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Living and Working Off-Site and Online

What sort of considerations come into play now that so many professionals are allowed to and even required to work remotely?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | September 07, 2014

Homer Simpson once described working from home as his dream, and it’s a sentiment shared by many professionals. How many people have dreamed of a morning commute lasting no longer than 30 seconds? A lunch break spent on the back porch? Or having the desire to do something at the end of... Read More

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Sir Richard Branson Invests In 3D Robotics

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Brings Aerial Expert Colin Guinn to Necker Island for a Demo

By Jeff Foster | September 07, 2014

In a surprise posting on the Virgin website this weekend, Sir Richard Branson share about interest in this emerging technology and acknowledges his investment into the tech company founded by Chris Anderson.

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ARRI Alexa Firmware To Enable 3.2K ProRes For Up-Scaling To 4K

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By Dan Carr | September 05, 2014

Not wanting to leave Alexa owners out in the cold after last week’s 4k Amira announcement, Arri have unveiled plans for an Alexa firmware update in early 2015 that will enable 3.2k ProRes recording.

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Rovio Animation simplifies complex animations

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Animation Studio uses scripts, complex rigging, and Adobe Creative Cloud to animate "Angry Birds Toons"

By Michelle Gallina | September 05, 2014

Rovio Entertainment began as a mobile game developer in Helsinki, Finland in 2003. The company became a global phenomenon in 2009 by creating Angry Birds, the most downloaded paid mobile app of all time. Today, the company has expanded its international brand into an entertainment company that... Read More

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Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

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A discontinued interface from Tascam is still ideal for certain recording and streaming events.

By Allan Tépper | September 05, 2014

Although the Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D is officially discontinued, fortunately it is still available (for now). Ahead you’ll discover why the iXJ2 is a unique enabler for high-quality dual-mic/2-channel, 48 kHz/24-bit iOS recordings, including several use-cases: interviews, sportscasting, and even voiceover auditions; when it’s appropriate, and when it isn’t.

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RED Wants to be a DSLR: The Second Coming!

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RED goes to Photokina and wants to be THE stills and video camera. The first part is news, the rest is an old story.

By Jose Antunes | September 05, 2014

In an exclusive story, published recently, the website fstoppers writes that "RED Has Big Plans To Be Your Still Camera Maker". I somehow felt it like a déjà vu, and that I had been taken back in time. No, it was real, it is today, we're in 2014. So, RED is at it again. Those of us old enough to remember those things do know RED tried this trick years ago. The rabbit never came out of the hat!

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MPC creates spectacular visions

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Global VFX studio produces extraordinary motion graphics and visual effects with Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | September 05, 2014

MPC is one of the world’s leading visual effects and motion graphics studios, with more than 2,000 employees in eight global offices. The studio’s work includes blockbuster films such as Godzilla, the Harry Potter franchise, and Life of Pi, and advertising campaigns for global... Read More

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Agenda Set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

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This SuperMeet promises to be the largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, and Avid and editors, filmmakers, and more during IBC

By PVC News Staff | September 05, 2014

The stage show agenda has now been set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet, to take place during IBC2014 on Sunday, 14 September 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam, NL. The SuperMeet agenda will feature film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey as... Read More

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Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 9 Units

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Now Available for the Avid™ Product Family for the First-Time

By PVC News Staff | September 04, 2014

Boris Continuum Complete 9 (BCC) Units are now available from Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated VFX and workflow technology for video and film. The sixteen Units include new filters, features, and speed improvements from the recently updated flagship product, Boris Continuum... Read More

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Comparing 3D type options for After Effects

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Ray-traced 3D is walking dead

By Rich Young | September 04, 2014

While some may claim that the After Effects CS6-era Ray-traced 3D renderer is a minor feature that you can ignore, it's still a strong option for basic motion graphics with realistic reflections and refractions, and very fast if you have an Nvidia CUDA GPU. If you're not committed one way or another, you may want to check out an integrated in-depth resource from Eran Stern that compares major alternatives for creating 3D type.

