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Dynamic Trimming in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 27, 2015

What is dynamic trimming, anyway?

There has been a lot of discussion on this topic lately, and today Steve Martin from Ripple Training jumps in with his take on what the term meant when applied to legacy Final Cut Pro and what it means today in Final Cut Pro X.

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A Little (Big) Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trimming Demonstration

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This is my contribution to a recent Twitter discussion about the joys of Dynamic Trimming

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2015

Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X there’s been a lot of discussion around FCPX’s trimming capabilities. They are quite strong with a very fluid way of trimming edits using the mouse, looping playback as well as some keyboard shortcuts. Users of Avid Media Composer have... Read More

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AE + C4D: Some Minor Assembly Required

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Properly setting up your AE and C4D Lite projects to best work together

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 29, 2015

We’re fans of the Live 3D Pipeline workflow between After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite. And Adobe has automated a large portion of the process to get the two to work together: In After Effects, create a New > Layer > MAXON CINEMA 4D File, and not only is a layer created in AE with the CINEWARE plug-in applied (where all the magic happens), C4D Lite is also opened with a new project linked to that particular instance of the plug-in for live rendering. However: At least as of AE CC 2014.2, not all of the necessary information about the AE composition is passed onto the C4D project, and neither is the AE project configured to match some assumptions C4D is making. Therefore, it’s up to you to fill in or correct the necessary parameters.

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You can still purchase Avid Media Composer & Symphony Support / upgrades for $285 from Videoguys!

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By videoguys.com | January 28, 2015

Videoguys is an authorized Avid partner and we have been given permission by Avid to continue to sell Media Composer upgrade/ annual support plans.  These are sent to you electronically via... Read More

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Join Jeff Greenberg as He Explains How Professionals Can Speed Up Their 4K Workflow

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The post-production expert shares how you can speed up your workflow by over 30% during a live webinar on February 24th, 2015

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 28, 2015

Questions around how professionals can and should utilize 4K are as pervasive as ever. What sort of hardware requirements are needed for a 4K production? Will you need to upgrade or install different software? Are you working as efficiently as possible in your 4K production?

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Exclusive Details Around the New Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion at NAB Show

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Jeff Foster will serve as Program Manger

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 27, 2015

Word about the new Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion was just made offical, and even though NAB Show 2015 is still months away, it's already shaping up to be one of the highlights of the event. It's set to feature a flying cage, a demonstration area with seating, and daily... Read More

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In Guatemala, Shogun reverses 29.97PsF pulldown for 8-camera live-switched show via Datavideo HS2800

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Thanks to the reverse telecine feature in the Shogun and other Átomos recorders, Staff/HDTV got its wish.

By Allan Tépper | January 27, 2015

Staff/HDTV in Guatemala really wanted to record pure progressive 1080/29.97p for its multi-camera TV shoots. They strongly considered NewTek’s TriCaster lineup, but TriCaster didn’t offer any option with 8 HD-SDI inputs in their desired price range, so instead they chose Datavideo’s HS2800 mobile studio, which starts with 8 HD-SDI inputs and is expandable to 12. The initial problem was that the SE–2800 contained in the HS2800 package only handles interlaced 1080i, but a workflow I previously published solved the problem and allowed Staff/HDTV to have their cake and eat it too. Details ahead.

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Have I Finally Perfected My Backup Strategy?

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By Dan Carr | January 26, 2015

Like many people, I’ve struggled over the years to find the perfect backup solution for all of my digital content.  As file sizes creep ever upwards, it’s been a permanent upgrade process that’s often caused more than its fair share of headaches.  All drives will... Read More

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Super 8 and 16mm Cine Film Coming Back

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The old Italian brand Ferrania is coming back to the market after a Kickstarter campaign titled "100 More Years of Analog Film".

By Jose Antunes | January 26, 2015

FILM Ferrania was officially formed in Ferrania, Italy on July 23, 2013 by co-founders Nicola Baldini and Marco Pagni with the aim to build a new factory from the leftover parts of the old one, originally founded in 1923. And there is a “So You Think You’re a Director?” contest  going on until February. Keep reading to know more.

