Why I Don’t Use Flat Video Profile in Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2

Olympus released a new flat profile dedicated for video in E-M5 Mark 2 firmware update 2.0. The profile makes it possible to shoot less contrast footage, which suits well for post processing. Here’s the same frame shot with flat and muted profiles (sharpness -1, contrast -2, and saturation 0), so you can see the difference. Videos are shot with Olympus 14-42 pancake zoom, and I used the same shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance for each frame pair. […] Read more!

Review of Quick Release Vertical L-Plate Bracket Hand Grip For Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II [Cheap Hand Grip from eBay]

As I said before, the 12-40 2.8 pro lens is relatively big lens in the MFT field and it would be nice to have an external hand grip while using the lens with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2. Olympus has to different hand grips: HLD-8G and ECG-2. In Finland they both retail for 160 euros, which is quite much so.

Olympus HLD-8G has electronics in it. It adds one external shutter button and a headphone out port. […] Read more!

My feelings of Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2

In February this year I wrote a blog post about what do I want from a new camera in 2015. In the end of the post I said, that Olympus might be the one that I choose. And you know what! Now I have Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark 2 with the kit lens M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ ED!

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In February I made a list of things that I wanted from my new camera, and they were like this:
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Please Return My Heart and Max Payne 3 Effects!

YEAH! Can you still remember our latest video Please Return My Heart? If not, you should definitely check it out before reading this post:

When I had cut the whole video I thought that I should add some sort of an effect on this video. I decided to ask from Otto and Tom for some suggestions and Tom said that I should go for Max Payne 3 effects. I checked out the first Max Payne 3 trailer that I could find, and it was this one:

There are two different effects: RGB split and strong desaturation combined with boosted exposure. […] Read more!

What I Want from a New Camera in 2015

Right now I have a Canon 60D, which I use with a Tamron 17-50 (28-80 on full frame) mm 2.8 stabilized lens and a Samyang 8 mm fisheye. I love this combo, since the 60D has a fully tilting screen which is very useful while shooting video. Also the zoom lens is great, since it has a fixed aperture over the whole focal length and a stabilizer, which is also something that you just got to have. […] Read more!

Blink-182 – All The Small Things Cover Lightroom Preset

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Previously I showed how I color corrected the cover of Blink-182 – All The Small Things in Premiere Pro.

This time I tried to create the same look with Lightroom.

The original frame looks like this.

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I started by lifting the highlights and whites on the Lightroom’s Basic module. I also increased the temperature a bit.

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Then I used SplitToning to achieve similar colors as in Premiere version. I pushed the highlights towards green and shadows towards blue. […] Read more!

Color Correcting Full Band Cover of Blink-182 – All The Small Things

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We just released a full band cover of All The Small Things by Blink-182. Check it out!

As many times before, I used two instances of Colorista Free, Unsharp Mask and Circle plugin for color correction. Here’s how the look like on the adjustment layer.

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The original frame looks like this. It’s shot with Canon 60D and Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC lens.

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The first instance of Colorista Free increases exposure of the whites and pushes them towards orange and yellow. […] Read more!

New Full Band Cover: Blink-182 – All The Small Things

We’re back with that full band cover we’ve been talking about for so long. This one is nothing short of a Pop Punk classic.

Here you go. Our cover of All The Small Things by Blink-182.

Thanks to our buddy Pete Koski for helping us out with the filming. The footage was filmed on our last couple shows from which we posted live videos earlier.

If you’ve ever made it to some of our shows, you know we like to play a couple cover songs every time. […] Read more!

How to Edit Audio in Premiere Pro CC

As far as I know, Premiere has the best audio editing options. Many video editors, such as Final Cut X, allows you only add audio plugins directly to clips. Of course you can override this by using compound clips and then insert your plugins, but in my opinion that is just waste of time.

When I start to edit our vlogs, I open my template which has a timeline that looks like this. The pink video clip is an adjustment layer that has all the color correction plugins that I use. […] Read more!

New live videos

New year, time for new videos! Well, relatively new at least. The most eager of you have probably already seen these two live videos from the end of last year, but I noticed there’s not a mention of them right here. And since I’d like to think our blog is the go-to place for all things MadCraft, I just have to put them out here. So here we go!

The first one is a take on Never Had The Guts from our show at The Circus, Helsinki. […] Read more!