Camera Hacks That Will Make You A Better Filmmaker

Camera Hacks That Will Make You A Better Filmmaker


– [Matt Voiceover] You ever seen one of those stupid camera hack videos? You know, the ones that
teach you dumb camera tricks like shining light into the lens? Or encourage you to wield sharp objects in front of the lens, just for some lame– Whoa, wait a second, that looks cool! Fishing line, well that’s just– Whoa, that looks sick! And that lens flare, though! They also show you cheap ways to replace expensive camera
gear, like sliders and dollys. But mostly, they’re just about
putting crap on the lens. (car skidding) – [Matt] What are you doing? Are you putting Vaseline on my lens? – [Jason] Relax, it’s a camera hack. – [Matt Voiceover] You put Vaseline on my lens, you’ll be using it on your
black eye for two weeks. – [Jason] But I was hacking! I’m a hacker! – [Matt Voiceover] Call ’em hacks,
call ’em whatever ya want, these are some fundamental
practices that helped me take my filmmaking to the next level. Get a reliable hard drive. All your footage should live here. I edit recent projects off
these handy mobile drives while I store all my footage
on larger desktop drives. Give yourself peace of mind
that all your sick footy is safe and backed up. This one’s pretty obvious,
but take care of your stuff. Clean glass makes a world of difference, so get yourself a basic cleaning kit. Not only will it make your image cleaner, it helps with resale value if
you ever decide to upgrade. Consider getting a basic LED light kit. You can power them with batteries and use them anywhere, and most come with
adjustments for brightness, and even color temperature. I’ve had my kit for years,
and I’ve learned so much about light and how to
control it and shape it. I love playing with color, so I created a quick, easy Velcro system to attach colored photo gels to the face of my lights. If you know me, I’ll find any
excuse to bring out the gels. If they’re not already
built into your camera, grab an ND filter. Neutral density filters simply cut light. Cut down on sunlight,
open up your aperture, and maintain that soft,
silky depth of field. Polarizing filters are a game-changer. Screw or slide one on to the front of your lens and watch the magic happen. As long as you’re facing
perpendicular to the sun, your greens will become greener, your blues will be bluer than
you ever thought possible, water will become richer and clearer, and you can even pierce through unwanted reflections in glass. Now, that’s a camera hack! – [Jason] Yo, that thing is sick. – [Matt] Yeah, I picked it off some kid for four Xbox games. – [Jason] How’s it work? – [Matt] Um, there must be a manual online. – [Matt Voiceover] Show up
to your shoot prepared. A great first step is to
invest in a camera bag that suits your needs. Set it up in a way that works for you. Pack it the same way every time, so you know where things are. Put heavy stuff at the bottom so you don’t crush your goodies. – [Matt] All right, ready? – [Jason] Yeah, droppin’ in. – [Matt} Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Oh, crap, I forgot a camera battery. – [Jason] (sighs loudly) – [Matt] (sighs loudly) I’ll go run home. – [Matt Voiceover] The last
thing you want on set is to run out of battery. In a professional scenario,
you need backup power. And believe me, spending
money on batteries sucks, but it’s better than
running out of power on set. I even carry portable
emergency battery packs to charge things like
this follow focus, GoPros, or even phones. I got the juice, you know what I’m sayin’? – [Matt] (panting) All right, ready? – [Jason] Yeah, okay, droppin’ in. – [Matt] Oh, wait, wait, wait, I forgot a memory card. Be right back. (yells in frustration) – [Matt Voiceover] I don’t
even want to admit to you how many times I’ve shown up to a shoot, only to discover that I left my memory card in my computer. I’m pretty good at not doing that anymore, but just in case, I keep a
couple backups in my bag. This won’t apply to
everyone, but as a RED owner, I have to keep a small
toolkit with me at all times. You never know when it will come in handy. Sunglass pouches are great
for storing small items. I like to keep yet another
backup of USB cords to account for unexpected
malfunctions or battery charges. I like braided cords, as they last longer. This stuff right here
was created by the gods. Gaff tape is easily tearable, strong fabric tape that won’t
leave residue when removed. It’s great for a million different things, including this makeshift sun hood. Wondering why your pans and
tilts aren’t very smooth? Besides practice, maybe your tripod isn’t balanced. Finding the balance point of your camera will make following moving
objects so much easier. It can look a little sketchy
if you overhang like this, but if your tripod has a safety mechanism, it should be all good. Having a tripod with a
center column or ball head makes leveling quick and convenient. But always make sure to
have your hand on top before making an adjustment. Stay organized. A label-maker is an awesome way to keep track of your belongings. I like to label all of my lens caps, so I can quickly identify
them at a glance. And the best part? You’ll never mix your
caps up with someone else. I label my batteries as
well, so I can keep track of which ones are charged, or
to identify any missing ones. I even put contact information
on them, just in case I misplace them. And besides, label-makers are fun as heck. So, that’s about all I
got this time around. Let me know what you
think, or share your tips, in the comments below. – [Matt] (panting) Ready? – [Jason] Yeah, droppin’ in. – [Matt] Oh! Oh no! – [Jason] What? – [Matt] The battery just died. Let’s just shoot tomorrow. – [Matt] If you’re interested in any of the gear in this video, check out the links in
the description below. If you dig what we do, support us by grabbing a pack of stickers or a shirt in our merch store, at ifht.tv/store – [Matt] Password? There’s a password?