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I am a Bird

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Experiencing the Inspire 1

By Mark Spencer | January 26, 2015

This weekend my friend Gary Yost took out his new DJI Inspire 1 for some test flights. The footage is so pretty I thought it was worth sharing.

Though overall he loves the Inspire 1, he does have some criticisms. In his words:

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Story of daredevil legend Evel Knievel premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Editor Davis Coombe takes on ambitious editing project for larger-than-life documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | January 25, 2015

Screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Being Evel recounts the true story behind American icon Robert “Evel” Knievel. The feature documentary, co-produced by A&E IndieFilms, History Films, and  HēLō, with post production by Milkhaus, goes behind the scenes... Read More

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4K Studios Uses Blackmagic UHD to deliver old Kung Fu Movies in 4K

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Kung Fu never looked better

By Brian Hallett | January 25, 2015

San Francisco based 4K Studios are using Blackmagic Design gear to scan old 35mm Film prints to bring old Kung-Fu movies to the world's first all 4K Ultra HD streaming network. Roundhouse kicks, mis-matched dialogue dubs, and Kung-Fu style snap zooms straight out of the 70s never looked so good.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 3

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Let's wrap up our look at creating DVD's by building them in our favorite DVD creation applications

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 24, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, I'm going to show you four different DVD burning applications, and how simple they are to use, when creating your screening DVD's!

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On Set Lighting Workshop in Burbank

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2 Day Workshop on Lighting & Grip - Feb 7 & 8th

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 24, 2015

Gaffer Craig Burns is offering an unique lighting and grip business workshop in Burbank on Feb 7-8, 2015. Burnie seems like a no-nonsense type of guy, and I get the sense that his teaching style will be practical and straightforward. 

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Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X

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Benjamín Fernández of Digital Sprockets has 6 reasons why he prefers to edit video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X.

By Allan Tépper | January 24, 2015

Benjamín Fernández is the director of Digital Sprockets in México City, where since 1994 he has offered post-production, telecine (film-to-tape) and film restoration services. While I’m in México City doing seminars, I visited Digital Sprockets and heard all 6 interesting reasons why Benjamín prefers editing video with DaVinci Resolve than with Final Cut Pro X.

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Blackmagic’s 2.0 Firmware Update Released

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Adds 444 ProRes 4K & HD To The URSA

By Brian Hallett | January 24, 2015

Blackmagic releases Camera Firmware 2.0 adding new recording features to the URSA. The Studio Camera 4K, Studio Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Cinema Camera all get minor improvements or bug fixes.

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Laughter, Pain & Indie Filmmaking: An Interview with Kevin Pollak

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By Meagan Keane | January 23, 2015

Best known for his roles in films like The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, and Casino, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak is a born entertainer, having perfected his first standup routine when he was just ten years old. And for the past six years, when not putting the real William Shatner or... Read More

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Easy Flying Logos with AE + C4D Lite (+ Illustrator)

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Your Creative Cloud subscription has all the tools needed for this common motion graphics task

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 22, 2015

One of the most common, bread-and-butter motion graphics jobs you’re going to get is to take your client’s flat, two-dimensional print logo, turn it into a 3D object, and animate it onto the screen for an endless variety of video destinations (trade shows, press events, training videos, web & social media, etc.). This used to mean having to buy and learn a 3D program in addition to After Effects and/or your NLE of choice, rendering it out of one, and bringing it into the other to potentially integrate over additional footage. Now that CINEMA 4D Lite is bundled with After Effects, and there is a direct render path between the two, this task is now a bit easier.

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Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project With 80,000 Free Media Clips

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The collection includes 10,000 free video clips, all formatted in 4K or Full HD

By PVC News Staff | January 22, 2015

Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for media makers. The initial collection includes 10,000 video clips, 65,000... Read More

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HoloLens: 3D May be Coming Your Way

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3D Cinema may not be as alive as some expected, but holographic imagery may be in our future, according to Microsoft.

By Jose Antunes | January 22, 2015

The holographic deck from Star Trek may be closer to you than you think. Microsoft announced HoloLens, holographic goggles that will use the power of Windows 10 to change the way we see the world. NASA is using the technology to allow scientists to “work on Mars”.

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