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Brian Hallett’s New Channel: In Focus

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With permanent links to everything I've published on PVC

By Brian Hallett | July 07, 2014

I've been contributing to various production/post-production channels on the PVC Exclusive channel for awhile now, but my new channel, "In Focus" is where you'll be able to find new articles from me moving forward. Below are the links to everything I've published on the Exclusive... Read More

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The Consolidation of Media & Entertainment - A PVC Roundtable Discussion

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Are we witnessing the end of an era or the beginning of a new one?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 06, 2014

AJA Raw Workflow, from the AJA website

 

Mergers and acquisitions have been part of the way businesses have operated for centuries, but the incredible pace of technology makes these sorts of transactions more powerful than ever. That's especially true in the media... Read More

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Lightworks: a Professional Editor for Free

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The Non-Linear Editor from EditShare for Mac, Windows and Linux, has a free version for users that only need to work at 720p.

By Jose Antunes | July 03, 2014

A non-linear editor system praised by many of Hollywood's top names, Lightworks is not on the top list of video editors, but that does not stop the creators from investing in a program that is popular in Windows and now can claim to be the first offering versions for Mac, Windows and Linux. Furthermore, there are recent public beta versions of the program to download, for the different platforms. So, why not give it a try?

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Videoguys’ Guide to HP Z Workstations:  The Video Editors Best Choice

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The Pros are Moving from Mac to Z

By videoguys.com | July 02, 2014

When it comes to choosing a workstation that delivers uncompromising performance, there’s simply no contest. Take it from experienced pros like Rob Legato, Jonathan Bird, Devin Super Tramp and the techs at Videoguys.com.

Videoguys.com recommends the HP z Workstations. HP uses... Read More

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The Library Inspector in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 01, 2014

Last week Apple released its 12th update to Final Cut Pro X since its release 3 years ago.

This 10.1.2 update includes a variety of workflow improvements which we covered in detail in this PVC article. Over the next few weeks we'll be discussing these changes here on... Read More

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Connecting People with the Possibilities of Motion Capture Technology

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Anthony Hoit talks to us about the use of iPi Motion Capture on “Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D”

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 01, 2014

Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, a 3D animated reboot of the original 1968 horror classic. The film features visual effects from The Graphic Film Company that relied on the iPi Soft markerless iPi Motion Capture software solution. iPi Soft is a developer of markerless motion... Read More

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Nikon D810 Wants EOS 5D’s Video Crown

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With the new D810 DSLR, Nikon wants to take the crown from Canon's video champion, the EOS 5D Mark III.

By Jose Antunes | July 01, 2014

Nikon was the first to introduce video in DSLRs, but that pioneer position did not stop Canon from taking the sceptre and running to the front. It has been this way since then, but a new era might have started: Nikon is back on the fight, with the Nikon D810, a camera conceived with video in mind. The new DSLR is launched with a mission: conquer Canon's territory in terms of video. Specifications similar to the EOS 5D Mark III and a competitive price are part of arsenal Nikon has provided the D810 with. But there is more to discover in this new camera.

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Product Review: SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED Field Monitor

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Color Accurate True Black HD 7.7" Field Monitor with Built in Scopes

By Jeff Foster | June 30, 2014

The SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED field monitor provides accurate color, rich blacks and an OSD/Scope system delivered through touch screen that will knock your socks off!

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Drones Prohibited in United States National Parks

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Using drones to film nature and wildlife sounds exciting, but new regulations will stop you from doing just that.

By Jose Antunes | June 30, 2014

The proliferation of the use of drones for video and photography is bound to create concern to some, and the first rules about the use of drones in wildlife areas in the United States of America suggests what may be expected: for now all unmanned aircraft are banned in the United States of America National Parks.

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Updated Product Review: Genus Mini Jib with MoCo

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Truly Compact and Portable Jib for DSLRs and HD Camcorders

By Jeff Foster | June 28, 2014

The new Genus Mini Jib was designed for portability and simple setup/operation on location. It's not meant to be a studio jib but while it can handle a decent payload of about 9lbs, you can manage to get a decent load to balance and maintain control of the operation. I give the Genus Mini Jib a thorough test with different camera configurations and push it to the limits. UPDATED with the Genus MoCo motion control system for the Mini Jib started on the bottom of Page 2.

