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Tips to Clip

2017

Tips to Clip: January 2018

Mic Mistake Last month I passed on a tip about putting wireless microphones in aluminum baking pans. I thought the purpose of the pans...

2017

Tips to Clip: December 2017

Are You Talking to Me? Last week, while working one of five cameras on a major corporate meeting, I had the opportunity to meet...

2017

Tips to Clip: November 2017

Knit Picking You may have noticed that many of the pictures used in this column appear to have been shot against a blue paper...

2017

Tips to Clip: October 2017

White BalanceModern cameras are capable of adjusting to a wide variety of lighting types, but they must be given an accurate sample of what...

2017

Tips to Clip: September 2017

Cable TiesThere are probably as many ways to tie up cables as there are people to tie them. Perhaps one of these methods might...

2017

Tips to Clip: August 2017

Weighty Problem There are many situations when safety dictates that we apply weight to stabilize a light or microphone stand or other structure. The...

2017

Tips to Clip: July 2017

Last week I was working on a multicamera shoot when, just as the show was about to start, the engineer lost control of the...

2017

Tips to Clip: June 2017

Best Video JobThe best job in our industry has to be working on a cruise ship video crew. I recently had the opportunity to...

2017

Tips to Clip: April 2017

Invisible Mic THE PROBLEM: I was operating a long lens camera for the General Session of a large corporate meeting. During rehearsals the director...

2017

Tips to Clip: March 2017

Stolen Equipment Unfortunately, we are all at risk of having our equipment stolen. Our gear is often small, highly portable and of high value,...

2017

Tips to Clip: February 2017

35 Years of Tips This month marks the beginning of my 35th year writing the “Tips to Clip” column, and I would like to...

2016

Tips to Clip: January 2017

Bright Light The Problem: You need more light than the beam of the flashlight on your cellphone can provide. The Tip: Set the phone...

2016

Tips to Clip: December 2016

Carnet Correction I must offer a correction to the September Tips to Clip item about carnets. This travel document, often referred to as a...

2016

Tips to Clip: November 2016

Glare Gone I love it when you allow me to share simple tips that solve basic problems. Carl Ulbrich of Phoenix, Ariz., was annoyed...

2016

Tips to Clip: October 2016

A Christmas Gift It seems that every year, stores put out their holiday displays earlier than the year before. But that can be a...

2016

Tips to Clip: September 2016

Not a Clue Most of us have learned a lot from the “stupid client tricks,” which are the result of people with absolutely no...

2016

Tips to Clip: August 2016

Safe from Glare Many industrial venues require that everyone wear safety glasses, but the normal curved eye protection is a source of all sorts...

2016

Tips to Clip: July 2016

Coffee Cup Collar One of the prime directives backstage at any video shoot is this: No open containers of liquid will be placed on...

2016

Tips to Clip: June 2016

Green Arrow No, this is not about a comic book hero with a bow who catches criminals. Instead, it’s a really great improvement on...

2016

Tips to Clip: May 2016

Backwards It Shoot I received an unusual question this month. Kelly Murphy of New York says, “I have to make a shot where an...

2016

Tips to Clip: April 2016

Night Shakes The Problem: Govind Shahi of Pinole, Calif., writes, “No matter what I try, my long exposure night shots—like this one of the...

2016

Tips to Clip: March 2016

Emergency Charger If you are away from your “base camp” and need to recharge your cell phone or other piece of equipment but forgot...

2016

Tips to Clip: February 2016

Headphone Adapter It seems like when we need the 1/8″ to 1/4″ adapter for our headphones, it’s often not with the headphones—it’s in our...

2015

Tips to Clip: January 2016

More on Cable Ties Our thanks and a Tipster Tool Tote go out to John Wetmore for sharing this adventure. John says, “I have...

2015

Tips to Clip: November 2015

Info Saver The tip about unique uses for your cell phone that appeared in a previous issue brought forward several more ideas. Robin Knox...

2015

Tips to Clip: October 2015

Tipster Tool Tote For years I have carried my essential tools in a pocket tote—now that tote is available to you as a token...

2015

Tips to Clip: August 2015

Snowball in a Coal Mine “Dynamic range” refers to the ability to hold detail in both the brightest and darkest areas of a scene....

2015

Tips to Clip: July 2015

Tripod Plate A tripod quick release plate is an indispensable gadget that attaches to the bottom of your camera and holds it on your...

2015

Tips to Clip: June 2015

Every year I search through the thousands of products offered at NAB Show in an effort to find those unique gadgets that can make...

2015

Tips to Clip: May 2015

Tripod Tighteners Save those plastic pads that come with a new pack of DVDs or CD-ROMs—they make a great tensioner for camera plates. Ken...

2015

Tips to Clip: April 2015

Tips Archive You can check out previous “Tips to Clip” columns online by going to www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/articles-taging/tips-clip. Cable Care Those mic cables coming out of...

2015

Tips to Clip: March 2015

Droning On More and more of us are using small drones indoors and want to incorporate them into our toolkit of outdoor video tools....

2015

Tips to Clip: February 2015

Inside the Box People are always saying we should think “outside the box,” so this column will share some of your unusual solutions to...

2014

Tips to Clip: January 2015

Back Focus Instruction I recently offered a back focus chart to anyone who sent me an e-mail, but, as Greg Goodwin of Jacksonville, Fla.,...

2014

Tips to Clip: December 2014

Sharp Tape Idea The Problem: You are under the stage and have just finished running one of many identical BNC cables. You want to...

2014

Tips to Clip: November 2014

Back Focus Chart I have received a number of messages asking if my back focus chart is still available. The answer is yes. I...

2014

Tips to Clip: October 2014

The White Glove Treatment I was working camera at a large corporate meeting last week and noticed something unusual about the A-2 (audio assistant)....

2014

Tips to Clip: September 2014

Panorama Problem With today’s computer editing software, it is easy to stitch a series of still photographs into a beautifully merged panorama. The hard...

2014

Tips to Clip: August 2014

Cruise Coverage I recently met a guy with probably the best job in our industry. Brian Thomas is the official videographer aboard Princess Cruise...

2014

Tips to Clip: July 2014

Mixed Bag of Tricks Each of us has a “mixed bag of tricks” or “go bag” that we take on every assignment. It holds...

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