A quick intro to I-frames and GOP in video codecs

I-Frame and GOP are video codec terms. When a video is encoded to be viewed on TV, YouTube, Blu-Ray or any other streaming method, it needs to be compressed. If you’re watching a video at 24 frames-per-second, you’re not really seeing 24 full pictures. Instead, you’re seeing sets of GOP (Group of Pictures) composed of inter frames (I-frames), predicted frames (P-frames) and bi-directionally predicted frames (B-frames).  Depending on the codec, a GOP could consist of upwards of 15 frames. Continue reading “A quick intro to I-frames and GOP in video codecs” »

Basic rules for shooting better footage

As imaging technology develops, camera prices continually drop. Now, a consumer-grade camcorder can have an aesthetic that’s surprisingly appealing. And now that DSLRs shoot video, film-like video is at our fingertips. This has made consumers very excited and professionals very cynical. An independent filmmaker once told me, “The good news is; everyone can shoot a movie now. The bad news is; everyone can shoot a movie now.” Continue reading “Basic rules for shooting better footage” »

5 Best practices for wedding videographers

Remember that American Express commercial with Martin Scorsese from five or six years ago? You know the one where he’s standing at the one-hour photo counter and critiquing his recently developed shots? He looks up at the associate and says “What was I thinking? It’s just not working.” He looks at another photo, “This one… interesting. It’s far too nostalgic.” “Unavoidable,” he finally says, “got to re-shoot.” Then he turns and pulls out his cell phone: “Hey Timmy, it’s your uncle Marty. How would you like to turn five again?” Continue reading “5 Best practices for wedding videographers” »