Learn about film http://learnaboutfilm.com Everyone can learn filmmaking Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:09:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 http://learnaboutfilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-laf-favicon-32x32.png Learn about film http://learnaboutfilm.com 32 32 Panasonic’s GH5s is designed for pro video http://learnaboutfilm.com/panasonics-gh5s-designed-pro-video/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:28:12 +0000 http://learnaboutfilm.com/?p=11536 9 January 2018 Panasonic have just announced the GH5s, an update to their flagship GH5. The new camera – out in April – is specifically aimed at professional video shooters. It adds more video options to the GH5’s already impressive specs, with impressive low light performance. Panasonic have designed the GH5s around a new sensor. […]

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Panasonic GH5s mirrorless camera
9 January 2018

Panasonic have just announced the GH5s, an update to their flagship GH5. The new camera – out in April – is specifically aimed at professional video shooters. It adds more video options to the GH5’s already impressive specs, with impressive low light performance.

Panasonic have designed the GH5s around a new sensor. The 10.2 MP sensor has around half as many effective pixels as the GH5. This makes a lot of sense for video shooters, particularly with small MFT sensors: as each pixel is bigger, it can capture more light.

This sensor is multi-aspect. Other cameras have a ‘native’ aspect ratio which they crop for different frame shapes: the GH5s has a bigger sensor which can accommodate different frame shapes without cropping. Apart from maximising image quality and low-light performance, this means you get the full benefit of wide angle lenses whichever aspect ratio you’re using.

It’s also dual-gain. You can switch between two different modes depending on how much light you have. Normal mode is based on getting the best dynamic range (the amount of contrast the camera can handle); in low-light mode the priority changes to reducing image noise.

But the new sensor lacks the GH5’s impressive in-body image stabilisation. That’s because most pro users will mount the camera on a tripod, cranes or stabilisers, and in-body stabilisation makes the original GH5 prone to jitters when used in situations with a lot of vibration.

Other new pro features include timecode in and out, and the ability to shoot full ‘digital cinema’ 4K in slow motion and at PAL and NTSC television frame rates. It also includes V-log. This option – a paid add-on for the GH5 – makes contrasty scenes easier to film and to correct at the editing stage. It can also shoot HD video at up to 240fps. Autofocus is improved over the GH5.

The GH5s is out in April at around $2500/£2200 body only. You can pre-order it now.

Pre-order the GH5s at Adorama

 

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New affordable stabiliser from DJI http://learnaboutfilm.com/new-affordable-stabiliser-dji/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:52:03 +0000 http://learnaboutfilm.com/?p=11528 I’m a fan of the Osmo Mobile smartphone stabiliser, but it’s a lot more expensive than competitors like the Zhiyun Smooth-Q. DJI have now announced a much more affordable, lighter new version. The Osmo Mobile 2 will retail at $129 (UK pricing not yet announced) and has some major improvements over the original model: it […]

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 smartphone stabiliser

I’m a fan of the Osmo Mobile smartphone stabiliser, but it’s a lot more expensive than competitors like the Zhiyun Smooth-Q. DJI have now announced a much more affordable, lighter new version.

The Osmo Mobile 2 will retail at $129 (UK pricing not yet announced) and has some major improvements over the original model:

  • it can shoot in portrait as well as landscape format
  • the controls are simpler
  • it has a tripod socket on the base, so you no longer need an adapter
  • it has a zoom control on the handle

The battery is now integrated, rather than interchangeable, but has an extended shooting time of up to 15 hours. And the device is made from composite materials rather than magnesium alloy, cutting the weight to 485g.

Initially the Osmo Mobile 2 will be exclusive to the Apple Store (pre-orders from 23 January, shipping in February) but will be available from DJI and other retailers later in the year.

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Sequence http://learnaboutfilm.com/film-language/sequence-2/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:21:48 +0000 http://learnaboutfilm.com/?page_id=11488     Films are made up of sequences of shots. So if a single shot is a bit like a sentence in a story, a sequence is like a paragraph. When you’re filming, you should think about how the clips will fit together into these sequences. You can follow some simple systems and rules to help […]

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   Shallow focus shot

Films are made up of sequences of shots. So if a single shot is a bit like a sentence in a story, a sequence is like a paragraph.

When you’re filming, you should think about how the clips will fit together into these sequences. You can follow some simple systems and rules to help with this.

Coverage

You need to film enough shots to show everything you need to show. You also need to make sure you’ve got enough material to edit with. You can work this out by using a storyboard or shot list to plan your film. You can also follow some simple patterns or sets of shots: they’re described on this page.

