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Save Time Editing with Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted by on Dec 15th, 2016 in Advertisement, Blog, Business, Corporate, Filmmaking, Promotion, Short Film, Slow Motion, Wedding | Comments Off on Save Time Editing with Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

Save Time Editing with Adobe Premiere Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe Premiere comes with tons of built-in keyboard shortcuts that can increase your speed and efficiency while editing. A lot of these shortcuts however aren’t that easily to get familiar with especially if you’re just getting started with Premiere.

When you have a workflow as massive as ours, you’ll need to be able to edit quickly while still maintaining a high level of quality. Even though it only saves you a second or two each, it can save you hours in the long haul.

Here’s a quick video by FilmRiot that shares 5 Quick Tips To Faster Editing:

Here’s a complete guide of Adobe Premiere shortcuts that you can start putting to use on your next edit.

Hope you find this helpful.

How To Make Better Use Of Your Time When You’re Not Making Films

Posted by on Dec 13th, 2016 in Blog, Business, Corporate, Filmmaking, Promotion, Short Film, Slow Motion | Comments Off on How To Make Better Use Of Your Time When You’re Not Making Films

How To Make Better Use Of Your Time When You’re Not Making Films

We’ve all been to that place where we find ourselves having so much editing and filming to do that we’re up to our eyeballs with deadlines. Yet before you realise it, projects have reached their end and you find yourself having watched one too many videos from your Facebook feed for the next 1 or 2 days as you wait for the next thing on your schedule to come.

Despite most of us having the desire to make films nonstop, there will always be a period of time when you find yourself not working on a project. The things you do on your downtime are what matters most if you’re really dead serious about making a name for yourself in this industry. So instead of spending your days watching funny cat videos on YouTube, here are some more productive things you can do to further your video production business:

Get your cash flow in order

Doing business in any industry requires that you get paid, and that you make a considerable profit to keep your operation running. During slow season, take some time to do check and balance to make sure that all your finances are in order. Are you charging enough for your services? Are you spending too much on fancy gear that you probably don’t even need? This is a great time for you to make that assessment.. And of course, make sure you have some cash saved up to get you through slow season whenever it comes.

Network with people from the industry

As great as you think you may be, as they say – no man is an island. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, you need others to help you grow and achieve your goals. Do a self-check – identify your strengths and weaknesses, then go out and find people who can either complement your skills or who can inspire or help you come up with better ideas.

Start a passion project

Practicing your craft even during downtime, is super important! Not to mention, you always need to keep getting your work out there to be seen by potential clients. Whether it be shooting timelapses of the city, or speed ramps as a way of testing your camera’s limits – just pick up your camera and get to work… Soon enough, you’ll have tons of footage to use for your next showreel.

Have a look at the first installment of our most recent passion project:

Attend workshops and social networking events.

Apart from being referred by happy clients, one of the best ways to grow your business is by just getting out there, handing out your business cards and getting the rest of the world to know exactly what it is you’re passionate about in doing.

How To Stabilise Your Camera Without a Tripod

Posted by on Dec 11th, 2016 in Blog, Business, Cinematic, Corporate, Filmmaking, Promotion, Short Film, Slow Motion, Wedding | Comments Off on How To Stabilise Your Camera Without a Tripod

How To Stabilise Your Camera Without a Tripod

There’s something very common about films such as Cloverfield, The Blair Witch Project, Quarantine, and your dad’s 50th birthday… shaky footage!

Going handheld can be useful in certain occasions, yet shaky footage has the tendency to leave your viewers feeling nauseated. While this shooting style may have worked well for found-footage TV series, American Horror Story: Roanoke, it’s not something you should settle for in a corporate video.

Not having a tripod doesn’t always mean you’ll end up with shaky footage. We wanted to share with you today some handy tips on how to shoot stable handheld shots.

Keep your camera close to your body

The closer it is to your body, the easier it gets to capture a steady shot. Tuck your elbows into your sides and hold the camera tight to your chest to stabilize shots.

Use a camera strap

While a camera strap usually gets in the way of shooting, they too can serve a lot of purpose in stabilising your shots. Place your camera strap around your neck like a necklace, and pull the camera forward until you reach the strap’s limit, making them tight.

Use the ground, a wall, or a table for support

Putting the camera on the ground or other flat surface can give your video a new perspective as you work to shoot more creatively. Apart from stabilisation, having your camera at a different height from your body can add a dramatic touch to your shots. Alternatively, leaning on a wall gives you an instance brace to help steady a shot.

Use a wider lens

The wider the lens, the easier it is to keep steady. For cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III, try to stay below 35mm. For crop sensor cameras like the Canon 70D, it’s best to stick below 24mm.

Consider incorporating slow motion shots

Shooting at a higher frame rate helps a lot in smoothening shots, yet in going for this option, make sure that the shot serves a purpose towards your story. We recently started our very own passion project which is all about capturing beautiful slow-mo footage – check out our post about this.

For those of you who’d like to go the extra mile with stabilising your camera, you can check out these awesome tutorials that teaches you how to create your own steadicam on a shoestring budget.

