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So I asked why, wouldn’t he sell his services and earn money to buy a drone, but how can I sell my services? He asked: let’s talk about how to sell your services whatever they are. I was a freelancer for nine years, so I know that struggle is real, especially in the beginning, when you don’t completely know what you want to do, what are your strongest sides? Who is your client and what that client wants a bit of autobiography? I wasn’t always a VFX artist.

In fact, I was really distanced from any kind of tricky stuff. I started my journey in Photoshop. I was doing web designs at first and the first thing I ever sold was a redesign of hip hop or not even on an entire design, but some elements like hero, image, icons, buttons and stuff, like that earned my first $ 50. It wasn’t even an online day the guy who ordered that was someone I knew, and he knew I was doing some stuff in Photoshop.

So what is it all about? Pointers start small. If you know anyone who needs design of any kind talk to them, offer your services for cheap. These happy clients will spread the word and you will start getting more and more projects. On my own example, the guy I just mentioned was happy was with what I did for them and they started to order posters for every event. They have for $ 50 each and it was super awesome for a school boy over time.

Other people started to ask me to do stuff for them all sort of things. Business cards logos, web designs, posters: this is how word-of-mouth works, and this is how you build your real reputation. Word-Of-Mouth is great, but in order to get more and bigger clients, you need a portfolio to showcase your current level. It isn’t the challenging in the very beginning when you don’t have any clients. Yet my solution was simple and I’m pretty sure that’s what a lot of you are doing.

Anyway, I was making logos, websites and all that stuff that I already mentioned for fictional clients, and that way it was a good practice for me as well as I was able to build my portfolio, it’s a perfect way of doing it, because you don’t have any Limits or guidelines to follow you can showcase all you got at its best, so do it as much as you can, because clients work is rarely something you would want to put in your showroom or portfolio clients.

Work is a strong mix of their desires. Your resistance, shitty compromises, because, in the end of day, client has to be happy, and this is a rule. Clients happiness in your reputation are too closely connected. Things always always always finish your job as good as you can, while good feedbacks will slowly pull you forward. One bad feedback will throw you back really painfully where to showcase your portfolio.

A while ago, I had a really good custom-made website. It was my design executed by a really talented front-end developer. But when I was changing my brand, I got rid of website and lost that source fast. I don’t know what I was thinking about, but I remember I wanted more flexibility across multiple platforms, so I used Behance portfolio service for a while. Nowadays, I believe it’s free for anyone.

Who’s subscribed to Adobe software. Great thing about this service is that it’s linked to your Behance page. So whatever you upload to be hands automatically appears on your website. It’s actually really convenient, so much convenient that I already said. I got rid of my unique website, which still was a dumb thing to do. Speaking of Behance its portfolio showcasing platform more than it’s a platform to find a freelancer or jobs.

However, I had several projects from it, so, even if you don’t want to use their website service make sure to have a profile there, cuz it’s it’s anyway, beneficial to you. Behance is number one platform: employers surfing when they’re looking for creative solutions, inspiration or people. Behance is a good base, apart from it try to maintain a strong presence in social networks, Facebook Instagram Pinterest, whatever platforms there are nowadays, your ultimate goal is to showcase what you got to as many people as possible on faith on Facebook in particular.

Find groups that are relevant to what you’re doing share your work. There comment on other artists works, be active, employers are sometimes checking those groups out and in some of them I’ve seen they’re proposing projects looking for people. So, for instance, I’m a member of octane render group in facebook. Apart from brilliant artworks, people are posting their iĆ­ve. Seen couple of job offers project offers posted.

There are two, so whatever you’re doing logos, Web Design, CG and VFX paper origami find relevant group and be active in it. Finally, one of the most effective ways of selling professional services, for me personally was dedicated freelance website. There are free ones and paid ones for both freelancers and employers. I haven’t used any of these websites for years now, but I suspect not a lot of things changed.

Last year we used freelance com to find a guy who would be able to model some stuff for us, and I was impressed by service on this particular freelance that come both employer and freelancer are safe. So it’s flawless safe and straightforward. The freelancer we were working with wasn’t allowed to do any other project while he was working on our stuff and he was paid only when the project was approved.

As an employer. We had to fully pay everything to freelance calm, but the money got released only upon projects, a pro approval and it’s super awesome. Cuz. Both sides know that they are serious about the work. Freelancer knows that money are there and they’re waiting for him to finish the work. Employer knows that freelancer won’t steal the money and disappear. This service really makes communication between freelancers and employers really simple.

Ten years ago, when I was freelancing, workflows were not developed on that level I personally experienced when employer disappears and not paying you, I’ve seen other freelancers disappears and not delivering works, and things like that with freelance comm, it’s just not possible it’s eliminated, so both sides Are honest, awesomeness just check it out? What about the price price is very important start small, remember $ 50.

The trick here is, as the demand to your work grows. Price can grow too. Remember demand price, not vice-versa. If you over value your work, you’ll, probably find yourself without any clients at all to estimate the cost of your work. Use freelance websites as well go to projects find a project. You would like to work on and usually under description. Other freelancers are able to propose to the client check out their work check out how much they want for day work and compare your level to their level and that way you’ll be able to find out what what’s the price be competitive.

