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4K Studios Uses Blackmagic UHD to deliver old Kung Fu Movies in 4K

Kung Fu never looked better

By Brian Hallett | January 25, 2015

San Francisco based 4K Studios are using Blackmagic Design gear to scan old 35mm Film prints to bring old Kung-Fu movies to the world's first all 4K Ultra HD streaming network. Roundhouse kicks, mis-matched dialogue dubs, and Kung-Fu style snap zooms straight out of the 70s never looked so good.

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On Set Lighting Workshop in Burbank

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2 Day Workshop on Lighting & Grip - Feb 7 & 8th

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 24, 2015

Gaffer Craig Burns is offering an unique lighting and grip business workshop in Burbank on Feb 7-8, 2015. Burnie seems like a no-nonsense type of guy, and I get the sense that his teaching style will be practical and straightforward. 

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I am a Bird

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Experiencing the Inspire 1

By Mark Spencer | January 26, 2015

This weekend my friend Gary Yost took out his new DJI Inspire 1 for some test flights. The footage is so pretty I thought it was worth sharing.

Though overall he loves the Inspire 1, he does have some criticisms. In his words:

The great news is that this craft is so... Read More

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Story of daredevil legend Evel Knievel premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Editor Davis Coombe takes on ambitious editing project for larger-than-life documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | January 25, 2015

Screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Being Evel recounts the true story behind American icon Robert “Evel” Knievel. The feature documentary, co-produced by A&E IndieFilms, History Films, and  HēLō, with post production by Milkhaus, goes behind the scenes... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 3

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Let's wrap up our look at creating DVD's by building them in our favorite DVD creation applications

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 24, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, I'm going to show you four different DVD burning applications, and how simple they are to use, when creating your screening DVD's!

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Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X

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Benjamín Fernández of Digital Sprockets has 6 reasons why he prefers to edit video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X.

By Allan Tépper | January 24, 2015

Benjamín Fernández is the director of Digital Sprockets in México City, where since 1994 he has offered post-production, telecine (film-to-tape) and film restoration services. While I’m in México City doing seminars, I visited Digital Sprockets and heard all 6 interesting reasons why Benjamín prefers editing video with DaVinci Resolve than with Final Cut Pro X.

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Blackmagic’s 2.0 Firmware Update Released

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Adds 444 ProRes 4K & HD To The URSA

By Brian Hallett | January 24, 2015

Blackmagic releases Camera Firmware 2.0 adding new recording features to the URSA. The Studio Camera 4K, Studio Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Cinema Camera all get minor improvements or bug fixes.

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Laughter, Pain & Indie Filmmaking: An Interview with Kevin Pollak

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By Meagan Keane | January 23, 2015

Best known for his roles in films like The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, and Casino, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak is a born entertainer, having perfected his first standup routine when he was just ten years old. And for the past six years, when not putting the real William Shatner or... Read More

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Easy Flying Logos with AE + C4D Lite (+ Illustrator)

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Your Creative Cloud subscription has all the tools needed for this common motion graphics task

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 22, 2015

One of the most common, bread-and-butter motion graphics jobs you’re going to get is to take your client’s flat, two-dimensional print logo, turn it into a 3D object, and animate it onto the screen for an endless variety of video destinations (trade shows, press events, training videos, web & social media, etc.). This used to mean having to buy and learn a 3D program in addition to After Effects and/or your NLE of choice, rendering it out of one, and bringing it into the other to potentially integrate over additional footage. Now that CINEMA 4D Lite is bundled with After Effects, and there is a direct render path between the two, this task is now a bit easier.

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Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project With 80,000 Free Media Clips

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The collection includes 10,000 free video clips, all formatted in 4K or Full HD

By PVC News Staff | January 22, 2015

Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for media makers. The initial collection includes 10,000 video clips, 65,000... Read More

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HoloLens: 3D May be Coming Your Way

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3D Cinema may not be as alive as some expected, but holographic imagery may be in our future, according to Microsoft.

