My friend Vashi Nedomansky has updated his fabulous Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide which can help you add a “Panasvision Look” to any project. He was inspired by the recent 70mm release of the Hateful Eight to update his looks. It’s not just about adding a vignette over your video to give it a “Panavision Look.” It’s about adding correct aspect ratio vignettes over your video so they “look real.” Vashi goes beyond just telling you what the aspect ratios are, he gives you 50+ FREE templates to use in the NLE of your choice from SD to 6k. You can even use them in FX software like After Effects or Fusion, you just drag them to a video layer above the one you’re working on. Also included is a link to the Unravel_Resolution_CheatSheet for exporting to the current frame sizes for various outputs. Vashi is an incredible artist and an all around great guy. Be sure to bookmark his site for lots of great freebies.
The folks at Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) have shot their first full documentary specifically for the vertical format. They’re goal was not to make it look good on the mobile phone, it was to make it look the BEST on the mobile phone. I have to be honest and say I’m one of those who yell “Turn the phone sideways!” when I see folks shooting vertical video. But who knows, maybe they’re onto something here. Video tailored specifically to the mobile audience displayed how they like to hold the phone. The process involved some hacks and the author suggests that a “camera tailored to vertical filming” would be quite useful for this technique. In particular placing the camera controls in such a way that they can be conveniently accessed with the camera in “vertical mode.” Honestly, we just need camera tripods that have a flip out top like the cheap still camera tripods have. Rotate the camera vertically and keep shooting while having full access to the controls. In the fashion industry they have been shooting like this for years as it’s much easier to show the model with the full garment in vertical mode without all that extra […]