"Hey Indie Filmmakers" is a podcast about DIY filmmaking, cameras and technology, hosted by documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond and tech expert Nick Bodmer. Watch video versions of these episodes on YouTube.
Time to update griffinhammond.com/gear for 2023!
Griffin keeps a full gear list at griffinhammond.com/gear – but 2022 brought some workflow changes, so it’s time to review and update his inventory. Plus, Nick decides to buy a new electric vehicle, and picks it up the very same day!
31/12/2022 • 44 minutes 39 seconds
Didn’t realize I needed a gimbal webcam!
Griffin didn’t buy the Insta360 Link 4K Webcam because it has a gimbal. But it turns out, auto-tracking movement is its most useful feature. Even better, the image quality outperforms the similarly priced 4K Opal C1 ($300), which is marketed as “The first professional webcam.”Plus, Nick lets Lensa AI reference his selfies to generate “Magic Avatars.”Nick is now on Mastodon: https://techhub.social/@ampsonicSo is Griffin: https://creators.social/@griffinAlso mentioned in this episode: Griffin uses this Westcott mini boom arm.
29/12/2022 • 40 minutes 37 seconds
We look horrific as AI-generated art
Nick has been writing prompts for AI images on Midjourney v4. Griffin’s been playing with DiffusionBee on Mac. Our faces may render horrifically in AI, but for many other use cases, the results are uncanny, with plenty of rapidly arriving ethical and copyright implications for artists.Nick recommends listening to this interview with Midjourney founder and CEO David Holz.Hey Indie Filmmakers is brought to you by Squarespace. Go to squarespace.com/griffin to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
01/12/2022 • 27 minutes 59 seconds
The craziness of filming U.S. Election Night drama
Griffin shares his crazy experience filming Election Night in America—how much travel, expense and work hours go into building maybe 5 minutes of a television show. He earned a “Director of Photography” credit on Showtime, and safely navigated around a known COVID-positive team member on set.
23/11/2022 • 43 minutes 15 seconds
Should I teach filmmaking in Zimbabwe?
The U.S. State Department has invited Griffin to teach DIY documentary filmmaking in Zimbabwe—should he do it? Nick says yes.We apologize for the delayed uploads. It’s been a rough month—Griffin’s mom Carol died mid-October, and he wrote this tribute to the positive impact she’s had.Many commenters have referenced previous episodes that featured Carol:March 2018 from the campus of Illinois State UniversityApril 2018, following Carol’s apartment fire
31/10/2022 • 43 minutes 19 seconds
Should I turn on YouTube memberships?
Griffin asks for your input: Should he activate YouTube memberships, the paid tiers that allow creators to offer additional value alongside their existing, free channel? Nick offers his opinions, as they review the various monetization options available across platforms. Griffin shares revenue numbers from the monetization methods he already uses, including AdSense, and the videos he sells directly, like his 1-hour doc filmmaking crash course, his 5-hour CreativeLive class, Shooting Documentary Short Films, and his film Sriracha. They also explain YouTube Handles, and discuss how they saved their friend’s “Hocus Pocus” projection show (Welter Family Holiday House).
31/10/2022 • 55 minutes 23 seconds
Controlling this Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) Cam over Ethernet
Griffin calls it a “Robo Camera.” It’s the Feelworld NDI20X, and it’s $6,244 cheaper than the pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera used at his former job (Panasonic AW-UE100). Nick helps Griffin set up his network to remote control this 1080p camera over ethernet, using NDI Tools software.Nick shows off his new office, featuring an Elgato Key Light and Elgato Master Mount S (desk-mounted arm). Griffin is now recording with a Shure SM7B microphone plus Cloud
31/08/2022 • 39 minutes 7 seconds
Don't use HDMI to stream from a Canon C300 Mark II
16/08/2022 • 37 minutes 33 seconds
Mac Studio—more ports, powerful M1 Ultra chip
18/03/2022 • 1 hour 2 seconds
Just launched: LUMIX GH6 camera features
Following Panasonic’s Monday night launch of the LUMIX GH6 camera, Griffin and Nick react in real-time, answer live audience questions, and put the new camera specs in perspective.
