Posted on Apr 22, 2009
Posted in BTS

I wanted to write something on how to get music that is royalty free to be used in those movies you might spend hours creating.  I say this because if you have ever posted a video to a popular site (remains  nameless) where it is being hosted and then to have that site just delete/mute the entire audio from your video without telling you.  Ok, so I am kinda upset about that but I should have known better than to use a song I purchased from an online music provider and to think it would be OK to use for my personal use.  Silly me.  Actually, the video I created was not for sale and I did not make money on it  or claim the music to be my own so you would think that it would then be ok to use.  I guess I need to read the fine print on uploading my video to this specific site where it states that this type of music in videos is prohibited and can not be uploaded on this site.  Oh well, I guess my movie will just have to be a silent film.  Unfortunately it was more of a documentary where the subject is talking and the music in the background is what was muted.

In the process to find royalty free music that you can either purchase and use or download sample music that is free, I found a couple websites that might be useful for your next video/movie creation.

http://www.killertracks.com/launchpage/KillerTracks/
http://www.jamendo.com/en/
http://www.videocopilot.net/
http://www.digitaljuice.com/products/products.asp?pid=223

My personal favorite music background:

http://audiojungle.net/item/theme-pack-1-valiant-battles/27464

These guys are really good at soundtrack creation and have awesome websites to sample their music ensemble.  I do believe you have to pay for some of their music or ask permission to use it in your movie but some do allow you to download .MP3 samples. This quality (.mp3) is not good enough for those using Final Cut Pro but you can try and up-sample the song to an .aiff file and then import that file into Final Cut Pro or Express.

http://www.aaronsapp.com/main.html
http://www.justindurban.com/music.html
http://www.glennscottlacey.com/

Some of these sites offer applications or software of some sort to demo and try, which adds a little more freedom when searching for that perfect musical score to fit your video masterpiece. Enjoy.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009
Posted in BTS, Depth of Field

Philip Bloom is an amazing director of photography and has recently created a video explaining the basic fundamentals and physics of 35mm adapters.  He specifically uses the Letus35 brand as he visually demonstrates the differences between using a 35mm adapter on your video camera or just using your stock camera lens.  The way he explains every aspect of 35mm adapters and how Depth of Field (DOF) can benefit your story telling abilities is very easy to follow and understand.  The demonstration also shows us why we need a 35mm adapter to achieve the “film look” on any consumer/prosumer video cameras and why these cameras can’t get that kind of DOF without an adapter.  If you are interested in learning about 35mm adapters and their benefits in helping your videos have that film look, then watch Philip Bloom’s video because it helps answer the many questions you might have regarding these adapters.  Here is the video:

When watching his videos look at how he doesn’t use the “Zoom” function on his high end video cameras.  A nice rule to live by when using your video camera is to move closer to your subject if you want to get a closer picture.  Also, if you are using any 35mm adapter on your video camera you will not be able to use the zoom function because of having to zoom in on the 35mm adapters “focus screen” or “ground glass” which is where the image from whatever lens you use is projected onto.  This is also explained more in his video demonstration.

Also, check out Philip Bloom’s website http://philipbloom.co.uk/

Or do a search for Philip Bloom on http://vimeo.com

Posted on Mar 16, 2009
Posted in BTS

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Another way for cool story telling using a video camera and the latest technology would be the RED Scarlet camera. The latest information out there right now can be found on crunchgear.com. There is an article by Devin Coldewey showing off the first images from a Scarlet 2/3 sensor. The shot in this article used a 100mm prime lens and looks amazing. You have to see the video clip to believe it. Here is the link: http://redgrabs.com/izzy/

The RED Scarlet will be the most sought after prosumer video camera once it is released later this year. At up to 120 fps the images this can create will blow everything in the $4k video camera range out of the water. Also, you will be buying the Scarlet “brain” which can be upgraded whenever there is a technological change in quality instead of purchasing an entirely new camera every few months in order to have the best image.

Check out http:www.red.com/epic_scarlet/ for more information on this exciting new video technology.