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Live Production: In depth look at hardware & software of ATEM Mini & Pocket Cameras

In my studio and I interview them live so then in that case I only use the ATM mini just to be able to switch between the cameras, but but otherwise all the idea of stuff was actually done on a completely separate device. So right now everything is actually being done here through the ATM mini, including the audio. So I have my rode ntg-2 and it’s being fed through my camera. In this case, is the Blackmagic Ursa mini Pro, and the idea basically goes through like camera, including you know, and then the audio, including the the the article, obviously goes here to my ATM mini, which in this case it’s on blog 3 you’ll notice.

Here I have the the you know, the blog three or number three years as a red, which means that I’m basically right now showing this this defeat now here also, you guys will notice. I have a sort of my other two devices that are music, so in this case I’m using the ninja Inferno from Atomos and that’s simply you know you could use any monitor if you wanted to – or you don’t even need a monitor. But in this case I’m using this monitor because it’s kind of nice for me when I’m talking to my main camera, I can just click the glance and make sure that you know I’m actually looking at the right camera, for example, because I can see whatever eighth And Minnie is outputting in and I can see it here, so I can see what angle I’m in like, for example, of our you know, switch someone well, some of these go stand again.

I can see that let’s see right now with some close-up of there of my eight and mini here, plus I’m actually using the an inferno to record onto this. Basically all my whole article output. So whatever I’m doing during my live streaming setup, I’m using this Ashley to record it and that’s kind of like that, I would say the biggest difference between the 18 million and the latest, one that came out, which is the ATM mini Pro 8 and mini Pro.

I mean there’s a few other differences, but the biggest one is that it allows you to record directly to like a USB Drive with the 80 mini. You can’t the rock directly record within it, but you have to HDMI out so you can plug it into an external recorder like you know whether it’s a black magic article system. This case I’m using the atomos inferno and you can record there now the laptop kind of comes in handy when you want to do sort of some of the other advanced features, or you know a lot of other little settings you wan na.

Just that you can’t really do directly on the ATM mini, simply because there’s just not enough space for all the buttons. So in here you have just a lot more control, and so, if let me kind of just show you quickly sort of the layout, so you comes with the software. Well, you go you’re going to install the software when you get to 8 and Minnie and Satyam’s software control. It also comes with the ATM setup and in this case you basically would you click in here.

You have your IP address things like that. You can change. You have your you’re, basically panel preferences, so you have switching mode, you can have it to program preview or cat pass and program. Preview. Basically, just means that when you press on the button one of the buttons, it doesn’t directly switch, it’s kind of just arms and I arm is basically one of the cameras on one of the article feeds and then only once you press, cut or ro water would Be for your transition, then it would cut to it in the i/o usually use the cut path, simply because I’m give the operating in myself.

So I don’t wan na have to press once and then fumble and look for something else. So I just kind of have my fingers here on these four buttons for the four different article inputs and I can just switch the. Could you switch between all of them by just you know, tapping it right. So I just I don’t have to basically do this and then do that now. If I wanted to, I can also do it with transitions, because I can just put my auto here button and now, when I click you’ll notice, it does the the transitions nicely.

So, in this case, it’s set up just to do a fade. Some of the other things you can do up here is like I said you have fade to black, meaning just cuts to black. You also have for the actual transitions. You can change the duration of it right now. It’s half a second. You can do one second, for example, or you can do, let’s see two seconds so you’re going to be very slow, dissolve from one angle, to the other, and and again you can do all that stuff and actually a lot more in the eighth and mini software.

Basically, so it gives you basically more control over all those things here we have some of the other effects that you can do again. I’ll show you more once we’re in the eighth and menu, because I just prefer to do these things there. You have a key because you can actually do a chroma key like if I had a green screen set up behind me. You can in real time basically key it out and you can put whatever article or still photo image as a background behind you.

You also have a picture basically picture-in-picture effect. What that does is, if I click on it, you’ll notice, right now. I have it set up to my camera, one which is a close-up of you, know this camera here over my shoulder and then here. If I switch here – and I again turn on the picture of the picture – and in this case again you can see – I have my other angle but overlaid now over the part where I’m talking so in case you have another angle, you can do that and and Again, this is all fully customizable, but to adjust for some for, like the size of it exact position or stuff.

You would have to do that in the ATM mini, because, if I were to switch now, if I were to press any of these buttons right now, like basically here on the on the actual keyboard, the only difference really is that, like, if you look at it, I have these four buttons and I can I can do picture-in-picture, but the second I press and DC will just default, it’s basically to its standard setting or its standard size and and the location of of the picture-in-picture.

So right now I usually like to have it a bit bigger like you guys, can see right now, but I mean maybe switch to another angle and now, let’s say I press here, let’s say to be on the bottom left corner you’ll notice. Now it gets much smaller, and so it just doesn’t look as good. I don’t think it’s as visible, but you know I can switch to the bottom right corner bottom, the top right and left – and that’s pretty much all you have up here.

So, that’s why I find that a lot of these things I prefer to do in the 8m mini software and some of the other things do you have up here. You have a still image that you can cut to so in this case I actually have a lower thirds graphic, so it doesn’t make sense for me to cut there so I’ll show you guys that in a bit you have a black. Basically, we just want to cut to black, for whatever reason you can do that, and then you have here buttons.

Basically, for you know, I said the four different article inputs and in this case I only have three cameras, and then you also have above it is basically the audio follows article buttons I meaning. If you want to use the audio from one of these cameras, you would click that and it would always basically, whenever you switch to that article source, it would use the audio from that camera. Whatever camera is, are you using you can have you know we set button for resetting all the settings and you have little arrows up and down so you can adjust the volume on each of these.

Basically thing article input, so these buttons here above each of these article inputs are basically just for the audio and then this here for our for the two mic inputs that you can do so. The 18 million has a three-and-a-half millimeter input, jacks that you can input. Let’s say a lav microphone or something like that, and then you can also adjust the volume of it and then turn it on and off pretty straightforward other than that.

You have four HDMI inputs here on the back of the ATM mini and then you have one HDMI output which in this case again like I said it goes to my atomos here and Ferno or ninja, and for now to record it. And then you have a USBC cable and that’s for sending the the live-streaming or basically the article signal out and so that’s plugged into my laptop so that I can now stream this. You know whether, basically I can connect to YouTube or Facebook, and I can just directly stream it there or usually the way I do it is.

I actually have it here, basically, switching here to my camera or actually my keys. I usually end up using the OBS software because I prefer it and I can do some other cool things with it. So when I’m streaming, I kind of use that and then through that software, I send out my article signal and then the the one more thing they have appears. You have a Ethernet connection here on the back, which is again kind of allows you to do a loop.

It’s pretty much the same thing as a USB see allows you to do and and that’s pretty much it there’s nothing else there so like. I said it’s a cool little device state and mini because it’s so small light easy to travel with, and you can use it to do some really cool stuffs but, like I said, you’re, probably always going to have it paired with at least a laptop. But if you want to have, I think that even better kind of you know capability, I would say, get an external monitor, slash recorder, so that you can actually record your whole output.

So, let’s see if you’re a live streaming and you’re, you know you lose your internet connection. For whatever reason and and something happens, you you’re at least always recording your whole session. That you’re doing is that worst case scenario you can later on upload it to YouTube or whatever it is so people can still see that how the whole life stream want anyways here now going back to software so and the Athan mini setup.

That’s like a little software that lets you kind of change, some of the settings for me when it comes to the like the basic things, which is to switch camera angles. I usually do that by switching there. You know basically pressing the buttons, because it’s easy for me to do whether I’m doing your podcast with somebody you’re doing a article like this. I can very easily except cut to my hands now have to here my main camera, and then you know cut to my little side angle that I have so it’s easy for me to do that.

Just by you know, the kind of I can just have my fingers on there and I can remember where everything is now. If you want to do some of the advanced things, then that’s when the a-10 mini software is really going to come in handy. So, for example, what can you do here? Well, we obviously you switched the different views, so you have again your for a different article input, so you’ll notice right now, I’m on one article input 3.