22/02/2022 • 41 minutes 13 seconds
Finally, I’m set up for Twitch streaming
This episode has it all: Jeff Goldblum, lighting via hotel room mirror, Batman-esque music, star wipes, and the equipment behind Griffin’s new Twitch channel.
31/01/2022 • 39 minutes 13 seconds
My footage solved an IRONMAN mystery
A surprising story from one of our listeners: Griffin’s documentary footage solves the months-long mystery of missing timing data at IRONMAN Wisconsin.
29/12/2021 • 24 minutes 24 seconds
I was wrong about Monopods
Filming a multi-hour celebrity interview in Los Angeles, Griffin finally finds a reason to try a Manfrotto monopod.
01/12/2021 • 32 minutes 24 seconds
Nick convinced me to upgrade: M1 Max MacBook Pro
Griffin travels to New York, with his new MacBook Pro M1 Max. Improved battery life, integrated SD card slot and HDMI port—much-needed features, but how did Nick convince Griffin to upgrade to the more expensive “Max” configuration rather than “Pro”?
29/11/2021 • 40 minutes 39 seconds
Filming an IRONMAN in Madison, Wisconsin
With a drone, a gimbal, and a hat-mounted light, Griffin and Nick explain how they filmed a 13-hour IRONMAN triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin—for their friend Matt.
31/10/2021 • 37 minutes 4 seconds
How Freelancers Can Build Retirement Savings
For self-employed freelancers – who don’t have access to an employer-sponsored 401(k) – is a SEP IRA the best option to save for retirement? Nick and Griffin share their savings strategies, and explain why a SEP IRA (Simplified Employee Pension) might not be necessary for many freelancers.
26/09/2021 • 38 minutes 51 seconds
My home office renovation is finally complete!
After months of recording the podcast from his bedroom, Griffin’s home office renovation is finally complete, though it still needs some audio treatment to eliminate reverb. Plus, a side-by-side comparison of the anti-reflective coating on the new Lumix GH5M2 versus the original GH5.
30/06/2021 • 46 minutes 5 seconds
Your questions about the new Lumix GH5M2, answered
After Griffin released his short film “Texture,” shot on the new Lumix GH5M2 camera, you had lots of questions. We’ll answer those—plus, select moments from my interview with Lumix expert Sean Robinson.
14/06/2021 • 52 minutes 30 seconds
Battery-powered Smart Bulbs for Filmmaking
The Aputure Accent B7c lights are colorful, battery-powered, flicker-free smart bulbs for filmmakers. Not compatible with smart home automation—these 570-lumen bulbs aren’t intended for everyday use. They’re designed for portability, to take on-location, for Bluetooth control over practical lighting. Aputure sent Griffin an 8-light kit to test out.
30/05/2021 • 0
I shot a film on the new Lumix GH5M2
A behind-the-scenes look at Griffin's latest film, and the upgraded features in Panasonic’s new Lumix GH5M2 camera.
28/05/2021 • 4 minutes 41 seconds
Passing the FAA’s New Drone Pilot Test
Griffin completed the FAA’s new free drone pilot course, and earned 93% on the exam. Turns out, it’s pretty easy to renew your Part 107 certification, through this new online method, introduced in April 2021.
05/05/2021 • 41 minutes 16 seconds
Film Gear Garage Sale—items from $20 to $480
Griffin is selling his unneeded filmmaking gear. Microphones for sale, a “pancake” lens, a 1700-lumen projector. Plus, your questions about ripping DVDs, and how to make sure clients pay you.
21/04/2021 • 38 minutes 3 seconds
YouTube now performs copyright “Checks” during uploads
Now when you upload a video, YouTube checks in real-time for copyright claims and ad suitability issues—before publishing. Griffin and Nick explain this new “Checks” system. Plus, your questions about copyright, documentary storytelling, and the microphones we use.
07/04/2021 • 45 minutes 33 seconds
You can sell your videos as NFTs. Does it kill the planet?
Video artists are minting their works as NFTs (non-fungible tokens) onto cryptocurrency blockchains. Sometimes selling for thousands of U.S. dollars. But what does it mean to own an NFT? And why is Griffin morally opposed to selling his videos?
