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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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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 1

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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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Cosmetic fixes, blemish removal, and skin retouching in post-production

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Digital beauty treatments

By Rich Young | August 31, 2014

Digital beauty treatments and cosmetic fixes in post-production often involve isolating skin with tracking and mattes for color correction and matching, skin smoothing, and blemish removal. Even skin matching across shots isn't always easy, but there's some help along the way in basic and advanced tutorials on the wide variety of tools available. Read More

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Premiere Pro News Notes #09

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By Rich Young | August 30, 2014

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Hyper-local daily programming from London Live

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First new UK television station in 13 years produces local daily programming using Adobe Creative Cloud for teams

By Meagan Keane | August 29, 2014

Citing a lack of genuinely localized programming, the independent regulator of communications in the United Kingdom, Ofcom, asked media businesses what they would do with a Local Digital Television Programme Service (L-DTPS) license. The London Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers... Read More

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Sony F5 Internal 4K “Hack” Video Tutorial

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A step-by-step video on how to enable internal 4K on the Sony F5

By Brian Hallett | August 29, 2014

In a few easy steps, Sony F5 camera owners can implement a "Hack," that Sony has not sanctioned, to enable internal 4K recording; a feature originally reserved for the much costlier Sony F55. In this article, Nathan Thompson, of Contrast Visuals & Consulting, and I have produced a video tutorial showing you the steps needed to enable internal 4K recording.

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Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

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The NT-USB includes a pop-shield + table stand, and works with Mac, Windows, and iPad.

By Allan Tépper | August 28, 2014

The new NT-USB from RØDE is a studio-grade digital microphone that officially works with Mac, Windows, and iPad. Unofficially, it also works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Ahead is my review, including exclusive comparative audio recordings with Chilean singer Bárbara Intriago.

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A Bunch of Random Hard Drive Speed Tests

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As drives come into the edit suite I've been noting their read/write speeds for no other reason than because I can

By Scott Simmons | August 28, 2014

As a freelance editor I get a lot of hard drives sent to me with footage to edit. Usually all of that media is transferred off of those hard drives and onto a RAID for editing. Occasionally I might have a quick turnaround or just fixes on a project and I’ll cut right off the hard drive sent to me. The faster the drive the better for both of these tasks. I’ve been keeping a running log of hard drive speeds for the last few months and with the help of Blackmagic’s Disk Speed test I offer up this cornucopia of various drive speed tests and their connections. Little commentary is provided here but if you have a production asking why you’re questioning their use of a cheap little black Seagate drive from Target then send them to this blog post to see exactly what slow speeds that cheap drive will mean and how that will add time to editorial because of file transfers alone.

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SmartSound Plug-ins For Soundtrack Creation With Adobe Video Apps

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Use SmartSound Plug-ins with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CC For Round-Trip Music Soundtrack Creation and Editing

By Jeff Foster | August 27, 2014

SmartSound has made some great advancements in their software plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects since I did my last how-to tutorial two years ago and posted here on ProVideo Coalition. I just recreated two new short video tutorials and wanted to share them with you here, to show you just how easy this NEW round-trip method is to create/edit music soundtracks for your video/animation projects starting inside your video production apps.

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Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

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Choosing the right video platform for video marketing, sales, and corporate communications.

By Chris Potter | August 27, 2014

Clients ask you to wear many hats. In addition to producing & editing video, you may be seen as the expert in online video distribution.

Using YouTube or Vimeo Pro to host and embed videos is a pretty safe choice. Both platforms provide great video playback and instant access to large communities that can expose your content to a broad audience.  However, they may not always be the best choice for you or your clients.

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Optical Kerning preference in After Effects

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Edit the preference file for always on auto-kerning

By Rich Young | August 27, 2014

Optical kerning is a newer feature in Adobe apps. If you have a tendency to forget about kerning, be sure to enable Optical kerning, even it means occasionally overriding a font's built-in kern tables.

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Nearly 50% of Video Professionals in UK Never Saw 4K

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A recent survey in UK shows that nearly 50% of video professionals have never seen 4K.

By Jose Antunes | August 27, 2014

Surveys never give us the complete truth, no matter how unbiased they are, but they somehow help us to understand things better. So, when a recent survey in the United Kingdom that targeted the opinions of 100 senior production staff in the area of video, revealed that nearly 50% of them have never seen 4K played out on any kind of screen, one has to ask if 4K is really the next big thing.

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Set Scouter Aims To Help You Find The Perfect Location

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By Dan Carr | August 27, 2014

Currently in beta, Set Scouter is a new service that aims to make the location hunting process much easier by connecting filmmakers directly with property owners who are actively looking to rent places for production use.

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Metabones Announces Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Adapter

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This speed booster will sell out fast

By Brian Hallett | August 26, 2014

Metabones, the fine manufacturer of lens adapters, announces a speed booster and smart adapter to use Canon EF lenses on Panasonic's GH4.  Do these adapters make the GH4 a more popular camera?

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