So it says here, camera 3. If I go to switch to camera 1 you’ll see what it does does their it’s, which is there now you’ll notice that this thing also moves. That’s because I have my transition now turned on so you’ll notice here, there’s a transition style, so I can do a mix and I can actually, if it’s on poor I can are me now like. I can go to preview and let’s say I want to go from camera one to camera.

Let’s say to or came out it’s a 3, which is my my view, kind of my or actually yeah. Let’s go to my side camera here now. What I can do is, since I have a mix bit, which is basically a like a dissolve. If I slide this slider you’ll notice what’s happening here, is it’s basically kind of like right now right in the middle of I leave it, then it’s kind of 50 % showing them. You know camera 1 and 50 % showing camera 2 or like in C up here, but I can just we manually literally pull this and do like a like a dissolve.

So that’s pretty kind of cool. I think that you have you, have that kind of control and then, like I said I can keep on going back and forth and I can even you know, play around with it. Then I’m not DJ with it. So that’s one one of the cool things that you can do with this, that you can’t do directly on the 8 and mini you can do dip. For example, you can change the transition style, so you have mix which is like I dissolve dip is, if I were to ear right now, do Auto button you’ll notice, it kind of dips to a color right.

So in this case it’s a white color and then, for example, I can go and change it to the tail wipe. So again, if I click on it, you’ll see. Does this wipe transition and then I can also do hero. Is this dve? I forgot exactly what that stands for, but basically, as you can see, kind of slides in the other article source. Now you can change these settings. Like example, for the dip you can change the color of the light right or or that salt color.

You can change the drink, the white, what kind of a wipe it does like? You can change all these things by going further and here and adjusting all these settings. If here I’m just kind of quickly going back, preview is like, I said, just your arming sort of your next blog there you’re going to be your article, just basically signal you’re going to be cutting to or dissolving to. You also have the black right that you can, you can switch to.

You, have a dump also at the color one and two, which are the basically solid colors that you can put in here into the ATM software, and then you have also your media player one. So you can have one media player and I’ll explain kind of how that works in a second then here you also have your kind of a it’s called know as the next transition, and you can have basically different things, so you can have example.

Like your background, you can do your key in chroma keying, all that stuff. You know this if I click on right now, the arrow and it says now it’s on air and there was a transition here. That said, it’s one, second! Well, basically, what I did is now, if I switch even to my angle here and by the way right now, I, instead of cutting, I did to add on the transition, but I’m I’m I basically put you know I put it in there to the dve transition.

So because of that did that cheesy slight but anyways right now, you’ll notice, I can switched my different angles and I have my lower third graphic in there and now again by clicking here the arrow. I can basically dissolve that out and everything it takes about. A second for it to do because it’s here’s the the set in the duration, so you can adjust this, make it faster or slower. If I wanted to, I can just simply cut and actually like just make it.

You know basically to make that lower third graphic up here like this and disappear, but just by turning it on and off and Ty just simply means that you can tie it to one of the angles. Basically, one of your camera program outputs. Now, how can you change, for example, these graphics, so let’s say I’ll switch right now and you’ll notice. Here again, I have my little lower third graphic. Well, you can actually change that by going into the media, so in the media you can actually change the different graphics.

So you can see right now my media player and you can only have one media player. That’s why, if isn’t, but you get some of the more professional eight and many switchers from Blackmagic, then you’ll be able to have more of these things and you can load them. But with this one you were limited to only one, so you can resentful lower than one, but you can have a whole bunch of other ones, sort of ready.

So, let’s see, if I don’t want to have this or let’s see if you have like a guest and – and you want to have like a graphic prepared for your guests right so their name and their whatever website, and things like that. You can have all of these prepared. You can load in up to 20 into the 8 and mini basically software control, and then I can just grab it here. Quickly, drag it and you’ll notice. Now my lower third graphic automatically updated time.

Our free support can be. You know, like a graphic that covers the whole screen like in this case this one you see, and so that’s how you can easily kind of drag and drop it and change it now. Usually you’re not going to be just kind of switching them life like that you’re going to go again, turn it off right. So, for example it in this case I have it to dissolve out and then you can go quickly. You know, or or let’s see, if you have somebody actually operating this wall – let’s see a live stream is going on.

You could have another person doing this and then they can basically switch quickly out the graphic go back here to the switcher and then click Auto, and then you basically now nicely fade into your other graphic that you want to fade in and out. So that’s basically how this works going back to the transition styles. Here is also how you can also change the like. I said I can right now arm, let’s say camera one when I go: click auto you’ll notice.

It changes to that right. Now it’s sent to the dve so I’ll change it to just dissolve second dissolve and then in here I can change the speed of it. So, like I said on the ATM mini, you have presets for half a second one, second two seconds and when I click that you’ll notice, it changes here too. So right you know one and a half seconds once they can have a second, but you can also manually go in here and you can put whatever number you want.

So you can, you know, kind of further again adjust it. You have more control than you. You you ever have like directly on the 8 and mini, and that’s basically how this whole page works right. Now, here’s some of these other kind of settings. I have palettes, so you have your color generator. So those are the things that basically like, like. I said you can cut here to your four different camera input or you can cut to fit some poor black.

Just a black screen. You can cut actually to color bars and then you can also cut to your media player, one, which is your graphic. So, let’s see, if I go to my media player one and then now quickly, let’s say I want to you know loading this little graphic I can go in here and I can press media player 1 and you’ll notice. That’s actually now outputting here on the basically on my main output or basically that that’s what I would be streaming right now and now I can again change those graphics by going to my media upper here, tab and just drag and dropping whatever.

You know graphic that I want, so that’s that’s one of the things that you can do and you can also switch by the way to the pictures right here. Basically, by if I go and I go to see if I cut here to this angle of the 8 – a mini and you’ll notice, here of example – I can go and I have a still – and I have the black buttons here. So still is basically the media player one that the grad of a graphic you you, you load him there, so they clicked that you’ll notice again it cuts cuts to that now.

I can also dissolve to that so, and I can do my transitions right. So this basically acts like another article source kind of GP. You can think of it in those terms and that’s basically what this is and the colors. I said you have color 1 and color 2. You can adjust those here, so you have color one color two and you can make it man whatever it is that you want to make it so you can adjust these and let’s say I make this kind of turquoise color, and so, if I wanted to, I Could cut to this now? Why would you want to do that? Well, sometimes I don’t know, maybe you’re going to have a lower third graphic displayed over this or or something else that’s up to you or maybe, let’s see if you’re doing a chroma key and then maybe you want to just have like a solid color to know Behind you, you can, you can use it for all kinds of things so that that’s up to you and then the same thing is, for example, if you go, if you want to do, for example, like some of the other transitions example, switching from mix to dip, Like I said you can dip into the different colors and you can actually change the color of those of the dip.

So, for example, if I go here to transitions so over here on my palettes and I go to dip you’ll notice that I can also adjust the rate at which is, this is happening that did and I can change the dip source. So I can basically say color one color two or I could even go and sheep a example dip to media player one. So now, if I go and do auto you’ll notice, it will switch to my my little graphic that I love and very quickly there.

So you that’s how you can kind of thing or let’s see if I wanted to dip to that turquoise colors and I would go a color too and then again I’ll go here and dip me see. That’s that’s the kind of stuff that you can do. If you go, for example, to wipe, see wipe, you also have the all the different settings for what kind of a wife you can do. As you can see, you can do all kinds of wipes so go, go, let’s say top and bottom that kind of stuff.

So now, if I say cut to camera one you’ll notice here, I can do that little wipe like that from top and bottom there you can see. I can reverse it. So now it’s going the other direction. I can also again change the duration of it. So that’s very easy, so I’ll change it to two seconds, so you can see Goods going slowly now. I can also go if I want to – and in this case I’m going to go – maybe you’re the softness.