100 Comments

  • Steveee Wonder

    April 21, 2019

    Having good equipment is not a hack

    Reply
  • Staraviamix69

    April 22, 2019

    Up next :
    How To Be A Filmmaker

    Reply
  • sam 25

    April 22, 2019

    bro your videos are coool as fuck

    Reply
  • Fahim Mosharrof Ratul

    April 26, 2019

    Are you even a videographer if you haven't put vaseline on the sensor?

    Reply
  • Madison Pictures

    April 27, 2019

    You look like a millionaire

    Reply
  • Matthew Hyatt

    April 28, 2019

    that zelda music…

    Reply
  • Eusebius Bob

    April 29, 2019

    And i dint subscribers never make fun of peter

    Reply
  • MaQuGo119

    May 3, 2019

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t1PQJmM8P4

    Reply
  • BabayMáté

    May 4, 2019

    LaCie is unreliable!! check the amazon reviews! average 15%-20% of the hardrives fail! 🙁

    Reply
  • Landen Scott

    May 4, 2019

    W

    Reply
  • Daniel Roper

    May 4, 2019

    how bout hacks for us filmers who only have an ipad?

    Reply
  • JoshTansleyBeats

    May 5, 2019

    Nice Zelda music

    Reply
  • James Cook

    May 5, 2019

    Hip Hop remix of the Zelda theme tune…I'm onboard!

    Reply
  • OnyX Studio

    May 5, 2019

    Was that a red camera 🤤🤤

    Reply
  • L_ Quip

    May 5, 2019

    that was an awesom video

    Reply
  • Peter Filimaua

    May 7, 2019

    Best filmmaking video I’ve seen 👌🏽 keep it up

    Reply
  • Travel Bubbs

    May 7, 2019

    Nice vid. Funny af! 😂

    Reply
  • Štěpán

    May 8, 2019

    dude this is porn

    Reply
  • Ford Pix

    May 8, 2019

    omg this one help a loy

    Reply
  • Braj Kishore

    May 8, 2019

    amazing tips thanks… subscribed

    Reply
  • saran pranavv

    May 8, 2019

    Use lock on grips for tripod handle

    Reply
  • IrvinIce

    May 9, 2019

    Thank you for teaching common basics to organization and hygiene to the masses. Doin the lords work.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • KoBbie 6th McQuinn

    May 9, 2019

    Thanks for making this… I enjoyed the filmmaker running back and forth.