24/03/2021 • 41 minutes 55 seconds
The vintage lens known for its “swirly bokeh”
Griffin purchased a 40-year-old lens on eBay, the popular Helios 44-2, known for its “swirly bokeh.” As Nick describes the effect, “Very strange. I almost don’t like it!”
10/03/2021 • 27 minutes 49 seconds
Buying a Boom Arm Instead of a C-Stand
Griffin doesn’t like C-stands (too heavy) or mic stands (not versatile). So instead, he picked up a 57” Westcott boom arm to position his newest microphone—the Audio-Technica AT4053b.
24/02/2021 • 38 minutes 58 seconds
Testing USB Podcast Mics Under $150
Griffin tests four USB studio microphones, ranging from $60 to $150. The Blue Yeti, Movo UM800, Elgato Wave:1 and FIFINE K678.
10/02/2021 • 44 minutes 34 seconds
Speed test: M1 MacBook Air vs. Intel iMac Pro
Three surprisingly close video transcoding tests between the Nick’s new M1 MacBook Air and Griffin’s more expensive Intel-based iMac Pro.
28/01/2021 • 37 minutes 55 seconds
An Update on Griffin's Smart Lighting Setup
With Nick’s helpful tech advice, Griffin has figured out which smart lights and smart switches to install in his renovated office. Plus, how to fix two camera shots that drift out of sync over time.
13/01/2021 • 42 minutes 13 seconds
Smart lighting for my office renovation
As Griffin begins renovating his office / recording space, Nick shares his knowledge of smart lighting and home automation technology. Is it possible to install sufficient lighting for filmmaking, movie-watching, and every color temperature in between?
30/12/2020 • 37 minutes 48 seconds
Bonus Episode: #Freelanswers with Adam Rahn
Griffin Hammond met Adam Rahn in college, while producing student television. Now he’s a guest on Adam’s podcast, #Freelanswers. In this conversation, they discuss their education paths, how to keep learning, and tackle the age-old question, "Do you need to go to film school?"
30/12/2020 • 1 hour 18 minutes 41 seconds
The Secret Vignette Lighting Trick
At the end of each shoot, Griffin turns off his lights to capture a dark backplate for this vignette lighting effect. Plus, socially distanced interviews, the latest with Apple’s M1 processors, and Nick’s newest camera.
30/11/2020 • 36 minutes 52 seconds
Projector + After Effects = Halloween House!
Using a short-throw projector and After Effects, our friends Susie and Brett have mapped an impressive Halloween show onto the front of their house. Plus, Apple’s latest iPhone cameras, and Nick’s camera overheats during an important work meeting.
24/10/2020 • 45 minutes 15 seconds
Filming with a 20-year-old Digital 8 camera
Filmed with a 20-year-old Sony Handycam, Griffin explains interlacing, pixel aspect ratios, IEEE 1394, and the quirks of shooting and editing in standard definition.
30/09/2020 • 13 minutes 38 seconds
Recording voiceover audio in a closet
Griffin squeezes into a basement closet to record voiceover, while Nick maneuvers his lighting into a new position.
27/08/2020 • 31 minutes 51 seconds
What does Apple’s switch to ARM processors mean for filmmakers?
Griffin makes a big life change, and Nick explains what Apple calls “the biggest leap ever for the Mac.” What does Apple’s switch to ARM processors mean for filmmakers?
31/07/2020 • 23 minutes 31 seconds
Racecar Driving in a VR Cockpit
Nick is a virtual reality racecar driver, having set up an Oculus Rift and racing cockpit in his home office.
28/05/2020 • 27 minutes 15 seconds
Now working, editing from home (with kids)
Filmed on March 26—Griffin’s 13th day working from home in NYC. The podcast moves into our living rooms to capture the everyday noises we’re usually trying to hide from the audience.
10/04/2020 • 17 minutes 28 seconds
Upgrading Nick’s Lighting Setup
Nick wanted better lighting for his home office, so he purchased a budget 2-light RGB LED kit. And Griffin arrives in Nevada to help him set it up!
31/03/2020 • 31 minutes 17 seconds
Covering Presidential Politics with the Peak Design Travel Tripod
Griffin is on the campaign trail, days before the Iowa Caucuses—with drone shots, gimbal maneuvers. Is the Peak Design Travel Tripod up to the challenge of political press events?