So I can change the softness. Alright, you could see it’s kind of a soft the border, but I can make it too. We set it to zero, and now it’s going to be this kind of a hard line right as its switching from one angle to the other, the width you can have like a border with so and then again you can choose the color. So let’s say I wanted to have that turquoise color, so color too, and then now, if I go and do my transition you’ll notice, it just has this kind of a color line there and I cannot even softened up too.

If I wanted to so you can do all kinds of things again. You can really sit in here and tweak a lot of these settings, but that’s basically what that does and then you know you can easily switch to another would see going from one corner to another, or you know doing this kind of what I would say kind Of more cheesy transitions, but if you wanted to whatever, for whatever reason you have this and then your DVD settings you can, as you can see, you can have it again going from different directions.

So let’s say I wanted to go. Let’s say again from top to bottom, so I’m going to go from my main camera here to close-up of the ATM mini. So if I do the switch you can see. Basically, it just slides that out like that right and you can again adjust the rate of it. You can change the like the direction of it here and like this, so you can play around with all these things. Now, some of the other cool things you can do is you can enable here the effects and in effects you can, for example, go to Mia player1 again as your fill source or you can be any of the other things with the one or the other cameras Or colors or the solid colors that you have, let’s see right now, I’m going to drag and drop my big sort of talentless films here, graphic.

If I use that and that’s basically saying that the fill source is going to give me media player one, the key the key for it is also media player. One and now, if I do this, you’ll notice what’s happening. So it’s kind of like that graphic goes by right. For me, it’s kind of a corny thing, but you could have like. Let’s see, I don’t know some kind of a graphic that you do and then it kind of dissolves one one shot to the other.

So you have that capability, you can even do up here with a DVD. You can switch from not just doing a let’s say a push from the corner or things like that, but you can actually go and also do let’s say a squeeze, don’t say: squeeze it to the left side. So you can do all of these things. Basically, using the hardware right but, like I said, to access all these settings, you still need a laptop. So just just keep that in mind, but that’s kind of worry word.

This software basically kind of again opens up all these possibilities that, but the ATM mini. Has you know kind of lets you let you adjust all these settings going to fine-tune? There’s a fine tune, this all so anyways right now, I’m going to switch the transition back to just a dissolve, which is something that I use myself mostly now. What I’m going to do is I’m going to go also the downstream key, so the downstream key here I can for some poor neighbor again, let’s say the media player one and things like that and that’s for the basically dead here downstream key one like I showed You so that’s you know like right now.

I have that big graphic, so if I enable it you’ll notice it just kind of going to sit there and cover my face so most likely. I would want to go and probably load in my lower thirds kind of thing there, bumper and then in here those how you can change it. So you can have that you can have a caller, but you can use, for example, ugly. You can use, but my let’s say turquoise color, but you know I can use a different key right.

Like let’s say if I were to use this graphic and you see it would basically take the shape because it would use the Alpha or the key from daya graphic right. So that’s how you can kind of play around with these things. So again, I’m going to you know: go is back to media player one and I’m going to use that as my lower thirds you can mask its meaning. You can kind of like see, cut off the top and the bottom and things like that.

So, let’s see the right side see, I can like cut it off. Let’s say I don’t want it to be like that, so those are all kinds of things that you can do. You can also that add a pre multiply key in this case. This would look bad, but in case you had a graphic that was like a basically over black and this in and here I was actually loading a PNG files which are just have a transparency built in. So you don’t need a pre multiplied key in there, but those are kind of things you can invert the key.

Obviously, all kinds of things like that that you can do and then the last thing you have here is to fade to black, which again you can pretty much only adjust the rate or the speed at which is it’s. You know the fade to black is going to happen. So that’s basically what you have here in your palettes, the upstream key by the way is for your your chroma, like so, for example, you’re going to be doing chroma and you’re going to have let’s say like a like a blue or green green screen behind you.

That’s where you’re going to go in there and adjust these settings. I can’t show them to you right now, because I don’t have a green screen with me, but it’s pretty straightforward. So you pick your color, you some porn all that stuff and then you adjust it and it does a pretty good job for busy creating a real-time mask. So you can adjust together the the mask, the keys, all that kind of stuff. You can again further adjusted in there.

You can adjust you luma key. So let’s say if you wanted to, I don’t know key out like some of these really bright areas or the dark areas. Maybe in my shot you could do that too. So you can in that, do it and those kinds of things and then you have other also things you can do like patterns and stuff. So you know, there’s all kinds of here things that you can use, but I’m going to let that leave that, for you guys to play around cuz.

I guess there’s a lot of settings going back to media player, which is basically to just tap all these settings right that you had so in the media player, you can again change the different graphics right that you have so you can also in here quickly change Them now, the thing that you have to be aware of is that, with a ten minute, you cannot load in actual article. Let’s give files for your media player, it can only be still images, JPEGs PNG, those kind of files.

If you had some of the other eight many that have basically bigger you, know more professional features and they have more memory, then you could actually load in article files and then you could even basically trigger to trigger those. So, let’s see if you wanted to have a background, but there’s not a still background behind you, but I kept moving article. You can do that now. You can also do that with data mini.

If you actually got one of the Blackmagic hypertech’s. If you did that, then you will have the options here and you will actually see it, but right now, as you can see, it says it’s and there’s no Hypertech detected, but that’s where you have these these features and then that would act actually as your as Basically, another media player, so you would have more than one media player and then those could actually be again stole graphics or article that plays or loops over and over, and you can control that then using up here again I don’t have the hypertext, so I don’t Have that functionality and by the way, that’s also how you could enable to have for some poll like, let’s see an animated, lower thirds graphic right, because right now, I can only have these little bumpers in there, but they’re still images so by attaching a Hypertech and Then loading in, let’s see a little article, clip that’s looped with an alpha in it.

You could then put that over your article and it would be you know, actually moving in all that stuff. So anyways, that’s that’s one of the other things that you’ll be able to do. If you get the Hypertech and then when you have when you go to output here, you can do the thing you have the different options which are as you’ll notice. This one is, is basically not enabled, because you would have to example, install the Blackmagic Design desktop article.

Then you can actually record that or if you got the Blackmagic 18 Mini Pro the new one that has the recording capability than in here and the output. You would actually have a recording tab, you’re going to actually go in there. You could, you know, adjust your recording settings all that stuff and you could trigger the recording on and after and now another thing you’ll notice here is, for example, you have this thing called capture still.

What is this? Well, that’s actually, for you can capture, let’s see something that’s happening here, and we know that basically, that’s what you’re happening right there going as a article source 3 or a 10 mini. So, let’s see in this case, when I look at the camera, I’m going to give a big cheesy smile and I’m going to click their capture still now, when I go to my media you’ll notice in my ear capture, basically six or my you know my fourth.

Basically, your window, that’s what I have there. So if I put this now, I can be, for example, now talking, but I can always cut to a still, which is just going to be that still of me smiling as you cannotice. So so those are the kind of things that you can do so again. That’s that’s how we and one of the ways of loading kind of these extra images in there and that’s by by going to the output and capturing one of the stills and then time code generator.

That’s actually was something really cool that is enabled with the latest kind of the firmware, with a TM mini and also, if you upgrade your Blackmagic cameras now this camera I’m using as day or so many pearls, so that doesn’t work to with it bad. It’s simply because I you know this doesn’t accept USB and SD a connections. I actually have an adapter that changes the SDI out to HDMI, but if you have like in here, I have two of the Blackmagic pocket cameras.

I have a 6k and the 4k camera they’re connecting via the HDMI, so they’re, sending the HDMI signal to date and mini well, at the same time to eight in many sense, basic article signal back to the camera. So I can actually is a get the timecode gem both of these cameras, so they are servos. Let’s just shooting on these two Blackmagic pocket cameras. I could actually have identical timecode on both of them.

That’s perfectly synced and that’s really cool, because then I can be recording on both cameras and – and you know, let’s say doing my life switching here or just maybe just recording on them and then later on. I can then in my editing, software go in there and I can tweak it and I can basically, you know, do my edit all over again and I’ll. Actually, you know, let’s see, load in my RAW files, but I can also sync those two or three or four cameras, depending how many you have connected perfectly because again, they’re they’re all jammed to the same time code.