    Reply
  • Jacob Rodgers

    May 10, 2019

    Has no one noticed the sick Zelda beats?

    Reply
  • Davey King

    May 10, 2019

    Well done Sir.

    Reply
  • gaming channel

    May 14, 2019

    I always pack an extra girl in my back backpack for back up reasons 😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Reply
  • Fred E

    May 25, 2019

    I'm digging the Fairy Fountain remix

    Reply
  • Rohan

    May 28, 2019

    1:01 Zelda anyone?

    Reply
  • Dai Wei Sun

    May 30, 2019

    Great advice! If ya boooji and got tons of money to spend.

    Reply
  • JonnyGFlea

    May 30, 2019

    Is it only possible to shoot in such high quality with the cameras you own? Or can I do it with a cheap alternative… Like my smartphone?

    Reply
  • Paras Panjwani

    June 1, 2019

    I’ve got my phone

    Reply
  • Gabriel Maia

    June 7, 2019

    The Zelda soundtrack was the best

    Reply
  • Being Human

    June 7, 2019

    Hackolacorolla

    Reply
  • Moto Rider94

    June 9, 2019

    Did anyone ever think that he had to film himself filming? And probably used these hacks for this video

    Reply
  • Skrrt Skrrt

    June 9, 2019

    2:00 background song?

    Reply
  • Rafael Bacelar

    June 14, 2019

    the Zelda's songs catch me

    Reply
  • thebigcheezze

    June 16, 2019

    Why am I watching this I don’t even have a camera

    Reply
  • Luis Alfageme

    June 16, 2019

    Money

    Reply
  • Матвей Столяров

    June 17, 2019

    this is amazing

    Reply
  • Gabriel Ghanem

    June 18, 2019

    1:27 I like the "red" label

    Reply
  • Ijen Tervooren

    June 20, 2019

    what fonts do u use

    Reply
  • Gianluca Gerardi

    June 24, 2019

    Awesome

    Reply
  • Joseph Anthony

    June 28, 2019

    way cool man

    Reply
  • Good Vibes Good Rides

    July 1, 2019

    Camera Hack: Completely forget your bank pin number, and never worry about all the money you're spending on camera gear ever again!

    Reply
  • Shreyash Bara

    July 5, 2019

    Is it zelda with drums, yah it is…

    Reply
  • Teaguer 30

    July 7, 2019

    Subbing because of epic Zelda background music, staying for the hacks

    Reply
  • I.N production

    July 9, 2019

    These are not hacks it just good advice

    Reply
  • Flying Leaf Studio

    July 11, 2019

    Nice, subscribed 🙂

    Reply
  • Leon Kirstein

    July 12, 2019

    Best actual filmmaking tipps video I‘ve seen in a long time!! Very helpful and even entertaining!

    Reply
  • TimeswithChris!

    July 14, 2019

    Who else can't afford a red camera or most of the equipment listed there?

    Reply
  • ByFxnn

    July 17, 2019

    Cool, now I only need a Camera 😀

    Reply
  • YAROCK MADCAPS

    July 19, 2019

    ..great mate, I like this way..🤙🏻😊

    Reply
  • Luthfi Stark

    July 19, 2019

    Thank youu man, your totally genius 👍

    Reply
  • Crazy Kannadiga Yashu

    July 23, 2019

    Im a hacker😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Reply
  • jay alterEgo

    July 24, 2019

    Lmao this spoke to me 😂

    Reply
  • Un Gordo Gamer

    July 24, 2019

    Hacks for poors?

    Reply
  • Ben Aronson

    July 30, 2019

    These aren’t hacks, they’re just using things for what they’re designed to be used for

    Reply
  • Budget Suggestions

    July 31, 2019

    Thanks! Great tips. Watching while putting velcro on my LED lights.

    Reply
  • Oogle Mascot

    August 1, 2019

    1:07 Toy Story Moment

    Reply
  • Arne

    August 2, 2019

    These are some actual quality tips!

