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Cosmetic fixes, blemish removal, and skin retouching in post-production

Digital beauty treatments

By Rich Young | August 30, 2014

Digital beauty treatments and cosmetic fixes in post production involve isolating skin tones with tracking and mattes for color correct and matching, skin smoothing, and blemish removal. Even skin matching isn't so easy, but there's some help along the way in basic and advanced tutorials on the wide variety of tools available.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #09

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By Rich Young | August 30, 2014

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Philip Bloom follows passion and earns passionate following

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Freelance filmmaker relies on a variety of cameras and Adobe Creative Cloud to create documentary and fiction projects

By Meagan Keane | September 01, 2014

Filmmaking is less of a career and more of a way of life for Philip Bloom. He began his 24-year career focusing on news and documentary work, building his skills in all aspects of video production. Today, he’s a prolific freelance filmmaker and outspoken proponent of low-budget video.... Read More

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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 2

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Create z-depth maps in Particular and composite multiple layers together

By ChrisZwar | September 01, 2014

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What it doesn’t have, however, is an obvious way to render out its own z-depth map - but by manually adjusting... Read More

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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 1

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Create z-depth maps in Particular and composite multiple layers together

By ChrisZwar | September 01, 2014

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What it doesn’t have, however, is an obvious way to render out its own z-depth map - but by manually adjusting... Read More

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Hyper-local daily programming from London Live

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First new UK television station in 13 years produces local daily programming using Adobe Creative Cloud for teams

By Meagan Keane | August 29, 2014

Citing a lack of genuinely localized programming, the independent regulator of communications in the United Kingdom, Ofcom, asked media businesses what they would do with a Local Digital Television Programme Service (L-DTPS) license. The London Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers... Read More

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Sony F5 Internal 4K “Hack” Video Tutorial

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A step-by-step video on how to enable internal 4K on the Sony F5

By Brian Hallett | August 29, 2014

In a few easy steps, Sony F5 camera owners can implement a "Hack," that Sony has not sanctioned, to enable internal 4K recording; a feature originally reserved for the much costlier Sony F55. In this article, Nathan Thompson, of Contrast Visuals & Consulting, and I have produced a video tutorial showing you the steps needed to enable internal 4K recording.

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Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

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The NT-USB includes a pop-shield + table stand, and works with Mac, Windows, and iPad.

By Allan Tépper | August 28, 2014

The new NT-USB from RØDE is a studio-grade digital microphone that officially works with Mac, Windows, and iPad. Unofficially, it also works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Ahead is my review, including exclusive comparative audio recordings with Chilean singer Bárbara Intriago.

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A Bunch of Random Hard Drive Speed Tests

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As drives come into the edit suite I've been noting their read/write speeds for no other reason than because I can

By Scott Simmons | August 28, 2014

As a freelance editor I get a lot of hard drives sent to me with footage to edit. Usually all of that media is transferred off of those hard drives and onto a RAID for editing. Occasionally I might have a quick turnaround or just fixes on a project and I’ll cut right off the hard drive sent to me. The faster the drive the better for both of these tasks. I’ve been keeping a running log of hard drive speeds for the last few months and with the help of Blackmagic’s Disk Speed test I offer up this cornucopia of various drive speed tests and their connections. Little commentary is provided here but if you have a production asking why you’re questioning their use of a cheap little black Seagate drive from Target then send them to this blog post to see exactly what slow speeds that cheap drive will mean and how that will add time to editorial because of file transfers alone.

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SmartSound Plug-ins For Soundtrack Creation With Adobe Video Apps

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Use SmartSound Plug-ins with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CC For Round-Trip Music Soundtrack Creation and Editing

By Jeff Foster | August 27, 2014

SmartSound has made some great advancements in their software plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects since I did my last how-to tutorial two years ago and posted here on ProVideo Coalition. I just recreated two new short video tutorials and wanted to share them with you here, to show you just how easy this NEW round-trip method is to create/edit music soundtracks for your video/animation projects starting inside your video production apps.

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Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

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Choosing the right video platform for video marketing, sales, and corporate communications.

By Chris Potter | August 27, 2014

Clients ask you to wear many hats. In addition to producing & editing video, you may be seen as the expert in online video distribution.

Using YouTube or Vimeo Pro to host and embed videos is a pretty safe choice. Both platforms provide great video playback and instant access to large communities that can expose your content to a broad audience.  However, they may not always be the best choice for you or your clients.

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Optical Kerning preference in After Effects

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Edit the preference file for always on auto-kerning

By Rich Young | August 27, 2014

Optical kerning is a newer feature in Adobe apps. If you have a tendency to forget about kerning, be sure to enable Optical kerning, even it means occasionally overriding a font's built-in kern tables.

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Nearly 50% of Video Professionals in UK Never Saw 4K

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A recent survey in UK shows that nearly 50% of video professionals have never seen 4K.

By Jose Antunes | August 27, 2014

Surveys never give us the complete truth, no matter how unbiased they are, but they somehow help us to understand things better. So, when a recent survey in the United Kingdom that targeted the opinions of 100 senior production staff in the area of video, revealed that nearly 50% of them have never seen 4K played out on any kind of screen, one has to ask if 4K is really the next big thing.

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Set Scouter Aims To Help You Find The Perfect Location

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By Dan Carr | August 27, 2014

Currently in beta, Set Scouter is a new service that aims to make the location hunting process much easier by connecting filmmakers directly with property owners who are actively looking to rent places for production use.

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Metabones Announces Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Adapter

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This speed booster will sell out fast

By Brian Hallett | August 26, 2014

Metabones, the fine manufacturer of lens adapters, announces a speed booster and smart adapter to use Canon EF lenses on Panasonic's GH4.  Do these adapters make the GH4 a more popular camera?

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ARRI To Enable 4k Recording On The AMIRA

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Look outside, you might see some flying pigs!

By Dan Carr | August 26, 2014

In a surprise (maybe even a shock) announcement today, ARRI released a statement outlining their intention to enable 4K recording in the recently released AMIRA.

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GoPro Launches New Field Guide Video Series

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Learn from GoPro's in-house media team

By Dan Carr | August 26, 2014

GoPro's in-house production crew are the guys responsible for creating things like the Hero 3+ launch video, currently sitting at over 16 million view on YouTube.  If there's ever anything you wanted to learn about shooting with a GoPro, these are the guys to teach it to you.

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Red Bull Media House gives wings to video innovation

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Multi-platform media company produces premium sports, culture, and lifestyle content with help from Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | August 26, 2014

From its start selling energy drinks, Red Bull has expanded into an international brand with streaming video through Red Bull TV, the Red Bull Records independent music label, and sponsorship of dozens of athletes, teams, and events. For the past seven years, Red Bull Media House, a subsidiary... Read More

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Samyang Has a New 50mm for Cinema

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Samyang will show a new cine lens at Photokina, the V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC, to use with the 35 and 85mm models.

By Jose Antunes | August 26, 2014

Samyang continues to grow their line of lenses for professional film and video with the new addition, a standard manual focus lens designed for full frame image sensors, the V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC. They also presented a normal 50mm lens with similar characterístics, the 50mm F1.4 AS UMC.

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Subroles in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 26, 2014

There are no tracks in Final Cut Pro X.

This fact really throws folks at first because it seems that tracks would be required for some very basic editing, compositing, organizing, and exporting functions. However, Final Cut's magnetic timeline, connected clips, and use of... Read More

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