Match Frame Media Blog

New and completed projects, gear and other stuff I'm interested in. 

SAAB Gripen cockpit video

January 25, 2018


It's GoPro jet time! (Well actually it seems to be a Garmin action cam, which also explains how they got the G-force info, but who cares right?)

Had your breakfast yet? Because there are some serious G-forces at work here. Check out this video from Saab's YouTube channel.
 

"Alive" - amazing Canadian wilderness time lapse

January 25, 2018


I simply had to post this story from www.diyphotography.net.

German filmmaker Florian Nick spent six weeks in Canada filming this epic time lapse. It took nine months to edit. Why? Because it is actually composed of 54 000 INDIVIDUAL still images! Interestingly he used a Sony A7SII and Rokinon optics, similar to the kit I just purchased for this year's 4K projects.

Remarkable work. Read the full story here

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Welcome to 2018

January 25, 2018
Every year I start off the first blog post of the year with "We're back! It's 20 whatever". I can't do that again...tedious repetition and all that. But it is 2018 and we're back! 

(Dammit..!)

This year marks a rather dramatic change in direction for Match Frame Media. You'd have to be blind not to recognize that a lot of our projects to date have centered around a certain institution of higher education. We (again we - I'm no longer in this alone) have been collaborating with a number of very ...

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2017. The record year.

November 18, 2017


2017 was a record year for Match Frame Media. Again it feels weird to even write that when I look at the broken state of the world around me. But I am truly grateful to be blessed. After seven years my business continues to grow, both in terms of quality and quantity. During September alone we produced 37 individual videos…I still have no idea how that happened or how we even managed that! But we did.

Note that I say “we”. Because I didn’t do this alone. This business is not just ab...


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Varizoom Camera Rod System

November 14, 2017


I'm slowly turning into a VariZoom fanboy...

If you've been following my blog (and who doesn't!) you'll recall I Frankenstein'ed together a camera rod system myself a few months ago to use with my VariZoom shoulder rig. It worked well but it weighed a ton and I realized that I needed something more compact and also something that I didn't have to remove from the shoulder rig first to use on a tripod or slider. I have a very nice Genustech follow focus unit that fits my new set of Rokinon lense...

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Turning "Meh" into "My Goodness!" with Magic Bullet Looks

November 4, 2017


I first worked with Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks a few years ago. It was the demo version and I loved what it did to spice up some rather mediocre 1080i camcorder video. But I pretty much just dumped presets over my footage without really knowing what I was doing. Fast forward to the present where I now have a better understanding of what goes on in Media Composer's waveform and vector scopes and grading as a whole, and the Magic Bullet Looks suite takes on a whole new meaning.



If you're se...

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And this is why you should be shooting 4K now

November 4, 2017


4K, or UHD is all the rage right now. So what is all the fuss about? Well, the resolution of UHD images is absolutely gorgeous! If you need convincing just walk into any electronics store and take a good look at the 4K ready monitors and the demo material Sony, Panasonic and many others are peddling now.

But other than beautifully crisp images there's a very good reason to start upgrading at least one or two of your HD cameras to UHD soon. Most of us edit 1080p HD projects and output that as w...

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It has arrived...

October 8, 2017


After weeks of waiting for stock to arrive, then waiting for it to ship, then waiting for the courier company to get their s*** together and deliver my box, then filing a complaint against said company to get their s*** together so they can deliver my box...my box arrived.

Some of the most iconic images in cinema have been filmed with Steadicam rigs. From hard-hitting action sequences to beautiful floating shots through elegant movie sets, cinematographers have "flown" large cameras on Steadic...

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We used a boom mic. In a news studio

October 8, 2017


One of the highlights from Insane September was to film an interview with eNuus journalist and NWU Alumni Award recipient Daniëlla van Heerden. 

We really enjoyed meeting Daniëlla and she was kind enough to arrange her interview to be filmed in the same eNuus studio where she reads the Afrikaans news every night. Daniëlla is a master of her craft and a super nice person on top of that, and it was a real privilege to have filmed her. 

Ferdi and I are probably also the only crew to have ever u...
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New on the Optentia channel: We-DELIVER mini-series

October 8, 2017


There's been plenty of new things happening at Optentia Research Focus Area recently. New on their YouTube channel is a three part mini-series for the NWU's We-DELIVER project. This series took us all the way from Vanderbijlpark to Mahikeng and the Lokaleng Community on its outskirts to film footage. 

This was my first shoot with a new shoulder rig and a new set of Rokinon cinema lenses and I'm really thrilled with quality of the footage we shot. Part of the fun of this job is seeing new place...
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Rokinon Cine DS primes

October 8, 2017


Since I started using a Sony NEX-FS100 a few years ago as my primary camera I started looking at lenses. To be honest I had (and still have) a lot to learn because as a video guy I grew up with camcorders that already had glass on the front of the camera. You never removed it. You just turned the focus ring, pressed the zoom rocker and off you went.

Then came the DSLR video revolution and suddenly everyone got into cine-style filming. That included me.

I used a Canon 50mm prime for most of my i...

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No this blog isn't dead...I've just been busy

October 8, 2017
We're back!

If you're one of the two people who follow my blog on a regular basis (thanks Dad!) you might have noticed that the dust and the cobwebs have been gathering on this page for a few weeks now. Actually months. Yes, I haven't posted anything for months due to being busy. Really busy. 

Okay, and maybe also a bit lazy...

September 2017 saw Match Frame Media producing and delivering no less than 37 individual videos. Yes folks, 37. How the hell we managed that I really have no idea! Needle...

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