RSS

Pro Video Coalition

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

How to Train Focus Pulling With a DSLR

Independent videographers are, many times, the DP and the AC or Focus Puller of their own productions. Better know how to do it.

By Jose Antunes | November 25, 2014

When we see a movie, the last thing we think about is definition... until it is not there. That’s why Focus Pullers are important. One recent example is Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar movie. Some out of focus scenes in Interstellar originated a series of comments on the web about the importance of precise focus and the work of the first AC or Focus Puller. Whether it was on purpose or by accident, the importance of focus precision on movies became evident.

Read More

0 Comments

Find Out What It Means to Create Cinematic VR Content for the Oculus Rift

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

Tune in for a live webinar where the unique challenges of cinematic VR are discussed in-depth

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | November 25, 2014

Greg Downing, CTO of Santa Monica based VR studio xRez, is a pioneer in the cinematic virtual reality (VR) space. His company specializes in image-based 3D technologies that have been applied on various projects at xRez for the last seven years. He’s working to change the way... Read More

0 Comments

KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia

By Jeff Foster | November 27, 2014

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past week, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts...

Read More

0 Comments

Black Friday Sales Announced at Videoguys.com

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

Free Shipping and 5% Off all orders plus a free gift with purchase on orders over $500 now through Cyber Monday

By videoguys.com | November 25, 2014

Glen Cove, NY – Videoguys.com has been one of the leading sources for video editing and production equipment for more than 25 years and has built a reputation for having great prices all year round but, like many others, they kick off the holiday... Read More

0 Comments

Dear Vimeo: Before supporting 4K, please prioritize this more urgent need

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

Many people are requesting 4K on Vimeo, but there’s something easier that is needed much more urgently.

By Allan Tépper | November 24, 2014

It is clear from the buzz in forums that many people are obsessed about having Vimeo offer 4K, whether it be the UHD (Ultra HD) version or the larger DCI version. However, there is something much more urgent for Vimeo to support, which is both easier and a higher priority than either of the 4K requests because it immediately affects many more video producers who already have multiple years of footage, and countless more viewers already own a proper screen for it.

Read More

0 Comments

The case of the white t-shirt

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

An assortment of analogies to help understand the video production business

By ChrisZwar | November 24, 2014

In an earlier article I said that when I began my career, I found business issues more difficult to understand than any software or hardware matters.  This article elaborates on some of those issues, and presents several different analogies to help you think about you and your business... Read More

0 Comments

Advertisement

Creating, Promoting and Utilizing Corporate Video Content

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

An interview about the ins and outs of corporate video content using 4K, YouTube and more

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | November 23, 2014

As companies and organizations of all sizes realize the importance of a digital presence, video professionals have the opportunity to create video content which enables those companies and organizations to establish and build that presence. Digital content is becoming incredibly relevant in... Read More

0 Comments

Sony PXW-X180 Camera Review

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

1080 60p, Variable ND, and a load of great features found in this versatile hand-held camera.

By Brian Hallett | November 23, 2014

Just when you thought 1/3 inch cameras were on the way out, Sony goes ahead and makes a versatile hand-held camera with quite a few surprisingly good features.  From professional codecs, great slow-motion capabilities and a ND filter upgrade that really needs to be included in all of Sony's cameras. 

Read More

0 Comments

Installing and editing with Final Cut Pro 7 on a new Macbook Pro with Yosemite

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

The lack of a DVD drive and a new OS hasn't stopped FCP Classic

By Scott Simmons | November 23, 2014

It had been well over a year since I saw my good friend and longtime business partner Final Cut Pro 7 but this week saw the opportunity request to open it back up and work on a music video. Rather than try to convince the production to move to something else (believe me, I’ve tried) I jumped in! Then I noticed I needed to install it on my laptop … that doesn’t have a DVD drive. Nor do I have an external one. It’s still possible and you can even update to 7.0.3. 

Read More

0 Comments

Making sound visible through Cymatics

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

Someday sound will be important in providing cues in visualizations

By Rich Young | November 23, 2014

Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena (often of material media on a vibrating substrate), was popularized by Swiss MD Hans Jenny (1904-1972). Though often discussed in the context of "new age" ideas, DIY techies and artists have expanded interest in the phenomena.

Read More

0 Comments

SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

SmartView 4K monitor features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, and more.

