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The mysteries of bit depth and chroma subsampling

Colour depth or bit depth is either the number of bits used to define the colour of a single pixel in a bitmapped image or video frame buffer, or the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. Chroma subsampling is the practice of encoding images by delivering a lower resolution for chroma (colour) information than for luma (lightness). The two combine into what your footage looks like when it has been freshly recorded.

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Photography Tutorials

Simple but complete Guide to using the Hahnel Captur Module Pro (2)

In this tutorial you’re going to learn how to use the Hahnel Captur Module Pro and all of its capabilities. Before we start, you should also have a Captur Remote Control set with a Transmitter that is put in Digital Channel Matching mode with at least one Receiver. In addition, you should put your Captur Module Pro in Digital Channel Matching (DCM) mode with at least one other Captur Receiver.

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Photography Tutorials

Simple Guide to using the Hahnel Captur Remote Control

With the Hahnel Captur Remote Control you can control a camera or a group of photographic flashlights. The Captur Remote Control is the basic part of a bigger system that includes sensor triggers and intervalometers. This tutorial discusses how to use the Hahnel Captur Remote Control to its full extend and is the first of a series of two. The next tutorial covers the Hahnel Captur Module Pro.

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How to use your GoPro HERO3+ skilfully and dazzle your audience

Your GoPro HERO3/3+/4 Black Action Camera is quite a capable camera. How you make the most of it for any type of movie to look perfect, depends on how you set it up. The secret here is to tap into the best quality the sensor and electronics are capable of. This tutorial is based on my experience with GoPro cameras from the HERO2 to the HERO3+, and takes you through the most important settings and issues.

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Video editing: What is the difference between Film Emulation and Colour Grading

Colour grading is making sure your footage has the right white balance, the correct exposure and colour balance throughout. Film emulation belongs to the advanced form of colour grading: suggesting a time of day and/or a mood, an atmosphere. You start with the correction process, then move on to the creation of a mood. For Final Cut Pro X, you have two plug-ins that help with setting the mood, but that do not pretend to be colour grading tools. One is potentially faster to work with than the other.

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How to create lower thirds in Motion

How do you create a semi-transparent lower thirds in Motion? For many it’s easy, for some this introduction will hopefully be helpful…

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Final Cut Pro X colour grading like the pros

Do you colour grade footage by looking at your monitor? That is one way of doing it, but it’s not the most accurate or surefire way to ensure the viewers of your video will see the same colours. For colour grading to work across platforms and individual computers even, you need to start from a correct colour rendition. A professional’s video grading workflow therefore starts with colour correction. After this important first step you can start grading, which essentially means you’re creating a mood.

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Photography Tutorials

Learn how the pros shoot portraits, fashion and more using a portable studio kit

If you have visited this site before, you’ll know I have reviewed portable studio gear and have been impressed with the quality and flexibility of the ExpoImaging Rogue product range. In addition, and being a keen strobist myself, I am always on the lookout for how-tos and tutorials with lighting schemas so I can learn from the pros. ExpoImaging has a brilliant video channel where you can learn how to set up proper lighting for the most demanding type of photography: portraits and fashion.

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Photography Tutorials

Hahnel Captur: working with the InfraRed module

With Hahnel’s Captur Module Pro comes a IR transmission module for free. The IR module has two settings: High and Low. I noticed that, when I set the switch to High nothing would happen with my usual setup — the Module Pro and the IR component about 75cm apart. Setting the switch to Low works just fine, so it wasn’ the IR module that was broken. I did some research and this is what I came up with.

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Audio Tutorials

Complete walkthrough of Audio Hijack 3 features

In the Audio Hijack 3 tutorial I’ll be taking you through the entire app right from when it has been installed on your system. I will cover the basic operations and the interface elements. I will show you how to properly set up a recording workflow. And we’ll cover an advanced topic: recording to iTunes loudness specs in Audio Hijack 3 with a third party plug-in. The tutorial contains four screencasts, a large number of screenshots and guidance in text format.