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Fixing soft edges & number counters with automatic rounding

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Using the Math.round expression in After Effects

By Rich Young | June 09, 2014

A few years ago, Stu Maschwitz noted the utility of the Math.round method, which rounds a number to the nearest integer. If you're repositioning or animating an object in AE, you'll often run into AE's subpixel positioning in Best Quality, which as noted long before expressions were a feature by Trish Meyer as the source of bad renders with lossy formats. But you can use an expression to force rounding on scale/position to whole numbers, in order to avoid softening on anti-aliased text or other layers. It's much easier to use that than to adjust entries by hand, and its utility goes further.

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The Sights and Sounds of Cine Gear 2014 – Part II

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Copters, LEDs, PVC writers and more

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 08, 2014

Cine Gear is held on the first Friday and Saturday of every June on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, but you could actually get a sense of what companies and products were featured if you just spent a single day at the event. That’s really not enough time to take in everything... Read More

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Video in DSLRs: The Speed Limit

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When photographers move into video, they learn something very puzzling: there is a speed limit! Time to get a special filter.

By Jose Antunes | June 07, 2014

Photographers control exposure with a triangle comprised of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It's so common that no one thinks about it... until they turn the button on their DSLRs to video mode and discover, after some initial tests, that their videos are all jumpy. The solution is simple, but it is not always clearly explained. I could say it involves leaving the triangle behind and going for a square. It's something that asks for a new way of thinking. Let me explain.

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The Sights and Sounds of Cine Gear 2014 – Part I

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It's not NAB...but that's part of the appeal

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 06, 2014

Matt Jeppsen said it best in his Cine Gear 2013 Wrap Up… the reason folks like Cine Gear is because unlike NAB, it’s smaller, more intimate, and a lot more cine-focused. It’s a much different show, and the size of the event allows you to get a better handle on the... Read More

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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

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Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.

By Allan Tépper | June 06, 2014

Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and promises to offer quite a punch for its relatively low —and even palindromic— price of US$979. Here’s a first look.

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Come See Adam Wilt and I at CineGear

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By Art Adams | June 05, 2014

Mark your calendar: Saturday, June 7th, at 2:45pm, in the Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount. Adam Wilt and I will spend an hour discussing "The Sony F55: Swiss Army Knife of Cameras."

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Art Adams and Adam Wilt on the F55 at Cine Gear Expo

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Two PVC contributors talk about Sony's do-almost-anything cine cam

By Adam Wilt | June 05, 2014

In Los Angeles for Cine Gear Expo this weekend? Art Adams and I will be giving an hour-long presentation on the Sony PMW-F55 at the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount lot, Saturday 7 June, from 2:45 - 3:45 in the afternoon. 

I'll go over the camera's versatility: with... Read More

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Send Better Video Project Pitches Faster

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Proposal software and templates can help you prepare proposals faster, track whether they've been viewed, and win business.

By Chris Potter | June 04, 2014

Before I started work building our video review and approval platform I worked in the consulting business. A big part of the job involved preparing client pitches and proposals.

The process was pretty tedious. Proposals were built based off of templates we had prepared. More often... Read More

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Answering the Essential Color Correction Question: Am I Doing This Right?

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Patrick Inhofer talks to us about his experience as a professional colorist and his latest Home Study Course

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 04, 2014

While Patrick Inhofer is no stranger to ProVideo Coalition, much of his energy and output over the past few years has been on his site, the Tao of Color Grading. His focus there is around color grading & finishing, but he admits that is one part technology, one part art, and ten parts... Read More

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Replace/Relink in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 03, 2014

When to replace and when to relink?

This is the question Mark and Steve from Ripple Training tackle on this week's MacBreak Studio.

If you need to replace a video clip, graphic, or audio file in your Final Cut Pro X project, one way is to use the aptly-named... Read More

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MovieType For Element 3D: new for After Effects

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Animation & camera presets, materials, bevels, and more

By Rich Young | June 03, 2014

Motionworks has released MovieType For Element 3D. The package includes over 200 time-saving type animation presets, 60 camera animation presets, 450 materials, 150 bevel presets, 3D backgrounds, a camera and light rig, 6 tutorials, and associated AE project files. Also included is MoBacks, an After Effects backgrounds kit with over 55 AEPs and HD renders of grunge, starbursts, lighting effects, techno, smoke, ink, cellular, metal, paper, stone, plastic, leather, liquid, etc.

