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HPA Tech Retreat Day 4

Lightfield cameras, lens metadata, REDRAY, and even more!

By Adam Wilt | February 22, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference (plus Monday bonus session) for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. Day 4 offered a SMPTE update, lens metadata, lightfield cameras, new encoding paradigms, Ethernet AVB and video, upconverting to 4K, and the... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat Day 1: Super-sized Session: More, Bigger, but Better?

Looking at HFR, HDR, high-res, immersive sound, and more...

By Adam Wilt | February 19, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference (plus Monday bonus session) for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. The program for this year's show is online at http://www.hpaonline.com/2013-program and the opening "Super-sized Session" was on "More,... Read More

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San Francisco Super Meet 2013:  Cinema 4D

3D Application Claims to Have Shortest Learning Curve

By Clint Milby | February 11, 2013

There was a bevy of software companies at the San Francisco SuperMeet 2013, and beyond who you’d expect to see, including Adobe and Avid and newcomer Technicolor, (look for coverage of their new product later), it was my pleasure to get up close and personal with... Read More

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3D HFR and the Immersive Experience

Is Less More, or is More, in fact, More?

By Mark Christiansen | January 04, 2013

 

There seems little doubt that display technology and the way we experience media today won't necessarily look the same throughout the 21st century, any more than Downton Abbey looks like Enter the Void, or a zoetrope resembles Call of Duty. There are, for example,... Read More

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The Hobbit in 48p 3D - Technological Hero or Flop?

The Hobbit in 48p 3D - Technological Hero or Flop?

First reactions to this new HFR format on the big screen...

By Jeff Foster | December 29, 2012

There has been much anticipation for this holiday release of The Hobbit - not only in bringing this classic novel to life from the team that brought us a success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but to experience the new technological advances of 3D on the big screen at 48p. But is HFR (high frame rate) really ready for "prime time" or are we just not ready for it? I share my first reactions after seeing it myself and connect with other sources/opinions in attempting to make sense of it all... and this is going to be a heated debate for years as subjectivity and viewer feedback will win out in the end.

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The Hobbit: Back to Middle Earth

Read this Exclusive Preview from the December Edition of Cinema Editor Magazine

By PVC News Staff | December 14, 2012

Almost nine years have passed since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during which loyal Tolkien fans speculated whether its literary prequel The Hobbit would ever make it to the silver screen. The adaptation was originally supposed to be a marriage of... Read More

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Create and animate 3D cogs in After Effects - Part 2

Build upon what you learned in Part 1 by taking advantage of the extrusion and ray-tracing features in After Effects CS6.

By ChrisZwar | September 03, 2012

Thanks to the new 3D capabilities of After Effects CS6, you can create and animate 3D cogs and gears inside of After Effects without the need for a true 3D program. Read More

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Create and animate 3D cogs in After Effects - Part 1

This quick video tutorial shows you how to create your own cogs inside of After Effects, and demonstrates a simple technique to ensure they animate together seamlessly.

By ChrisZwar | September 03, 2012

Sometimes jobs turn out to be more complicated than you expect them to.  Animating cogs and gears can be like that - it sounds like a nice idea, it's easy enough to arrange some stock photos of cogs together on a storyboard, but as soon as you try to animate them then things can turn pear shaped.  This quick video tutorial shows you how to create your own cogs inside of After Effects, and demonstrates a simple technique to ensure they animate together seamlessly.  Thanks to the new 3D capabilities of After Effects CS6, you can even create and animte 3D cogs and gears inside of After Effects without the need for a true 3D program. Read More

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Element 3D: new After Effects plug-in

Element 3D: new After Effects plug-in

3D models and particles inside After Effects [updated]

By Rich Young | July 10, 2012

Video Copilot has released Element 3D, an After Effects plug-in that lets you import and animate 3D models, even as a particle array, and extrude text and mask shapes in real time. It's useful for all of us, for newbies and old hands & for straight 3D and more abstract experimentation, at least if you have a more recent OpenGL graphics card. {C} Read More

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My lengthy Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review now online

My lengthy Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review now online

Studio Daily posted the review last week after pounding the thing on a number of edits

By Scott Simmons | May 26, 2012

Last week Studio Daily published my Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 review. It’s a longie but a goodie as I tried to go into detail about what I really like and what I kinda don’t like about this brand new Premiere Pro. I had been pounding it hard on several projects before writing the review. I have had a few questions about exactly what kind of jobs I’ve been working on with it.

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NAB 2012: Assorted Snapshots

A few cool things I saw at the show that didn't fit into any other articles.

By Adam Wilt | May 08, 2012

I got this fisheye lens, y'see, and by gosh and by golly I'm a-gonna use it.

NAB is too big a show in too short a time to see more than a fraction of it. I've covered a few things in some depth (as have other PVC folks), but there's plenty more that slips by without proper coverage. Here, I have a few photos of interesting things that I saw in passing, with pointers for more info should anything catch your fancy. Read More

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Adobe Reveals Future Areas of Focus at NAB 2012

Adobe Reveals Future Areas of Focus at NAB 2012

Richard Harrington discuss the future of Adobe Video with Bill Roberts the Director of Video Product Management for Adobe.