31/01/2020 • 25 minutes 24 seconds
How to Locate Free-to-Use Archival Footage
Using tools like youtube-dl, and sources including presidential libraries and Archive.org, Nick and Griffin explain how to locate and download historical news footage for documentaries. It’s the workflow behind Griffin’s weekly archival web series "Rewind."
23/12/2019 • 32 minutes 22 seconds
I smashed my camera on the campaign trail
While covering the campaign trail in Iowa, Griffin accidentally broke his Panasonic GH5S camera, and busted a lens as well. How he managed to complete the video assignment regardless.
04/12/2019 • 28 minutes 2 seconds
Recreating this podcast look on a budget
For the video version of this podcast, Griffin and Nick use decent cameras, lighting, and a few filmmaking tricks. But can it be simplified, replicated by budget-conscious non-filmmakers to achieve the same look?
30/10/2019 • 26 minutes 29 seconds
Why does the new iPhone need 3 cameras?
Griffin is in Villenave-d’Ornon, France, and Nick explains why Apple added a third camera to their newly released iPhone 11 Pro.
30/09/2019 • 27 minutes
The lens that shot “Sriracha”
Griffin is selling a lens and a microphone! Email [email protected] if you’re interested. Plus, your questions about ugly slow motion footage, what questions to ask in a documentary interview, and why that purple fringe creeps into your shot.
31/08/2019 • 31 minutes 23 seconds
When GoPro shuts down your Kickstarter campaign
Ukranian filmmaker Artem Gavr marketed a spinning boomerang-like device for capturing “bullet-time” slow motion effects. Problem is, GoPro says he infringed on their trademarks.
31/07/2019 • 31 minutes 46 seconds
The VR headset that goes anywhere
Griffin upgrades to the untethered Oculus Quest, a portable virtual reality headset that uses “inside-out tracking”—that is, four infrared cameras on the headset see the controllers and recognize the shape of your living room.
30/06/2019 • 31 minutes 42 seconds
Would you spend $599 on a travel tripod?
In 10 days, Peak Design has already raised over $5 million for their new travel tripod. Nick is one of nearly 12,000 Kickstarter backers. But would you spend nearly $289 for a small aluminum tripod? Or $479 for lightweight carbon fiber? (Final retail price will be $599.)
29/05/2019 • 27 minutes 44 seconds
Can I make my own press pass?
I attempted to hire Vistaprint to create a plastic card with my name, face, and the word PRESS on it—a press pass that I designed. But the proof was rejected as “suspicious.”
24/04/2019 • 26 minutes 36 seconds
How long should freelancers save clients' video files?
If a client from six years ago emailed you, would you still have their wedding video? Nick and Griffin discuss their data retention policies for freelance clients.
29/03/2019 • 37 minutes 1 second
Solving the Audio Sample Rate Mismatch
Nick and Griffin each solve a couple technical issues plaguing their filmmaking processes this week.
27/02/2019 • 28 minutes 8 seconds
I created these intro titles with Pixelstick
Griffin uses a light-painting wand called the Pixelstick to create the intro sequence for his new Indy Mogul show—“Cheap Thing vs. Expensive Thing.”
06/02/2019 • 13 minutes 14 seconds
One-Day Documentaries with Griffin Hammond
Indy Mogul is back! This is first episode of The Indy Mogul Podcast, hosted by Ted Sim:
Today we catch up with fellow co-host Griffin Hammond about his work covering the 2016 Presidential election with Bloomberg News and the process of creating his festival darling documentary “Sriracha.” We also discuss the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking and how to film a documentary in one day.
31/01/2019 • 35 minutes 16 seconds
Judge Denies My Request to Film in NYC Courtroom
Swiss tourist Paolo Prosetti was arrested after crashing his drone near Times Square in New York City. When Griffin attempted to film his court case, the judge denied his request.
30/01/2019 • 33 minutes 54 seconds
Andy the cat is on Polish TV
Polish news program Fakty TVN featured one my most popular YouTube videos, Andy the cat climbing our Christmas tree. It’s a lesson in investing even in silly videos—you never know which work you create will resonate and lead to interesting opportunities.