Do better job slightly cheaper than others, but don’t drop your prices crazy low, be adequate? Last thing I was doing was least effective and least appealing to do. I was doing cold calling sort of. I was sending emails to every studio alight, offering my services I’ve, sent hundreds of emails and felt myself like hardcore spammer, but from those hundred couple of them replied and the collaboration was great.

We worked on numerous projects over years. Any possible way of reaching out to client is a good way. I’ve been there. I’ve done it, you can too. To summarize, if you want to freelance and effectively sell your professional services, you should concentrate on building a strong presence on both social media and freelance websites. I’ve listed a couple of freelance websites in article description for you.

There are paid services, some freelance websites for freelancers things like boost your rating or somehow decorate your portfolio. I don’t know how it works not now, but so, if you can use this services cuz, it’s really beneficial to you like in games, same principles. You pay you benefit and what’s more important and shows the employer that you’re serious about your work, be active and just grow your network.

Apart from that, don’t forget about your personal projects, creative stuff and stuff, your most passionate about! Do it upload it to your portfolio and push yourself to grow? Your level comes up if I was helpful in this topic thumbs down if you’re one of those guys thank you for reading guys, see you in the next one peace.


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How to FILM & EDIT a Commercial!

What’s up guys, Nick here back with another article today we’re going to break down the process of how to film and edit a commercial similar to the 45 second version that I made for super 73. So every single piece of content that you see come through on the internet, whether it’s on YouTube or Instagram, whether it’s photo or article all of those kinds of pieces of content, require three things to make it successful or even to make it a thing.

And those three things are pre-production production and post-production, so pre-production pertaining to any script. Writing any storyboarding anything that you’d need to do to get prepared for the production and for the post-production. The production is obviously making the thing actually come to life, so the filming or the photography of your subject or whatever you’re shooting it’s. The the bulk of what the story is going to be and in post-production is normally pertain to editing so editing being you’re going to be working with color grading, the sequencing of the clips and just overall making it come together to make it that thing that you Ultimately wanted to create from the beginning from the pre-production.

I want to break this article down to show you guys kind of how I made a article for super 73 in launch of their new line of bikes called the super 73 R series. I was hired to create a smaller commercial for them, along with a few other filmmakers, and we had to work together to shoot multiple locations in a certain amount of time. I think we had about a week of time to shoot the bike in tons of different locations without showing the crowd or the public the bike.

So we had to be very stealthy in the way that we were shooting and where we were shooting to make sure that there weren’t any leaks of the actual product and with location you typically have to work with the client on set. Super 73 is such a great company to work with, and I was thankful to have them on set in this situation, because there’s so many little things that needed to be captured. It just makes it easy to always have the client on set, because you can work together and that’s the fun part.

You know that’s the fun thing about being a freelance filmmaker or just you know somebody just trying to make extra money when you’re working with a client, it’s extremely important that you’re not sacrificing your style and your talent as a filmmaker, but that you’re still being open With the client and listening to what they want, because ultimately they’re the ones that are paying you and you need to provide them with the value that they’re requesting communication is key.

So aside from the whole communication location, that’s still kind of a little bit of pre-production, but getting into the actual filming was the fun part. So I got the opportunity to be able to hang outside of the back of a Prius thanks to super 73. For one of their employees, hooking it up Taylor. Thank you. This is the kind of shots that we had to get. We wanted to get nice and low, and in order to get that, I had to make sure that I was strapped in and that I had the right tools and so for that I have my trusty Ronin big old thing.

As you can see, it’s still dusty from it, I have to actually clean it yeah we’ll get to that. That was one of the main things that we used. The second thing being the drone. The drone came in pretty clutch in a lot of situations and, of course, audio audio is extremely important. I didn’t get to use as much audio as I hoped for for this shoot, because the visuals were way more important. But audio is extremely important too, because it helps bring depth to your film, the Edit that they wanted had a lot of music and so with the music.

The audio kind of gets dumbed down a little bit which in this case, worked out because we were pressed on time. So anything my general rule is that anything that moves in an image, not the image itself. You know it’s not the camera movement whatever is moving inside of the image needs to have audio some form of audio, always recreate that in post for this film, we weren’t able to capture too much of the natural sound that the bike makes on the road.

So what I did is actually went in and slowed down the sound of raindrops and that made it sound like the tires were spinning on the road. Those are things that you can do to get creative and that’s what they do in big movies. You know that what I did was a very cheap way of doing it, but you know it helps so find ways to add depth. That’s in the post-production side, but when you’re on set it’s always great, to have some sort of backup audio.

So I have my main road into g3, but I had a second filmer who was capturing second audio, which is great, okay, so post-production to break it down nice and simple, because editing can be so complex to break it down. When you have your footage, I just had a little bit of a brain fart. What I normally do is I organize all of my files in finder itself, so I have it on a Mac, and with that I add all my cameras.

I had all the days at all my audio all my music, everything that I need to start editing right so that I can just sit down and just work through. It not have to go through and search everything. I first do all of that and then bring it into my editing program, Premiere Pro and then start creating selects is what they call it. So you take all of the footage or I label everything with a color. So I know that when I’m editing, I know.

