Anchor-Man & Anchor-Lady Auditions

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Tomorrow, COM 485 Studio Production is holding auditions for the anchor spot for Scribe TV.

What is Scribe TV you may ask?

It’s the new online video publication that coincides with Hilbert’s online newspaper, The Scribe. We need someone (or multiple someones….please laugh at my horrible use of grammar) to channel their inner Ron Burgundy and be on camera.tumblr_n8i8h7SRF21r5n0bgo1_500.gif

Auditions will be held between 2:00PM and 3:00PM in Swan Room 152. If this sounds like something you would be interested, please contact me or Chris Gallant at the following email addresses:

If video isn’t your thing and you want to contribute to The Scribe, contact Dan Higgins at dhiggins@hilbert.edu.

I’ll be in the lab Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so if you need anything from me, don’t be a stranger!

-Dave

 

What up NOObs?

Hey There! Its a new year here at Hilbert, and a new year for us in the DMaC lab!

If you don’t know me, my name is Moira, but you can call me Mojo. I’m a DMaC Major here at Hilbert College and I graduate next Winter.

I tend to hang out around the lab in-between classes but of course I also work here at these times:

  • Monday: 12:30pm- 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 2pm- 4pm
  • Thursdays : 2pm-3pm

As Dave mentioned we have a bunch of new toys this year. He showed you the new cameras. 4K is pretty dope. And our new edit bay computers are made to edit it.

Edit Bay 1 and 3 are equipped with stripped down Windows 10, with the Adobe Creative Suite. Edit 2 and the Audio Bay have 5K Macs if that’s more your thing. Our Audio Bay of course has GarageBand but is also equipped with Protools, just ask us for the log in UBS and we’ll get you started.

 

Last thing to mention: if you would like to rent out any equipment, make sure to come see Dave or myself to sign the “Equipment Sign-Out Responsibility Form.” We are also relying mainly on our online checkout system, SuperSaas. You can visit it by clicking this link (and if you have questions, come see us). Make sure to sign up and reserve your equipment on SuperSaas!

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Dave and I will be posting here every Tuesday and Thursday, so make sure to keep an eye out!

-Moira

Welcome Back!

Hi there everybody! Welcome back to another wonderful school year at Hilbert. That means we’re back to working in the DMaC Lab!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dave. I’m a senior DMaC Major here at Hilbert College and this is my last semester before I enter the real world. But until that happens, I’m going to cherish these moments working in the DMaC lab.

That being said, here’s my schedule so you can all come see me and rent stuff:

  • Tuesdays : 11am-12pm and 3:30pm-5pm
  • Wednesdays : 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Thursdays : 11am-12pm and 3:30pm-5pm

Oh yeah, we got some new toys this year. You like shooting crispy 4K video? We have a Sony A7S II and a JVC 4K camcorder. Yeah… they’re really nice. 4K is cool. And there’s new computers to edit that awesome 4K video on (but Moira is going to talk about those later).IMG_1942.JPG

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Last thing to mention: if you would like to rent out any equipment, make sure to come see Moira or myself to sign the “Equipment Sign-Out Responsibility Form.” We are also relying mainly on our online checkout system, SuperSaas. You can visit it by clicking this link (and if you have questions, come see us).

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I think that’s it for now. We’ll be posting here weekly, so stay tuned for more content!

-Dave

ALL EQUIPMENT DUE

As the semester winds down, we here in the lab are in overdrive. We’re cataloging the lock up, making sure everything is in and this year we’re working in the edit bays to get ready for new computers. Which brings us to the reason I am here.

ALL LAB EQUIPMENT IS DUE BY THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 28th

also if you have anything on the edit bay computers you want to keep please make sure to have it removed by the end of the semester.

Thanks! 😁

Moira

PS Make sure you say congrats to Nick when you see him as he is graduating this year!

FREE Lightsaber Plug-In

Star Wars is really cool. Well, I think so at least. Disney and Lucusfilm have been busy within the last year with the release of Episode VII and the trailer for Rogue One.

Like really, that trailer was just released today. It’s pretty awesome. Let’s get the hype-train started!

But that’s not what this blog post is about. I’m a little late to posting it here, but the nice people at Video Copilot have released a free plug-in that makes pretty awesome looking lightsabers in After Effects. It is appropriately named, “Saber.”

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Here’s a quick snapshot of my film #ShamelessPlug 

I’m currently using this plug-in to help create my upcoming Star Wars fan film. For being free, I have to say it’s pretty awesome. You can use it for more than just lightsabers though – you can have it set to follow text or even mask paths. Super exciting!