So that’s a really cool feature of the fact that it’s that time code generator is built in and now I said the next year page is the media page, which I kind of showed you guys you load in your graphics, and you can hear how do your Page, so this is where you’re going to be doing all of your kind of audio settings, so in here you’ll notice that I have again three cameras. So my a camera is there so many Pro and actually no.

This is a packet for key camera, and this is just a audio. That’s basically coming off of the camera, so it’s never a good idea, but if I wanted to, I could enable it so turn that on so I’m going to turn that audio and turn off here. My audio. Thank you for me. The good camera probably sound like a 6 K and again, probably or in this case, I’m going to enable the idea from my Ursa mini Pro, because it has that you know XLR microphone here connected.

But that’s how you can kind of do this and again I showed you before you can also do that here by switching their their. You know, turning on and off to different audio inputs now gifts would you can also adjust the volume. So let’s say right now: my camera 3 I’m going to be adjusting. Let’s say I want to adjust my the volume up here, so you can see right now. It’s set of 0 DB, but I can go up and I can do that by clicking here or I can go down by again by clicking it on the ATM mini.

And if you want to have really fine-tune kind of control, then you can do it by doing this slider here I can adjust the idea basically levels of up here. Oh yeah, you got, for example, you can do your panning and left and right, so you can go from one blog to the thing right now. You see that it’s, even though it’s one microphone. Obviously, it’s outputting to both left and right blogs, but just the left blog right now or the right blog, and this is basically how it sounds.

So I can do that all that painting all that kind of stuff. I can also go here. Actually, that’s actually some kind of something really cool you can you have like these things? There are also built in into the DaVinci Resolve article editing software, but you can enable up here, like I’d, see different bands and you can adjust. You know the EQ, you know and again it will do all these things and it will process your audio in real time.

You cannot be now load in here so right now actually, and we turn this off, you can load input dynamics. You can have a compressor, and things like that again, I’m not going to be playing around with this right now, because this is basically the same stuff that you would do in a day that makes you resolve so pretty much all the same settings, but the cool Thing is they can do it here in real time, while you’re streaming, you can adjust all of that and adjust all your different audios settings, and then obviously you have your main here here.

Basically, the volume and other stuff for the input, so those are kind of cool things, and I also like it because it’s like, I said it’s like an advanced kind of a thing you you can adjust a headphone level like all kinds of stuff like this, which In this case, you see it’s grayed out why? Because the 8m mini doesn’t have headphone output, so in my case, for example, I would be listening to my headphone out out of my monitor here, because that one does have the headphone out.

So if you wanted to monitor audio, you could do it that way and then the last tab here, which is really cool and again. This is something that now is enabled with because of the the latest update for the ATM mini, but also for the pocket. Cameras is that you can now control these cameras. So let’s say if I were to switch to, let’s see this camera. Is you notice right now it’s less. He focused on this, but if I wanted to and then you’ll notice that when I switch there, it actually shows me even like which camera do now, I’m in camera 2 going back to camera 1.

It shows me which camera that I’m on you know at that. Given moment – and it here gives me four different for the functionality so here on, the bottom is your focus control, so I could try some for even like. Let’s see if I wanted to focus on my hand, I can whatever is going to be in the center. If I click this, as you get out of focus, you know it’s going to do that really bad job of focusing. But if you let’s see if this camera was not life and somebody was operating, they could click that just to make sure that the camera is going to be in focus before you switch right.

But let’s see right now, it’s you know, focus here on my hand, but let’s say I want to focus back to the ATM mini here, so I can do that by actually rocking this thing. So I can pull the focus as you can see, and it’s very accurate. Actually, I can go as you can see here. Back to my hand, the focus and here back to the ATM, mini or Gow, maybe even here to the keyboards and then back to the ATM mini, and I’m doing this just by sliding here, the focusing you can also adjust here.

You can adjust your hair iris and see I’m stepping it down. You can also adjust your zoom if that sound University work. If you had a lens that has a power zoom. In this case I don’t have one, but if you had that, then you can zoom in and out. So it’s really cool because again, whoever is doing your live article. Switching and all that stuff can also control your cameras. At the same time, all for example, you can also have one person, let’s say doing a article switching while another person can operate all the different cameras just using the ATM software here.

So it’s really cool. Now, aside from doing obviously they’re like adjusting the exposure, you have here your DB, so that’s basically going to be your your your eyes. So basically, so you can adjust your eyes so so you can make it a lot brighter and all that stuff. So I can switch here, you’ll notice, that it’s going brighter darker here. If I go back down so I can adjust that I can adjust here my shutter speed or shutter yeah and this case started speed.

I don’t know why they didn’t do it shutter angle, because I prefer that one anyway shot her speech. I can adjust it all right. Now I’m going to go to one sixtieth and and then you can gently adjust your your temperature, you Calvin, but another thing you can do is you can actually adjust here if you pull this to just adjust your your iris and then your your here overall here Gamma, so I can kind of make it washed out a lot of stuff in this case I want to here I’m going to reset this we set out and then here you can adjust your overall color.

So, let’s see if I want to take that article source make it kind of bluish or at a green tint or whatever. I can do that just by moving this wheel and again I know I know what you’re thinking looks horrible, but again probably you wouldn’t be doing it’s. These crazy adjustments you’re going to go in there kind of tweak. Let’s see if you have different cameras and they also look slightly different, maybe or because of the lighting or something you can kind of match them just so easily using these tools, the cool thing is that you can also expand it.

So then, it kind of hides the other things and you all have here basically then more advanced controls, which is which these are basically controls that you would have again and DiMucci resolve. So I can adjust like if I wanted to do. I don’t know about teal and orange. Let’s see, look, I can quickly add a little bit of this kind of a teal kind of blue in the shadows, a little bit there in the gamma, which is the mid-tones.

Let’s say like that: an and the gain a de leave and a little bit of this yellow look and I’d say you know I like this kind of a look right I created and you can adjust the contrast, and you know things like that, the the hue, I can adjust it what else you know saturation, all that stuff, so I’d say want to make it very saturated. Oh maybe, let’s see like slightly less saturate, it see somewhere there.

So you can adjust all these things and now what you can do also is you can go in here. You can go copy and I can go now. Let’s say to one of my other camera. So let’s say I switch to this camera here to the side, which is the pocket 6k well you’ll notice, that if I go back to this angle you know the colors completely don’t match. But let’s say I like the color grid that I did there so now I can go and apply actually that same color grid from the other camera to here by again going here expanding this and I can go and paste and once I do that, you’ll notice That now my package 6k has the same.

Look as the packet 4k. So has that same kind of color treatment that I did with that one and then you know, if you wanted to, you, can still go in and tweak it further and all that stuff. So that’s the kind of cool thing and then again, even with the pocket six key. By the way I know some people were wondering online. Can you adjust the Canon lenses? It depends on the Canon lens right, obviously or the canon EF mount lens.

If you have a lens that that, let’s see doesn’t, have you know again, it doesn’t have power zoom but doesn’t have you know, let’s say out of focus capability, then you wouldn’t be able to adjust a lot of the things, but you can still adjust. For example, there the iris – I can open it up close it, you can resume the Calvin all that stuff and yes, you can also adjust the focus, so I can make you go in and out of focus so right now it’s a pretty wide angle so, and I think there should be good so I’ll, just kind of leave it there and yeah.