Okay, this is from one day like, for example, I took all the desert clips and I gave them a tan color right then I had California Hills, so I put green on it and those are the things that you can do to make it easier for yourself. When you’re editing so once you have all your footage, colored I’m going to go through and create selects with that footage. I’m basically put all on one timeline I go through.

I use the blade tool I just cut and then I drag up the footage that I want and then once I have that I consolidate all of it and then bring it down and once we start the editing process. If I have multiple shots, that might look the same, but there’s a little bit of difference like maybe the rider does a different move, but this shot is still the same. I still keep those shots and then figure out which one fits best with the music and work my way through that.

So once all of your selects have been made and you’re ready to begin the editing process, I drag in my music and then I go through my music and I first find out how long they want as a film right. That’s in the pre-production side. So I turned down the music. I try to find the moments where they kind of match. So if it’s a 3-minute song and they want a 45 second edit, I have to find a moment where it builds up and then it kind of fades out.

So I have to cut the music down and figure out where the best parts are and then make that into 45 seconds. And then I start beginning the editing process where I can take. All of my highlights bring it over and I create a timeline send it over to the client once they’re happy with a basis starting line. You can start adding effects your color grading and then more sound then continue the revision process from there.

Hopefully, you guys learned something new that you can take and scale up your business, somehow there’s photo or film. Thank you guys for reading. I will see you guys in the next one.

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The Different Roles of Production

The scriptwriter is while in charge of writing the scripts. This includes things like writing down the town’s lines, the directions and the camera angles. You want to use the director is a person in charge for directing their crew. Their job is to visualize how the article plays out and then guide the actors and crews to fulfill that vision.

The producer is usually the person who oversees the production of the article. The producer is usually on a higher level than the director lighting. Their job is to set up the lights correctly and make sure the talent is well lit, as well as the background. The articlegraphers are in charge of setting up the camera in the right angle. Focusing the shot and making sure it looks good talent is what you called a person who is starring in the article like me, right now we’re in charge of presenting our lines to you, the viewers, the person in charge of audio, is responsible for monitoring the sound Levels of the talent by making sure there’s a go too low or too high.

Let’s go copies in right now. The editor is a person who’s in charge of compiling all the footage and putting it together into one article. So those are just some of the roles in filmmaking, as well as what they do, but remember each role isn’t limited to just one person you can assign the same role at the same time to multiple people or just one person. If you prefer, we hope you enjoyed this article and we’ll see you next time.

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My Desk Tour – Ultimate Filmmaking Editing Station 2018

My article editing desk tour. It’s not like one of those tours you know desk tours, you see online were yeah. This desk randomly placed in the middle of a room and there’s no cables and nothing, and it basically just looks very suspicious and kind of hard to believe that somebody’s actually using that for work. So this disk, like I said I use this pretty much every day when I’m here in my studio, editing, you know, checking emails, all kinds of stuff, you know doing visual effects, sound mixing! That’s why I got these two big nice speakers and it’s it’s a little messy.

Maybe I should have cleaned it up for this article dusted it off, but you know what I just want you guys to see how it actually looks when I’m working. So I do try to keep my desk clean, but it’s not like I can. You know avoid having cables and things like that, but anyways. Let me first start maybe sort of with the desk it’s perfectly in the corner of my office. That’s the reason why I got it: it’s not the most ideal desk.

I will probably in the future, upgrade to a desk that you know looking, for example, go up and down, but this thing gets the job done and what I mean by that is that it, just you know, fits in the corner of my office here, which was The ideal spot for for me to put this you know kind of editing, workstation, then the next thing, maybe let me just quickly talk about the computer that I’m using this is an MSI desktop computer that I actually did a full review of it.

It was custom built for me by MSI and in that article, on the full review you can kinda find out all the specs and also how you guys can actually build a machine like that yourself, because it has a whole like kind of a guide on how To build it, what parts to order? That’s that I got this been using it for over a year and I loved it. It’s an amazing computer still like handles pretty much everything I throw at it on top of the computer.

Here I get my headphone stand with my two set of headphones. One is for me when I’m kind of monitoring and mixing audio the other set of headphones is just for gaming and by the way my whole desktop is actually sitting on top of a case. From regard which is actually two old lenses – and it’s a case that you can plug in and it keeps everything climate-controlled, so you don’t develop any fungus or things like that in your lenses and then, as you know, there’s a pier.

I get my salted nuts great snipe for when you’re working now I like to have the desk top kind of facing this way, because this way I have the access to all their basically, you know I input/output kind of ports on the back of my computer, so I can quickly access plug in and unplug things that I need to. On top of that, I actually have a little HAP here, for you know, has three USB 3.0 plugs. It also has a different card readers, so I can plug in my cards and I can offload footage.

I also have a c FS 2.0 card reader up here, and this is all just valve velcro, so you know to the bottom here, so you can easily remove it or attach it back to the desk. The keyboard is actually a great keyboard and it’s not a keyboard that you’ll probably know the company name. I don’t even know it. It’s an NP ET. What I love about this keyboard is it’s an actual working keyboard. I mean you, can you can smush this thing? You can throw it around, nothing will happen to it.

