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Product Review: DSLRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit

The Next Generation Aerial Kit Does So Much More!

By Jeff Foster | August 15, 2014

The DJI Phantom 2 is the second generation quadcopter from the industry giant, boasting better performance and longer flight time and it's remained pretty much a "hobbyist" craft as it comes from the factory - but I'll show you why the DLSRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit has turned this "RC toy" into a serious, useful aerial videography tool. Read More

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7 Reasons to Stop Working on That Script

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Long-term success depends on delivering a steady stream of work, not on writing one script

By Arthur Vincie | August 17, 2014

Folks, I'm here to tell you: it's time to put that script down, unless you can afford to make it with your own money without declaring bankruptcy. 

I've been there.  You pour your heart and soul into a script, and it just doesn't go anywhere.  You're... Read More

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MaskTracker+: quick planar tracking inside After Effects

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new from Mamoworld

By Rich Young | August 19, 2014

MaskTracker+, a new AE script from Mamoworld, expands the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects, opening up planar tracking capabilities that allow you to do much more than just moving masks.

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From Still Frames to Fine Art

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Chris is hosting a free webinar dedicated to creativity

By Chris and Trish Meyer | August 19, 2014

If you want to get Chris upset, come up to him and profess that you’re not creative. Despite his background as an engineer, we’ve had a very nice 20+ year career as graphic designers, and we’ve both started fine art careers. As a result, Chris agreed to create a webinar for... Read More

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Cinemagraphs in FCP X and Motion

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 19, 2014

Final Cut Pro X or Motion?

Both FCP X and Motion allow you to perform compositing and animation. How do you decide which to use? This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to approach the same task in both applications.

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Simplified Accounting For Freelancers With FreshBooks

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Get on top of your invoicing, estimates and expense tracking.

By Dan Carr | August 18, 2014

A recent survey of PVC readers really underlined just how many of you are freelancers, so I thought it would be a great time to kick off a series of articles that tackle some of the business aspects of freelance creative work. We’re going to start today with a very dirty word for many of us; accounting.

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Network with Movers and Shakers from Across the Industry at the Upcoming SuperMeet in Amsterdam

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Michael Horton and Daniel Bérubé tell us why a SuperMeet is unlike anything else you’ll experience at IBC

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | August 18, 2014

IBC will be taking place in early September, and just like the previous six years, the Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) are set to put on a SuperMeet. The event is happening on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam. Our very own Kevin... Read More

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4K Monitors Under $850

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The price of 4K monitors is dropping fast, while the specifications go the other way. But not all that glitters is gold!

By Jose Antunes | August 18, 2014

Here they are! 4K monitors for everybody on a tight budget, already under the $1000 many potential users define as the right price point to start looking for a new monitor. 2014 is the - first - year for cheap 4K monitors. And new models are announced each new week.

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Reaching and Interacting with a Worldwide Audience

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An interview with the producer of Teradek’s live NAB and IBC coverage

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | August 17, 2014

We’ve previously covered how content creators can get started with streaming, and it’s amazing to see how the technology allows creators to deliver their content. Whether you’re looking to stream a high school football game or broadcast simultaneously from time zones across... Read More

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The perfect storm of talent and tools

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By Meagan Keane | August 15, 2014

Vashi Nedomansky is an amazing editor and, lucky for us, a tireless Adobe advocate. We’re always excited when we get to hear about his latest projects, and when we talked with him before the premier of Sharknado 2, we were blown away by what he had accomplished in only six weeks. This... Read More

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Samurai Blade Keeps DP’s Happy in the Studio and on Location

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My DP and other camera operators were instantly blown away at the quality and clarity of the new IPS screen

By Faryl Kagan | August 15, 2014

I’ve been using Atomos recorders on various jobs over the last 2 years on about 15 productions but a recent corporate video project was the first time I’d worked with the Samurai Blade. I have been following the screen technology market closely and was extremely excited... Read More

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 3

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Part 3: Single Source Method

By Bobby Marko | August 15, 2014

Here we are in Part III of our series, Lighting Tips for Cinematographers. To recap, in part 1 I discussed the topic of lighting for foreground and background exposure. I wrote about how to achieve the standard look of exposing your foreground 1 stop above your background as a framework to begin. Then I showed some examples of how you can break that rule. In part 2 I talked about the checkerboard pattern and how this method will create depth and direct the viewers attention to certain aspects of the scene. As a storyteller this always increases your ability to effectively tell your story and guide the viewer on the journey you have laid out for them.

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CPUG Network Announces Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

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"Star Wars: Episode VII” Editors to appear

By PVC News Staff | August 14, 2014

The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) have announced the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet, to take place on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam. Doors open at 4:30PM (16:30) with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase" featuring 20... Read More

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Creating daily dramas for German TV

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Production company standardizes on an Adobe Creative Cloud workflow to efficiently deliver up to 28 TV episodes per week

By Meagan Keane | August 14, 2014

For more than 20 years, UFA SERIAL DRAMA has produced some of the most popular serial dramas in Germany. Classic shows such as Good Times, Bad Times (Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten) and Among Us (Unter Uns) have been on the air for more than 4,000 episodes each. UFA SERIAL DRAMA currently runs... Read More

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Press Release: “Disney Demos Automated Multicamera Editing”

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Say what?

By Bruce A Johnson | August 13, 2014

So I'm reading one of the various trade publications that comes through my email on a daily basis, and I see this:

"Disney Demos Automated Multicamera Editing"

Seeing as I do multicamera editing for a living on a daily basis, you could say this caught my eye.... Read More

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Mike Russell Makes Audio Awesome with Adobe Audition

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Making radio promos, jingles, voiceovers and podcasts with Adobe's audio app

By Eric Philpott | August 13, 2014

Hailing from England’s southeast, Mike Russell is a digital audio expert, voice over artist, and popular instructor. He is also an enthusiastic proponent of Adobe Audition, which he uses for all his audio - along with many other Creative Cloud applications for other parts of his work.... Read More

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First Footage From Blackmagic’s URSA Camera

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The $6,000 Camera's Spectacular Sunrise Footage

By Brian Hallett | August 13, 2014

Australian John Brawley Director of Photography, known for testing Blackmagic Cameras before they are released, shows off the first footage from Blackmagic's new URSA Camera.  In predictable Brawley fashion; it is spectacular.

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Have a copy of my Final Cut Pro X Menu / Keyboard Shortcut Cheat-sheet

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I made this a long time ago but have recently updated it

By Scott Simmons | August 12, 2014

I’m currently deep into the biggest Final Cut Pro X edit that I’ve done to date. Back when FCPX was new I did a webinar where I gave out a document I had made of some of the FCPX menus to help learn the keyboard shortcuts. I thought it was a good time to update that menu... Read More

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New Features in Motion

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 12, 2014

New features in Motion?

That's right - they aren't earth-shattering, but there were a few new features added to the Motion 5.1.1 update that came out the same time as the Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 update a few weeks ago.

In truth, there has been a lot of work... Read More

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Color Correction for Photo and Video

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Conceived for photographers and videographers on the go, the new SpyderCHECKR 24 is a portable color management system.

By Jose Antunes | August 11, 2014

Recently announced, the SpyderCHECKR 24 from Datacolor is a new addition to their product line, which includes the flagship 48 patch SpyderCHECKR. This new tool for photographers and videographers is a precise and versatile camera color calibration and white balance target for both photo and video color control.

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