That’s some of the really cool stuff that I think again. I I thought it’s worthwhile, showing you guys yeah, basically what you get by just using the ATM mini, like you see up here over by actually using the ATM software control. You have all these other functionalities that you wouldn’t otherwise get with, with just eight and mini. So definitely sometimes it’s, I think it would convenient for you to hook up I’ll connect this to laptop, and I think most cases you probably are going to be doing this because you’re probably going to be using this for live streaming or maybe recording the life signal To your laptop and then you know and then like I said this way, you can do that, but you can also, while sending the article signal, you can also control the different things, including control, the different cameras that are connected at the two year, 18 minutes, which Is really really really cool now there are a few things that I found out after I did to update it with the cameras and the ATM, meaning that I’m not so happy about, and that’s basically the fact that now, because the cameras are recognized as kind of These life switching cameras, it basically takes the a two mini-dates control over them and it changes a lot of the settings in your cameras and you cannot change them basically, so you cannot record in some of the settings that you might want to record.

So, for example, the first thing is, you know, while you’re doing real life switching, you can be recording on your different cameras, but keep in mind that at that point all the cameras are only going to be able to record in RAW all the other functionalities. Basically, turn off, so that’s kind of one thing that sax next thing is that it switches to 60 frames per second, because that’s what I hate, em mini kind of operates, and so 16 frames or frames per second and the pocket.

4K is not so bad because you, you know the camera basically can still go and record in 60 frames per second in 4k, and I can record all these other formats and different resolutions on the packet 6k, though the second you switch to 4k or 60 frames Per second, basically you’re, you don’t have to keep ability to shoot in full or record the full 6k, because the camera is not able to record 6k at 60 frames per second.

So I don’t know why they did that, because I would still want to be able to, let’s say, record the the real six key signals of I want to do again. I want to maybe do some life switching but same time. Have the older original footage from the cameras, so I can do an alternate edit later on. It would be nice to have the full six key signal, not only that, but if it switches it to only twelve the other.

I think resolutions are just three action, including the anamorphic, but on otherwise only two other resolutions, which are 17 by 9 aspect ratio, and that’s why I know you guys saw, but when I was switching all the different angles or let’s save our to switch right now. You’ll notice that it’s the top and bottom has these little black bars and that’s because again it’s it’s said: 17 by 9, you know aspect ratio, that’s that really sucks, and I can’t change that.

Why? Because the camera, basically the only way you can shoot in and basically 1080 or raise a 16 by 9 aspect ratio is if I were to shoot in full 6k, basically resolution. I can’t switch to that and I can’t even switch to the 1080p like it. Just won’t, let me do it, so that’s the kind of things that I wish that that they had they are not limited, so they would still allow me to switch like let’s say if I wanted to you know, do I do a livestream or record to all These different cameras and even record to an external recorder, but do it on 24 frames per second.

It would be nice to have that option to be able to switch that and if, unless you guys, finally figured out a way of to do it, because I have not found these settings anywhere and I looked everywhere then, but if you have found it, maybe I’m Missing something that let me know, but I’m guessing, because it’s like a just a few know the latest update they released, I’m guessing hopefully and they’ll, be listening to people like me.

Complaining about this and they’ll they’ll enable those kind of basically more control over that, because it would be nice for me to have these cameras. You know all connected to my 8m mini so that I can switch and I can like even sometimes, if I’m just doing like, let’s say a multicam recording and I’m not necessarily streaming or anything like that. But I just it’s nice to have the 8 a mini. Then, to kind of be able to like quickly switch – and I can see on the monitor here – how I look on one camera – the second camera another camera, but unfortunately I won’t be able to use that now, because the second I connected, like I said to the 8 and mini it’s going to go switcher to run only 60 frames per second and what stuff, and that really then limits that the cameras.

So so that’s that’s one thing that I’m kind of disappointed now. Another thing is, with the many pro you have the functionality to hit recording like I said record, you know there but records to another like it like a USB Drive or something, but you can also trigger all the cameras they have connected so that they, you know, You can basically start and stop them using this. Well, you can’t do that with ATM mini, basically the regular one, and I don’t know why, because they could have just added that functionality.

I know that differently. Reg is graded out, but I wish they would add that because I would be like a small little thing that you know like here in the switcher. If I could just go to the output and in there you know and like they actually added a little record. Setting basically menu that you get when you connect the ATM mini Pro. If it is, they actually did that then they’ll be great, because then I could actually go in here and you know basically trigger all my cameras and record all of my cameras.

At the same time, so that would be a nice functionality which again does not exist. So those are the sounds that my two little complaints or or wishes help the somebody Blackmagic listens, but otherwise have a lot of cool things coming with these new updates. Now you know again and just overall cool tools that black magic has created where there’s these are some different cameras, including the article switcher, and things like that.

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Behind Netflix’s Tiger King (Lessons in Creative Editing)

Now. The reason why I’m doing this is because I recently readed the Tiger King murder, mayhem and madness serious on Netflix, and I know a lot of people have been talking about it, that’s kind of how it you know I heard about it, because people were sharing it Online and then I happen to see characters in there or people that are portrayed in there, and I wouldn’t want to say people because they’re kind of being turned in or made into these characters.

But I actually know them for real, and I know how they are. On real life versus how they’re actually being shown so first thing, maybe I’ll talk about is obviously as a filmmaker it. Whatever subject you’re going to be talking about in your documentary or whatever, whatever it is, that you know kind of a article storytelling that you’re going to be doing whatever form? Are you working in the first, I would say, good tip is to always start with getting as much footage as you can, and especially for a documentary, because the more footage you have and the more obviously different versions of it, then the more options you’ll have and Editing, if you have our limited footage, there’s only so much you can do in editing the most notorious cub breeder petting operation is doc.

Antal he’s fearless, you know. Unfortunately it is what it is. You know. Animals are kept in cages and I think again, by keeping them locked up or keeping them in these places. You know like the Myrtle Beach Safari, where it’s that I think it’s sad, that they are doing things like that and some so it doesn’t seem like anyone has a clear understanding of what’s happening to the animals there, but whatever it is, it’s a reflection of the Leader himself: well, the main guy there’s dr.

Antle he’s the one that basically, is the host he’s the main guy. If you want to judge him, judge him by how he treats the animals just doing it for the end for the money there’s a war in America. That’s being fought for an enormous amount of money, the animal rights activist – they want the lion’s share and they don’t want to share their lions. Some people have been accusing private zoos of animal abuse, including forcing the animals to do tricks just to keep the guests happy.

I don’t know if I wan na talk to you and they kind of be kind of have to be a little heartless to do things like that, because it’s hard yeah somehow. I think anybody that works in these places and I think they really want to do good, but, ultimately you know nobody and no animal should be caged. So what you guys just readed is a little edit of an interview. I did with my wife about our friends from Myrtle Beach Safari and when I showed her the final edit, let’s just say she wasn’t very happy with it.

I know what you’re trying to do you’re making me look like I didn’t say that, and the reason is because the actual interview with my wife was about 40 minutes long, and it was loaded with a lot of different questions about even at different topics, but questions That I knew in editing would give me options to actually be able to edit her talking in such a way that it would look like she’s, actually saying bad things about our friends in Myrtle Beach.

So now let me actually show you the version of the edit that my wife did like the most notorious cub breeder petting operation is doc. Antal he’s fearless, so the latest Netflix documentary Tiger king made some pretty bold accusations against some of the folks behind the Myrtle Beach Safari. But how about we hear from someone who knows him personally? Well, the main guy their stock can tell he’s the main guy he’s very charismatic, he’s very he’s a very nice person.

We had the opportunity to meet him outside of the Safari Park and you know he was very welcoming to us and in his home and his property I felt at home. I felt very comfortable with him and I felt that he was very genuine towards the love he has for the animals and you know towards towards us as well. So I think that organisations like the one that talked until runs are doing their part for conservation right or the species of these animals, and – and I really enjoyed the work they do like it, you can tell that they really loved it, even if they have to Work the whole year, it’s something that they are willing to do because they love these animals and they really want the best for them.

Another accusation of the Netflix documentary makes is that all of this is simply being done for money. I don’t think they’re doing this. For profit at all, because they’re, not flashy people, they don’t have designer clothes or like the latest car or going on on like trips and all these things you know just being flashy out there, just a normal life. They don’t have mansions and yachts and boats.