It’s all metal pretty much like that. The bottom here is aluminum. It is a little bit of heavy, but it’s also very minimalistic in the sense that it’s it takes a very small amount of space, but it has these keys as you’ll notice that really stick out and there’s actually a backplate. It has different colors and you can change the colors and the settings, not that I ever do that. But when I’m working actually or color grading, then I usually will have the lights here pretty much off.

So it’s not going to be as bright as it is. For this article and so having the keyboard, backlit really helps, and also for me, because I’m working with minimal desk space, I wanted a keyboard that just takes up a minimal amount of space, and this way I can, you know, still comfortably put my hands on it And and what I love about this keyboard is because the keys are so like really sticking out of the keyboard and it’s easy to find it.

Basically, whenever I’m looking at the screen, so I don’t have to kind of fumble around and be like okay, which, where am I on the keyboard with the thing you really feel it and you also feel every click like you know when you press each button. You know you know that you’ve pressed it, so it’s actually a really good keyboard. It’s not Wireless. I’ve tried various wireless keyboards, the same thing with the wireless mouse, and I’ve always had problems like.

Sometimes it would worked and they wouldn’t work with disconnected. So this one is wired and it actually has this nice threaded cord. So it’s kind of heavy duty and for me that’s fine. I don’t mind having cables like I said this is a desk that I actually use every day for work, so it just not needs to work, and I was getting so frustrated with different these wireless keyboards and Mouse’s that I was using that.

Finally, I just said no more, no more next thing appear: you’ll see is my tangent control surface and what I use this for is basically when I’m color grading. So if I’m in DaVinci Resolve, I just go to my color panel and it’s automatically configured. You know you can kind of customize certain things the features about it, but pretty much. What this is is it’s instead of using you know these actual color wheels within the software, and then you can only at that point, if you’re using a mouse to do that.

You can only adjust one at a time. Well, it’s kind of more intuitive when I’m looking up here. This is actually my monitor that I’ll be usually looking at when I’m color grading, and I can this way just quickly adjust to lift camera and gain without even looking down here. I just kind of really be creative, very kind of intuitive and I can adjust all three of those at once and so, if you’re going to be serious about editing but especially color grading that I would say you get yourself a control surface, there’s different options.

I reviewed also the one from Blackmagic it’s great. If you’re going to be working in resolve this one will work in resolve Final Cut. You know premiere and a few other programs too. You can use it in, but you know I got this one, not because it’s the best control surface, but it’s the smallest one. That’s really why and I again I’m working with limited desk space now, because this control surface doesn’t have all the buttons and things like that, like some of the other ones, have that’s why I also have this palette here control surface, which is it’s great, because this Works in all kinds of applications, you can customize it.

You have sliders, you have knobs, you have buttons and it’s also all magnetic. So I can quickly for some poor remove things see. Example, if I don’t like this button there, I can move the button to another spot here. I know magnetically connects and and sends the signal. So it’s a it’s a great way of working at it, and so you can really sort of configure the sliders and buttons and all that stuff to to the way that you like to work.

So I would say, having actual physical buttons is going to be key when you’re collaborating – and here I switched my settings so actually this will take me to our next point. I see this little puck. That’s to control my display up here. Both of these monitors by the way are from BenQ I’ve been on a search. This is like the most amazing color grading monitor fork, display, there’s different sizes. You can get of this, and I did a full review of its are going to put a link for that in the description on this article.

You guys can check out – and I just mounted it on this arm – that I got on Amazon – allows me like full articulation. I can twist it and, let’s top also them. For example, it’s a grading and I want to show it at sea to a client. That’s sitting here, I can, you know, kind of you know, pull it out there, it’s more comfortable to see – and I just put it up here. You know above because, usually sometimes I would have like.

I mean the monitor here or migrating monitor on the side, but I can I put it up here because again I want to utilize this sort of corner of my office. The best so makes sense to have it there, it’s so comfortable for me to to look up at it, and the cool thing is: it comes with the pack here and with this pack I can have different presets, so you can see I can have like mono. You know I can have, for example, Adobe RGB different different things like that custom presets, but I can also switch so right now.

For example, I’m working in the Vinci resolve and I have the Blackmagic output card connected, and so I can just click here. Go to my inputs and just switch to that and now you’ll notice. If I go, for example here I see if I scroll through it you’re going to see here the you know, basically what I’m seeing up here and resolve, but this is now going through the black magic card, and what that means is that it’s actually properly.

You know the colors are properly adjusted and that’s because what I did is I calibrated that monitor and I calibrated it using this thing. This is the I display from X right, I still use it. I always have it there because you know pretty much on a weekly, sometimes on bi-weekly basis, I’m going to be recalibrating my monitor, because the colors do shift on every monitor. So you want to make sure you do that and I will actually calibrate both of my monitors, so they both work well yeah and actually that maybe takes me to the next point, which is many times.

People are asking me when you’re working in the venturi resolve. Basically, how can you get a full display on your second monitor, so you can see you know full screen and it’s actually that’s so simple or not as simple as, for example, you can doing some of the other editing programs, but it’s actually in a way. It’s a good thing because results basically forces you to get a proper. You know output card they put inside your computer that this way you can bypass the whole color calibration within Windows or Mac, depending on what system you’re working on so bypasses.

