Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tip: Using the Windows Snipping Tool in your videos

I've always used various programs to grab full or partial screen grabs for use in my videos. These can be the entire screen (which you can then add a digital effect) or smaller grabs useful in shows like my Q&A where I feature the actual message from a viewer. It's an easy way to add reference to whatever you happen to be talking about that features web content.

For the longest time I never knew that one of these programs are built right into the Windows OS. Simply called 'Snipping Tool', it is very basic but also very useful. As shown in the above video, you can capture your full screen or just custom sections that suit your needs. You can then easily drop these captured sections into any editor for further manipulation.

If your interested in a great, free screen recorder that records video of on-screen actions instead of just stills, check out Open Broadcaster Software. It's excellent.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Q&A: Should I tell my cast I'm a first time director?

I apologize for being a day late with this video, but the big move has swamped me and I'm playing catch-up. Here's the latest Q&A show that may be a day late, but should still have some useful tidbits that can aid you in your online filmmaking endeavors.


TED: How YouTube thinks about copyright
Knoptop (channel : website)
Auditioning Actors

If you have a question, please send an email to thefrugalfilmmaker(at)!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: LG G4 Smartphone

I guess I'm doing something right as companies are now contacting me to review their products. This isn't new, but reviewing a new cell phone is. LG contacted me and asked if I wanted to check out their new G4 smartphone before it went public. At first I wasn't going to do it, but considering how pervasive smartphones are and their potential to record audio and video, I reconsidered.

While I liked the phone (see video above), the strongest attraction to any filmmaker has to be the video camera and I found that the G4 came up short for me. It's true you can shoot near-4k video, but I have little need for 4k anything. I was mostly interested in the front-facing camera for on-the-road video blogging purposes, but was disappointed in the resulting image quality.

I know that these phones are not made specifically for filmmakers. They are kitchen sink devices that try to be everything to everyone. That rarely works, but I will say the still camera mode was impressive (complete with full manual control, unlike video mode) and it is a great little media consumption device. I can't really comment on it's use as an actual phone, as this G4 review model is Wi-Fi only.


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