Power is an important aspect when shooting a scene away from standard outlets or civilization. What is important to realize is that while batteries the best source for being able to power equipment in remote places, batteries do have their own limitations. For one, they eventually wear down and need to be recharged. So, what do you do when your batteries are nearly spent and your hours away from a place where you can recharge?

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The Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration announced major changes to drone regulation, including commercial use of aerial footage. This is been long forth coming as we have been waiting for permission to use this new technology for business purposes. The FAA originally required all drone operators to obtain a pilot’s license at it’s lowest, legal level. The new rules take effect in August following a lengthy battle between UAS operators and regulators.

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In order to do video tutorials of any type, a screen capture program is necessary. Through the years I have used different ones ranging from CamStudio to Camtasia to the online Screen-O-Matic. While those programs all work great for Windows machines, one program that is unique the MAC world is Quick Time. Quick time has streamlined the process of screen capture by incorporating it into it’s basic functions.

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Story Telling is what all film-makers and producers are using as the latest buzz-words. It varies from year to year, but lately, I’ve heard everyone saying, “It’s all about the story.” I sift through hundreds of hours of footage each week looking for the small details that will make a short film worth watching. From various events, to documentaries, to the occasional testimony, people are naturally built to tell stories of their life. Not all stories are worth rolling out the red carpet and producing, but there is the occasional story that makes your head spin with curiosity.

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Many blogs and articles will make you hunt and peck for the answer to whatever question they are trying to answer in the title. Instead of enticing you to read all the way to the bottom, how about I tell you what the point is up front. The number 1 principle for good story telling, is to HAVE A STORY. It sounds overly simple, but far too often we try to shoot and produce a video before we know what the real story is.

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Don’t ever let someone talk you into shooting a wedding. It has to be something you want to do. Weddings take alot of work to pull off, not to mention the stress involved in making sure you have the shots you need in order to deliver a good product. There are hundreds of blog posts that talk about the essentials to shoot weddings. That’s all fine and well. Here are three things I have learned as I have filmed weddings.

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Youtube is the place to be for finding the hottest trending songs, and along with that, it also contains some of the best motion backgrounds for lyric videos. In her song, Heartbeat, the creators of this video use several flashy colorful motion backgrounds that are over laid onto the footage to create beautiful color washes, also known as video filters. The use of colorful flashes ads energy to the video and keeps the pace of it flowing. Seeing the the video has nearly 45 million views, apparently it’s gone over well with the general public.

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I get alot of emails and sometimes social media questions asking, “What do you do with motion backgrounds?” So, I thought I would try and shed some light on several uses for these royalty free video loops. If you watch any TV, there are roughly 6-8 commercials in between the segments of a tv show. Now, out of those 6-8 commercials, on average, 3 of those will have motion backgrounds at the end of them to display text, phone numbers, websites, or other discounts and deals. And as we all know, there are hundreds of commercials displayed each hour. Animated video loops simply make the background image more interesting to watch than a still, static image.

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