All of that – and it just goes straight through the card – you calibrate the display – you apply a lot that the card, basically processes, and so this way you know that your colors and I’m going to be upset because of your operating system. Colors basically calibration. But if I ever want to use this as much just sort of regular monitor when I’m you know working on Windows, then again I can just switch this to go back to basically to my other input and then this way I can just use as a regular Desktop kind of monitor, you’ll notice.

I actually have another monitor here connected and that’s right now. It’s basically just a spare monitor that I had lying around my office. It’s from aperture, not the best display, but the reason why I have this here is so that when I’m working in DaVinci Resolve, then I can have my scopes. Basically, and you know my vector scope, my RGB parade all that stuff on a separate display. So, as I’m scrolling through the shots, this will actually update in real time and I can kind of really again be more intuitive.

When I’m color grading, I can check here how it looks so next thing, maybe we’ll talk about is kind of. What’s underneath this monitor and that’s actually have sound card from behringer, and I just use this as my main set of Sunfire – I do have obviously a built-in sound card in my PC, but for like sort of proper audio recording, mixing things like that. I just find having an external card like this: just works better, so this actually allows me to four so plug in XLR microphone, which is this little guy up here that I use, let’s see if I’m doing voiceovers or web streaming things like that, and it provides Phantom power – I have you, know, actual knobs here for adjusting the input levels, recording levels things like that.

I can plug my headphones up here and it actually provides XLR, basically connections to my two speakers here, which are two speakers from sonow. Now these speakers, I know some people like when I posted photos on Instagram things like that people are asking me Tom. What are these speakers? Can I get these, and these are, I should say: maybe these are studio. Monitors like they’re, really reproduce sound really nicely.

They have a tweeter up here and I think it’s a six and a half inch woofer and they’re really powerful speakers they’re really heavy. Actually, so I can add to mount them. You know they’re against the wall, but they’re they’re, really good speakers, but they’re not no. Longer available, I don’t know what happened, whether it’s analogous you know just wasn’t: selling in a food desert what they also have appear: independent audio level adjustments, things like that they’re great speakers, but unfortunately they’re not available, so you guys won’t be able to get them.

But I did do a review before of various different studio monitors, basically for monitoring sound when you sound mixing and things like that and there’s some other really great options out there. The budget and expensive option so again check that article out I’ll provide the link for it in the description of this one now quickly going back to the displace the monitor I have an ear on. The bottom, like I said, is also BenQ widescreen curved monitor.

I know I did a article before because I was kind of searching for months for, like the perfect widescreen monitor, and I couldn’t find one that I really liked. Not this one, I think, is the best option from all the ones that I’ve tested, because it’s it’s kind of a good middle ground in terms of it’s great for gaming and just in general computing, but it’s also good for article editing has decent color reproduction.

Now, it’s not as good as this BenQ monitor this one’s like design for photography. You know article production, this one is kind of again more kind of you know, because I’m a good middle ground where it has good refresh rate for gaming and that kind of stuff, but it’s also got colors that are almost as good as this. This monitor, but the reason why I’m no longer concerned with it being curved, which you know if you read my article where I was looking for those monitors, I kind of complained that you can really do serious article or graphics work on a curved monitor because everything Gets distorted well right now I don’t really care because, like I said it’s, it is nice to have that.

You know wider aspect ratio you’re more space on your time line on that stuff, but when I’m actually judging my final graphics and see if all the lines are straight and everything then I’ll look at it up here. On my monitor, as far as hard drives that I used going to store all of my article data in audio music files, all that for for the work that I do, there’s few options that I have one you see up here on my desk.

It’s this hard drive from Lacey Lacey Lassie, I’m not even sure how you pronounce that. Maybe you guys looking, let me know in the comment section. This is actually a surprisingly really nice hard drive it’s fairly fast. I can actually edit RAW files right off of this drive and I like the fact that it’s got. It is built-in also card readers here on the bottom and a USB three, so I can plug in. Let’s see my SSD or I guess in my SD cards I can upload footage footage directly onto it.

So I like that, but that this is kind of, like my smaller drive, that I have just up here for immediate kind of projects and I’m editing right now. But when it comes to projects that I’m poor, I need to store a lot of data. For example, when I’m backing up multiple projects – and I still want to have access to it and one or sometimes maybe let’s say be able to read some of the bigger article files from it, but I don’t do it on a consistent basis.

Then I use this big network storage drive and it’s from a Synology. You can get it. You know, there’s different sizes that they offer. What I like about on one from Synology is the fact that you can really customize it, but it’s also, if you know nothing about mass drives or how to configure them all that stuff. It’s damn simple with their software, like literally you just plug in they give you little instructions like one.

Two, three steps you put in create your password all that stuff and you can access it anywhere on your let’s say home network. So I can even let say if I want to read files off of it or, for example, Vaman access the files using one of my Smart TVs. Things like that. So I can just you know, read media files and my stored articles. Then I can do that plus I can access it on all of my computers in my studio here and even while, I’m traveling.