Continuity

You also need to make sure that your shots will fit together properly. To do this, you need to understand the continuity system. This is a set of simple rules about where to put the camera, how to frame the shots, and how to edit them. If you follow the rules, it’ll be easier for your audience to understand what’s going on. And your film will seem to flow more smoothly, so viewers will get  more involved in the story. Learn about continuity.


My education package Editshots will help you learn the rules of shot selection, coverage and continuity. It includes a short film (55 shots) for you to edit, and a step-by-step guide. It’s only $15/£15 for individual use.

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Company details http://learnaboutfilm.com/company-details/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:43:48 +0000 http://learnaboutfilm.com/?page_id=11243 Learnaboutfilm Ltd A company limited by guarantee Owner/Director Tom Barrance Registered in England and Wales Registered address: 47 Cornerswell Road, Penarth CF64 2UX Company number 08128092‎ Established July 2012

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Learnaboutfilm Ltd

A company limited by guarantee

Owner/Director Tom Barrance

Registered in England and Wales

Registered address: 47 Cornerswell Road, Penarth CF64 2UX

Company number 08128092‎

Established July 2012

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Easy filmmaking with Tom Barrance http://learnaboutfilm.com/education-training/filmmaking-organisations/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:14:38 +0000 http://learnaboutfilm.com/?page_id=11092 On-site training for businesses and organisations Making a film is a great way to tell your story. Video is one of the best ways to record and share your work, train your colleagues, and involve customers and users. My training will show you how to make better videos with the equipment you already have: smartphones, iPads, […]

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On-site training for businesses and organisations

Making a film is a great way to tell your story. Video is one of the best ways to record and share your work, train your colleagues, and involve customers and users.

My training will show you how to make better videos with the equipment you already have: smartphones, iPads, still cameras or camcorders. So you’ll be able to use video much more widely, not just on projects where you can afford a professional filmmaker.

But to make good videos, you need to know the essentials of filmmaking. So my practical, hands-on training will take you step-by-step through the skills you need to plan, shoot and edit good short movies.

You’ll learn how to

  • get the shots you need to tell your story
  • film shots that make sense together
  • record interviews or presentations
  • capture, add and adjust sound
  • edit your movie
  • use titles and effects

The course also covers

  • how to plan and organise your filmmaking
  • different ways of telling your story with film
  • making your film as good as it can be
  • the best formats for sharing your movie.

“Very practical…fun and friendly”

Owen Davies, Owen Davies

“What a great day!”

Damian Rawcliffe, The Hiking Hub

“Highly recommended”

Gillian Southgate, Assistant Director, NHS R&D Northwest

Google reviews and testimonials

More information

I’m Tom Barrance, one of the UK’s most experienced film educators. I’ve taught all kinds of people how to make films: teachers, researchers, doctors, social workers, small business owners, actors, writers and more.

Equipment

My most popular training is mobile filmmaking, using iPhones, iPads or Android devices. I also teach filmmaking with DSLR/mirrorless cameras or camcorders, and editing on Mac or PC.

Course materials

You’ll get an illustrated PDF course booklet which templates, a step-by-step guide to the filmmaking process, advice and links to further information.

In-depth and follow-up

You can also book longer courses, or get follow-up training in specific skills. I can provide ongoing support, written feedback and suggestions on your filmmaking,  and online advice through Google Hangouts.

Software training

I also provide training on specific software including iMovie on Macs or mobile devices, Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere.

Where is the training available?

I deliver training on site to organisations throughout the UK and in Europe.

Currently I only offer face to face training, but I’m developing an online course in mobile filmmaking.

If you’re on a tight budget, I offer a reduced rate for individual and small group training in Cardiff.

Please get in touch to discuss your needs or book a course.

Recent clients

    

 

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Start Making Mobile Movies http://learnaboutfilm.com/education-training/start-making-mobile-movies-2/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:38:15 +0000 http://learnaboutfilm.com/?page_id=11083 Coming soon: online training on making short videos with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Based on my popular face-to-face training, this course will teach you the skills you need to tell your story with film plan your movie get the best out of your phone camera use still images in your film film clips that make sense together […]

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Online mobile film training

Coming soon: online training on making short videos with your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Based on my popular face-to-face training, this course will teach you the skills you need to

  • tell your story with film
  • plan your movie
  • get the best out of your phone camera
  • use still images in your film
  • film clips that make sense together
  • film interviews and presentations
  • record good sound
  • add voiceovers and adjust audio levels
  • edit your movie on your phone/tablet or a Mac
  • add effects, audio and titles
  • share your movie

The course will include video tutorials and downloadable PDF guides. 

 

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