    Reply
  • WOW TIPS! BD

    August 4, 2019

    Wow

    Reply
  • Muhammad Ferly

    August 5, 2019

    the storytelling tho is really entertaining, thanks for not wasting my time watching it

    Reply
  • Graffiti Nation

    August 14, 2019

    Yo eny one know the name of the beats in the start of the vid??

    Reply
  • Fleant

    August 26, 2019

    I love it haha thx

    Reply
  • RaeSolo !

    August 29, 2019

    PUt VaSEliNE oN YoUR lENs, just edit it in later dang.

    Reply
  • Wahyu Cahyadi

    August 30, 2019

    Jualan iyeu mah😅

    Reply
  • What?!

    August 31, 2019

    It's not uploaded in 2019!!?!?

    Reply
  • maybetitus

    August 31, 2019

    I don't think buying $1,300 LED lights is a hack.

    Reply
  • I'm A Fan

    September 1, 2019

    Camera Hacks? More like Just invest on expensive stuff to do better film making (no hacks, not clickbait)

    Reply
  • FUNDACIÓN DOCTORES JUGUETES

    September 1, 2019

    Yeah U money

    Reply
  • Chris Cavalier

    September 2, 2019

    Totally love the zelda music

    Reply
  • Steven Matthew Lucas

    September 2, 2019

    Awesome professional perspective and advice.

    Good Humor as well 😉😂😂

    Reply
  • Ali Cheaito

    September 3, 2019

    Dude your a genius
    Great ideas
    Fabulous scripting
    Extraordinary directing
    Great job👍👍👍

    Reply
  • F8_HYPER_NOVA

    September 5, 2019

    Aloha my dude

    Reply
  • tanish adarkar

    September 5, 2019

    thanks for making fun of those stupid "camera hacks". i like peter mckinnon but his over-saturated , high-contrast, annoyingly sharp , cliched style of photography is sooo overrated

    Reply
  • x three media solutions

    September 5, 2019

    Superb

    Reply
  • OustFoX

    September 6, 2019

    Wow actually useful tips. Great to see a solid useful video every one and a while! Thanks

    Reply
  • Perry Kiddo

    September 6, 2019

    That Zelda beat is sick tho!!

    Reply
  • Review Ben Vlogs

    September 13, 2019

    I absolutely love the introduction

    Reply
  • Alex Kalaitzis

    September 13, 2019

    "I got the juice you know what i mean?"
    Only real ones will get that

    Reply
  • u f

    September 14, 2019

    "I forgot a memory card" :DDDDDD 3:12

    Reply
  • Dekiary Carter

    September 18, 2019

    Love the way you filmed this. Just subscribed!

    Reply
  • Gabriel Sangell

    September 22, 2019

    Subscribed for the homer simpson nd filter DoF "guuaaaaghh"

    Reply
  • EliasMat

    September 22, 2019

    Instructions crystal clear now i have 3 60 liters bags at me at every shoot bought 60 batteriets a lot og light 60 petabyte storage a lot of Sd cards the only downside is that i now live on the street and use McDonald’s to charge my gear lucky they have open all Night

    Reply
  • Juan David Lunita

    September 22, 2019

    How to feel poor in 3 2 1 🙁

    Reply
  • TheWholesome Vlogger

    September 24, 2019

    .

    Reply
  • Ice

    September 24, 2019

    What is the song in the vid? At 1:49

    Reply
  • CoderShare

    September 25, 2019

    Great Fairy Fountain asthetic.

    Reply
  • Branson Cusack

    October 3, 2019

    this video is 1.5 years old and still so relevant.

    Reply
  • B3AST-Plague

    October 4, 2019

    PART 2!!

    Reply
  • kit hind

    October 6, 2019

    They make some of the best content

    Reply
  • HydrominousRex

    October 8, 2019

    This video was sponsored by camera

    Reply
  • Antonio Batarilović

    October 9, 2019

    Dude your gear more expensive than my life

    Reply

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