So, let’s see if I’m somewhere on a remote location, but I want to have access to certain file or something like that again, I can just log in and I can read all my files. So it’s a really good, really nice, the one that I have it’s six drives each one of them is 8 terabytes, and for me right now I find that to be plenty of space now I will probably be with time abrading, maybe to a bigger one or Just another one of these Synology drives.

It definitely way better than what I was using before before I literally had like all these little external portable drives that I had, and I had a ton of these and basically just plugging in at the search you know for let’s see, oh maybe it’s on this Drive that file or no this driver I just have to plug in and plant like all these drives, and it was just a real just out just a hassle, basically storing and all those drives, and it wasn’t a secure with the Synology system, you’re kind of again, The software that they give you makes it very easy to keep everything organized.

You can do automatic backups things like that. So check that out, if you’re interested in basically being able to store a lot of computer data, article files, things like that and have all of that, be basically network accessible and be automated for you. Another thing I want is it going to show you here? Is nothing big, but it’s just as USB happy. I always struggle. I don’t know how you whether you guys have the same problem, but I always find like I have too many things to plug into the USB.

So this one I like because it’s it’s big. It’s like, you know, nicely built tough and it has a lot of ports, but it also has these: ports are just you know, dedicated to just powering or charging your devices, and there are five volts at two amps. So that’s kind of where I plug in my phone, usually when I’m working, I just plug it in through here, and I know that this thing is going to get charged really quickly because of those ports and then the other ones you can.

Actually, you know if you use them to reach your hard drives and things like that. So that’s that’s pretty much my setup in a nutshell and as you’ll notice I put in a little fancy lighting in the back. I have my little remote here that I’m used that I can basically you know turn it off on the light that can change the color things like that, you know again cheap little light. I think this is like twelve bucks on Amazon that I use and my little note cut there and that’s pretty much it that’s my desk.

If you guys have any other questions, maybe what else you want me to answer about my setup and let me know, and I’ll hopefully talk about it. I kind of mode more detail. Maybe I’ll concentrate on each one of these items, but but overall, I’m really happy with this. Oh yeah, this chair. By the way I know some people are asking me: it’s not the greatest chair. I got it because I got a deal in it. It’s kind of more like a I guess, gaming chair, it is comfortable, it’s not comfortable what I just find I knowing what it is it does not.

This is the lowest that it goes, and my other desk on the other side of my office is actually not as high as this one and there I basically cannot fit underneath the desk, so I wish was able to go lower, but otherwise – and you know you Can adjust your you know the the armrests and things like that, but yeah over? I find this comfortable. You know when I’m working, I’m usually like this. I have like I said access here.

I can you know I have a lot of real estate on this bottom screen for article editing on my timeline and all that stuff, and then also you know, like I said up here. This monitor is amazing for actually being able to see your final quality. You know my control surfaces up here. They can easily kind of go in and tweak the colors. My exposure things like that, but so far I’m really happy with the setup like I said, I’ve already added a whole bunch of projects and finished recently a feature-length documentary.

Actually, I did some, you know editing, color grading, even some mixing. This is actually another film that I’m working on called sharkbait. I shot this earlier this year in Ecuador and it’s a it’s a short movie. So hopefully you guys are excited to see it. I mean I’m going to release it online as soon as I can, but yeah it’s pretty much done editing. But it’s you know it’s it’s it’s a joy working in this and if you haven’t seen actually in my previous article, I talked about how I switched from editing in Adobe Premiere over the last few months, and I kind of just jumped into doing everything in DaVinci Resolve I find this application to be amazing because it has a lot of advanced features, but also of you’re just a beginner.

You want to jump into it. It’s also easy to learn and kind of start editing in it. So great editor, you know we can do visual effects in it. Sound mixing and an amazing color grading application, so the Vinci resolved free plug for them by the way I’m not getting paid by anybody. You know no company appeared to do. I need to mention any of these things. Just literally this is my like. I said this is my setup and then here I got my crack of dragon from my home town in Poland.

So little souvenir that I put up here but yeah overall, I’m happy with my workstation. If you guys enjoyed this article or if you want more Meishan, then let me know in the comment section below don’t forget to click the like button and and if you want to stay up to date with, like you know, any other kind of articles like this Or let’s say the film, you know when it’s going to be released and things like that, then just go to my website and sign up to my newsletter and that’s going to be at Tom Antos films that come over there you’ll find a whole bunch of other Things anyway, so I’ll see you guys in the next article bye

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Pro Production Tools for Filmmakers

So you can consistently deliver at the same quality when it comes to your work as someone who works, creating images for a living and the tools that I’m using are obviously very important. It all starts with capturing the right image, but equally important is how I treat the images in post-production.

Now, when it comes to cameras, I always try to find the right balance between obviously costs size, the speed of sort of workflow, but also something that’s going to give me the most dynamic range, the biggest color range and, if possible, to capture it in Rob because It really comes down to being able to capture as much information as you can, while you’re there on set and the cameras are rolling and, and that moment is happening life right in front of you.

Since you can rewind time, it’s really important to again capture as much information as you can right there on the set and then later on, when you’re in your editing, suite, and you now no longer worried or stressed out by the logistics such as weather. Or you know, if the actors said, I hit the right market things like that, that’s when you can sit there and really tweak the image for as long as you want in post is when you see how important it is to capture the most dynamic range, especially When you’re working with cameras like the aerial X hour or so many that are pushing 15 steps of light or the incredible extended dynamic range that you get with some of the red cameras using HDR X, it’s very important having the right tools in post-production.

