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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 20, 2014

It's 10 o'clock; do you know where your libraries are?

And even if you do, do you know what's in them? This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about an indispensable application if you use Final Cut Pro X.

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The pCam Film + Digital App

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The one app for cameramen.

By Brian Hallett | May 19, 2014

If there was one app... and only one app you could carry on your iPhone/iPad/ and iPod Touch then the pCam app is it.  It is my go-to shooting app.  It, quite literally, has more than a little bit of everything and will help with those on-set calculations to be done quickly and smoothly.   

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Inside the After Effects camera

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A technical overview for scripters and expressioneers

By ChrisZwar | May 18, 2014

One of the most powerful features of After Effects is the ability to work with 3D layers and a virtual camera.  While it is simple to add a camera to a composition and animate it, greater creative control over the end result can be achieved with a basic technical understanding of how... Read More

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Avid ships their new Media Composer with new licensing options

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While a few things are missing this is a new era for Media Composer

By Scott Simmons | May 18, 2014

It was announced at NAB and now it’s shipping: the next version of Avid Media Composer which looks to be version 8. I had heard that Avid was going to move away from version numbers with the new subscription program but you might see the v8 designation which is this new version. The official name is now Media Composer | Software for that downloadable version most of us will use.

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Nebula construction in After Effects

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By Rich Young | May 17, 2014

Nebulas can be created several ways in After Effects: with "cards in space" of real images, or generated by Fractal Noise or 3D particle systems, commonly fractal-displaced particle arrays like Trapcode Mir, Form, Hitfilm Atomic Particle, and other particle systems.

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Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

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It lasts 4:25 including the making-of.

By Allan Tépper | May 16, 2014

Thanks to Jeff Taylor of TeleverseStudios.com, I just became aware of Bentley Motors' high-end short, which they shot completely with an iPhone 5s and FiLMiC Pro. The duration is 4 minutes, 25 seconds, including the making-of. Ahead is the video and my comments.

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Who Wants to Take ANOTHER Lighting Class?

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I'm hosting my second "Lighting for Faces" workshop at Mole Richardson in Hollywood on May 28th.

By Art Adams | May 15, 2014

 

Due to the success of last year’s lighting class Abel Cine has asked me to come back and do it again. So I am:

“How to Light Faces: Hard Light, Soft Light and Damage Control”

It will be held on May 28th, 2014 at the Mole Richardson Stage in... Read More

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Discover How Lars von Trier’s Films Ravish and Revolt Audiences Across the World

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Watch the webinar archive with VFX designer and colorist Peter Hjorth

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 14, 2014

Peter Hjorth is a long time collaborator of the most interesting Scandinavian directors and Lars von Trier in particular. Peter serves as 2nd unit director, visual effects supervisor and/or post production wizard on all kinds of special projects. Other collaborators include Thomas Vinterberg,... Read More

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Do video hardware product drivers really have to live behind a registration wall?

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You can't use hardware without drivers so why not make the download easy?

By Scott Simmons | May 13, 2014

Not to jump onto a soapbox here but I’ve had two instances in the last week or so of product drivers hidden behind registration walls that has prompted this post. On the surface this seems like not such a big deal as one would think that a registered hardware product would be a simple sign-in and download. But what if you haven’t registered that product? Or have forgotten your log-in details? Or what if that hardware isn’t yours?

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Pro Tools 11 Hardware and Software Upgrade

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Life is a Beta Test

By Woody Woodhall | May 13, 2014

There are many of us in Hollywood and beyond who depend on the dependability of Avid’s Pro Tools digital audio workstation.  Many of us have been using it for many years and in many different hardware and software iterations.  Studio owners like myself, wade in slowly as we take... Read More

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Don’t Copy Those Proxies!

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 13, 2014

Do you have to keep editing when you travel?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I talk with Steve Martin from Ripple Training about taking your edit on the road.