31/12/2018 • 7 minutes 33 seconds
B&H Surprised Me With a Canon EOS R + 24-105mm!
When B&H invited Griffin to an after-hours gift exchange, he wasn’t expecting to go home with a $3,400 camera kit.
21/11/2018 • 15 minutes 10 seconds
How much should you pay yourself for a feature film?
A client wants a feature-length documentary, and offers to pay for travel, equipment and your freelance rate. So how much do you ask for? How much do you pay YOURSELF to shoot and edit a film?
14/11/2018 • 9 minutes 3 seconds
New Mac Mini - Good for Video Editors?
Apple has finally refreshed the MacBook Air and Mac Mini. What does that mean for video editors?
02/11/2018 • 15 minutes 18 seconds
Episode 80: Do you need Full Frame? Lumix S Series
A full-frame camera from Panasonic sounds really exciting—but what will it mean for Griffin’s streamlined travel style? Plus, your questions about shooting telephoto on the iPhone, losing signal on the Mavic Air drone, and why you should avoid cheap step-up rings.
03/10/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 50 seconds
Don’t let gear stop you from making your film
In this excerpt from his recent filmmaking workshop in Salt Lake City, Griffin explains why gear should never be the thing that that keeps you from making a film.
03/10/2018 • 2 minutes 22 seconds
Panasonic’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras—Lumix S Series
Lumix S1R and S1 are Panasonic's first full-frame mirrorless cameras, announced today at Photokina in Köln, Germany.
Both cameras—coming in early 2019—feature a full Super 35-sized sensor, which is nearly four times larger than the micro4/3 sensor in my Panasonic GH5.
The Lumix S1R is a 47-megapixel camera designed for photographers, and the S1 is 24MP for hybrid photo video shooters. Each camera shoots 4K60p, with in-body image stabilization, a 3-axis tilt LCD, and two different card slots—one for an SD card, and one for an XQD card.
Panasonic is developing three new L-mount lenses: a 50mm prime f/1.4, a 24-105 and a 70-200mm. Like the cameras, these lenses will come out in early 2019.
25/09/2018 • 3 minutes 19 seconds
Episode 79: John Luna Edits This Podcast
John Luna is an Adobe Premiere editor, but he edits this podcast in Final Cut Pro X. Plus, your questions about finding an audience, avoiding flickering lights, and making corporate videos look cool.Subscribe to John Luna on YouTube and follow his Instagram. Watch his video Grand Central Station.Two resources Griffin recommends for amateur filmmakers is the website NoFilmSchool, and Robert McKee’s book Story.You don’t need to buy anything for my baby, but because some have asked, Amy and I have a registry.If you’re interested in Panasonic’s next camera announcement, follow @Lumix
19/09/2018 • 48 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 78: My Office Is Gone
Griffin has to give up his video production office—for a very happy reason. Plus, your questions about Final Cut Pro X keyboard shortcuts, creating a nighttime lighting effect, and are you allowed to use stock footage in your film?Did you know? There are over 56 hours of the Hey Indie Filmmakers podcast!Saif asked about lightweight travel tripods. I use the MeFoto RoadTrip carbon fiber. You’ll find the rest of my gear at griffinhammond.com/gearNikolas needs to take an existing captions file, and burn it into his video as titles. I found a free Final Cut Pro X plug-in called X-Title Caption Convert, and also Caption Burner ($129).My latest video is about my very fast friend Alex, and <a href="http
12/09/2018 • 44 minutes 11 seconds
Episode 77: Justinsuperstar Travels, Makes Documentaries
My good friend Justin Johnson is prolific video producer and talented, world-traveling documentary filmmaker. We met up in New York to discuss his innovative techniques and creative philosophy. Plus, your questions about finding good stories, distribution strategy, and matching multiple cameras.
05/09/2018 • 46 minutes 52 seconds
Episode 76: We’re Rebels in Stormtrooper Disguise
After going undercover as stormtroopers in Star Wars virtual reality combat, Nick and Griffin are joined by their childhood friend and video professional Adam Kruminas. Plus, your questions about cropping 4K video, the easiest way to add storage space to your editing machine, and advice for your first documentary.
