Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Live streaming video


Monday, 30 January 2017

GoPro 5

A few pointers on using this hugely impressive but tiny camera...

Its not immediately obvious how to open it/separate from the protective cover - which is why there are so many guides online, such as this:

The top clip needs quite a lot of force to open - it needs to be carefully checked; I've seen comments online saying its been water damaged as a result of this or other port openings not being properly closed again.

You can view a manual online:
Capture looks like a really convenient smartphone app, but its up to you whether you use this or not. Reviews seem less favourable for iOS.
There are LOTS of videos talking you through the operation of the camera:

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Gimbal for smoother handheld shots

There are many variations of the 'steadicam' - from over-the-shoulder rigs (like that famously used in the long opening takes of the original Halloween) to simpler, cheaper handheld devices that seek to smoothen out handheld footage that otherwise tends to be unpleasant to view, and outside of certain contexts will most certainly slash the marks awarded for Media productions.

Below, Jonny and Kristian demonstrate how to use one example, the Afunta Stabilizer Pro - this type of device is known as a gimbal. (amazon link)


Motion - titles and SFX software to supplement Final Cut

Motion has been installed on the Macs this week, so here's some quick links if you want to try it out, or just get a sense of what it can do:
Google: apple motion 5.3 guide (the current version, released Oct 2016)
 Apple's web page provides a useful initial overview of what it is:

FCPX: layering within a body

So long as you have a reasonably plain colour background you can achieve an advanced layering technique. The thought came to mind watching the original video for Sophie/Bronwen/Kristian's change of track, Bullet For My Valentine's Throne, as illustrated in the screenshot below:
It was easy to find both official Apple and user guides for this with a clear search phrase, something you should bear in mind whenever you see any FX you think you'd like to use. FCPX has its limitations, but it is still a very powerful tool.
I'll do a guide myself if I get time, but if you can ignore the 1D soundtrack, this kid did a decent job at explaining the process:

Thursday, 1 December 2016

NAS drive

The server available only to Media students is accessible by following these steps - you need to set it up each time you start work on a different Mac (and have a need of accessing it).


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Macbook buying guide

Some things you should consider when buying a Macbook. iMacs remain decent value, but the new Macbooks are rather overpriced.

1st: its a big purchase, so research for yourself - Google 'macbook buying guide' for lots of more detailed guides.

The latest Macbooks are overpriced, and the trackbar is a rather foolish addition. IMO.
Apple lists several refurbed models, which are one option, but eBay and other sites for 2nd hand Macs are a good choice. You could simply ask in local Apple retailers too - try repair shops.

Obviously you should consider issues with guarantee (or lack of) when buying 2nd hand. If you can add AppleCare (extended warranty) its arguably worth it: expensive, but peace of mind.

I'm going to focus on Macbooks, but most of my points below apply equally to desktop iMacs.