 

Filmmakers and photographers use many different ways to overcome shaky footage. What are your moves? What’s your style? Share them with us in the comments below.

Shooting During the Golden Hour For More Breathtaking Shots

Posted by on Dec 8th, 2016 in Advertisement, Blog, Business, Cinematic, Corporate, Filmmaking, Hospitality, Promotion, Retail, Short Film, Slow Motion, Wedding | Comments Off on Shooting During the Golden Hour For More Breathtaking Shots

Shooting During the Golden Hour For More Breathtaking Shots

In video production, there are many types of lights that you have to factor in and deal with in planning your scenes and shots; yet many filmmakers and photographers would agree that there is one type of light that rules above all others… and that is called Golden Light.

Golden Light is captured just after sunrise, and right before sunset – a short period of time which we call “The Golden Hour”. What makes it so fascinating is how the sunlight spreads across the sky while having the sun near the horizon which reduces the intensity of light, resulting in a unique reddish, orange glow. The richness of the golden hour light can give any outdoor shot a warm and comforting look and feel.

Here are a couple of reasons why we love shooting our films during golden hour:

Did we mention that it gives a warm look and feel? 🙂

Warmer tones tend to be more flattering on people (which is probably why bronzing and tanning has become such a thing with women).

It’s dimensional.

Golden hour light produces more directional light which is caused by the low angle from which it comes from. Shadows become longer and softer than during the peak of the day, which makes shots more interesting and dynamic.

So how do you prepare for the golden hour ahead of time?

With the internet being an open source for just about anything, our team uses online tools to help us identify golden hour, regardless where we have to shoot; yet don’t just rely on that. Once you get on location, keep your eyes peeled for light activity throughout the day.

Since golden hour is such a prime time, make sure to plan your shots ahead so you won’t end up rushing. Schedule talent and clients appropriately to take advantage of the light.

Focus Video’s Passion Project

Posted by on Dec 6th, 2016 in Advertisement, Blog, Business, Cinematic, Corporate, Filmmaking, Hospitality, Promotion, Retail, Short Film, Slow Motion | Comments Off on Focus Video’s Passion Project

We’re going to be releasing these as often as we can shoot them, so make sure to keep checking back for your slow motion fix!

7 Great Apps To Aid Filmmakers In Pre production

Posted by on Dec 5th, 2016 in Blog, Filmmaking | Comments Off on 7 Great Apps To Aid Filmmakers In Pre production

7 Great Apps To Aid Filmmakers In Pre production

Whether you fancy iPhones or Androids, there is an infinite number of apps available at your disposal. Having a vast selection of filmmaking apps available these days, the video production process has gone up leagues higher than where it used to be.

Here are some of the best apps we’ve found in the app store which can help make pre production a breeze. (Note: The apps listed below are mostly for iPhones/iPads, some of which may be available on Androids too)

1) Cinema Forms

Designed to help you go paperless on set, this app has a variety of filmmaking forms you can use so you can focus on shooting your film better. If you like keeping track of all your film documents, this is a great app for keeping them all in one place.

Price : Free / Pro, $30 (iTunes)

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2) Panascout Lite

A location scouting app that allows you to take photos of potential filming locations. Apart from allowing you to keep GPS data attached to each photo, the app also allows you to account for varying aspect ratios and crop factors which can come really useful in planning out your frame. Panavision Lite also comes with a sunrise and sunset indicator which we think is a really cool feature in itself.

Price: Free / $0.99 to upgrade with GPS, Sunrise/Sunset features

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3) celtx Script

In making a narrative piece, chances are that you need to write a script first and foremost. celtx features automatic formatting based on industry standard of your script’s genre. Since it’s compatible with iPhones and iPads, editing can be done on the go, wherever you are.

Price: Free (iTunes)

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4) Story Planner

An all-around story planner that lets you outline your story or screenplay, Story Planner helps you keep your story straight. You can create a list of characters, scenes, locations, and more to help recall details with ease.

Price $3.99 (iTunes)

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5) MatchLens

A great filmmaking app for iPhone that allows you to match the same field of view between cameras and lenses. It’s most useful when planning to match location scout photos or footage to your production camera for focal lengths and fields of view.

Price : $9.99 (iTunes)

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6) Adobe Premiere Clip

You’ve made your experimental, stylish project on your phone, but don’t want the headache of uploading all that footage onto the desktop. Adobe has created a bite-sized version of their editing software to give users the basics of video editing. Premiere Clip is also connected by Adobe’s Creative Cloud, so you can import the data into the flagship software.

Price : Free (iTunes)

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7) Filmic Pro

While FiLMiC Pro’s interface is packed of settings and features, many of the tools available are hidden behind menus in an effort to keep the interface simple and focused. Additionally, there are all sorts of manual control sliders including that of focus, ISO, tint, white balance, LED flash intensity, shutter speed, and more.

Price: $9.99 (iTunes / Google Play)

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These 7 apps are our top picks in aiding with the pre production process, yet we’re sure there’s many more out there. Share with us your top picks in the comments below.

‘Tis The Time To Start Making Company Holiday Videos!