29/08/2018 • 41 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 75: Pre-Production Meeting
Nick and Griffin plan which microphones and cameras they’ll need for next week’s three-person shoot. Plus, your questions about sound on a budget documentary, upgrading your editing machine, and when you need a location release to sell stock footage.The Faustian Man wondered why I don’t more actively promote my film Sriracha on the podcast. He says, “I watched it last night still amazing! I love that doc.” It’s free on Amazon Prime.Kasey asked about music libraries. Episode 47 discusses the topic in-depth. For my music, I use and recommend Art List. I’m also an affiliate, so I receive a commission if you sign up.Listen to Alex Ferrari’s interview with Griffin on <a href="https://indiefilmhustle.com/griffin-hammond-sriracha/" target="_blank"
22/08/2018 • 44 minutes 17 seconds
Episode 74: Improvising DIY Film Gear
When Griffin’s filmmaking equipment fails to arrive, he’s forced to improvise and build his own DIY solution. Plus, your questions about making money with cheap equipment, putting Canon glass on mirrorless cameras, and proper exposure for your productions.
15/08/2018 • 45 minutes 6 seconds
Episode 73: Become a Licensed Drone Pilot
Griffin is now a licensed drone pilot, after passing the FAA knowledge test—granting him flight privileges hobbyists don’t get. Plus, your questions about shooting infrared, collaborating with another editor, and recording audio with a boom pole.
08/08/2018 • 39 minutes 49 seconds
Bonus: Carpal tunnel syndrome from too much editing
I believe too much editing gave me carpal tunnel syndrome. Nick says I should see a doctor. Instead, I bought a weird “handshake” mouse.My primary strategy for recovery has been giving my hands a chance to rest, and changing some of my repetitive motions. I’ve switched from my trackpad to a titled, handshake-shaped wireless mouse. I also picked up a cheap capacitive stylus to use with my iPhone, a gel-filled wrist pad for my keyboard and these wrist/thumb support braces.
01/08/2018 • 10 minutes 43 seconds
Episode 72: MoviePass vs. AMC Stubs A-List
For less than the cost of one movie ticket, MoviePass lets you see up to three movies per month in theaters. AMC Theatres is now competing with their own monthly movie plan. Plus, your questions about calculating SD card recording time, lav mics for four people, and how to backup footage while climbing a mountain.Emily asked about backing up footage in the wilderness, without laptops or internet. Episode 63 of this podcast discusses some hardware options, and the LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS may be the ideal choice.Obi asked for lens recommendations for event videography. Nick and I like the combination of the 12-35mm and 35-100mm, both f/2.8 constant. Both lenses appear in my equipment list.Blake asked ab
25/07/2018 • 49 minutes 4 seconds
Episode 71: Apple Updates the MacBook Pros
Are Apple’s new MacBook Pros worth the upgrade? I have no idea, so Nick explains the new specs. Plus, your questions about recovering lost audio, organizing camera gear, and if your computer can handle 10-bit video files.Regarding hard-to-play video files, for playback I recommend VLC for Mac or PC, and for transcoding files—EditReady for Mac.This simple “underwear organizer” helps store my lenses, camera bodies, cords and accessories inside dresser drawers.For more information about camera bags Nick and I use, check out episode 69, How to Vacation with a Camera.
18/07/2018 • 46 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 70: Alex Ferrari shot his film AT Sundance
Filmmaker Alex Ferrari is known for his website and podcast Indie Film Hustle. Alex’s latest feature film On the Corner of Ego and Desire was shot in four days at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Plus, your questions about filming concerts, creating pretty text, and which microphone I prefer.
11/07/2018 • 1 hour 4 minutes 13 seconds
Episode 69: How to Vacation with a Camera
As Nick prepares to travel with his family, what camera gear is essential for summer vacation? Plus, your questions about CTO and CTB gels, shooting in low light, and whether it’s legal to use a news broadcast in your film.
04/07/2018 • 48 minutes 31 seconds
Episode 68: Macro Infrared Photography with a Bellows
Using a DIY-mounted macro bellows, Griffin shoots some weird close-up photos with his infrared camera. Plus, your questions about being a perfectionist, how to lock the stabilization of a handheld shot, and if a zoom lens messes up gimbal balance.