I really feel that it’s a good thing, what they’re doing with the with the Tigers and and and the other animals that they have there. They really have a love for them and a passion and they take care of them dearly as if they were one of their kids among the many animals they have this facility. They even have an elephant named bubbles, the bubbles she’s happy. She loves people, she loves being around people so for her, it’s a game.

She was playing with us. We weren’t playing with her. She was playing with us, so no for her. It was fun, see she enjoyed it and she was very, very intelligent. Some people been accusing private zoos of animal abuse, including forcing the animals to do tricks just to keep the guests happy. Well, she wanted to play she loved it. She loves the water for her psyche. Oh my god, I’m going in the water or it’s like.

No. I want to play when I wouldn’t play my way and that’s when dog has to be there every day, huh huh not like that. That’s too rough, but no, she loves because she helps you up in her back with her trunk or she’ll bend over. You know she’ll kneel, so she can let you in her back and yeah. She she saw she’s up for it. What I like about the survive is that they have more space to run and to to be themselves, whereas in the zoo, it is it’s exactly what you see that little space, that that is where the animal lives, and that is it.

So, in the end, what does someone who actually knows the folks behind Myrtle Beach, Safari? Think of the latest Netflix series? I don’t like things that are for sensationalism and that are going to twist people’s words and are trying to make people that I personal you know. Look bad if you have the opportunity to go and visit the Myrtle Beach Safari, and I think you should do it. So you can see it for yourself and you can experience that yourself and, and you be the judge and not let somebody else’s opinion or twisted opinion dictate what you want to think.

So, as you guys can see, this version of the Edit was obviously completely different than the first one, and now before I continue further with this tutorial, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Curtis, I’m pretty sure most of you guys already follow him online, But for those few of you who still haven’t readed any of Curtis, informative articles and make sure you head on over to this YouTube blog subscribe, and otherwise I just wanted to say thanks Curtis, for helping out with this article, thanks for letting me help out with This Tom, my blog, is all about lighting and sound for article.

So how did I actually manage to make my wife say things that she never actually said? Well, let’s take a look at the actual edit, so here on my article layer, one you can see these are. This is a all the footage, basically with my wife and then also the clips here with Curtis. So this is all they’re basically talking and then the audio one is also all of the audio for talking. So, let’s actually maybe hear kind of, because if you look at it you’ll notice, whenever I have a cat, I overlay that or hide those cats with some b-roll footage.

So let me right now just hide all of this b-roll footage and let’s just look at the actual article clip here of my wife talking, you know. Unfortunately it is what it is. You know animals are kept in cages and I think again by keeping them locked up or keeping them in these places. You know like the Myrtle Beach Safari, where it’s sad. I think it’s sad that they are doing things like that. So hopefully you guys were able to pick up right away.

You notice that I put in basically things that she was saying, and then I put in little line where she says you know Myrtle Beach, Safari as if she was actually talking about them when in reality, all I actually did when I was interviewing her is like. I said I was asking her kind of loaded questions or just questions that I kind of knew what what the answer would be about some other things and in this instance I actually asked my wife in and specifically about what does she think about other actual public Zoos where their animals have been abused, you know there’s stories like a lot of animals are kept in zoos, being abused being mistreated.

So, as you can see, I was asking her in general about zoos that abused animals. So I kind of knew right away. She would say it’s horrible right, so here you can see here kind of some of the reactions. I think it’s sad that they are doing things like that and some I don’t know you know. Unfortunately it is what it is. You know animals are kept in cages and I think so anyway, so as you can see, she was talking about Zeus, public zoos and and zoos that are, you know, I’ve been supposedly abusing animals, so obviously she was going to say it’s a horrible.

So now, going back to our edit, you notice that this clip here is basically from another part of the interview where she just said: Myrtle Beach, Safari and I have spliced it together to make it look like she’s, saying that they’re doing all those horrible things up Top or keeping them in these places, you know like the Myrtle Beach Safari, where so a very simple thing to do, and then, obviously, once you overlay the b-roll footage, which in this case is basically this clip here of induct playing with with one of the Tigers And this is how it looks, I think again, by keeping them locked up or keeping them in these places.

You know like the Myrtle Beach Safari where so, as you can see very simple way, to kind of twist their words. Now, let’s take a look at another point here of the Edit, so here at this point occurred this kind of talks about the the main guy at Myrtle, Beach, Safari and then again I cut to my wife talking ever it is it’s a reflection of the leader Himself, well, the main guy there stock can tell he’s the one that, basically, is the host he’s the main guy.

If you want to judge him, judging by how he treats the animals just doing it for the end for the money and in here again the very simple trick, you know I had a clip of her saying you know if you want to judge him, judge him By how he treats the animals, and then she actually said you know he did they do a really good job and all that stuff, and then I had another clip where she just talks about something completely different and says you know just doing it for the money.

So, let’s take a look at this. What there’s actual whole clip was before and after some organizations are doing it, so they can keep the species alive and some of them are just doing it for the end for the money. So all I did is, I just took that part which says you know: do it for the money and it’s kind of the same thing even like when she starts talking about like the introduction of dark ant or like again.

Let me kind of show you guys. The whole take here: well, the main guy they’re stuck until he’s the one that basically is the host, and this is actually where I cut it and in the Edit because then later on, she goes on to talking about. You know what doc does at at. You know the safari there and then anyway she keeps on talking about him and then here’s kind of how it sounds at the end, and you know he was very welcoming to us and in his home and his property and and to you know his life.

He was just he was just a very nice guy, very so anyways as you can see. It’s a very, very long take, and that’s because, like I said before, the whole interview to my wife was around 40 minutes and that’s normal when you’ll be doing interviews with people. That’s going to be. You know that long. Sometimes we might even be longer, and in that time, if you obviously want to make it look like I kind of want to set up somebody to make it look like they’re, saying bad things about something that they never said.

Then it’s very easy again by asking them certain questions that you know already. You expect what they’re going to say and then you know you can use it out of context. Then you can very easily make somebody look very bad. You know, or you can ask friends of somebody. Let’s say you want to portray badly and again ask them loaded questions and then edit their answers in that way. But even if, for example, you look at here, my other edit, that my wife did approve, even in that version, I had to kind of do these quick jump cuts and the reason is because, as you saw like a lot of times, people give you these long Answers or sometimes they’re taking pauses and they’re kind of saying, as they’re thinking what to say and in a documentary or TV series, whatever you want everything to kind of flow nicely.

So that’s when using b-roll footage to kind of hide your edits. It can be very helpful so here let me show you the the other version of this edit, but without any of the b-roll footage you can kind of see how I edited my wife’s talking. But how about we hear from someone who knows him personally? Well, the main guy they’re stuck until he’s the main guy he’s very charismatic, he’s very he’s, a very nice person.

We had the opportunity to meet him outside of the safari park and you know he was very welcoming to us and in his home and his property. I felt at home, I felt very comfortable with him and I felt that he was very genuine towards the love he has for the animals and you know towards towards us as well. So so, basically, as you can see, you will always have to end up kind of chopping people’s answers for your article.

The question is: are you doing this simply to you know to kind of fix the flow and speed up the timing of these answers? Or are you doing it to put words in people’s mouths that they never actually said? So hopefully, these two examples give you an idea of how easy it is to manipulate and make it look like people are saying things they never said, and it’s very easy to do, and these kind of documentaries, and and sometimes even just by showing certain images so For example, they never actually had footage of dark.

You know kind of having the animals caged in these small cages, or things like that, and that’s because the animals there are actually very well treated. They actually get to run around, and this is like some of the footage here that I shot on their property or they’re just kind of playing with these Tigers. They have these little toys that they’re chasing and if huge property and the Tigers get to run around, they have other animals that are also again free.

They’re. Definitely nothing like what you see up here with this, the other lady from the documentary or, as you can see, she keeps these animals like in these tiny cages were, and this one looks like the lion came and stand up fully. But if you read the Netflix series, one thing you will notice is that sometimes they’ll show interview. Let’s say with you know the guys from Myrtle Beach talking and then they’ll show footage from somewhere else completely of like I’m, some zoo, where it’s showing the animals being mistreated, and that’s actually what I did here in my version of my bad version of the edit.

