Filmmaking and video production blog

UHD video production. Ninja blade screen showing on screen display features

UHD video production

To enable UHD video production and even higher resolution filming and editing I’m always adding some new kit to my gear list to stay up to date. Higher resolution video production can improve visual quality and enable more creative freedom in post-production. Ultra-High Resolution or…

Upgrading Avid Media Composer image showing Avid 4K project selection

Upgrading Avid Media Composer to version 8.3 and OSX to Yosemite

Upgrading Avid Media Composer is always part of being an Avid editor. I always need to stay up to date with the latest in video production technology and the options new software offers my video editing and production service. I wanted to make sure that…

Video audio syncing screen shot of computer editing application timeline showing large collection of audio tracks

Video audio syncing resolving problems

Video audio syncing can be a relatively simple process but can also be problematic if the correct workflow is not followed. As a BBC trained video editor with over 15 years of experience, I have the essential skills that have helped me to resolve syncing…

Preparing for video editing. A screen grab of an Avid time-line featuring 11 vision tracks and 17 audio tracks

Preparing for video editing

Preparing for video editing helps ensure your edit will run smoothly, makes the most of the time you are paying for and helps your editor create what you want. I have written a list of the main elements that I regularly use in an edit…

Creative feedback showing Julian filming the highly coloured reflections from a mirror ball in the shade

How to give creative feedback

Creative feedback can helpful if balanced and constructive. I’ve written a short guide on some key points to consider when offering creative feedback. A perspective on recent developments in video production There have been many changes to the digital creative industries and in particular video production in recent years….

Quality video production. Photo of GH3 camera with Varavon loupe, variable ND filter and Sennheiser on-camera microphone during filming in Ibiza. Pictured next to a green G-clamp.

Quality video production

With the knowledge gained from my many filming gigs I recently wrote a guide to writing a pre-production brief. Following on from that this post looks at how to improve the quality of your video production. Aspects to consider for high-quality video production Recent technology…

Fixing a RAID 5. Grab of the DiskWarrior error message

Fixing a RAID 5 by deleting fsck_hfs file

I would not normally expect to be fixing a RAID 5 drive array but when my workflow got suddenly got interrupted I needed to resolve the problem. I post this account of how the problem was resolved in case it might help anyone resolve their…

Editing sync sound. Graphical representation of a editing timeline adter some structural work

Editing sync sound

Editing sync sound to build the essence of any kind or storyline is an essential craft skill for all film and video editors. In the case study, I explain the process for a short documentary I filmed and edited. Editing together the structure of a…