Blackmagic Design today announced that Triune Films is using ATEM Mini Pro ISO live production switchers and DaVinci Resolve Studio to stream and edit its popular “The Film Riot Podcast” and “Variant” podcasts, which reach a combined audience of 2.4 million. The Texas based production company is also using a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro and more to capture content for its YouTube channel, Film Riot, which reaches more than 1.8 million subscribers.
Ryan Connolly, filmmaker and owner of Triune Films, launched the Film Riot YouTube show in 2009 as a resource for aspiring filmmakers, producing weekly videos that explore the art of filmmaking. With more than 1,200 videos on the channel, Film Riot’s content has been viewed more than 204 million times. In 2012, Triune Films launched the popular comic book YouTube show “Variant,” followed by “The Film Riot Podcast” in 2018, which features talented and innovative creators ranging from directors to stunt coordinators. Most recently, Triune Films launched the “Variant” podcast in 2019.
To keep up with the demands of producing a weekly podcast and uplevel its look, the “Variant” crew relies on three Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K digital film cameras and an ATEM Mini Pro ISO for multi camera switching and live editing. Leveraging the ATEM Mini Pro ISO’s ability to create a DaVinci Resolve project file, the team can quickly adjust edits in post.
“Shooting an hour long podcast with three cameras is a big production,” said Connolly. “Since you’re dealing with three sets of footage, it really escalates the time needed in post. However, with the ATEM Mini Pro ISO, we’re able to turn around our content incredibly fast, cutting down our time in post production by 75 percent. As we’re shooting, we have a team member cutting the podcast live. From there, we just take the live edit to DaVinci Resolve Studio and sweeten any moments that we missed.”
To remove any dead air or stutters, the “Variant” crew quickly looks at the waveform and edits out any moments in DaVinci Resolve Studio. “Our production pipeline is so fast. With the ATEM Mini Pro ISO’s workflow, we can easily open the live stream as a video edit in DaVinci Resolve Studio with all our cuts, dissolves and media pool graphics already loaded. From there, we can quickly grade all the cameras at once. We no longer have to worry about any post processing time.”
In addition to “Variant,” Triune Films uses a second ATEM Mini Pro ISO for the “The Film Riot Podcast.” Connolly explained, “While ‘The Film Riot Podcast’ is audio only, the ability to use the ATEM Mini Pro ISO to see my guests while recording gives me the confidence I need that the take will be solid.”
To capture video content for the Film Riot YouTube channel, Connolly uses the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro and Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 because of their accessibility and affordability. “Film Riot is all about creating the best content possible, regardless of your budget. Blackmagic Design has facilitated that for filmmakers in a way that no one else has,” he said.
Relying on the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro’s small, compact size, Triune Films also benefits from the camera’s image quality and low light performance when capturing day to day content. For sketches and shorts, Connolly and the Film Riot crew use the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, shooting in Blackmagic RAW and editing and grading in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
Connolly noted, “The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro’s adjustable HDR LCD screen allows us to frame our shots and check our focus from any angle without the need for an external monitor, which gives us more flexibility during our shoots.”
“Film Riot is such a fast paced show. Things are moving so quickly, at all times,” Connolly concluded. “Our Blackmagic Design workflow allows us to make more content faster, so we can spend more time focusing on the creative and making sure we continue to innovate for our subscribers.”
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