So here, for example, is the part where they’re talking about you know it’s a big industry and it’s all about money, and then I got to a shot of dark and then I cut to some completely different footage from a completely different zoo. Where you see a lion, they’re kind of locked up in a cage – and I kind of did that a few times again, because it’s why? Because of the example like this, this is again not from Myrtle Beach Safari.

But just by doing these quick cuts, the audience doesn’t know where this was filmed, and so they automatically assumed. Oh, there must be there, even though that footage doesn’t actually come from from that that place, but you’ll notice that they’re very kind of clever with a lot of things like even when it comes to the sets and then the kind of production design, like you notice In here that this guy that they were interviewing him, they literally, I don’t know they asked him to take out his dentures or what, but they clearly asked him to take off his t-shirt.

I know the documentary they’re kind of asking her, but is too that tattoos? I can only assume – maybe they kind of you know, try to sweet-talk him into like hey. You know, show us what kind of tattoos you have things like that. You know. Don’t worry, take off your shirt, then they were like. I want you to sit down probably, and they did an interview asked him to take off his teeth, even though you can actually see, and this guy’s social media daddy.

This is actually how he looks. He hasn’t you know, nice-looking teeth. That says a girlfriend, a belief, but again, why was it done like that? Well, because we compared to the way he actually looks to the way he looks in the documentary well, you’re, basically creating an image, and the image is that these guys are basically these kind of like lowlife. You know whatever backwards kind of hex from Middle America, there’s actually a very I opening interview with the director of this Netflix series.

He lives in LA and and just in that interview, you’ll, be able to hear actually kind of this condescending view that he has about pretty much the rest of America. So that’s clearly what he wanted to portray and you know want to portray the guy how he actually looks in real life, because again that wouldn’t sell his perspective. It’s the same thing when you look at, for example, interview here that he did up here.

Why the hell was this interview? First up was staged in like with garbage around and stop. They could have picked any place, but no again, this is how you create little things and you’re, putting little ideas and your audience’s ahead, basically by by again by carefully choosing the location, adjusting the callers to kind of make. It look depressing also telling your subject. You know here take off the t-shirt.

Maybe let’s see those real teeth that you have things like that we want to see the real you there’s all kinds of techniques being used when these so-called documentaries are being made. Of course, putting the right kind of music is. Is going to be the final touch to really help you kind of sell the mood day that you’re going after and it’s the same thing I did in my edit when I interviewed my wife.

This is actually music that I got from epidemic sound and by the way you guys can follow my link in the description. If you guys want to get big discount you’re trying to invoke a certain emotion in people – and I know that when it comes to article content – the best way to do that – is you let people’s imagination kind of fill in the blank? So a lot of times? It’s best to not say too much just show a little clip have somebody say something: that’s a little suggestive, maybe then show some kind of a clip.

That kind of further reinforces that idea, and then you know, obviously through the magic of putting let’s see dramatic music. Like, let’s say, for example, if I wanted to make this shot right now and me talking seemed a lot more, I don’t know a lot more dramatic, let’s say so. I would make the lighting a lot more dramatic and then you add the music right and it makes it seem like a much serious subject matter.

If I want to make it really serious, I don’t know. Maybe I can cut to shut like this really really really dark and dramatic, and then at the same time you can make it. You know they were bright lighting and you can add kind of joyful, music and all that stuff and it can sound like we’re talking about and I’m not flying. You know, purple pink, elephants and and something really really fun out there.

So again, just those little things you know well, I’m just make a difference. But again I know what you’re thinking you’re thinking Tom I’m a filmmaker and I’m an intelligent person. I can tell those things apart and yeah. Those are like the very I would say crude and very you know we may be overused techniques of kind of building, an emotional response in an audience right. Just the way, even you, you colleague, rate the footage and things like that, but there’s also a lot of subtle things that are being done now that again may be in, and it’s part of it, I think it happens, is because you know over the years of People reading cinema reading reality TV and all this kind of sensationalism.

I think people the audience has gotten smarter, so you as a filmmaker obviously have to get smarter, because you you want to use all your tools at the disposal, whether it’s the lighting, whether it’s the color grading, the sound design, the music, but a lot of times. If you overdo it – and it’s too obvious, then again that kind of defeats the whole purpose, because then the audience goes. Okay. I know I’m supposed to be sad in this moment right.

So that’s when a lot of these subtle things of just the where you edit something are going to make a huge difference, you’re, obviously going to draw a conclusion based on anything any subjects are reading. Only from the information that you have presented to you. So as an example, if I would to like, I know, like you here in my studio – and I always kept on telling you that oh it’s horrible outside it’s raining, it’s just bad weather or whatever it’s not worth going out and all the windows are closed and You know the only bit of information is, let’s see what I give you then, and maybe let’s say I show you a photo like.

Oh I was just outside. It looks really really bad and muggy and all that stuff, then you think yeah. The weather outside is horrible and what’s the point of going out, but then when you actually or let’s say, if somebody were to open the window and you see outside it’s nice, blue sky and the Sun is out and and somebody’s telling you that the weather is Bad, then you go what the hell are you talking about right? I can see for myself and this is kind of the same thing.

So I’m saying it like, I know certain people who are portrayed in that documentary are, I don’t even know if I want to call it a documentary, because it’s again it’s just like sensationalism. It makes good TV and I’m going to admit that that series is very well produced, they’re well edited, and it makes it seem very exciting. But again it’s not doesn’t mean that that’s what the reality is and – and now maybe I kind of want to talk a little bit about my experience of being ft and you know, and in Myrtle Beach and spending time and kind of the whole thing started to Use because I was doing a filmmaking seminar in 2016 kind of traveling all over US, Canada and Europe, and in one of the locations that are that I had this guy come in.

Who was one of the people who was working at Myrtle Beach? He came to my filmmaking seminar because they were just you know he was interested as a guy very intelligent guy. His name is Robert and he’s been basically he’s just like this guy who just loves to learn, so he does have to somewhat their like social media articles, but he also like you know he teaches on a university. He trains birds, he goes.

Diving is a very, very interesting person, not just a person that I you know. I became friends with him very quickly because I found him very interesting. What do you do when you have mosquito problems in South Carolina? Well, you break out the XM 42 flamethrower. Mosquitoes are the South Carolina State Birds. Unfortunately, they come in swarms and it’s pretty difficult to get rid of them. Whatever sparked his interest.

He was like I’m going to try it I’m going to learn it, I’m going to see what it’s all about and I kind of mimics the way I am there. One of the reasons why I love filmmaking, but I also love you know doing gardening like if you read my last post on my website. You know I do a whole bunch of things. I build things. I built houses built a build, a sailboat been a long time ago, like whatever I find interesting.

I kind of pursue it and and that’s the kind of interesting thing about Robert who works. You know with the dental so anyways. He came to one of my filmmaking: seminars met him, you know, kind of became, friends, went to visit him and then, through you know, kind of seen to multiple visits kind of what he does and I’m kind of we know where the people where he works, because His life revolves mainly about the work and one of the reasons I am one of the people or one of the things people are criticizing there in that series.

Is that all the people there and Myrtle Beach they’re like working like crazy? I don’t have time off and yes, I mean they’re working a lot, but then again it’s like. If you looked at my lifestyle, you think man Tom just like you know he has a studio on his house and whenever he travels with his family he’s working he’s. Always working, I was always working, and I know I’ve even had relatives sometimes tell me that, like like family, just like never have time for family and no it’s not that it’s just.

I love my work and yeah. It does take up a lot of time, but you know what I involve my family. First of all, with my work and so to me, it doesn’t feel like work and so sometimes I’ll wake up right from the you know, time as I wake up until I go to sleep, it seems like I’m always always working, but it’s again it’s totally different When you love it and what you’re doing and and and and then you know when something needs to be done, you know something that you know you have to be there, you’ll just do it.

