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GH4 Dave DugdaleAnybody who has been learning the ins and outs of shooting video with DSLRs during the past few years is likely very familiar with Dave Dugdale and his excellent educational site Learning DSLR Video. Like the rest of us, Dave started out from square one, with a Canon T2i, a few lenses, and an insatiable hunger to learn anything and everything about the process of DSLR filmmaking. A few years later, Dave is shooting corporate and real-estate videos, and doing it quite well. While his gear has changed a bit since that first DSLR, he has been a Canon shooter since the beginning. Until now, that is. His 45-minute review of the Panasonic GH4 explains why. More »

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Dave Dugdale Swim CommercialBack at NAB 2014, Dave Dugdale, who runs Learning DSLR Video, took some interview footage and b-roll he had shot previously, and sat down with editor Chris Fenwick for a three-hour editing session. The goal was to see what Chris could do with the footage having never seen it before. The video has some great tips for editing interviews down to their most powerful and interesting bits, and if you’ve never used Final Cut Pro X (or you want to know it better), Chris talks about how he uses the program effectively. More »

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NLE Survey Dave DugdaleThe NLE market has seen quite a few changes over the last decade, with Final Cut digging into Avid’s dominance, and now Premiere gunning for those who fled the changes in FCP X. So which non-linear editing programs are people actually using right now? Dave Dugdale of Learning DSLR Video conducted an online survey to try to answer that very question. Here are his results: More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Dave Dugdale Compares the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to the 5D Mark III and RED EPIC - nofilmschoolThe new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is starting to be reviewed around the web, and this time we’ve got Dave Dugdale taking a look at just the second camera from the company. Dave compares the Pocket to his Canon 5D Mark III as well as a RED EPIC, and reviews the camera from a learning perspective. Much of the review focuses on the camera’s log ProRes shooting mode, but there is also an interesting bit about Magic Lantern later on in the review. Check it out below. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Testing the Superwides: Canon 16-35mm vs. Tokina 16-28mm - nofilmschoolDave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video has reviewed quite a few products on his website, and if you’re in the market for a super-wide lens on full-frame or a very wide lens on APS-C without going into fisheye territory, his latest review might be right up your alley. In the video below, Dave takes a look at the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II and the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 on the Canon 5D Mark III: More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video How to Create Your First Short Documentary Promo Film with Dave Dugdale - nofilmschoolDave Dugdale of Learning DSLR Video is no stranger to nofilmschool, mostly because he has an incredible willingness to learn and is very open about what he does, and does not, know (something I’m sure plenty of us aren’t so eager to tell the world). Dave’s most recent video is a look into the creation of his first documentary promotional film for a local photographer, and how he went about the process without any prior knowledge or connections. Check it out below: More »

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Anyone can go out and buy a computer system, but to truly get something that is customized for video editing, and won’t cost you a bundle, you’ll probably be looking at buying the parts yourself and putting it together. We’ve got our very own Hackintosh guide to help you build a computer specifically designed to handle Mac OSX, but your options are certainly less limited if you’ve decided that you just want to build a Windows PC. Dave Dugdale, from Learning DSLR Video, is building his first computer, and he has compiled all of this information to help you along in your own journey. Here is the video from Dave: More »

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By now Dave Dugdale and his site Learning DSLR Video should be fairly familiar to you because of his honest personal experience and no-nonsense gear reviews. In our modern, lovely era of acquisition technology — particularly regarding the proliferation of low-cost, high native ISO cameras — the need for Neutral Density filters inevitably arises. That said, there’s quite a few options out there, but like lenses themselves, quality concerns must be heavily weighted against price-point. Dave has recently created an ND filter shootout that incorporates both of these key considerations into his conclusion. Read on to find out which ND filter just may be the right choice for your needs. More »

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We’ve featured some great reviews from Dave Dugdale in the past, but this time we’ve got a completely different video to share: a prediction about the future of the camera industry. Whether realizing it or not, I’ve written a tremendous amount about the camera industry and where I think it’s going, but most of my predictions are short term and usually based on some sort of concrete information. Either way, let’s speculate for a bit, is it possible that we could see RAW video DSLRs in the next year or two? Click through to check out Dave’s video. More »

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Good location audio will make your film shine. The less you have to redo in post the better, as nat sound will bring a level of realism to any project. There are many tools available to help you achieve better sound, from a bevvy of tried and tested field recorders to some crucial on-camera mics like the ever-popular Rode, but what about those hard-to-reach areas away from the camera? Clearly wireless mics are the solution, but which mid-range system is the best? Thanks to Dave Dugdale of Learning DSLR Video, we have our answer. Check out the wireless mic battle of the ages after the jump. More »

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If you travel with camera gear a lot, you know the importance of being able properly store that gear safely. Traditional backpacks are not designed to safely hold cameras and lenses because they’re missing specialized compartments to keep the gear from hitting each other. As Dave Dugdale shows in the video review below, the camera bag you choose may have more to do with you than it does with the design of the bag. More »

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As I’ve said before, if you want a simple, no-nonsense review of a product, Dave Dugdale over at Learning DSLR Video is a good place to start. This time Dave takes a look at the Camera Motion Research Blackbird Stabilizer which is a camera stabilizer similar to the Glidecam and Steadicam Merlin products. Ryan has talked about the Glidecam in the past, but more and more companies have been getting into the camera stabilizer business in the last few years. Check out Dave’s review below. More »

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Dave Dugdale over at Learning DSLR Video is often reviewing gear from a practical and non-biased viewpoint, and the newest video with DeeJay Scharton from DSLR Film Noob is no exception. With the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a 24mm lens is going to become your normal lens, so if you’re interested in shooting in lower light at a reasonable focal length, you’re most likely going to want a fast 24mm lens. Dave and DeeJay take a look at the Canon 24mm f/1.4 and the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 Macro on both full frame and crop cameras, but the part of the review that will apply most to those who’ve preordered the BMCC is the performance on the crop sensor camera. Though the crop factor of 1.6 still does not match the 2.3x crop of the BMCC, it’s a much better representation of performance than on the full frame camera. More »

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Dave Dugdale Compares the Canon Mark III to the Canon T2iWe all like to think the latest and greatest high-end cameras will save our production or propel us into stardom…or something like that. Cameras are tools, and just because one costs more than another, doesn’t mean that the final result will necessarily be all that different. I’ve used pretty much all of the popular DSLRs out there, and you can get great results from any of them. The question is, once these videos go to YouTube or Vimeo, how much of a difference will there be? Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video asks this very question as he compares the relatively new Canon 5D Mark III to the inexpensive Canon T2i. More »

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Tired of squinting at your DSRL’s LCD screen?  Maybe you need some extra lighting oomph for that indoors shoot?  These two projects aim to make your no-budget existence a bit easier.  The  first is a DIY viewfinder from Knoptop and Learning DSLR Video, and the second is a big 800-watt equivalent CFL video light from IndyMogul (accompanied by a goofy short shot with it): More »