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Panasonic’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras—Lumix S Series

9/25/2018
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Panasonic’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras—Lumix S Series Lumix S1R and S1 are Panasonic's first full-frame mirrorless cameras, announced today at Photokina in Köln, Germany. Both cameras—coming in early 2019—feature a full Super 35-sized sensor, which is nearly four times larger than the micro4/3 sensor in my Panasonic GH5. The Lumix S1R is a 47-megapixel camera designed for photographers, and the S1 is 24MP for hybrid photo video shooters. Each camera shoots 4K60p, with in-body...

Duration:00:03:19

Episode 79: John Luna Edits This Podcast

9/19/2018
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Episode 79: John Luna Edits This Podcast John Luna is an Adobe Premiere editor, but he edits this podcast in Final Cut Pro X. Plus, your questions about finding an audience, avoiding flickering lights, and making corporate videos look cool. *As a burn survivor, John speaks quietly—it’s through his recovery that he taught himself video production. Subscribe to John Luna on YouTube and follow his Instagram. Watch his video Grand Central Station. Two resources Griffin recommends for amateur...

Duration:00:48:24

Episode 78: My Office Is Gone

9/12/2018
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Episode 78: My Office Is Gone Griffin has to give up his video production office—for a very happy reason. Plus, your questions about Final Cut Pro X keyboard shortcuts, creating a nighttime lighting effect, and are you allowed to use stock footage in your film? Did you know? There are over 56 hours of the Hey Indie Filmmakers podcast! Saif asked about lightweight travel tripods. I use the MeFoto RoadTrip carbon fiber. You’ll find the rest of my gear at griffinhammond.com/gear Nikolas...

Duration:00:44:11

Episode 77: Justinsuperstar Travels, Makes Documentaries

9/5/2018
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Episode 77: Justinsuperstar Travels, Makes Documentaries My good friend Justin Johnson is prolific video producer and talented, world-traveling documentary filmmaker. We met up in New York to discuss his innovative techniques and creative philosophy. Plus, your questions about finding good stories, distribution strategy, and matching multiple cameras. Follow Justin’s work on YouTube or at justinsuperstar.com. I recommend his recent mini-doc series Fan Creators, produced for SyFy, and his...

Duration:00:46:52

Episode 76: We’re Rebels in Stormtrooper Disguise

8/29/2018
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Episode 76: We’re Rebels in Stormtrooper Disguise After going undercover as stormtroopers in Star Wars virtual reality combat, Nick and Griffin are joined by their childhood friend and video professional Adam Kruminas. Plus, your questions about cropping 4K video, the easiest way to add storage space to your editing machine, and advice for your first documentary. At The VOID in Las Vegas, we experienced Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire—a particularly immersive virtual reality game. Thank...

Duration:00:41:24

Episode 75: Pre-Production Meeting

8/22/2018
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Episode 75: Pre-Production Meeting Nick and Griffin plan which microphones and cameras they’ll need for next week’s three-person shoot. Plus, your questions about sound on a budget documentary, upgrading your editing machine, and when you need a location release to sell stock footage. The Faustian Man wondered why I don’t more actively promote my film Sriracha on the podcast. He says, “I watched it last night still amazing! I love that doc.” It’s free on Amazon Prime. Kasey asked about...

Duration:00:44:16

Episode 74: Improvising DIY Film Gear

8/15/2018
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Episode 74: Improvising DIY Film Gear When Griffin’s filmmaking equipment fails to arrive, he’s forced to improvise and build his own DIY solution. Plus, your questions about making money with cheap equipment, putting Canon glass on mirrorless cameras, and proper exposure for your productions. I tried to order this $24 Tablet holder to mount my iPad to my DJI Mavic Air remote, but after USPS lost the package, I decided to build my own version by recycling pieces from a GH4 camera cage, a...

Duration:00:45:06

Episode 73: Become a Licensed Drone Pilot

8/8/2018
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Episode 73: Become a Licensed Drone Pilot Griffin is now a licensed drone pilot, after passing the FAA knowledge test—granting him flight privileges hobbyists don’t get. Plus, your questions about shooting infrared, collaborating with another editor, and recording audio with a boom pole. In response to Aisha’s question about shooting infrared, I mentioned infrared filters by B+W and Hoya. Drone flight apps I find useful KittyHawkVeriflySkyVectorWhy would you want an FAA drone...

Duration:00:39:48

Bonus: Carpal tunnel syndrome from too much editing

8/1/2018
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Bonus: Carpal tunnel syndrome from too much editing I believe too much editing gave me carpal tunnel syndrome. Nick says I should see a doctor. Instead, I bought a weird “handshake” mouse. My primary strategy for recovery has been giving my hands a chance to rest, and changing some of my repetitive motions. I’ve switched from my trackpad to a titled, handshake-shaped wireless mouse. I also picked up a cheap capacitive stylus to use with my iPhone, a gel-filled wrist pad for my keyboard and...