It doesn’t matter to you, you know, you know. I’ve been thinking about. Taking a vacation, so that’s the reason why I’ve in the pool I can understand Robert or many of the other people that that I met and why they work so many hours and and they pretty much I mean they. They do get some time off, but no they work a lot of crazy hours and they work through a lot. But you know what I was there. I actually not too long ago.

I actually went there and actually spent two weeks or almost two weeks with my family. I took my wife and my kids and we stayed there after you add and our Kantos house so he’s got a you know. Nice house very close to the word and the animals are and basically were, the whole animal sanctuaries and where people come in to see them so visa has a house there. My friend Robert Rosa’s, a house nearby, all the people who work there pretty much all living in that vicinity.

Again everybody who’s working. There is either like their friends or like their. You know, family with nieces. You know grandchildren, all that stuff of duck or some of the other people that work there and they all kind of know each other, and – and I know this because even like, while we were there, I wasn’t there specifically just to kind of hang out and see What you know what they’re doing there with the Tigers, because I was – I just simply – went to Myrtle Beach, so I went with my wife to Myrtle Beach.

We wanted Beach there to see the different attractions now, obviously, since were in Myrtle Beach and we’re staying right. There next to the tiger, preserve or like hey yeah, we want to see the tiger, so we actually got to go sometimes like in the middle of the two little tour that they were doing with people and they have different tours. They have some tours, but there’s a little bit more people, I would say maybe max twenty thirty people somewhere around there, and then they have these other little tours where they do or it’s like two or three people on max and that’s the reason why they do Charge more because again it’s those animals eat a lot of food, even like visible dine and taco the elephant.

But, like doc, has his elfin that he’s saved. There was basically the whole herd from what I understand the poachers in Africa, or I think they did shut them and this baby elephant he adapted it was years ago in 70s, and I saw the photos all that stuff and he anyways. He brought this elephant to America and her name is bubbles. Oh my god, it’s like the like she’s, like the best animal. Ever I got ta sleep very intelligent, and you can just see that by when she wants to listen to to doc.

You can see she. She wants to simple when she doesn’t want to listen. She’s like a like a five six year old kid like I kinda have to be in charge of them, so doc was always there, but like there’s ample when we are staying at his house. First of all, when when I first went there and I was introduced to doc right away, he was just like yeah. Welcome guys go here’s my house, we have a free room here.

We only can stay in nothing. There was no, he never went and told me or my wife or my kids, like oh, don’t go here, don’t do this or whatever they know. We were there so from the moment walk-up, which we usually wake up late, so they were already there because they wake up early early and they go working with animals. But if we woke up earlier, we had breakfast with them or we had lunch or dinner with them.

We I mean it was just like I said like they were just like, like whatever like they do, is know when you’re you know, and when somebody I’m not even that open. When I don’t know somebody I’m not going to just be like oh yeah, you can stay at my house and then I go off to work and I just leave the house. Doc is like that, like he just the house was unlocked. I could come in and leave whenever I wanted to, we could use whatever we wanted to.

I mean he’s very generous with the food. Even though me, my wife is important that exclusively vegetarian. They are so maybe I didn’t always eat their food, but he also did like that’s another thing like their vegetarian and reason for me and my wife aren’t that, but they didn’t care. We came in and we’re eating other stuff, like whatever like they’re, very, very chill people and what I, what I one thing I did take away from, especially the last time that was there like for the longer period with my family is that they’re they’re all like A family where they’re there’s are people who are you, know, kind of hired or joined them as volunteers at first or whether they’re actually family, because most of the people there are kind of family related in one way or another they’re all like family, and they treat Other people, because we weren’t the only ones ice off towards and other people, you know other people that also that stayed there and – and I I see how they are they’re, just very welcoming very open, didn’t have any secrets again.

Like somebody, I would think somebody who has things to hide or maybe doesn’t want to show they would not just be like hey yeah stay at my house and that’s it they will be like well yeah. Maybe you can stay here, but you know don’t go here. Don’t know – and it was the same thing with even the reserve like they were obviously places where they’re like don’t go there because that tiger will eat. You know because he doesn’t know you exist, but otherwise they were like oh yeah.

If you want, you can take, they have these little golf carts and they’re like I take the little court and you can drive there and I even had like my mail. I remember I had to ship something I had a chip there to their place. I had to go pick it up from their office and you know get to drive around. I was amazed when I see friends of mine again. We just see this little serious and Netflix and then they’re like, oh, my god, Tom.

You know these guys are horrible right because again you how they’re being portrayed over there doesn’t mean that that’s how somebody is in real life. So you always keep that in mind whether it’s fake news, fake, whatever right at the end of the day. You know and that’s like I said, I’m saying fake news, because a lot of the stuff applies, I think, also to politics. Well, you know, or to to anybody, really that you sing in a public eye unless you know somebody or that situation personally, just always assume that you don’t know anything because whatever is being shown to you most of the time, it’s being hyped up.

Why? Because you know whether it’s news stations or in this case Netflix, is they’re trying to create something entertainment, something that that will draw people in. I don’t know about some of the other people, but I can tell you honestly whether it’s dark until from Myrtle Beach or or some of the other people there that work there. That are, you, know, friends of mine. I’ve seen nothing but good things.

I’ve been there. Multiple times like I said, I’ve stayed there with my family and I can just tell you guys that it’s not like what you see there in the documentary they they really take care of the animals, but also they take care of each other and and they all Live in a close vicinity there, they all have homes, they all make make money and all that stuff. It isn’t that none of this, like this cult thing and I know, they’re, trying to suggest in there.

That is like a cult or something that doc has nothing like that. It’s just they’re very cool people like we would all go like, for example, when when they did have on the days where they didn’t do the tours with the guests, then yeah they’re busy, obviously always sitting on a day with the animals, but then they would come In and we would they would always like you know, we would get everybody would order, something we would all just share it.

We were to be hanging out in the backyard we’d go with. You know the animals that could be there. We would let them out in the water playing like it was just a cool experience like people were just. It was fun like it like I’m doing, like a very big extended of kind of a fun family. People are her shell, very laid-back and they’re doing their living a life. You know I kind of I would say with the meaning, because they’re following really what they want to do, instead of what I think a lot of sometimes what happens to people as they kind of feel.

Like you know, I have to go to school. I have to do this. I have to get this respectable job. I have to buy this house at and then they get stuck in this kind of a nine-to-five working for these other companies and they’re not happy themselves, whereas you know, and even though they might be working less hours than let’s say guys. You know but they’re in Myrtle, Beach or fear, and what I do with my own business.

But you know what I may I might be working more hours, but I’m more happier I can see because, first to me a lot of times it doesn’t seem like work. I’m just literally living doing what I want to do and I can see this exact same thing happening there with with everybody working at an Myrtle Beach, so yeah. So just keep that in mind guys that unless you’ve been somewhere, it personally or you’ve seen a situation whenever you see it on TV, just accept that it’s either a sensitive sensor, nice version of it make it something that that will be would sound more exciting or A lot of times just people want to show you their opinion of a situation over person, and so it’s not reality.

So just assume that you don’t know it, it doesn’t matter how intelligent you think you are because you can only draw your conclusions. Your opinions, based on things that you see and again if the older windows are closed, and I don’t tell you what the weather is like outside. You only make conclusions based on what I tell you. What you hear are things like that, so you have to open up all those windows.

Look around. You see different point of views and you’ll see very quickly that the world out there is not black and white. It’s not like a person is bad or good. Everybody out there I would say: there’s no bad or good people. It’s just everybody kind of fluctuates constantly between the two. We all kind of, I think, want to pull more towards the good, but sometimes we end up going into bed and it’s just more a question of throughout your life.

Where did you spend on which end of the spectrum, I would say where you spend more of the time? Anyways, that’s my opinion again, that’s my point of view. Hopefully you guys took something positive out of this. If you did, let me know in the comment section below and otherwise I’ll see you guys on 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.

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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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