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Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

How to generate a z-depth pass from 3D layers in After Effects, without 3rd party plugins

By ChrisZwar | September 19, 2014

I recently posted a video tutorial that demonstrates how to generate a z-depth map from Particular, and then use it to composite multiple layers of Particular together.  This technique opens up a whole range of creative possibilities, and allows extremely complex scenes to be created with... Read More

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Using Reward-based Crowdfunding to Build Exposure

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If you're a creator who's just starting out, consider calling on established organisations to help create awareness

By Jerome Goerke | September 17, 2014

Among the different forms of crowdfunding that are now available to entrepreneurs and creators, the reward-based option is presently the one most favoured by those working in the creative industries, with many tech products also finding their feet on reward/perk-based platforms like Indiegogo... Read More

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Arri Announces 6K 65mm Camera

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Alexa 65

By Brian Hallett | September 21, 2014

The 65mm Alexa rumor is now confirmed.  Arri announces a 6K 65mm Alexa called Alexa 65 with a 54.12 x 25.59 mm (diagonal 59.87 mm) frame which is larger than 65mm film.

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Leica Goes 4K Video

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The Leica S (Type 007) announced at Photokina 2014 is not only a medium format camera, it's also a 4k video machine.

By Jose Antunes | September 19, 2014

Old dog with new tricks is a phrase that comes to mind when you discover that the newest Leica, the S 007, which will only be available in the Spring of 2015, can record 4K video.

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Lexar Shows World’s Fastest SD Cards

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Sandisk may have gone for quantity, with their 512GB cards, but Lexar is running fast with their new SD cards:300MB per second!

By Jose Antunes | September 19, 2014

Lexar announced recently the new Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards, the fastest UHS-II memory cards available on the market today. To complement the new line and create a full portfolio of SD UHS-II products, Lexar also announced new Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards and the new Professional Workflow SR2, a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader.

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HDRinstant, Lucky Photos From Your Video

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Creating HDR images from your videos can be easier with this program. But do not expect miracles.

By Jose Antunes | September 18, 2014

HDRinstant is a brand new program that allows you to choose your favourite moment from your video and, using the neighbouring frames, create an HDR image or an improved still. Pro Video Coalition  mentioned the program before, but finally had a chance to try it, so this article is about that experience. First, though, let's explain some of the technology behind the "lucky" photos.

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review

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By Dan Carr | September 18, 2014

Having robust mobile storage solutions that you can rely on is important, as is the speed of them.  I recently purchased the latest LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive and ran it through some tests.

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PVC at IBC 2014 – Everything You Need to Know

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Farewell to Amsterdam

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 16, 2014

Being at IBC 2014 has been quite an experience. Spending time in Amsterdam is great, but it’s hard to even remember you’re in such an amazing city with so many people to see, so much technology to check out and so many ideas to talk through. People in... Read More

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Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

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Pay attention to some details, and we can now have audio/video that complies with our target format.

By Allan Tépper | September 16, 2014

As the developer previously committed, Pinnacle Studio for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch has now added both 48 kHz audio as default for all iOS devices except for the first iPhone 4, and non-integer framerates like 23.976, 29.97, and 59.94 fps, together with integer ones like 24, 25, and 50. The way to handle these framerates requires a bit of explanation, as I’ll cover ahead.

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Toggling Corrections in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 16, 2014

How do you turn off a color correction?

This is the question we tackle on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, where I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a simple way to make toggling corrections in Final Cut Pro X much faster and easier.

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Canon: New Lenses for Video and a Storage Device

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Cinematography, Videography, Broadcast and Photography all together on a new Canon website, Glass First, dedicated to lenses.

By Jose Antunes | September 16, 2014

Two new lenses with STM technology, one a first for full-frame, a storage device and a website dedicated to lenses are some of the new things Canon shared with the visitors at Photokina.

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The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 3

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Innovations and new products highlight the day

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 15, 2014

While we’ve seen a number of companies consciously or sub-consciously fulfill the promises they made during NAB, others have used IBC 2014 to launch completely new products and initiatives.  It really just depends on what a particular exhibitor was and is... Read More

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SanDisk: Upgraded CFast 2.0 and New 512 GB SD

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SanDisk's new 512 GB SD card may have stolen the show, but the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 is also news these days.

By Jose Antunes | September 15, 2014

SanDisk presented at IBC and now at Photokina the world's highest capacity SD Card. Their new SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card 512GB for high performance video and photo capture, enables capture of 4K Ultra HD, Full HD video and fast-action photography. But there is also an upgraded CFast 2.0 that attracts the attention of names as ARRI, Atomos or Blackmagic Design.

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iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

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Use iLoud for playback during music video production, to present live, or during editing.

By Allan Tépper | September 15, 2014

After i recently reviewed two other products from IK Multimedia, the iRig Pro preamp/A>D converter and the iRig Mic HD, they graciously sent me their iLoud, a rechargeable stereo powered speaker that impressed me quite a bit. Although IK Multimedia markets the iLoud for musicians, I immediately saw several other applications for our ProVideo Coalition readers, including playback for a music video production, to present live, or even to monitor when editing audio or video, with the usual disclaimer for the last one. Ahead are the details.

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9 New Features That Make The EOS 7D Mark II Canon’s Best DSLR For Video

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An old workhorse finally gets an update

By Dan Carr | September 15, 2014

The original EOS 7D was launched in September 2009, a lifetime ago with the pace of change in this industry.  That camera’s lifespan was considerably lengthened by a major 2.0 firmware update in August 2012, so it’s only now that we are finally seeing the 7D Mark II, just announced at Photokina 2014. 

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Videoguys.com Expands its Streaming Media Product Line with STREAMSTAR WEBCAST LiTE

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By videoguys.com | September 15, 2014

Videoguys.com Expands its Streaming Media Product Line with STREAMSTAR WEBCAST LiTE

STREAMSTAR bundles are the most affordable, versatile and easiest to use streaming solutions including the WEBCAST LiTE software with HDMI... Read More

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EOS 7D Mark II: the Baby EOS-1D X

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The EOS 7D MK II is not 4K, but does 1080p at 60fps, offers MOV or MP4 and compression algorithms (IBP, ALL-I, Light IPB).

By Jose Antunes | September 15, 2014

Although many are moaning about the EOS 7D Mark II missing important things - to them - the fact is that the new camera is a baby 1DX or 5D Mark III. Canon, again, goes for stability instead of folklore. And extends video options, along with photographic capacities that justify the 5 year wait for a new camera.

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The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 2

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Check out the news from Panasonic, Avid, Canon and more

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 14, 2014

Everyone said the Saturday and Sunday of IBC would be the busiest days of the event, and they were certainly correct. The calm and tranquil atmosphere quickly gave way once the weekend hit, as attendees flooded the various halls at the Amsterdam RAI. It was a... Read More

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From Kinescopes to Digital Cinema

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The bumpy road to electronic acquisition

By Richard Wirth | September 14, 2014

Last time, we charted early efforts to project TV signals on theater screens.  This time, we look at the camera side – electronic acquisition. In the end, digital firsts in BOTH projection and acquisition came down to one movie in a place nowhere near Hollywood. But I'm getting ahead of the story.

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The Sights and Sounds of IBC 2014 – Part 1

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See what AJA, Blackmagic and Adobe had to showcase at IBC this year

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 12, 2014

The first day of a trade show is typically a little bit crazy. Attendees try to cover as much ground as they can to get a sense of the event, while exhibitors are focused on talking to as many people as they can while also trying to find time to prepare for or... Read More

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