By Jose Antunes | January 22, 2015

The holographic deck from Star Trek may be closer to you than you think. Microsoft announced HoloLens, holographic goggles that will use the power of Windows 10 to change the way we see the world. NASA is using the technology to allow scientists to “work on Mars”.

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Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

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Adventure-Ready and Totally Portable P2 Aerial Photography/Videography System

By Jeff Foster | January 21, 2015

Taking the popular and durable design of the DJI Phantom 2, DSLRPros has created a truly portable kit for the extended-travel road warrior, camper, hiker or outdoor explorer, with the DSLRPros Expedition Series PD Aerial Kit. I live with this kit for a couple of months and take it with me out in the country, down the coast and even on the job of a major sky rise construction site downtown. Durability and dependability... we'll see how it holds up to the task!

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The Public Domain Project

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Pond5 just saved you countless hours. And probably some money, too.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 21, 2015

We all need footage - but there’s not always the budget to license or shoot it. We can try to hide behind the illusion of “Fair Use” - but in reality it’s hard to qualify for the exemption. In theory, if we know where to look (such as the Archive.org, or anything funded by the US government - as long as you’re a US citizen), we may be able to dig up some public domain assets that are suitable - but that would take hours upon hours of searching and browsing, and the quality may not be great. Until now.

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“Things of the Aimless Wanderer” finds its way to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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New feature film from award-winning director/editor duo edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | January 21, 2015

Kivu Ruhorahoza and Antonio Rui Ribeiro are best known for their collaboration on the feature film Grey Matter, winner of—among many other awards—the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2014, they teamed up for Things of the Aimless... Read More

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RØDE Breaks New Ground with Multiple Product Launch in 2015

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By PVC News Staff | January 21, 2015

Australian audio company RØDE Microphones has held the largest simultaneous product launch in the company’s history, introducing multiple new products and categories at an exclusive event in San Diego, USA. Considered by many to be the dominant force in audio for... Read More

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Spy Agency Uses FrameForge Previz Studio

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From Downton Abbey to Agents of SHIELD, storyboarding has a name: the program once known as FrameForge 3D Studio.

By Jose Antunes | January 21, 2015

Launched at the end of 2014, the 3.5 version of FrameForge Previz Studio extends the functionalities of this Windows and Mac software used to create virtual sets and locations using simulated cameras, actors and objects in photo-accurate 3D scaled sets for previsualization.

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The Compound Clip Conundrum

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 21, 2015

Handles? We don't need no stinkin' handles!

That's what a compound clip in Final Cut Pro X might say when you try to ripple, roll, or extend an edit point or add a transition between a compound clip and another clip. You'll find there is no extra media... Read More

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Incredible New Features for Flanders Scientific Monitors

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Video Data Analyzer, CIE Scope and New Dual Input Viewing Modes among the new and improved elements

By PVC News Staff | January 20, 2015

Starting January 21st, 2015 all new CM and BM series monitors from FSI will be shipping with some powerful new features and capabilities.

Video Data Analyzer: This new function provides you with realtime decimal or hexadecimal readout of video data at the pixel level and importantly... Read More

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“Cop Car” starring Kevin Bacon delivers drama and humor at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Editors use Adobe Creative Cloud for editing and visual effects on Park City At Midnight premiere

By Meagan Keane | January 20, 2015

The Park City At Midnight film lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival comprises fun genre movies that most festival goers can’t wait to see. Among this year’s highlights: Cop Car, a thriller/comedy starring Kevin Bacon, directed by Jon Watts and co-written by Watts and... Read More

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Simple DIY bounce boards

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How to make a set of reflective foam boards for under $20

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 19, 2015

It seems like every grip truck has a few beadboard / foam bounce boards in the package, they are lightweight and very useful in a variety of lighting scenarios. I recently needed a few of these in various sizes for small local jobs, and decided to build my own. For about $20 in materials, I was able to build a set ranging in size from 24x36 to 42x42.

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