By Allan Tépper | November 22, 2014

At IBC in Amsterdam, Blackmagic showed its US$1995 SmartView 4K (Ultra HD) monitor, which features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay, blue only, 12G-SDI inputs, and more. Many readers may immediately imagine that the SmartView 4K might be a direct competitor to an HP DreamColor. I conducted a short interview about some of its yet unpublished specs. Let’s see in which respects it’s like a DreamColor, and in which it isn’t.

Read More

0 Comments

Video Production in an UltraHD World Premiere Pro CC & the GoPro CineForm Codec

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

By Dave Helmly | November 21, 2014

UltraHD is here to stay as more and more consumers demand content that makes them feel like they are part of an experience. Some analysts think that by the end of 2018, 10% of American households will have 4K capable TVs and by the end of 2024, that number could reach 50%. That means that... Read More

0 Comments

New EIZO 31-inch 4K Monitor Self-Calibrates

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31-inch monitor with 4K (4096 x 2160) native resolution and able to self-calibrate.

By Jose Antunes | November 21, 2014

Designed for media & entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting that need increasingly high-resolution formats and require appropriate display solutions for 2D and 3D CGI (computer-generated imagery), visual effects, compositing, and color grading, the ColorEdge CG318-4K  from EIZO Corporation offers an effective resolution of 4096 x 2160, in accordance with the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives). Built so it can be used for both editing and reference work, it is also ideal for photographers and printers requiring a monitor with a high resolution and pixel density.

Read More

0 Comments

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

This lesson will help you format your 4x3 footage correctly, inside your 16x9 timeline!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 20, 2014

We're heading back to the mailbag to answer another viewer question, and it's one that throws people for a loop a lot of the time, and that is getting your SD footage to look correct in your HD 16x timeline.

Read More

0 Comments

PowerDirector 13 Supports XAVC-S and H.265

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

The new version of Cyberlink's PowerDirector video editor reaches the age of 13 and offers new features.

By Jose Antunes | November 20, 2014

The support for XAVC-S, the latest open standard for 4K and HD videos is on top on the list of features present in the new PowerDirector 13 (it was only available for PowerDirector 12 through an update). For those aiming to import XAVC-S videos and produce MP4 videos up to 3840x2160/60p, this is a viable option for a cost under $100. In fact, the version Ultra, which costs $ 74.99, already offers support for XAVC-S. So, if you’re buying, do not go for the cheapest version, Deluxe, which does not offer this new feature.

Read More

0 Comments

Blackmagic URSA Gets 80fps

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

Firmware Update 1.9.9

By Brian Hallett | November 20, 2014

Blackmagic updates the URSA to firmware 1.9.9 giving the camera quite a few more options and making it a more user friendly camera for shooters.  

Read More

0 Comments

Coming Soon: Veydras Micro 4/3 Cinema Primes

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

Dedicated cine primes will improve cine-style workflows for MFT cameras

By Adam Wilt | November 19, 2014

Los Angeles lensmen Ryan Avery (formerly with Schneider Optics) and Jim Zhang (a behind-the-scenes designer for the likes of Century Optics, Chrosziel, and 16x9) have teamed up to build the “Veydra” line of Micro 4/3 Cinema Lenses.

Image... Read More

0 Comments

Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

How I used several Mac audio apps to produce the latest episode of CapicúaFM

By Allan Tépper | November 19, 2014

Previously, I described how to produce a podcast live-to-drive using BossJock Studio with an automatic mixer (article links ahead). However, that isn’t practical when you’re interviewing a Spaniard singer/songwriter like Sole Giménez (ex-Presuntos Implicados) about her latest album via an international phone call, and also want to intertwine pieces of her own music based upon her sometimes unexpected responses. Ahead is the workflow and the final recording I used with CapicúaFM’s latest episode, including many of the audio apps used.

Read More

0 Comments

Moving “Tracks” in Final Cut Pro X

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 19, 2014

How do you select all "tracks" in Final Cut Pro X, and do you even need to?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training helps us understand how approaching Final Cut Pro X from the perspective of legacy editing applications can hinder our ability to get... Read More

0 Comments

Ask an Expert: OS Upgrade Issues, Retiming Animations within Titles and Camera/TV Combos

dslr focus focus puller focusing interstellar

This month in the ProVideo Coalition Mailbag

By The ProVideo Coalition | November 18, 2014

In our November 2014 Mailbag, readers asked questions about how to solve their OS upgrade issues, retiming animations within titles, what might be a good camera/TV combo and plenty more. Mark Spencer and Jose Antunes offered their insights and get specific about how readers can solve these... Read More

0 Comments