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Hint: it isn’t by reading this.

By Don Starnes | March 18, 2014

Almost everyone now seems interested in video or cameras or movie making. Filmmaking has become a popular hobby and even a sport. This is perfectly fine. However, I find that very few people are serious about becoming a professional filmmaker.

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ScreenLight Review and Approval For Video Pros Comes to PVC

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By Chris Potter | March 18, 2014

Think back to the last project where you shared media for a production with your team, clients, or other stakeholders. If you are like most people, it was probably a pretty fragmented process.

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Long shadows: adding body to flat design in After Effects

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By Rich Young | March 18, 2014

The trend toward flat design hit big in 2013 with newer user interfaces of Windows 8 ("Metro") and iOS7, and website and logo redesigns by Google and others. As part of a general move away from skeuomorphism, Adobe application design elements “flattened out” after CS5. Flat and thin may be in, partly due to hi-res screens, but a missing dimension of "long shadows" added to flat elements became popular too.

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The Art of the Cut: “12 Years a Slave” Editor, Joe Walker

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An interview that turned into a must-read master class in editing

By Steve Hullfish | March 17, 2014

It’s not often that Hollywood’s stars publicly recognize the great stewardship that an editor of a film has of their performance. But it’s a long journey between what an actor emotes in front of a camera and the reception of that performance by an audience. The director certainly has a strong influence on that performance, but the editor (with the director’s guidance) is the final gatekeeper of the performance the audience sees and the context in which it’s seen.

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 4

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Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 4 - Effects & Keyframing

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | March 17, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than the fourth lesson in this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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The Demise of NBC Burbank Part 2

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Technical and Engineering Advancements Made at NBC

By Richard Wirth | March 16, 2014

Recently, I wrote about the beginnings of NBC’s historic lot in Burbank as the Peacock network completed its move to nearby Universal Studios.  The look back on NBC Burbank’s sixty-two year history wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the technical history NBC engineers made over the years.

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Product Review: Steadicam Curve for GoPro Hero3/3+

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Steadicam's Latest Mini Handheld Stabilizer for the GoPro

By Jeff Foster | March 16, 2014

First came the Steadicam Smoothie a couple years ago and they teased us with the Curve about a year ago at NAB 2013, but now it's finally shipping and I got one to test with. Smaller and more compact than the Smoothee but is it better?

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Looking at the Tangent Element from an Editor’s POV

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Does an editor need to spend thousands of dollars on a color grading control surface?

By Scott Simmons | March 16, 2014

If you’re an editor these days then you’re probably asked to do some color correction and color grading. In fact you might not ever have the luxury of sending a program out to a dedicated colorist. Chances are you also make use of DaVinci Resolve for many of those color grading tasks as it works amazingly well and the very powerful lite version is free. Those using Resolve and any other number of color grading tools will definitely find that a dedicated control surface like the Tangent Element is a luxury that will make that color work a lot more fun and productive.

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Useful Tools for Editors - Editors Retreat Edition

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The Gearheads session provided a nice list of useful tools for editors and filmmakers alike

By Scott Simmons | March 13, 2014

If you read my Notes From the 2014 Editors Retreat post then you might have seen the mention of a session called Gearheads. This was a fun session where attendees were asked to submit some piece of gear they like or find useful. This could be hardware, software, an app, anything really. I though the Gearheads submissions would make for a great Useful Tools for Editors entry. Here’s some that I made note of.

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Red Giant Universe Public Beta Announced

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More than New Software Plug-ins: an Expanding Community

By Jeff Foster | March 12, 2014

March 11, 2014 - Today, Red Giant, makers of Magic Bullet, Trapcode, and PluralEyes, announced Red Giant Universe (public beta) - a community that gives members access to fast and powerful free tools for editing, filmmaking, visual effects and motion design. 