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Photokina Movie: Action Starts Soon

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From action cams to huge cinema rigs, Photokina has it all. Doors open on the 16th September.

By Jose Antunes | September 04, 2014

Photokina embraces action this year, with a whole area dedicated to "Action!", where users can borrow an action cam, try it out and take home the film made with the camera. It also has one hall dedicated to video, for professional users and ambitious film hobbyists.

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TurbulenceFD Depth Pass Using Cinema 4D

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Free script to aid in creating a depth pass for smoke simulations

By David Torno | September 04, 2014

Creating a depth pass for a smoke simulation should be a simple task you might think. In most cases with professional softwares it can be, but not all softwares support this feature. In this particular case it is the Fire and Smoke simulation plugin TurbulenceFD (TFD). I am a... Read More

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Karrot Animation expands 2D possibilities

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Animation studio produces children’s series using a workflow enabled by Adobe Creative Cloud and CelAction

By Meagan Keane | September 03, 2014

Rapid technology advances have made computer animation one of the fastest growing industries in Europe and North America. The demand for animated entertainment is growing partly due to expanding broadcasting hours for cable and satellite TV and the ever-increasing popularity of the Internet.... Read More

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My Passport Wireless for Videographers

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Western Digital celebrates 10 years of its My Passport brand with a Wireless drive up to 2TB.

By Jose Antunes | September 03, 2014

Portable drives are nothing new these days, but the new WD portable storage drive wants to be something different: it offers up to 2TB, up to 20 hours of standby power and a SD card slot for direct transfer of data. All under the popular My Passport name!

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New Blackmagic URSA Footage

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Captain Hook shares his compilation of shots with the URSA

By Brian Hallett | September 02, 2014

There are not many URSA's out in the wild but that does not mean we have to wonder how the footage from the camera performs.  Thankfully, Captain Hook of "A Couple of Night Owls" has just released this beautiful video which shows off the camera's 4K 60 FPS.

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Blackmagic didn’t quite remove the Band-Aid after all…

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As I sadly discovered in Guatemala, Blackmagic didn’t quite add RGB over HDMI after all…

By Allan Tépper | September 02, 2014

In June 2014, I published an article stating that Blackmagic had finally removed the Band-Aid for original DreamColor monitor users, based upon information published in their own ReadMe and a direct statement from Blackmagic’s US president, which I quoted. In mid August, I went to Guatemala to configure a system, and discovered that RGB over HDMI wasn’t really available. After a few weeks of email exchanges, Blackmagic has finally clarified their position via the public relations department.

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Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

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When combined with a portable A>D converter, the Plantronics .Audio 326 becomes a broadcast headset.

By Allan Tépper | September 02, 2014

Plantronics is a renowned headset manufacturer for office communication, general listening, mobile telephony, and gaming, but not for broadcast or multimedia production. However, due to an unusual set of circumstances, I discovered that their completely analog Plantronics .Audio 326 headset (when combined with a portable preamp/A>D converter) transforms itself into an ultra-affordable broadcast headset for production and live streaming. Here’s my review with test recording.

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Moving Proxy Media in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 02, 2014

How can I take my proxies with me?

It's a question we've heard enough times that in this episode of MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training some options for doing so.

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Philip Bloom follows passion and earns passionate following

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Freelance filmmaker relies on a variety of cameras and Adobe Creative Cloud to create documentary and fiction projects

By Meagan Keane | September 01, 2014

Filmmaking is less of a career and more of a way of life for Philip Bloom. He began his 24-year career focusing on news and documentary work, building his skills in all aspects of video production. Today, he’s a prolific freelance filmmaker and outspoken proponent of low-budget video.... Read More

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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 2

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Create z-depth maps in Particular and composite multiple layers together

By ChrisZwar | September 01, 2014

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What it doesn’t have, however, is an obvious way to render out its own z-depth map - but by manually adjusting... Read More

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