September 21, 2015

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Matt took Shelby by the arms and stood with poise in the middle of the ballroom on the top floor of the regal Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. The Columbia Club overlooks Monument Circle, and the beautiful Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in the middle of the circle, but not a single guest could be found […]

June 23, 2015

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Abby walked past the fluted stone pillars, entangled in vines, in the Colonnade Garden. They had planned to do their revealing in the Oakhurst Gardens at the Minnetrista in Muncie, Indiana, but the arcade in the Colonnade Garden was too beautiful to pass. Arturo stood at the end of the colonnade with his back to Abby, and he was […]

June 18, 2015

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Rachel and Stuart sat down back-to-back on the dance floor. They each removed their shoes, and handed one of their shoes to the other person. They were about to play the shoe game. The shoe game is simple. The couple is asked a series of questions where the answer would be one of them, such […]

May 29, 2015

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A mischievous breeze blowing across the fields of rural Indiana was soaking up the warmth of the the lovely sunshine. I was standing on the edge of one field with Carly and Ty, a wonderful couple. The breeze brought with it excitement and anticipation. It welled up in my chest and begged to be sang back out again. […]

May 15, 2015

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So the 4th Floor Blues Club is a diamond in the rough. A diamond that has an old school elevator and a rustic interior reminiscent of a loft. We loved it! Not as much as we loved Katie & Art though. I think people are nice, at least way down in the core, but Katie […]

March 20, 2015

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I shoot a lot of video on my iPhone, and I typically only ever use my iPhone for very minimal editing and color grading. Well, last year I decided it was time to change that, and so I started trying to think of fun, little projects I could shoot and edit completely on the iPhone. Some trips with my son to go apple picking and to play on the playground seemed perfect for this.

March 18, 2015

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Last year I decided to have some fun with a Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition. I took it with me while visiting my mom and shot some slow motion footage of my son swimming in my mom’s Hot Tub. I shot the whole thing in WVGA, which means I was able to shoot at 240 fps. It also means that I had to sacrifice in terms of resolution, and thus was only able to shoot at 480p (technically it was 848 x 480 but I had to downsize that to 720 x 480 while editing). It was an interesting project to say the least. When it comes to the nature of the low resolution of the video, for a video made to be viewed on an iPhone or iPad I think it looks great. On my Mac Pro, it’s really noticeable that it’s low resolution though.  Anyway, have a look at the video and see what you think for yourself.

March 17, 2015

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We frequently use a Zoom H4 or Zoom H4N to capture audio. We’ve used them in conjunction with wireless and wired mics, and we’ve also used the mics built in on the Zooms as well. Our main use for the Zooms though, is to capture audio directly from a sound board. This can introduce a few problems. Most of the sound boards at events are only capable of sending out a Line level audio feed. The Zoom H4 and H4N aren’t able to handle a Line level audio feed. They can only use Mic level audio feeds. With a Line level feed, the audio will just be too loud (or too hot) and the longer you record audio the worse it’ll become. To fix this you need a direct box or an attenuator (sometimes called a pad) to knock the level of the audio feed down. A direct box, and an attenuator, are both just simple devices that we run an XLR cable (or 1/4″ cable) through before connecting it to the Zoom to lower the audio level. We use an attenuator with -20 dB, -30 dB, and -40 dB pads. This ensures that we can keep the audio from clipping or coming in to hot, and the ability to change the level of the pad means we can adjust the audio level on the attenuator to ensure the Zoom receives the best quality audio. We still have to set the input levels correctly on the Zoom, but this will helps out a lot.

March 16, 2015

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Interviews Are Hard Work

Conducting an interview is hard. It’s a lot easier to just sit behind the camera and capture the interview as it’s happening than it is to be the one conducting the interview. Most videographers will find themselves pulled out from behind the camera at some point, and sat in front of an interviewee. Here are some tips to help you conduct a great interview.

March 15, 2015

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Is It Possible to Convert my Video to Mpeg-2 Using Mpeg Streamclip?

Nope. This query on Google brings a lot of people to our site, which is unfortunate because until now there was never a clear answer on our site. Now there is and the answer is no. Mpeg Streamclip allows you to encode your video files into a lot of different codecs, but it won’t allow the user to turn a .mov, .avi, .dv or .mp4 file into a .m2t, .mpeg, .vob, or .ts file. Mpeg Streamclip can open Mpeg-2 files and once opened it allows the user to demux, mux, save the video track, save the audio track, or convert a mpeg-2 wrapper to a different wrapper (from .vob to .ts for example), but Mpeg Streamclip does not allow the user to convert non-Mpeg-2 files to Mpeg-2 file types though.