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    The New iPhone Has Nothing New For the Actor

    Do you need either new phone? If you’re happy with the iPhone you have, not really. The 5s is but an incremental upgrade over the standard 5, and the 5c is no upgrade at all.

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    4 Tips for Shooting a Long Take

    Filmmaking is all digital, so you can shoot until your multi-gigabyte-sound-card heart is content. It is a tough trick to pull off well however, so here are a few tips if you are inclined to try it.

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    Novation Launch Provides Portable Audio Options

    With eight factory templates and eight more user templates, you could have as many as 448 controls in your arsenal at any one time—not too bad for a device that measures just a little over 9.5 inches long and 4.6 inches wide.

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    How To Frame a Shot for Your Video Project

    If you want to give your composition the best shot, there are a few guidelines out there that will help make your job a whole lot easier.

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    DIY Ken Burns Effect

    Documentarian Ken Burns' use of still images in addition to moving pictures is so iconic that the film world has named a whole effect after him. The effect lends a visual flow to a piece that wouldn’t necessarily have it. Fortunately, it isn’t hard to achieve.

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    A Clip That Keeps Your Camera Close

    If you have a great idea for a shot that takes place outside the safe environs of your everyday life, Peak Design’s line of camera clips can help ensure that your shooter will survive the trip.

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    Samsung’s Fabulous New Phablet

    The just-released Samsung Galaxy Mega is the first “phablet” I’ve seen that comes close to fusing the phone and the tablet in a way that really makes sense. It's tailor-made for people who need to do more than talk but don’t need (or maybe don’t want ...

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    Playing With Time; Slowing It Down

    Part of the magic of the movies comes from the fact that within them, we have free rein to play with time. Filmmakers can speed up real-time footage, slow it down, pause it, rewind it—all in the name of storytelling and cinematography.

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    DIY Livestreaming

    Ten or 20 years ago, the concept of live video brought to mind the nightly news. Now, live video has another meaning entirely—that is, livestreaming, or webcasting. And you as an actor or host can deliver your own live content.

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    A Pocket Video Camera Worth Picking

    You need a real video camera. We’ve recommended a number of them in the past, but few have been as convenient as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.