My words can’t do it justice. If you have AE on either PC or Mac, I definitely say you should download it. Luckily for you DMaC students, it is installed in Rogue One….I mean Edit One ;). Come give it a try!

DOWNLOAD: http://bit.ly/1Lc2R3Q 

Twitter: @Dave_Seifert

Making Movies Hardcore

Today a few friends and I were debating how the movie Hardcore Henry was filmed. For those of you who don’t know Hardcore Henry has been shot entirely in 1st person, from the view of a cyborg man.

Here’s the trailer if you’re interested:

Anyway back to the debate. We were debating how it was filmed, we knew it was GoPro, and it had to be attached to the actor/camera man/stunt man the question was where. After some searching I was able to find an article on The Verge from South by SouthWest where the director explained where the camera was. They had a rig that was basically a motorcycle helmet with the camera around the mouth area.

To read more about it read the original article Here.

Moira

Did You Know?

Hey did you know you can reserve lab equipment online from the comfort of your own home?

Over on the sidebar of THIS VERY WEBSITE there’s a link that’ll take you there. Or you can just click this Link. It should take you to this:

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The main SuperSAAS page

Now before you do anything else click the small link in the top right corner that says “Sign In.” When you get there click the link to create an account. Enter your deets, click “Create” and it will take you back to the main page.

Now that you have an account, time to reserve the equipment! Click the day and time you want to check the item out and a dialogue box will pop up. Make sure everything is correct, hit “Create Reservation” and voila, you’ve done it!

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Reservation Dialogue Box

If you want to know when something is out on a specific piece of equipment click its box at the top of the page.

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-Moira

Lights, Camera, Reflector

Whether you’re shooting videos or photos, lighting is always important. Without proper light, it’s hard to see the subject (or subjects) that you’re shooting. Then it leads to grain and noise in your shots, and that’s just not fun to deal with.

Now the point of this blog post isn’t to tell you how important lighting is, but rather, to talk about a useful tool – the reflector.

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I stumbled upon a blog post recently from Planet5D that shows how you can fully utilize a reflector on set. They do come in handy a lot. Whether you need to fill in the shadows on a subject’s face, or to just move some light around, they are very versatile.

You can buy a reflector for around $20. You can pick on up from Amazon or at Best Buy. If you don’t feel like doing that, then make sure to stop by the DMaC lab and rent one out for your next shoot!

-Dave

Sony a6300 – It Looks Cool

Hey everyone. It’s Dave. There has been an exciting announcement regarding cameras this week.

By now there are most likely hundreds of articles and videos around in Internet talking about Sony’s latest announcement – the a6300 mirrorless camera.

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Let’s get all the numbers and facts out of the way first. Sony claims that this camera has the worlds fastest autofocus and has 425 AF points. It sports a 24.2 megapexel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 512000. Like it’s predecessors, the a6300 uses an electronic viewfinder on the back with a tilting LCD screen.

On the video side of things, the a6300 can shoot 4K video or 1080P at 120FPS.

The a6300 starts at $999.99 for the body only and is available in March of 2016. There will be an option to bundle the camera body with a kit lens for $1,149.99.

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Now, time for my opinion.

This is an interesting little camera. I have used the a5100 and a6000 in the past and I have to say, they are solid cameras. The a6300 looks almost identical to the a6000 (from the photos I’ve seen), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And this is coming from a guy who primarily shoots with Canon equipment.

I’ve been shooting with Canon cameras since 2012. I’m comfortable with the interface and I’m happy with the quality I get from them. These mirrorless cameras from Sony, however, have my attention.

Mainly I would love to shoot some video on this camera. Finally, more and more manufacturers are adding 4K capabilities to their cameras. That would be a nice feature to have in regards to post-production. Cropping wouldn’t distort quality as much and overall shots would contain so much more detail.

Sony released some video footage from the camera. It looks nice, but I’d rather see it in the hands of people who don’t work for Sony.

The Verge and PetaPixel have some nice articles on the camera. If you want to check those out, click the links below:

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Now one thing I just want to point out is that it isn’t the camera that makes a better photo or video. The camera is just simply a tool that helps capture your story.

If you want to rent out a camera, don’t forget to stop by the DMaC Lab. We have plenty of DSLR cameras you can use 😉

Twitter: @Dave_Seifert

 

They’ve got the scoop

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The school newspaper is back and better than before! Articles are being posted online weekly at Hilbert College News. The name is still being decided and they are looking for ideas. The group meets every Wednesday in the DMaC lab at 3.15 and is always looking for interesting articles to publish. Along with news, video editorials will also be posted occasionally.

If you have any questions contact the advisor, Dan Higgins: dhiggins@hilbert.edu

-Moira