8 Video Production News Sites to Keep in Your Rotation
If you’re looking to succeed in the video production space, you have to begin by accepting that you will never know everything there is to know about video production. Because of that, it behooves us to constantly surround ourselves with the knowledge of others to learn about new gear being released, innovative strategies to try incorporating in our workflow, and other tips and tricks from those more knowledgeable than ourselves.
Without question, the best way to do so is to rely on a few key sites and blogs to keep yourself up to date on all the freshest video production news. While there are a vast number to choose from, we’ve compiled some of our personal favorites utilized during our decades of Emmy award-winning commercial video production experience in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area to assist you in remaining as informed as possible when it comes to all things video content.
Top 8 Video Production Blogs
Founded over 10 years ago by Dan Chung, known then as DSLR Newsshooter, this production blog is “for working professionals shooting news, documentary and factual projects.” Authored by video shooters from around the globe, it is a place for professionals, educators, students, and industry figures to discuss the practice and the art of cinema in documenting the real world. While primarily gear and broadcasting oriented, Newsshooter is one of the oldest and most revered production news sites around.
Filmmakers, particularly indie and low-budget, flock in mass to No Film School and it is often considered the indie darling of the internet. Their speciality is typically intro primers to complicated filmmaking techniques, gear announcements, and cinema news. While typically more interested in cinema and moviemaking, NFS is a great place to get your feet wet in the field when just starting out in any kind of video content production.
Part of the larger Shutterstock media family, Premium Beat got its start as a library for audio effects and high-quality audio tracks for any visual media project. They quickly started their own blog as well which became a fantastic source for not only all things audio but also diverse video production techniques. The Beat is known for its expertise in the field of editing and motion graphics but it is a great source for news and more.
You may know Adorama as the one stop shop for all things camera gear, video production accessories, and media electronics, but did you know they also have their own blog? The Adorama Learning Center, also known as 42 West, is one of the premier places to discover breaking camera news in addition to exceptional product and technique breakdowns. There’s even something for everyone with quick introductions to basic concepts and extremely detailed walkthroughs of more complicated gear systems or production strategies.
Founded in Austria in 2009 as “a forum for discussions relating to DSLR cinematography, and the techniques and technologies used by modern cinematographers,” these guys started by naming themselves after the Canon 5D Mark II, the at the time leader in DSLR bodies. Though they have something for everyone, Cinema 5D is our first mention that tends to be more on the advanced side of video content. Check out the Cinema 5D blog for highly thorough gear analysis, detailed comparisons of different cinematography styles, and behind the scenes set content.
Another more niche entry is FilmmakerIQ from John P. Hess. While also diverse in content, here you’ll find content that is more geared toward specialty filmmaking and equipment. Such topics might include live streaming technology or fringe history of different kinds of media. Perhaps not for the beginner, but consider taking a look if interested in the depths of all things video content.
Here we find our most disparate with Motionographer, and holding of the Motion Design community, which self-describes as “a key resource for visual storytellers to hone their craft, showcase their triumphs, and navigate the unique nature of the industry.” While incredibly informative at all skill levels, their content is relevant to all things motion rather than simply video. You’ll find animation guides, visual artist interviews, conference announcements, and so much more.
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When you’re truly just looking for the facts, with a little bit of something for all skill levels, budgets, and time, you really don’t need to look any further. From our decades of video content production and Emmy award-winning broadcasting experience, we are constantly breaking down the essential aspects of video production for your benefit through our Industry Insights blog channel. Stay tuned for even more great content or feel free to get in touch with us today for a consultation for any of your own video content needs!