So you cannot only manipulate all that data, but also so you can see it whether you’re finishing for broadcast or maybe just a YouTube article and you’re outputting in all those different formats like REC, 2020 or p3. At the end, again, you’re limited by the tools that you’re using – I myself – I couldn’t imagine these days just using any average monitor to finish and judge my work. Asus has really delivered on that end of film production.

There part PA 32. You see display has a hundred color accuracy or close to it in all of those different profiles. It’s also just a nice big 10 bit IPS display and it’s a true HDR 10, with over a billion colors, now to really be able to see and appreciate HDR properly, and you know and see all the details in the shadows or the brightest of brightest pixels. In there and the highlights, you really need a monitor that can display all of that brightness, and this monitor has an incredible 1000 nits of brightness.

It means that, even if I’m working with all the office lights on and the windows open with daylight pouring in, I can still see all of the details, anything in less than that and you’re really just working blind. You have to be able to see what you’ve captured before you can correctly adjust. All of that footage. Another obstacle in today’s film production is the huge amounts of data that we’re working with, especially if you’re shooting in RAW.

You need to be able to move terabytes of data and to do it quickly. Thunderbolt 3 is a huge improvement plus. The other benefit is that these days, it’s not just for caring data, but you can even use it as a display port. I often get asked about color accuracy and how to go about that, so that I know that I’m always seeing the most accurate colors now. Obviously, a very important part of that is how you actually calibrate your monitor these days.

Most monitors come calibrate it in the factory, and this monitor is no exception, but you’d be a fool thinking that this is enough. Every display, including even the ones on your cameras, are going to start to drift over time and the colors are just not going to look right, so you really want to get into a habit of calibrating all of your monitors. I would say every two weeks, or at least once a month: there is a lot of great calibration tools.

These days, they’re, affordable plus aces, makes it even easier to keep their displays calibrated because you can save the actual calibrated color profile right in the internal chip. That’s built into the monitor any display can be calibrated, but in most cases it means that the color profile is saved locally on your PC. Now the second you disconnect your monitor all that color calibration is gone the same if you just simply switch out your monitor connected to another article source or another PC you’re, going to have to again recalibrate it on that new machine with the Asus Pro art monitors.

Internal scaler IC chip, all that calibration data is actually saved in the monitor, which just means that you can easily switch to another PC or article or, for example, with you by accident for magic computer, and you lose all that calibration data. Your monitor still has the calibration baked into it. So, in short, always try to pick a camera. That’s going to let you capture the most dynamic range and colors, and, if possible, do it all in RAW, then make sure that you actually backup all that data, because after all, you know, whatever you have on a little memory card is worth as much as your Whole production and then, finally in post-production, make sure that you keep all of your displays properly calibrated and so that you know that you’re, seeing what you’re actually doing so that you can transform all of that raw data into the images that you want.

Your audience to see anyways once again, my name is Tom. If you guys one more filmmaking, advice, tutorials or phone gear reviews, then as always check out my website at Tom Antos films that come over there, you can also sign up to my newsletter and if you want to support me even more than join me on patreon I’ll see you guys in the next article bye

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How to improve your editing with Synology DS1618+ NAS

The one I’ll be using is the Synology des 1618 plus, and this is a six faintness meaning it can hold six hard drives now. An ass is basically like a self-contained computer that you connect directly to your network router, so you can access it 24 hours a day from any of your network devices.

But even while you are away using the internet connection, I did a review of a couple network drives before that. I used as backup on me and since they were not fast or powerful enough to be used for everyday article. Editing at this new network drive is great for backing up your files, because it’s easy to set up automatic backups using sinologist DiskStation manager, which is their web interface.

As you can see, it looks like a Windows or apple desktop where you can install apps check your settings even browse copy upload or modify all of your files. You have on the NAS from anywhere in the world using Internet interface. What I did not expect was that this nas is fast enough to also be used as my Flex driver, and they even have an app that which makes setting up plex super easy. Now, more importantly, I can use this Nass as my main working Drive in my home studio setup, so that two or more people can access the same project and work on it at the same time in the Vinci resolve.

This is very easy to do because you can set up a project database on this analogy, nas, which allows multi-user collaboration if you’ve never done this inside of resolve. But you, let’s say I’d like to have multiple people work on a project. At the same time, then, this is really a game changer, basically in resolve by default. You create a project in your local database that is saved on your computer.

What some people don’t know is that you can also create a shared database and place it on a network attached computer or even better, on an ass like the one that I’m using at this way. Anyone on your network can open the same project and work on them. At the same time, everything in the project is saved in real time as different users work on the project in the bottom right corner of the screen. You create your username and, as you start editing a timeline that timeline gets automatically locked so that another editor.

I can view your work, but can’t change it while you’re in the middle of editing. You can, however, have another user do color grading, while you edit and vice-versa, I sometimes just duplicate a timeline and I’ll work on a section. While another editor works on the duplicate timeline on another section, then once we are done, we can compare the two timelines in resolve where it will automatically show you the differences between the two.

