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Author Archives: Eric Maierson

When Hard Drives Fail


For years I’ve been preaching the adage that when it comes to hard drive crashes, there are two types of people, those who have lost data and those who will. Well, last week it was my turn. Again. I was working at home, with all the proper protection, and still, in a single surge, two [...]

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MediaStorm Guide to Editing 2.4 Anamorphic Video


Currently at MediaStorm, we are using the Sony PMW-F5 camera. Our final frame size is 2048×858, also known as 2.40. This more cinematic look is longer in width but shorter in height than the standard HD size of 1920×1080. Though our final output is 2048×858, the captured frame size is actually a bit larger at [...]

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How to Make a Kitchen-Sink Sandwich


When you edit it’s easy to become enamored with your favorite moments, maybe a bit of narration here or a visual sequence there–parts you think are really working. It’s easy to do and it’s natural. But the more important question is, do these sections actually work within the context of the larger piece? Sure, they’re [...]

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MediaStorm Guide to Recording Voice-Over in Premiere Pro 2014


This article is part of a series of posts with tips and tricks from our producers’ experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro CC after years of working in Final Cut Pro. To read more about why we made the switch, check out this post. Recording voice-overs in Premiere Pro 2014 is both easy and straightforward. [...]

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For the Sake of the Story


I’ve been making movies for a while now. Along the way I’ve seen some things: An $800 wireless mic destroyed in a sword fight Horribly early mornings Relentless traffic No vegetarian options except fried cheese, four days in a row Self-doubt Lawyers and threats of suits Layovers and missed flights Sickness, not limited to: colds, [...]

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