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Our favorite clips of 2014

The past 365 days have been a wild ride, and our list of top downloads for the year reflects it well. Here are some of the top subscriber downloads from 2014. 1. Sunrise HDR Stock Video Footage As timeless as sunrises might be, it appears the “magic hour” was more in demand in 2014. With

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How to Be a Better Filmmaker in 2015

The only barriers to becoming a marginally better filmmaker a year from now are time and practice—not better equipment, better connections, or better funding. However, time and practice alone won’t make you the absolute best filmmaker you’re capable of becoming. To make that type of improvement, you need a solid strategy. Follow these blueprints to

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5 Experts Who “Teach” Filmmaking on Twitter

Ahhh, Twitter—the closest we’ll ever come to coffee with Peter Jackson or a depressed Darth Vader. But we all know it’s more than just a venue for parody and shameless self-promotion. Cutting through the thick fog of sarcasm and selfies, there is a wealth of great sources for free filmmaking advice on Twitter. Here are

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What is a Cinemagraph?

Not much more than a century ago, the term “motion picture” was coined in an attempt to illustrate the jump between photography and emerging cinema—in the same way Old English poets had called the sea a “whale road” and the sun a “sky candle.” Since then, filmmakers haven’t rested much. It seems like every day

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Top Yule Log Clip Gallery

Top Yule Log Clip Gallery Picture yourself in a cabin in the middle of a snowy forest, a cup of hot chocolate in your hand as you lounge in a cozy armchair. A pleasant scene, to be sure—yet something is missing. That something is a roaring fireplace—and whether you live in New York or Los

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These Aren’t Photographs—They’re Prints from 4K Video Frames

We’ve previously featured some impressive cover photos from magazines like GQ Esquire and Vogue that weren’t really cover “photos,” but instead individual video frames shot using 4K motion cameras. The magazine industry, though, can make any photo look impressive thanks to its (often controversial) Photoshop wizardry—so we put our own footage to the test by

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Before-and-After: Color Grading R3D Files

We’ve previously gone on location with some of the artists who film our content, but the editors who take it to the next level have remained largely behind the curtain—until now. Of the many unsung heroes behind our footage (independent cinematographers, directors, actors and actresses, drone and helicopter pilots, etc.), perhaps none play a larger

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