TCG Blog

This particular blog is all about film, camera, and techniques that we are using in our videos. If you are looking for advice on how to better make your videos, take pictures, and etc., this is the blog to do so. I will try to update frequently on products I recommend as well as cheap production techniques you can do to make your videos better. Hope you guys enjoy.

Although I call myself "The Camera Guy" I've never actually had formal training in film. I've learned everything on the go, practically. 

We currently use a Rebel T2i, also known as the 550D as our staple video camera in our production. We also utilizes a Rode Videomic for better external audio. I'll be explaining some of our camera gear in this blog, so make sure to check back often.

I do plan on making some video tutorials on our filming process, but that won't be for another few months or even another year.

The Box4Box Promotion Program

posted Dec 20, 2010, 8:00 AM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Dec 20, 2010, 8:02 AM ]

We recently started a Box4Box program to help our viewers who enjoy YouTubing. I know that when we first started out, trying to get subscribers was almost impossible. Fortunately, we were able to break through the crowd and make our own name as a “recognizable” YouTube Channel.

I’m not really sure what entitles you as a “recognizable” channel, but it might be when you have almost a thousand subscribers. And as I type right now, we’re slowly inching our way there. So what is the Box4Box program?

The program is designed to help get exposure to our viewers who have their own YouTube Channel. We figured that during the Holiday season, it was about time for restoremysneakers to do some giving back.

So here’s the process:

1. Make sure you're subscribed to our Channel

2. You need to have videos on your Channel

3. You need to add our Channel profile on your Channel before applying using the "Other Channel" module

4. You need to comment on the Box4Box Video Link: Box 4 Box Promotion

Jump to this link for the form:

If you still don’t get what this is about, make sure to stop by our Channel and look for the Box4Box module I put above the Channel comments. If you are selected, you will be featured there.

Being featured on our Channel will not translate into more subscribers. In reality, you may see a little bit more people subscribe to your channel that would otherwise have not. It really depends if you have really good content on your channel.

The Software We Use for Post Production

posted Dec 15, 2010, 5:20 PM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Dec 15, 2010, 5:30 PM ]

Vegas Pro 10Filming can be the most challenging aspect of production; however, post production is just as difficult. As a result, having the best software for the job to edit your files is extremely important. I do get the question from time to time from our YouTube Subscribers as to what software we use. The answer is simply "Sony Vegas."

Most producers have their program of choice, Sony Vegas just happen to be mine. I've tried the Adobe Premiere and very little of Final Cut, but I must say, for my meager computer, editing and working with HD content is a breeze on Sony Vegas. Now mind you, when I first started using Sony Vegas, it wasn't a walk in the park. However, after watching some tutorials and practicing myself, I picked up all the tiny shortcuts necessary to make a production run smoothly. 

Do I need expensive software to make my sneaker videos? No. Honestly, I think I could
get away using Windows Movie Maker. However, there is some flexibility and features in this software that make video production worthwhile. 

My recommendation is to find video editing software that fits your needs. You don't need anything expensive or complicated to make good videos. Good videos are made during the filming process. When you take the time to plan out your shoot, you make video editing simpler for yourself.

It use to take almost six hours to complete post production on a video, now it takes me an hour. That's because my brother and I have a good film concept. We take care of all the hard work during filming, to make post production easier.

In another blog post I'll discuss our pre-planning.

Our Filming Gear

posted Dec 13, 2010, 7:28 PM by The Camera Guy   [ updated Dec 14, 2010, 6:38 PM ]

We usually get questions from time to timeasking what kind of camera we use. Usually, my best response would be to check out our unboxing of the Rebel T2i. In case you'rd too stubborn to check it out, here's a picture of our setup. Now this isn't the exact setup we use anymore and I'll get into that in a bit. From the picture, you'll see the camera body, which is a Rebel T2i. 

The next obvious thing you'll notice is the microphone attached to the hot shoe. The mic, also known as a Rode Videomic microphone, is probably one of the most valuable assets in film. 

The other thing you may not notice, is the actual lens on the camera. You'll notice a rather long telephoto lens. This is actually the EFS 18-135mm kit lens. Now, we don't actually use this lens to film anymore, as the poor F-stops don't really make it ideal for film.

In our gear bag, we actually have a few other props I've been building over time. I own a couple of other lenses. One is the EF 50mm f1.8 lens, which is cheap but great for film. I also have the EFS 60mm Macro lens, which is another great lens. Included in my gear bag is an assortment of cleaning materials to ensure my camera and lenses stay clean.

Another item in the gear bag is three tripods. You might think it's overkill to have three tripods for one camera, but we actually use the other tripods to hold clamp lights.

The last important asset I want to mention, is our clamp lights. These are the most important components in our gear bag. Without good lighting, we wouldn't even have the quality that you see in our videos. I'd mention the software and resources we use to put the video together, but I'll get into that on another entry.

Rebel T2i Unboxing

Rode Videomic Unboxing

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