Posted by on Nov 30th, 2016 in Blog, Business, Corporate, Filmmaking, Promotion | Comments Off on ‘Tis The Time To Start Making Company Holiday Videos!

‘Tis The Time To Start Making Company Holiday Videos!

The holiday season is just around the corner; it’s finally that time of year (again) where our Facebook news feeds and inboxes get full of offers that sound too good to be true.

What we love most about the holiday season (apart from mum’s good ‘ol eggnog) is that companies feel more comfortable in taking a more creative approach with their videos. Making a holiday-themed video isn’t as straightforward as it may seem; you need to invest a lot of thought towards how you approach it in terms of your overall tone, how you reference the holidays, and even your strategy towards sending it out to your clients and prospective customers.

Here are some tips to help you put together a company holiday video:

1) Keep it fun and light-hearted

While it may be challenging for some, try to make your video fun, personal, and lighthearted. Going around the office, capturing snippets of your staff saying a personal holiday greeting or sharing about the worst holiday gift they have ever received wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Having this kind of lighthearted tone allows your potential customers to see you as a company who’s fun and easy to work with.

2) Use the right tunes

As with any other video, music can make or break your holiday film. Choose the right song, and don’t be afraid to experiment with new sounds. Of course, don’t forget to keep the tone fun and festive.

3) Publish your video early enough to generate an audience

As I’m sure many of you have planned, your holiday video is intended for a variety of channels and destinations — your customers’ inbox, your blog or website, and even on YouTube. Keep in mind that most people use this time of year to go away (some every take off early) to spend their holidays with their loved ones. That being said, you wouldn’t want to put in so much effort in your holiday video only for it to end up “hopefully” getting watched around January onwards when all that people are left with are hangovers and a pile of work they need to catch up on.

Send off your video at least 2 weeks ahead of Christmas to give it enough time to generate an audience. And of course, don’t forget to share your video on social media (maybe even run a paid campaign on it) for it to reach a wider audience. Remember that ‘tis the season for sharing!

Best of luck to you and your team!

If you’ve got a holiday video idea that you need help with, get in touch with Focus Video at and we can discuss a strategy that would best suit your goals.

Just got our very own Sony PXW-FS5!

Posted by on Nov 15th, 2016 in Blog, Filmmaking | Comments Off on Just got our very own Sony PXW-FS5!

Just got our very own Sony PXW-FS5!

Just recently got hold of a new film camera; the Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35, that comes together with an 18-105mm lens which is perfect for cinematographers like myself on the lookout for cameras that can get us into tight spaces and allow us to be as flexible as we want to be in capturing the best shots.

Can’t wait to start getting busy with our next projects to get this bad boy to work! We’ll be doing a lifestyle shoot tomorrow along the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast – perfect opportunity to put this new camera to the test!

Will keep you guys on the loop on how it all goes; but for now, below are some useful information about the Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 in case you’re considering getting one for your filmmaking arsenal too.

Release date: November 2016 (Australia)

Top features and benefits:

  • Lightweight handheld camera, weighing at only 0.8kg that you can place with ease against your chest, with all the controls at your fingertips;
  • With a well-balanced chassis, it makes shooting from high to low angles a breeze (thanks to a flexible, rotatable grip, and a LCD viewfinder that can be mounted in 9 different locations);
  • Ideal for aerial shots by drone due to its lightweight factor;
  • While compatible with Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses, it can also take cinema and SLR lenses with a 3rd party adaptor;
  • Supports Wi-Fi and NFC functionality, allowing for live streaming from the camera, or control from a wireless device;
  • The 4K Super 35 EXMOR sensor features approximately 14 stops of latitude and a wide color gamut. It offers a choice of AVCHD and XAVC codecs, which can be used for 4k and HD recording.
  • Maximum aperture is a constant F4 from 18mm to 105mm, with excellent resolution and contrast throughout.
  • It delivers a stunning 240 frames per second (fps) in Full HD XAVC 10bit 4:2:2.

Boomerang Farm – Melissa & Mitch

Posted by on Nov 10th, 2016 in Cinematic, Slow Motion, Uncategorized, Wedding | Comments Off on Boomerang Farm – Melissa & Mitch

Boomerang Farm – Melissa & Mitch

On Friday the 4th of November, we attended the wedding of Melissa and Mitch at Boomerang Farm, in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast. Yet another gorgeous day which helps us capture the stunning images we were able to get. A fun evening had by a very warm and welcoming family.

Below are some examples captured from the day! Lots more projects to come! Stay tuned 🙂

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The Redlands – Tara & Tyron

Posted by on Nov 10th, 2016 in Cinematic, Slow Motion, Uncategorized, Wedding | Comments Off on The Redlands – Tara & Tyron

The Redlands – Tara & Tyron

On the 29th of October 2016, we went to film another wedding with KWInc. This time, in Redland Bay, Brisbane.

Yet again it turned out beautifully. A stunning day helped us capture some incredible pieces of footage all naturally lit by the gorgeous sunlight. Tara & Tyron are going to be very happy with the coverage we managed to get for them! There are some examples below, taken from the footage we captured on the day and evening.

Thanks again to KWInc and Tara & Tyron for having us along at their wedding! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out when it’s completed!

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