By Richard Harrington | April 18, 2012

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Richard Harrington discuss the future of Adobe Video with Bill Roberts the Director of Video Product Management for Adobe. They discuss future areas of focus that Adobe has and where Creative Suite is going.Richard has had a long history with Adobe including producing official Adobe books and training. He also runs his own shop using Adobe software. Read More

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NAB Sunday: Panasonic and Sony Press Conferences

What the two big camera companies taked about officially.

By Adam Wilt | April 16, 2012

One of many GH2s being used to record the Panasonic press conference.

When big companies hold press conferences, they're a mix of marketing / sales encomiums from happy customers, and some actual useful information about technologies and products. I'll mostly focus on the tech stuff that Panasonic and Sony announced today (and adding my own snarky commentary in [square brackets]). Read More

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NAB 2012:  Sony Press Conference

Memories of things past.......

By Bruce A Johnson | April 16, 2012

Alec Shapiro hosting the 2012 Sony Press event. Sorry about the poor picture, but that's a cellphone for ya.

The annual Sony NAB press conference was held at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel, with a setting that seemed to be a bit less grandiose than previous years. Perhaps this is fitting considering that Sony recently announced as many as 10,000 layoffs coming in the near future. But even without that hanging over the festivities, the announcements made by Senior Vice President for Broadcast & Production Systems Alec Shapiro were less than stellar, and at times even seemed pretty out of touch, at least to an old broadcast hand like me. The overarching theme was "Believe Beyond HD," and near the end of the presentation the spectre of 4K acquisition did rear it's head. However, the first three items presented were not 4K productions, but 3D. Clips from the upcoming programs "Stormsurfers" and hip-hop competition "Battle Of The Year" were projected on a mid-sized screen, but oddly, even with the provided RealD glasses neither clip looked very 3D at all. (And seeing one of the "Stormsurfers" surfers very obviously holding a GoPro camera on the end of a stick suggests, at least, that not *all* of the footage was shot on Sony cameras.) Shapiro opined that 3D was growing by leaps and bounds, but at least in the home TV market, the just isn't true, and might well be a big part of Sony's current financial malaise. The third 3D production mentioned was ESPN's coverage of the X Games, but oddly, no clips were played - and I would REALLY have liked to seen those. Read More

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2D Footage with a Stereo 3D Rig in After Effects CS5.5

Edit and Optimize 2D Stereo Pairs from a 3D Video Camera or Twin Cameras with a Modified Stereo 3D Rig in After Effects CS5.5

By Jeff Foster | February 10, 2012

Adobe included a 1-step option to create a 3D Stereo Camera Rig in After Effects CS5.5, to everyone's enthusiasm for a simpler workflow in 3D space. Great if you are working in 3D space in After Effects, but what about an easy option for 3D Stereo pairs captured by a 3D camera or twin cameras on a rig? In this tutorial I'll show you how to quickly modify the Stereo 3D Rig in After Effects to quickly mux your L&R video files and adjust the convergence for anaglyph, interlaced or stereo pairs output. Read More

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Stereo 3D Video Production with GoPro

Using the GoPro HD Hero2 and the 3D Hero System with CineForm Software

By Jeff Foster | January 29, 2012

Whether you love it or hate it, 3D Stereography is here for awhile. And if you're totally into it like I am, you quickly realize that there are few turnkey workflows out there to capture and process 3D Stereo video that's easy to setup, shoot and edit Stereo pairs. Sure, there are a lot of high-end (expensive to rent) systems for two cameras to shoot, software to sync/mux the footage and rigs you can build to edit it, but GoPro has brought it together with a fun and easy-to-use system that anyone can use. Read More

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Lytro is the new RAW?

Light Field Camera for Stills, Video and 3D Applications

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 12, 2012

If you aren't familiar with Lytro, they are an innovative company that is very close to releasing a Light-Field Camera. This affordable consumer stills camera has the unique ability to calculate the angle of light hitting the sensor, and store that data along with the image data. Later, in post, you can refocus the image however you wish. It's amazing technology, and there's literally nothing like it in the consumer market. After watching an interview with Lytro's CEO, it really got me thinking about the future possibilities of this technology as a creative tool for professionals... Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Creating 3D Objects using Adobe Repoussé

If you don't have access to a dedicated 3D program or plug-in, here's a way to use Photoshop Extended to create extruded logos and text.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | November 21, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we've been busy this year creating an extensive, multi-course video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice. Each course has two or more movies that are free for all to view; we're re-posting those videos here on PVC to make sure you don't miss them. This movie explains the ins and outs of using Adobe Repouss© to create 3D objects that may then be imported into After Effects. Read More

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Creating an Orbit Camera Rig

Techniques to make your camera move in a perfect arc.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | November 08, 2011

As we mentioned earlier, we've been busy this year creating an extensive, multi-course video training series based on our popular beginner's book After Effects Apprentice. Each course has two or more movies that are free for all to view; we're re-posting those videos here on PVC to make sure you don't miss them. This movie demonstrates how to build an orbit camera rig in After Effects, both manually and by using the new menu command added in AE CS5.5. Read More

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Adobe MAX 2011 Technology Sneak Peeks

What's cooking in the lab (and apparently close enough to tease us with).

By Chris and Trish Meyer | October 17, 2011

Adobe's big annual MAX conference finished a couple of weeks ago, and as part of it they included a series of technology sneak peeks. I've gone through the videos posted on AdobeTV and pulled out the ones of most interest to us video folks: Read More

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