27/06/2018 • 45 minutes 55 seconds
Episode 67: Automatic Captions for Videos
Griffin tests out SpeedScriber, an app that automatically generates subtitles for his latest video. Plus, your questions about editing out background music, when to use what kinds of stabilization, and issues with 24 vs. 30-frame videos.SpeedScriber (for Mac OS) includes 15 free minutes of automatic transcription. After that, it’s $0.50/minute.Joseph Linaschke, known as PhotoJoseph, has also experienced the DJI Spark/FCPX framerate issue we discussed last week. He sent me this thread in the DJI forums.Nick helped me understand how 60hz televisions can avoid 24fps judder.
20/06/2018 • 42 minutes 7 seconds
Episode 66: The Framerate Mismatch Problem
Griffin attempts to solve a weird frame-skipping problem showing up in Nick’s latest drone footage. Plus, your questions about handling audio tracks in Final Cut Pro X, producing a compelling story, and how to create a video podcast like ours.
13/06/2018 • 35 minutes 20 seconds
Episode 65: Ronin-S, DJI’s new handheld gimbal
The new Ronin-S ships on June 11, 2018. Is DJI’s new handheld gimbal worth the $699 price tag? Plus, your questions about producing political ads, how to sound professional over email, and post-production tips for audio.
06/06/2018 • 38 minutes 55 seconds
Bonus: The Four Ingredients of Documentary Film
From his recent filmmaking workshop at Illinois State University, Griffin explains the four elements of news and documentary—SOT, b-roll, voiceover and natural sound.
30/05/2018 • 8 minutes 58 seconds
Episode 64: SD Card Problems
From Singapore, Griffin describes two recent problems he’s encountered with SD cards. Plus, your questions about the visual grammar of storytelling, pulling focus with electronic lenses, and the lenses I used on my latest film from Japan.
23/05/2018 • 38 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 63: Filmmaking in Japan
Griffin and Amy are in Japan, filming a client project with the Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 handheld gimbal. Plus, your questions about aspect ratios, offloading footage during international trips, and how audio syncing helps edit a podcast.
16/05/2018 • 40 minutes 35 seconds
Episode 62: Cheap vs. Expensive Sliders
Griffin buys an $816 Kessler Stealth slider, compares it to a $250 carbon fiber slider by Benro. Plus, your questions about SD card speeds, how to record two mono audio tracks, and whether to shoot your documentary in 4K or 1080.
09/05/2018 • 35 minutes 32 seconds
Episode 61: Digital Cinema Specs
A document from Australian theaters shows what tech specs they expect for your digital cinema files. Plus, your questions about SD cards and X-ray machines, the difference between European and American camera models, and how to film a weeks-long time lapse.
02/05/2018 • 29 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 60: The Story of the Fire
Fire destroyed Griffin’s mom’s apartment in Bloomington, Illinois. She is safe, and the recovery process is going well. Plus, your questions about crop focal lengths, tracking freelance hours, and the best headphones for under $100.
25/04/2018 • 34 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 59: Blackmagic Design Pocket 4K camera
Film tech announcements from the NAB Show, including the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Plus, your questions about shooting for cinema screens, what framerate to choose for editing, and if you should spend $1,000 on a microphone.
18/04/2018 • 41 minutes 41 seconds
Episode 58: ProRes RAW in FCPX 10.4.1
Final Cut Pro X’s latest update (v10.4.1) to video editing adds ProRes RAW and closed captioning right in the timeline. Plus, your questions about when you’re allowed to record audio without permission, the etiquette of film festival laurels, and how to sync timecode between cameras.
11/04/2018 • 36 minutes 26 seconds
Episode 57: New HDR Monitor to Test
BenQ sent Nick their latest 31.5” HDR LCD monitor to test out. Plus, your questions about editing video on a Surface Pro, finding video work through the internet, and whether to place a lavalier mic on the bride.
04/04/2018 • 43 minutes 15 seconds
Bonus: "What's your biggest failure?"
Jonathan Tilley is a personal brand strategist, and author of the book "Embrace The F Word: Failure." On his interview series, he asked me about my greatest failure.
