowed down the middle of your future video, but you still need to create an end clip to take you out of the slow motion. When you’ve decided where your ending spot should be, select the clip and swipe downward to make a second cut. The clip to the right keeps the same speed as the clip it’s been separated from; as such, we still have a slowed clip where we’ve made our cut, and we need to speed it back up again before we can finish our movie.
To preview your movie, scroll back to the beginning of the timeline and press the play button.
Once you’re happy with how your slow-motion video has come together, tap the arrow in the upper left corner of the screen. That brings you back to the Projects area, where you can tap the Share button and then tap Save Video to send your masterpiece back to the Camera Roll.
When your slow motion movie finishes exporting, you can send it to friends via Messages, email, Instagram, Facebook, and more.
Click here to see a video. Thanks for watching!
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October 3, 2013
If you’re a no or low-budget filmmaker, making an action flick oftentimes means having to forgo top dollar visual and special effects for more affordable options. If your lack of high-octane explosions and car chases finds you feeling like your film is falling flat, talented filmmaker and editor Vashi Nedomansky has shared three no/low-budget editing tips that will give your action sequences and dramatic moments the (believable) big impact you’re looking for.
According to Nedomansky, these techniques aren’t just used on low-budget films, but big-budget ones as well. Films like Star Wars, Avatar, James Bond films and martial arts films employ them to make their VFX and SFX look more convincing and amped up. In fact, you may have used these techniques before to find great results (if done well.) Check out Nedomansky’s low-budget editing tips below:
If you want your fight sequences to be both believable and high energy, Nedomansky suggests cutting out the last two frames before the action, be it a punch, collision, gun draw, whatever. This adds to the aesthetic energy (because it’s faster,) as well as hides the effect (because it’s faster.)
We see this all the time in action TV shows, your CSI and NCIS. If you’re looking at your raw footage and think that it’s a little on the dull side, Nedomansky’s second tip is to do a snap zoom with whichever editing software you’re using. A bigger image on screen means more energy. Be forewarned, though, many have abandoned the zoom either in camera or in editing, except for maybe ironic or super-stylized reasons. So, it might be better to use a zoom like this in a chaotic situation to add excitement.
Shooting at 22fps gives footage a faster, more dynamic look, which could help even if there’s already a lot of good action in your sequence. Nedomansky explains it best:
This technique of under-cranking the camera to get faster motion is a staple of action movies. For believable results — shooting at 22 frames per second is a great starting point. For car chases, actors running and fight sequences, 22 frames per second retains a natural and authentic look, but adds a palpable boost of energy. Once you get to 20 frames per second or less you risk a comical or unnatural look to action.
To get a feel for what these techniques look like, Nedomansky demonstrates them in the video below:
A big thanks to Vashi for sharing these great low-budget editing tips! Check out his article for more in-depth explanations of each technique.
What do you think? Have you used these techniques with your action sequences before? What other techniques have you found work well? Send us a comment, below.
December 18, 2012
by VideoBlocks and Epic Slow Mo
Hey, we’re Zach and Brittney. We work for Video Blocks, which owns a high speed Phantom camera that shoots in slow motion. We get to use it a lot and we figured we might as well have fun doing it. Every week we’ll release a new (FREE!) video where we do a crazy stunt in super slow motion. And the best part is, you get to vote for what we do next! New episodes are uploaded every Friday.
These awesome slow motion clips are available to download for free, courtesy of Video Blocks. Use them however you want! (The only thing you can’t do is sell them as they are – more official information here.) We’ll update this page periodically as more cool clips come along for us to share.