Gear Review: Joel’s Top 5 Coolest New Cameras and Accessories at NAB ‘17

By Joel Holland, Founder and Executive Chairman of VideoBlocks   Each year, the NAB show in Las Vegas brings us the newest gadgets and gear in the world of video production—and 2017 was no let-down. Despite hefty competition from the many tools and products on display, we’ve identified five new must-have items worth calling out in our NAB round-up. Before we dive into the new tech, it’s important to note that there were four key themes we noticed at the show that will have a major impact on the rest of 2017: 1. 4K is no … Read more about Gear Review: Joel’s Top 5 Coolest New Cameras and Accessories at NAB ‘17

Behind the Scenes of the Epic San Diego Aerial Clips

Behind the Scenes of the Epic San Diego Aerial Clips At VideoBlocks, our mission is to provide high quality content that companies like NBC are proud to use, but at a price point that even casual video-editing enthusiasts can afford. These epic San Diego aerial clips were captured with an ARRI Alexa camera using a Canon 14.5-60 Cinema zoom lens. For super fluid cinematic footage, our cinematographer utilized a Cineflex 5-axis gyro-stabilization system. This system can be operated from inside the helicopter, with … Read more about Behind the Scenes of the Epic San Diego Aerial Clips

The Zolly: Add Flare To Your Footage

It’s always good to learn some new camera tricks to keep your content looking fresh. We have one to share with you today called “The Zolly”. As you might guess from the name, it is a little trick that uses both a zoom and a dolly to create an effect that will visually suspend your subject in space. How It Works To create the “zolly” effect, you’ll need to have your camera rigged up to some type of dolly track. As you dolly in closer to your subject, you’ll want to zoom out on the camera. The trick here is to zoom out at the same speed as … Read more about The Zolly: Add Flare To Your Footage

5 Tips for Capturing Holiday Memories on Video

Everyone likes to break out the video camera on Christmas morning, but if you’re going to do it, make sure you do it right! There are some simple tricks you can do to make your holiday home movies stand above the rest. Just follow these five tips for capturing the perfect holiday video! 1. Don’t worry about the atmosphere. It’s time to be honest: no one cares about how beautifully your mantel is decorated or how gorgeous the logs burning in the fireplace are. Home movies are for capturing memories of people, so make sure you focus on that. … Read more about 5 Tips for Capturing Holiday Memories on Video

15 Tips for Shooting and Editing Interviews

Interviews are a basic and integral part of many video productions. However, because the concept seems so simple, often times less preparation and attention is put towards interviews compared to other aspects of the production. This can ultimately lower the value of your work, taking a project from professional to amateur quality. Here are 15 tips that will help you create professional quality interviews for your upcoming projects. Be Prepared Research Your Topic  Have you ever seen one of those embarrassing talk show interviews where an … Read more about 15 Tips for Shooting and Editing Interviews