28/03/2018 • 36 minutes 34 seconds
Bonus: How do I recover corrupt video files?
After shooting a music video, Taylor worries his SD card is corrupted. Nick recommends software to recover missing video files. Plus, we won “Best Podcast” from Johny Bosworth!
28/03/2018 • 9 minutes 20 seconds
Episode 56: New, quicker FAA authorization for drones
In the United States, the FAA is rolling out a system called LAANC to make it easier and much quicker for commercial drone pilots to receive authorization to fly near airports. Plus, your questions about filming loud concerts, entering film festivals, and storing video assets.
21/03/2018 • 35 minutes 46 seconds
Episode 55: Cameras used by SXSW Filmmakers
No Film School asked 43 filmmakers at this year’s SXSW film festival what cameras they shot with. (It’s mostly ARRI Alexas.) Plus, your technical questions about the Panasonic GH5, lenses, hard drives, and what audio mixer to hook up to your computer.
14/03/2018 • 32 minutes 58 seconds
Episode 54: Filmed With a Live Studio Audience
Griffin is on campus at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois—where his friends have joined as this podcast’s first live studio audience. Plus, your questions about the DJI Spark, unconventional interview framing, and why Griffin uses an ND filter but Nick doesn’t.
07/03/2018 • 41 minutes 3 seconds
Join Griffin this Sunday in Illinois
Be in the audience for the next recording of “Hey Indie Filmmakers” at Illinois State University. Griffin will answer questions from the audience about DIY filmmaking, cameras and building a career.
Sunday, March 4 in Normal, Illinois
Doors open at 11:00am. Event begins at 11:15.
Illinois State University
Fell Hall 280 (Communication Innovation Center)
02/03/2018 • 54 seconds
Film Gear Garage Sale
Nick is moving, and Griffin is clearing out closet space. They’re selling filmmaking gear they no longer use, in a YouTube Garage Sale. You can buy any of the 11 items at http://griffinhammond.com/sale
28/02/2018 • 7 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 53: Retractable Closet Camera
To build a convenient, retractable podcasting system, Griffin mounted an LED panel and a retractable camera mount in his office closet. Plus, your questions about step-up rings, when to use shotgun vs hyper-cardioid mics, and if you can show the iPhone operating system in your film.
21/02/2018 • 46 minutes 28 seconds
Episode 7: How to Produce Wedding Films [Rebroadcast]
Wedding video is how Nick and Griffin started their freelance careers in high school. They share their production techniques—from dealing with low light in dark receptions to copyrighted music. Plus your questions about DSLR recording limits, asking good interview questions, and what format to shoot commercials in. (Episode originally aired February 14, 2017.)
14/02/2018 • 42 minutes 40 seconds
Finding Love through Video
After an Valentine’s Day audio mishap, Griffin calls Nick for answers. Amy saves the day.
14/02/2018 • 7 minutes 42 seconds
Episode 52: “Flicks” & Frames Per Second
One “flick” equals 1/705,600,000th of a second, according to a new open-source unit of time for measuring framerates. Plus, your questions about foggy lenses, appropriate audio levels, and if you can use Garageband music in your commercial video projects.
07/02/2018 • 44 minutes 23 seconds
Episode 51: Filming Sharks in Dubai
In Dubai, filming sharks with an underwater camera housing—during Griffin’s filmmaking workshop tour through the United Arab Emirates. Plus, your questions about jitter and motion blur, settings for time lapse, and which camera is right for you.
31/01/2018 • 34 minutes 5 seconds
Episode 50: Filming Underwater with the GH5
With an Ikelite 200DL underwater housing, Nick and Griffin take the Panasonic GH5 underwater, off the coast of the Dominican Republic. Plus, your questions about YouTube AdSense, editing log footage—and a gift to celebrate our 50th episode!
24/01/2018 • 38 minutes 53 seconds
Episode 49: The New, Low-Light Panasonic GH5S
Panasonic debuted their low-light GH5S camera at CES last week. Griffin and Nick share the 10 big changes that separate it from its predecessor, the Lumix GH5. Plus, your questions about daylight-balanced bulbs, how to transfer large video files online, and whether you should give your client the raw footage.