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How to Choose the Right Codec for Every Project
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How to Choose the Right Codec for Every Project

Codecs don’t need to be hard. No, really, they don’t. By the end of this article, you will be able to pick the best codec for you on each project. My goal is to empower you to make your own informed decisions about codecs, instead of relying on what worked for someone else. I’m going […]

Compare 50 Intermediate Codecs on One Page

We’ve pulled together a list of the most common intermediate codecs used in video postproduction, so that you can compare codecs against each other. Each manufacturer publishes their own specifications in different formats, but we’ve scoured the Internet and brought them all into a single page. If you want to compare ProRes vs DNxHD, ProRes […]


As filmmakers, the work we do is extremely important to our society. Video is the most emotional and impactful way to communicate in our world. It’s shaping the very fabric of the internet, and we get to work on the front lines. But this is a hard business – it requires many skills both artistic […]

How helped make Brown Nation a Netflix hit

Brown Nation is a 10-episode series that debuted on Netflix in November. It’s a situation comedy about south Indian immigrants working in the US tech business. It was self-financed,  and independently shot and produced in and around New York City. We took the opportunity to chat with writer and director Abi Varghese about how an independent […]

Five shooting situations that require a specific camera

Does your camera system meet the specific technical needs of your project? It is no doubt versatile, but is it really the best choice for high speed, green screen, low or dynamic light, or portability? Are you giving yourself too much to fix in post? Adding extra frames of slow motion, dealing with green screen artifacts, noisy blacks […]

How IFC’s ‘Documentary Now’ Crushes Collaboration

Documentary Now is a television series on IFC. It parodies celebrated documentary films, from Grey Gardens to Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Recently, the team took on Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme’s legendary 1984 concert documentary about the band Talking Heads. plays an integral role behind the scenes, as this video attests. The series was […]

Plan ahead to easily sell a screen replacement shot

With a little planning before the shoot, you can insert a screen onto a monitor or device convincingly without complications. One key is how the screen is shot. This is where it’s easiest to get it wrong. This tutorial shows how easily a realistic yet legible screen can look more or less perfect in After Effects. Of […]

How to fascinate an audience by playing with time

Time can be manipulated to send an audience on a journey through a range of emotions. In the real world, the stories we share follow a natural progression from beginning to end. With film, there is a bit more freedom to bend the rules. Every story can be told linearly, but that doesn’t mean that your story […]

How Team Projects changes the way you work

Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, but we’re much more used to software that makes us take our turn. Sharing Adobe projects, meanwhile, has most often been done in an ad-hoc way, when it is done at all. The latest version of Creative Cloud adds a set of features collectively known as Team Projects. Adobe has designed specifically for collaboration. As […]