You can preview the changes and, if you like it, you can accept it. So resolve can again automatically adjust your edit. The best way to set up a database that will work with DaVinci Resolve is to do it on an AZ Drive. If you’ve never done this, then there is already a great tutorial by Sandra groaners. That shows you step-by-step. How to do this, to read this article tutorial and to read the in-depth tutorial by Sandra just follow my link in the description.

If you want to learn about all the cool features of multi-user collaboration in DaVinci Resolve and then I will also provide a link to a article that explains it all and now award from our sponsor Video Converter. Ultimate is a easy and fast way to convert your article files from one format to another. You can also use it to download compress edit and burn articles in a thousand different formats.

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Do its magic and once it’s finished, going through all the files you’re going to have a little your success, checkmark and here’s the final shot here, not the most exciting but yeah. It just shows you, for example, and the conversion that it did and it did a really good job. Like I said original resolution, there’s not much of a difference in quality, but a big. You know drastic change in the file size as well.

Anyways, if you guys, are interested, give this a try once again, it’s wondershare Video Converter. Ultimate, you want to get at the full license it’s 3995 or if you want, you can buy the lifetime license. I think it just makes more sense. 20. Bucks extra for $ 59 anyways – let’s continue with our article. So let’s take a look at the speed of the Synology NAS drive it’s advertised as Gigabit Ethernet speed per port.

Now, there’s actually four Ethernet ports on the bag. The extra Ethernet ports can be used to get faster speeds for reading and writing using link aggregation for my set up, I’m just using the one port which gives me 1,000 megabits per second or a hundred twenty-five megabytes per second speeds. Now, as you can see, this is pretty much what I’ve been averaging. This means that not only can I use this drive for backup, but also, as my main working drive here, you can see.

We play back from the NAS drive a 4k article file. That is in RAW cinema PNG format. It plays back at 24 frames per second without losing frames and now here’s another file. That is also R a article file from the Red Dragon camera in UHD, 4k and again, as you can see, it also plays back great now, when I edit, with an assistant on another computer. We can both access the same files on this knowledge enas and play them back in real time unless these are both 4k raw files.

In that case, the network itself will simply not handle that kind of data rate. In my tests, I noticed that when editing just your typical kind of compressed 4k articles from mirrorless cameras, then two or even three people can work over their network no problem. Now for anything more demanding. I would suggest you actually upgrade your whole network to the faster speeds using a 10 gigabit network.

Now this Synology nas can also be upgraded because it has a PCI Express expansion port that will allow you to add a 10 gigabit ethernet card, or also you can put in there a dual m2 SATA SSD card for faster system. Caching, in terms of storage, this Nass can accept six drives inside up to 12 terabytes per Drive. This will allow you to have 72 terabytes of space. Now you could, of course, set up those multiple drives in various rate configurations, and this would allow you to have better backup redundancy by mirroring data across or in raid 6, for example, you can mirror two three drives.

This will obviously lower your overall storage, but in return, even if let’s say two drives failed, you can still replace those drives without losing any data. If you need even more harddrive space, then you can expand this Nass up to 192 terabytes. You can do that by connecting a five drive expansion unit on each of the two eSATA ports on the back and now this will give you ten extra drives together with the six drives in front of the unit, and that means you can connect up to sixteen Drives all together in the back.

You also find two USB ports plus on the right is the access to the PCI Express expansion slot? There is another USB port on the front as well, using the USB ports. You can copy data directly from USB devices to your nas without having to go through your network, just install the USB copy application in the DiskStation manager and then connect your drive. You can also get a second Synology nas and store it.

Let’s say at a different location like a friend’s house ER or another studio and use sinologist cloud station sync to create your own personal cloud. Synology also has its own cloud service called c2. Now the DiskStation manager lets you set rate. Manage storage check health of disks. Here you can install additional applications through the package center to tailor the NASS to your needs. For example, the Quick Connect allows you to connect your to your nas.

Using their internet moments is another application, which is a photo and article organization program. Image recognition identifies people, subjects and places making searching your photos easier, and our surveillance station makes it easy to set up a home security system where all of your IP cameras can automatically stream and record to your Nats. There is even more things that you can do using the Synology nas that I won’t even attempt to get a get into in this article, like I said before, and as is sort of like a computer that is designed to efficiently upload and download data across the Network and it has to be able to always stay on and do all of the UITs tasks without using too much power or making too much noise.

Now the fans on the back of this Nats are powerful, yet quiet. This system has a 2.1 gigahertz Intel Atom. Quad-Core, processor and 4 gigabytes of did. We are for RAM, which can actually be expanded up to 32 gigabytes. So if you’re editing articles, especially using DaVinci, Resolve and want a centralized place where you keep all of your data and also that multiple people can edit the same project at the same time, then look into getting a network attached storage device.

Like this analogy, DiskStation des 1618, plus by the way, I’m also now hosting a different filmmaking workshops and doing one-on-one coaching with kids split. So if you want to learn cinematography directing or advanced color grading then sign up for a workshop at kit. Split that come slash. Workshops, if you enjoyed this article, then give it a thumbs up and as always, you can find more info on my website where you can also sign up to my newsletter.

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