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The Story Behind a 21st Century Post House

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By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 12, 2014

When we last caught up with Josh Senior, Senior Post founder, we focused on what makes his company different as well as how they’ve been able to utilize the Creative Cloud in their workflow. This time we wanted to get into the specifics around how they’re able to focus on... Read More

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GH4 4K camera gets a price & delivery date: Let’s analyze…

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The Panasonic Lumix GH4 and “broadcast” interface finally has a price & delivery. Let’s analyze it.

By Allan Tépper | March 12, 2014

In February, I published my first look at the 4K Panasonic Lumix GH4, where I included most of the known specs, together with its “broadcast” adapter, the YAGH. At that time, we were missing the price and availability. Now that we have them, let’s analyze them with possible system accessories (XLR audio, external recorders, and studio connections), and a new video/commentary by Bryan Harvey.

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Why Use Camera Archives in Final Cut Pro X?

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 11, 2014

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Why would you want to use a Camera Archive to import your video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Mark Spencer talks with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about Camera Archives. When transferring footage from a camera's card, you can of course simply drag the... Read More

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First Look: The 4K Blackmagic Production Camera

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4K For Everyone?

By Brian Hallett | March 10, 2014

Blackmagic's New 4K Production Camera is here and I have been shooting with it as soon as I could rip the box open. If you've had time to shoot on any of Blackmagic's cameras then this camera has a few pleasant surprises in store for you.

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G-Tech White Paper: Lucas Gilman: How a Pro Manages Storage Workflow

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By videoguys.com | March 10, 2014

There’s only one thing Lucas Gilman dreamed of becoming more than a world-renowned extreme sports photographer and filmmaker: He wanted to be a father. In recent years, he’s become both, but balancing the two remains his biggest challenge yet. Gilman logs more than 200 days each... Read More

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Filmmaker follows up Sundance debut with showing at SXSW 2014

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Adobe After Effects and Photoshop help filmmaker represent analog content in digital format

By Michelle Gallina | March 08, 2014

Jeffrey Radice came into filmmaking in a non-traditional way. He was working in I.T. and making a decent income when friends asked him to fund their moviemaking efforts. After producing two consecutive short films at the Sundance Film Festival, he decided to jump in and try his hand at... Read More

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Getting MoCap Schooled

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Senior Technologist Eric Furie Gives Me a Tour of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Motion Capture Lab

By Vince Gonzales (Via PPC - Pro Photo Coalition) | March 07, 2014

I got a chance to speak with Eric Furie at USC's Robert Zemeckis Center and had a tour of their state of the art Motion Capture Lab located at the School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.  Eric is the Senior Technologist... Read More

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Replay XD1080 / XD720 HD POV Action Cameras

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Smallest Profile and Most Robust Design of Any POV Action Cam on the Market

By Jeff Foster | March 07, 2014

The Replay XD HD cams are a truly unique design, with a low-profile and they're built like a tank. Made with hard-anodized aluminum cases that are water resistant without the need for an external housing for most applications, these lightweight POV action cams have the versatility and durability that even the most popular competitors can only dream of.

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Film and music converge on and off screen at SXSW 2014

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Documentary on Stones Throw Records showing in Austin ahead of theatrical release

By Meagan Keane | March 07, 2014

Since 2009, Rob Bralver and Jeff Broadway of Gatling Pictures have worked together on documentary films that tell stories of social importance. Their latest project, OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (THIS IS STONES THROW RECORDS), explores the history of Stones Throw Records, a record label committed to... Read More

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Notes from the 2014 Editors Retreat

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It was my first time attending and I really want to go back

By Scott Simmons | March 06, 2014

This past week I was able to attend my first ever Editors Retreat in Savannah, Georgia. It was an unbelievably fun week of learning, networking, eating and drinking. This was an event I have wanted to attend for years but 2014 was the first time it has worked out. While not inexpensive, I made the decision to attend in January after a number of Editors Retreat alumni all said the same thing: the Retreat is a great creative reboot. I whole heartedly agree.

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