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Episode 64: SD Card Problems

Episode 64: SD Card Problems From Singapore, Griffin describes two recent problems he’s encountered with SD cards. Plus, your questions about the visual grammar of storytelling, pulling focus with electronic lenses, and the lenses I used on my latest film from Japan. Directed by Errol Morris, The Fog of War is a documentary that features a special camera device called the Interrotron, which allowed former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to speak directly into the camera during...


Episode 63: Filmmaking in Japan

Episode 63: Filmmaking in Japan Griffin and Amy are in Japan, filming a client project with the Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 handheld gimbal. Plus, your questions about aspect ratios, offloading footage during international trips, and how audio syncing helps edit a podcast. For backing up footage without a computer, there are many hard drives with built-in SD card readers: LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS GNARBOX 256GB Sanho HyperDrive ColorSpace 500GB WD 4TB My Passport Wireless Pro Nick is...


Episode 62: Cheap vs. Expensive Sliders

Episode 62: Cheap vs. Expensive Sliders Griffin buys an $820 Kessler Stealth slider, compares it to a $249 carbon fiber slider by Benro. Plus, your questions about SD card speeds, how to record two mono audio tracks, and whether to shoot your documentary in 4K or 1080. Items I purchased today: Kessler Crane Stealth Slider Standard (39.5") Kessler CineSlider crank handle—can you believe this costs $50?! Benro MoveOver8B Carbon Fiber Slider and Case (35.4") (used) Manfrotto 3021Pro...


Episode 61: Digital Cinema Specs

Episode 61: Digital Cinema Specs A document from Australian theaters shows what tech specs they expect for your digital cinema files. Plus, your questions about SD cards and X-ray machines, the difference between European and American camera models, and how to film a weeks-long time lapse. Thank you to John Cochrane in Brisbane, Australia—CEO of John Cochrane Advertising—for sharing these tech specs from Valmorgan Cinema Network: View PDF—Production Specifications and Requirements


Episode 60: The Story of the Fire

Episode 60: The Story of the Fire Fire destroyed Griffin’s mom’s apartment in Bloomington, Illinois. She is safe, and the recovery process is going well. Plus, your questions about crop focal lengths, tracking freelance hours, and the best headphones for under $100. Central Illinois news agencies reported on the fire, including this story in The Pantagraph. How to protect yourself The Red Cross has several fire preparedness tips—most importantly making sure you have working smoke...


Episode 59: Blackmagic Design Pocket 4K camera

Episode 59: Blackmagic Design Pocket 4K camera Film tech announcements from the NAB Show, including the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Plus, your questions about shooting for cinema screens, what framerate to choose for editing, and if you should spend $1,000 on a microphone. NAB announcements that caught our eye: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Panasonic EVA1 firmware update Vimeo app for MacOS RodeNT-SF1 ambisonic microphone


Episode 58: ProRes RAW in FCPX 10.4.1

Episode 58: ProRes RAW in FCPX 10.4.1 Final Cut Pro X’s latest update (v10.4.1) to video editing adds ProRes RAW and closed captioning right in the timeline. Plus, your questions about when you’re allowed to record audio without permission, the etiquette of film festival laurels, and how to sync timecode between cameras. NoFilmSchool’s article about this FCPX updateApple’s white paper about ProRes RAWNext week, I’m teaching a one-hour filmmaking workshop at Illinois State...


Episode 57: New HDR Monitor to Test

Episode 57: New HDR Monitor to Test BenQ sent Nick their latest 31.5” HDR LCD monitor to test out. Plus, your questions about editing video on a Surface Pro, finding video work through the internet, and whether to place a lavalier mic on the bride. In two weeks, at Illinois State University, I'm teaching a one-hour filmmaking workshop. And you're invited! "Upgrade from Amateur to Documentary Filmmaker" Tuesday, April 17, 5:00pm CT Normal, Illinois Illinois State University Fell Hall...


Bonus: "What's your biggest failure?"

Bonus: "What's your biggest failure?" Jonathan Tilley is a personal brand strategist, and author of the book Embrace The F Word: Failure. On his interview series, he asked me about my greatest failure.


Bonus: How do I recover corrupt video files?

Bonus: How do I recover corrupt video files? After shooting a music video, Taylor worries his SD card is corrupted. Nick recommends software to recover missing video files. Plus, we won “Best Podcast” from Johny Bosworth! For recovering deleted or corrupted video files, Nick recommends the free, open-source, multi-platform software PhotoRec.


Episode 56: New, quicker FAA authorization for drones

Episode 56: New, quicker FAA authorization for drones In the United States, the FAA is rolling out a system called LAANC to make it easier and much quicker for commercial drone pilots to receive authorization to fly near airports. Plus, your questions about filming loud concerts, entering film festivals, and storing video assets. Articles on this subject: Nationwide Expansion of LAANC to 500 More Airports Begins Next MonthFAA Expands Instant-Approval Flight Plan Program for DronesFAA...


Episode 55: Cameras used by SXSW Filmmakers

Episode 55: Cameras used by SXSW Filmmakers No Film School asked 43 filmmakers at this year’s SXSW film festival what cameras they shot with. (It’s mostly ARRI Alexas.) Plus, your technical questions about the Panasonic GH5, lenses, hard drives, and what audio mixer to hook up to your computer. Read: From ALEXAs to 1980s JVCs: Cameras & Lenses Used on SXSW 2018 Films Warren asked what audio interface to use with his Sennheiser MD 421-II microphone ($380). He’s currently using the $40...


Join Griffin this Sunday in Illinois

Join me this Sunday at Illinois State University for a live recording of Hey Indie Filmmakers! Doors open at 11:00am. This free event begins at 11:15am. Normal, Illinois Illinois State University Fell Hall 280 (Communication Innovation Center) Nick will join remotely from Las Vegas, & we'll answer filmmaking questions from the audience!


Film Gear Garage Sale

Film Gear Garage Sale Nick is moving, and Griffin is clearing out closet space. They’re selling filmmaking gear they no longer use, in a YouTube Garage Sale. You can buy any of these 11 items at http://griffinhammond.com/sale SrirachaThe Last Jedi


Finding Love through Video

Finding Love through Video After an Valentine’s Day audio mishap, Griffin calls Nick for answers. Amy saves the day. We met through a wonderful website called Film Fights. Watch or listen to last year's V-Day episode, How to Produce Wedding Films (episode 07).


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