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Sony PXW-X180 Camera Review

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. 

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

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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. 

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The case of the white t-shirt

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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

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Creating, Promoting and Utilizing Corporate Video Content

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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

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Making sound visible through Cymatics

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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New EIZO 31-inch 4K Monitor Self-Calibrates

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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.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

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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.

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PowerDirector 13 Supports XAVC-S and H.265

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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.

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Blackmagic URSA Gets 80fps

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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.  

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Coming Soon: Veydras Micro 4/3 Cinema Primes

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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.

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Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

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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.

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Moving “Tracks” in Final Cut Pro X

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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

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

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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

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AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera

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Now Accepting Orders from Worldwide Reseller Channel

By PVC News Staff | November 18, 2014

 AJA Video Systems today announced that the company has started accepting orders for the new CION production camera, with an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity, and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD... Read More

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Showcasing breathtaking mountains and raw athleticism

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Epic freeskiing and snowboarding tour improves video workflow and productivity with Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | November 18, 2014

The Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT) is the top big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world. FWT doesn’t deal with artificial jumps and groomed slopes. Athletes use the entire slope, including overhangs and cliff-faces, choosing their own path down the... Read More

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Jeff Brue engineers production pipeline for “Gone Girl”

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Post-production engineer combines hardware and software to bring VFX closer to editorial

By Meagan Keane | November 17, 2014

Jeff Brue founded Open Drives four years ago to design storage solutions for the media and entertainment industry. Working with top filmmakers in Hollywood provided a great test base and enabled the company to push its storage technology to new heights. Having previously worked with David... Read More

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The Last Patrol: Filmed with a Canon EOS C300

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The Last Patrol, the third installment of a trilogy of war documentaries, was shot with Canon EOS C300.

By Jose Antunes | November 17, 2014

The Last Patrol, which premiered on HBO on November 10, 2014, is the third installment of Academy Award-Nominated director Sebastian Junger and cinematographer Rudy Valdez trilogy of war documentaries, which includes Restrepo and Korengal. The filmakers relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera to capture The Last Patrol.

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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

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A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster | November 16, 2014

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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