Duration:00:10:43

Episode 72: MoviePass vs. AMC Stubs A-List

7/25/2018
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Episode 72: MoviePass vs. AMC Stubs A-List For less than the cost of one movie ticket, MoviePass lets you see up to three movies per month in theaters. AMC Theatres is now competing with their own monthly movie plan. Plus, your questions about calculating SD card recording time, lav mics for four people, and how to backup footage while climbing a mountain. Emily asked about backing up footage in the wilderness, without laptops or internet. Episode 63 of this podcast discusses some hardware...

Duration:00:49:04

Episode 71: Apple Updates the MacBook Pros

7/18/2018
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Episode 71: Apple Updates the MacBook Pros Are Apple’s new MacBook Pros worth the upgrade? I have no idea, so Nick explains the new specs. Plus, your questions about recovering lost audio, organizing camera gear, and if your computer can handle 10-bit video files. Regarding hard-to-play video files, for playback I recommend VLC for Mac or PC, and for transcoding files—EditReady for Mac. This simple “underwear organizer” helps store my lenses, camera bodies, cords and accessories inside...

Duration:00:46:21

Episode 70: Alex Ferrari shot his film AT Sundance

7/11/2018
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From his Instagram @ifilmhustle, Alex Ferrari holding the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera he shot his film On the Corner of Ego And Desire with. Episode 70: Alex Ferrari shot his film AT Sundance Filmmaker Alex Ferrari is known for his website and podcast Indie Film Hustle. Alex’s latest feature film On the Corner of Ego and Desire was shot in four days at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Plus, your questions about filming concerts, creating pretty text, and which microphone I prefer.

Duration:01:04:13

Episode 69: How to Vacation with a Camera

7/4/2018
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Episode 69: How to Vacation with a Camera As Nick prepares to travel with his family, what camera gear is essential for summer vacation? Plus, your questions about CTO and CTB gels, shooting in low light, and whether it’s legal to use a news broadcast in your film. Nick uses a Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L, and this Peak Design camera wrist strap. For lighter, sightseeing travel, Griffin prefers the Lowepro Photo Hatchback BP 150 AW II or Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW. John Luna’s...

Duration:00:48:30

Episode 68: Macro Infrared Photography with a Bellows

6/27/2018
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Episode 68: Macro Infrared Photography with a Bellows Using a DIY-mounted macro bellows, Griffin shoots some weird close-up photos with his infrared camera. Plus, your questions about being a perfectionist, how to lock the stabilization of a handheld shot, and if a zoom lens messes up gimbal balance. View my infrared macro JPG images exported from Lightroom and the original, unedited RAW photosDownload my GH4 infrared preset for Adobe in the appropriate foldercreate a custom preset...

Duration:00:45:55

Episode 67: Automatic Captions for Videos

6/20/2018
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Episode 67: Automatic Captions for Videos Griffin tests out SpeedScriber, an app that automatically generates subtitles for his latest video. Plus, your questions about editing out background music, when to use what kinds of stabilization, and issues with 24 vs. 30-frame videos. SpeedScriber(for Mac OS) includes 15 free minutes of automatic transcription. After that, it’s $0.50/minute. Joseph Linaschke, known as PhotoJoseph, has also experienced the DJI Spark/FCPX framerate issue we...

Duration:00:42:07

Episode 66: The Framerate Mismatch Problem

6/13/2018
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Episode 66: The Framerate Mismatch Problem Griffin attempts to solve a weird frame-skipping problem showing up in Nick’s latest drone footage. Plus, your questions about handling audio tracks in Final Cut Pro X, producing a compelling story, and how to create a video podcast like ours. Permalink

Duration:00:35:20

Episode 65: Ronin-S, DJI’s new handheld gimbal

6/6/2018
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Episode 65: Ronin-S, DJI’s new handheld gimbal The new Ronin-S ships on June 11, 2018. Is DJI’s new handheld gimbal worth the $699 price tag? Plus, your questions about producing political ads, how to sound professional over email, and post-production tips for audio. The DJI Ronin-S is a 4.1-lb. 3-axis gimbal that can handle camera/lens combos up to 7.9 lbs. The Ronin-S can connect to these supported cameras to control recording and/or focus. Upcoming workshop in Los Angeles PHOTOCON LA...

Duration:00:38:55

Bonus: The Four Ingredients of Documentary Film

5/30/2018
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Bonus: The Four Ingredients of Documentary Film From his recent filmmaking workshop at Illinois State University, Griffin explains the four elements of news and documentary—SOT, b-roll, voiceover and natural sound. Upcoming workshop in Los Angeles PHOTOCON LA 2018 is a three-day photo and cinema learning event in Los Angeles, which opens with my keynote Traveling Light While Filmmaking on June 8, 2018.

Duration:00:08:58

Episode 64: SD Card Problems

5/23/2018
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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...

Duration:00:38:21

Episode 63: Filmmaking in Japan

5/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:40:35