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Directing Motion with Vincent Laforet

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An interview with the man on a 10 week, 32 city tour of the country

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 03, 2014

Vincent Laforet is a man with no shortage of accolades. A three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Laforet has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography.” He was also awarded with a Gold, Silver, and a Bronze... Read More

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Bring It, a Challenge for Starting Videographers

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Telling better stories with video and photography is the aim of Canon's new campaign: Bring It.

By Jose Antunes | June 03, 2014

Canon USA announced recently their new campaign, "Bring It", designed to enlighten consumers to a new perspective of telling better stories with higher quality images and video. The campaign, scheduled to roll out this month, features Canon's line of EOS digital SLR cameras and lenses with a rallying cry for everyone to bring their best images and videos to be shared on the Canon "Bring It" microsite.

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Product Review: Hexolux D7 LED Fresnel Light

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An LED light with good color precision, power and control.

By Helmut Kobler | June 02, 2014

The Hexolux D7 LED light ($2400) is one of those lights that breaks ground because it can take the place of many conventional lights you’ve been using for years without the compromises that have typically characterized LEDs.

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Canon Presents EF-S 10-18mm for Wide-Angle Video

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Canon announced a new lens for photographers and videographers: the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. For APS-C.

By Jose Antunes | June 02, 2014

The new lens, ideal to shoot creative video (and photos) at tight indoor locations such as a cozy corner table in a restaurant or unique vacation photos where the subject is close up, is an extreme wide-angle (a 16-28mm if we consider the "crop" factor of 1.6x) that will offer enthusiasts all the coverage they need, when used together with the currently available EF-S 18-55mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm IS STM zoom lenses.

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Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

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The new Sony A7S camera, announced just before the NAB show in Las Vegas, offers full frame (35mm) 4K video.

By Jose Antunes | June 02, 2014

The newest camera in the Alpha family (Sony says α7 and α7R) is not only one of the smallest full frame camera's in the world, it is also a sign that the race for 4K video in full frame (35mm) sensors has begun. Sony cameras are no DSLR as we know them, these mirrorless models are something different, but in the end it does not matter: Sony is at the pole position for the new competition, and chose NAB to show the A7S. Read More

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Starting with Moving Pictures

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A photographer's journey into video with a DSLR

By Jose Antunes | June 02, 2014

There comes a time in your life when you have to accept that the world is moving forward and you've to move with it. Photographers entering the world of video have had such experience.

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White balance in After Effects and Premiere

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plus blending modes

By Rich Young | May 31, 2014

There are a number of ways to white balance footage in After Effects and Premiere Pro, and Chris and Trish Meyer recently added another method, sampling with the Tint effect on a Solid layer set to Divide mode above the source layer. Eran Stern also recently added a method, using CC Color Neutralizer in Premiere.

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3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

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If you produce audio or video with an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, you’ll likely have found some of these limitations.

By Allan Tépper | May 31, 2014

Whether you have been using one of the audio/video production apps I have been covering (including Bossjock Studio, FiLMiC Pro, and RØDE Rec) or some others I have yet to cover, you’ll likely have encountered software limitations. This article covers three workarounds to use in the meantime, while app developers add direct support for essential features like SFTP, Gmail app, and until Apple fixes AirDrop between iOS and Mac OS.

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Taking your BCC AE looks to BCC AVX

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What might seem like a tedious process is actually very simple

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | May 31, 2014

Last week I had an interesting situation come up.  I was working on a commerical for Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow", and I needed to make a small revision to some text.  I didn't want to go into After Effects to do it, but my problem was, is there a simple way to take my BCC AE look, and quickly get it into Media Composer?  Well guess what, there is!  In this exclusive PVC tutorial, I'll show you how simple it is!

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