The scenario is this: you are editing in your office on a Mac Pro with your media on a large RAID like a... Read More

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Blackmagic Production Camera Noise Test

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How much can you clean up a noisy image

By Brian Hallett | May 12, 2014

How much noise is too much noise?  Or, is the better question:  How much noise can DaVinci Resolve's noise reduction clean up pushed Blackmagic Production Camera footage?  I take the Production Camera and test all three ISOs to see exactly where each setting lands when it comes to noise, and how likely noise reduction can save your shot.

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A Recipe for Analog to Digital Video Transfer:  Baking

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Problems encountered in the process of preserving our video past

By Richard Wirth | May 12, 2014

We had a project come to us recently that required the transfer of ¾ inch videotape to digital files. To those for whom analog videotapes have become a mysterious relic akin to Egyptian hieroglyphs, let it be known that much of our cultural heritage still exists only on this medium.

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Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

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With the AT-MX351a from Audio Technica, you can sound as good with multi-mics as with a single one.

By Allan Tépper | May 10, 2014

If you have ever been disappointed when your audio quality drops exponentially as you add more microphones with a talk show, interview or reality, due to a phenomenon called spill, bleed or “crosstalk”, and you can’t afford the time to mulitrack and fix it in post, you’ll be happy to know that there is a hardware device to solve it in real time, either live, “live on tape” or —more commonly nowadays— "live to flash memory”. Enter the AT-MX351a automatic mixer from Audio Technica. Here are my introduction and initial tests.

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A Little Inspiration

Websites for mood boards, shorts, and creative inspiration.

By Kendal Miller | May 09, 2014

Let's face it, we don't always feel creative. I'm always on the look out for great sources of inspiration. Sometimes l need a little fuel in my creativity tank, and other times I'm looking for ways to visually represent my ideas to team members and clients. Here are a couple of... Read More

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After Effects for print: Making GAEA

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+ ETLAT (edit this, look at that)

By Rich Young | May 09, 2014

A couple of years ago, Jesse Michael Newman released a layer-by-layer video deconstruction of an After Effects project, DECONSTRUCTING GAEA I - Flowing Meditation though the end result was a printed piece as part of a Kickstarter campaign. He has a new piece, DECONSTRUCTING GAEA II, to support a short sale on art prints.

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RØDE’s PinMic takes lavalier microphones to a new esthetic level

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The RØDE PinMic is the least obtrusive body mic short of hiding a conventional lav inside clothing.

By Allan Tépper | May 07, 2014

In addition to offering the wonderful RØDE REC application for iOS which I recently reviewed (link ahead), RØDE is primarily known as a renowned microphone manufacturer from Australia. One of its unique designs is the PinMic, the least obtrusive body mic I’ve ever seen, short of hiding a conventional lav inside clothing. With the PinMic, absolutely all components and cabling stay inside the clothes, except the microphone element itself, which connects to the rest via three tiny pins, which perforate the shirt or dress non-destructively.

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Replacing Temp Music in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | May 06, 2014

 

    How can you reconnect media in a managed library?

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training the answer to that question by using a common scenario: replacing temp music.

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The Apertus Axiom Beta Camera

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Interview with Sebastian Pichelhofer

By Brian Hallett | May 04, 2014

Do you want a chance to help build a better camera?  Then read this:  Apertus, an open source camera project, will soon kick off their crowd-funding campaign where they will be looking for early adopters and developers for their upcoming Axiom Beta Camera.  One just has to be willing to put down their money on a camera that is in the development phases.  

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Daily Inspiration - NOMOS Glashuette

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A simple, captivating piece on Swiss watchmaking

By Matthew Jeppsen | May 04, 2014

Sometimes you have to whisper to get someone's attention. I was struck by the clean simplicity of this short film about the process of making a NOMOS Glashütte Swiss timepiece. There are no flashy camera moves, no stirring emotional score. Just understated, clean compositions that get out of the way and let the content shine through. And the audio capture & sound design is perfect. Watch below.

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