Making a DIY Dead Cat

Have you ever wondered how professional filmmakers and TV crews can film out of doors and get really good audio, but when you show a video on your camcorder or smartphone even the lightest of breezes spoils the sound?

Wind noise in outdoor recordings really sucks.

That constant thumping of the wind against the microphone is at least distracting, at worse it makes listening really hard to do.

Fortunately, there is a way to protect a microphone from wind noise. It's called a dead cat.

You can find many examples on eBay and Amazon but it's also easy to make one yourself, both cheaply and quickly. You can find videos on YouTube that show you how and there are a number of blog articles that not only explain what these dead cats do and how they do it, there are some that actually show you how to make your own DIY dead cat.

If you don't have the time to make your own dead cat, take a look on Amazon. Here's an example for
the very popular Rode VideoMic Pro plus microphone.


Filmic Pro Presets

If you have just started using FiLMiC Pro you may not have looked in detail at the FiLMiC Pro presets that you have available by tapping the gearwheel icon.

But why would you bother with FiLMiC Pro Presets?

Quite simply because they offer quick access to all your regularly used settings.

So why does that matter?

Quite simply because creating and having a library of presets that you can quickly access will enable you to accelerate your workflow. Not only that, but you'll also be able to take advantage of any video opportunity you come across.

DIY Video Studio has an article that lists the FiLMiC Pro presets and settings.

Download the FiLMiC Pro apps
FiLMiC Pro is available from the AppStore for iOS devices and through iTunes.

You can also download FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote as the FiLMiC Pro Camera Kit. The addition of FiLMiC Remote is a great way to use a second device as an external monitor and remote control. A must have for any self shooter using the good quality rear facing …

Why you need to move to Cards & End Screens

If you're creating video content on YouTube I hope you are taking full advantage of YouTube’s free marketing tools. Of course they don't call them that. They call those tools Cards and End Screens.

If you haven't visited YouTube for a while you may not have heard of either End Screens or Cards. But you probably will have heard of Annotations, or at least seen them on videos. But here's the thing, Annotations are NO MORE. Annotations RIP. As of about May of 2017 YouTube Creators haven't been able to create new annotations, nor can they edit existing annotations (with the exception of removing them from videos).

Oh no! Annotations were great, at least for Creators, who sadly seldom used annotations in a subtle way. Nonetheless, annotations were useful for Creators. They were a boon; I could use them to link to my website’s landing page or squeeze page. In fact, I could link to multiple websites, although YouTube didn’t really want anyone to know about that.
So why has Y…

Why Your iPhone 5 and 5C and iPad 4 Won't Work With iOS 11

When Apple updates it’s mobile operating system in the autumn of 2017 to iOS 11, owners of an iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPad 4 will find they have been left behind in the update. This is a result of Apple’s policy to cease support of 32-bit Apps and devices. Since 2013, with the introduction of the Apple A7 processor, Apple’s mobile devices have been using 64-bit processors. The A7 processor was introduced on the iPhone 5S and then used in the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3. So all these devices will be able to update to iOS 11. But if your device has a 32-bit processor, essentially A6X and earlier processors, your device will effectively be consigned to history. This means your old device will remain forever stuck at iOS 10.3.2, with no new security updates. If you still have an iPhone 4 owner, you will know that it refuses to update beyond iOS 7.1.2. Owners of an iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPad 4 will have the same experience, although they will be stuck at iOS 10.3.2. Moreover, old…

Funny Bloopers & Outtakes Videos at Highlander Glasgow Shoot

Funny Bloopers and Outtakes Videos
We have been filming at Highlander International  Paper Recycling in Glasgow for around two years and naturally, some shots just go wrong. Rather than delete them we decided to share them with you. So sit back, hit play, and and enjoy some funny bloopers & outtakes videos courtesy of Highlander.
Highlander are based in the central belt of Scotland, on the outskirts of Glasgow and are located in the former premises of Hannay Paper Recyclers. A factory that was custom built to match the needs of a paper recycling operation. Interestingly, the premises were also turned into a TV and video production studio in the noughties, the business being know know as Popmorphic. Unfortunately the video business failed but that was good news for Highlander, who now own the premises and run it as a highly successful paper recycling facility.
The funny bloopers video was produced by Tosh Lubek Productions, an Ayrshire and Glasgow video production company.

Video Production Ayrshire

Video Production Ayrshire
For video production in Ayrshire, Ayrshire, Glasgow, and Lanarkshire call Tosh Lubek Productions on 01292 570823 and ask for Tosh. Alternatively vist the website.
Tosh Lubek Productions is an Ayrshire based commercial video production company that recently worked
with Jill Simpson from Deva Training from Kilmarnock. Once the videos were completed and uploaded to
YouTube and other social media sites Jill offered to record a video testimonial for Tosh Lubek.

Jill said, “I did three videos with Tosh as part of the 5TopTips for small business series. I think what might
have stopped me had I been  buying the service was not so much a lack of confidence – presenting is,
after all my thing – rather my concern that the actual process would be a complicated and expensive one.

In fact, that wasn’t the case at all. Tosh came to my office, found a suitable place for me to stand and
made the whole thing very simple. The resulting videos looked great, and the feedback I get about th…

Why you need to use YouTube Cards and End Screens

YouTube Annotations. They are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them.
As a viewer you may think they are ugly and often hide the video you want to watch. But if you are a YouTube creator you will know annotations have been one of your best friends. When introduced by YouTube they helped Creators grow their channels by encouraging fans to subscribe, lead them to other related videos, boost comments, likes and shares, Annotation can even facilitate the sale of merchandise. So if Annotations are so good, why is YouTube doing away with them from Tuesday May 2nd 2017?
The big problem for Annotations is that they are old technology that does not work on mobile. Annotations were introduced in 2008 when our e-lives were firmly tied to desktop computers. Mobile networks were relatively slow and streaming HD videos to your phone was a bizarre notion for most people. Almost ten years later everything has moved on. Desktop viewing has been overtaken by mobile and annotations have…