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DP Paul Del Vecchio & BMCC New Firmware

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How the new debayer helped him acheive his film's look

By Brian Hallett | June 28, 2014

Recently, Blackmagic Design released camera firmware 1.8 for all four of their cameras: Cinema Camera, Pocket Camera, Production Camera, and the Studio Camera.  In an interview, New York based DP Paul del Vecchio talks about his work on the indie drama “Trent & Isabella.” and how the new firmware in the Cinema Camera helped him achieve the looks he lock down while on set.  

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Product Review: Genus Elite Matte Box & Bravo Follow Focus MK3

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Professional Filmmaking Gear That Keeps Working

By Jeff Foster | June 27, 2014

I've had the opportunity to use the Genustech cine gear for several months now on a variety of cameras from a Sony EX3, to a Canon 60D to a Blackmagic Design Cinema Cam and a BMD Pocket Cam. Highly adjustable, durable, and travels very well. In one word: Solid.

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What’s New in Final Cut Pro 10.1.2

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By Mark Spencer | June 27, 2014

by Mark Spencer and Steve Martin

 

Introduction

Apple has released its 12th update since launching Final Cut Pro X in June of 2011. While not every release has included new features, 12 updates in 3 years is still quite impressive, and Final Cut Pro X has matured remarkably in... Read More

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Do More While Saving Time and Money with 4K

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An interview with the team from Dawnrunner highlighting their upcoming webinar

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 27, 2014

4K has been called everything from a trend to the future of the industry, but no matter what your feelings are it’s not something that you can ignore. Numerous opportunities are created at nearly every stage of production with 4K, and decisions around shooting or not shooting in 4K impact... Read More

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“Unmult” with and without special plug-ins

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Unmult, Xmult, channel and matting effects

By Rich Young | June 27, 2014

Third-party unmult plug-ins for After Effects are used to create a composite with an alpha channel of a layer based on luminance or brightness. They're often used instead of composite modes like Screen that don't create an alpha channel. Alpha channels were discussed in a companion post recently, Alpha channels: premultiplied vs straight. Read More

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Hands on with the Atomos Samurai Blade and Connect Converter/TSG

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The First High-Definition HD-SDI Test Set That Fits in Your Hand

By Kevin Owen | June 26, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Samurai Blade from Atomos and was really impressed with all of the features they managed to pack into such a small package.

I stumbled onto the product almost by accident - I had just purchased one of their Connect signal... Read More

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Capturing the essence of Brazil through motion graphics and art

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Filmmaker embarks on journey documenting creativity around the world

By Meagan Keane | June 26, 2014

When we last spoke with Graham Elliott he was just starting work on his next film, World In Motion, which he describes as, “a documentary film series that explores the dynamic connection between location and expression.” Since that time, Elliott has taken two trips to Brazil, the... Read More

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Getting Tricky with Auditions in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 26, 2014

Something else you can do with Auditions?

Yes, although we have talked about Auditions in Final Cut Pro X before, this week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates another way to work with this powerful feature.

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A 4K Video Editor for Enthusiasts

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What has multicam viewing (up to 4 angles) 3D and 4K editing and output and costs $99?

By Jose Antunes | June 26, 2014

If you're in the market for a video editor, one program you should probably look at is Cyberlink's PowerDirector 12, launched in September 2013, winner of a CES 2014 Innovation Award, selected by PC Magazine as the Best Video Editing in 2013 and receiver of multiple world-class awards since its introduction in September 2013.

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Free Webinar: The Benefits of Using 4K Now

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The webinar will be held Thursday, July 10 and will be presented by Dell and NVIDIA

By PVC News Staff | June 25, 2014

Creative professionals are discovering the benefits that 4K can afford them in quality, post, delivery and future-proofing, but these advantages are only the beginning. Numerous opportunities are created at nearly every stage of production with 4K, and professionals need to know and understand... Read More

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