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By Misha Tenenbaum | March 05, 2014

Hello ProVideo Coalition! I’m looking forward to regularly contributing to this community. My name is Misha, I’m an assistant editor, and editor, who lives in LA.  I’ve worked 4,700 hours of Editor’s Guild work over the last three years on films and television shows... Read More

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Videoguys’ 2014 Updated Guide on Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt version 2

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By videoguys.com | March 04, 2014

Videoguys.com just posted an update with all the latest Thunderbolt news, products and developments. This guide also includes The Videoguys' recommended configurations for a new a new iMac, Mac Pro or HP zWorkstation now with Thunderbolt.

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Bring on the Backups in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | March 04, 2014

How does Final Cut Pro X back up your work?

On this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training takes us through the what, why, when, where, and how of backups in Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut backups are enabled by default and they back up... Read More

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The Art Adams Zone System for HD

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Want to use a light meter to nail perfect exposures in HD? Think the Ansel Adams Zone System is too complicated? Try my method!

By Art Adams | March 03, 2014

I used to be frustrated by my inability to use light meters in HD the way I used to in film. A while back I figured it all out, and now I'm going to tell you how to do it too. In particular I'm going to tell you how to use the Zone System with an incident meter. That's right, not a spot meter, but an incident meter. Read on...

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SXSW 2014 marks North American premiere of “Evaporating Borders”

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Documentary edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC presents visual essay on immigration and identity

By Meagan Keane | March 03, 2014

Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine, Iva Radivojevic is set to premiere her first documentary feature at SXSW 2014. Radivojevic was born in Yugoslavia and moved to Cyprus with her family to escape the war. When she was 18, she came to the United States... Read More

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Discover How The Foundry’s Tools Can Impact and Improve Your Workflow

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An interview with New Deal Studios' Digital FX Supervisor & Technical Lead Jeff Jasper

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | March 02, 2014

New Deal Studios is a 21st Century Media Studio that invents, prototypes, designs and creates projects for film and TV. They use The Foundry's workflow solutions in various, innovative ways that have allowed them to take on some amazing projects. And Digital FX Supervisor & Technical... Read More

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Kinetic type in After Effects

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By Rich Young | March 01, 2014

Kinetic typography can be considered a storytelling technique that broadly engages the literal Illustration, rhythmic embellishment, personification, and disruption of language. In general, type-in-motion is increasing popular, and although kinetic type per se may have reached it peak a few years... Read More

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Gravity co-Editor and Oscar Winner Mark Sanger Explains His Craft and Style

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Find out how pre-editing, sound design and working on Avid Media Composer all played a huge role in Gravity

By Steve Hullfish | March 01, 2014

There are very few movies where my curiosity is piqued about how it was edited, but Gravity was one of them. My curiosity was so strong that I pursued this interview for five months, from the release of the movie, until almost Oscar night. Mark Sanger’s fellow editors recognized the... Read More

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Fly around CC Sphere in After Effects

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Or use Power Sphere

By Rich Young | February 28, 2014

As noted by Andrew Devis, "cameras are notoriously difficult to get to grips with in After Effects" (see video at bottom). Once example is trying to fly a camera around a CC Sphere layer, which isn't really 3D.

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Panasonic Unveils New 4K and High-Speed VariCam Models with BreakthrougH Modular Design

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Company’s First P2 HD Handheld Camcorder with AVC-ULTRA Recording, New ExpressP2 Card for High-Frame Rate Recording

By PVC News Staff | February 27, 2014

Panasonic today made several announcements about products that will debut at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Headlining the news is a pair of the company’s signature VariCam® cameras, one a 4K VariCam that... Read More

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Blackmagic: Over 200 people have asked you to remove the Band-Aid!

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Over 200 DreamColor users have signed the online petition for Blackmagic to remove the Band-Aid!

By Allan Tépper | February 26, 2014

Back in May 2012, I created an online petition directed at Blackmagic. Why did I do that? Because despite years of diplomatic prodding on my part, both via articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine and private emails, Blackmagic had (and has still) avoided and postponed offering RGB on its HDMI outputs. [If you’ve read my articles regarding HP DreamColor connectivity, you already know that the DreamColor engine demands digital RGB (not YUV/component) and true progressive (not interlaced or even PsF).]

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Blackmagic Cameras and Adapting Lenses To Fit

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Nikon, Leica, & More

By Brian Hallett | February 26, 2014

Do you have a bunch of Nikon glass in your house, and you want to use them on your Blackmagic Camera?  Or, did your Dad have a little bit of Leica Love when he was younger and those old R mount lenses are still in his closet?  Well, you can use those lenses on your Blackmagic Cameras.

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Audition Tips in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 25, 2014

How do you use Auditions in Final Cut Pro X?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us some novel and practical ways to use auditions that you may not have considered.

Auditions are kind of like single "multiclips" that obviate the need... Read More

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Videoguys’ Recommends that Now is the time for Final Cut Editors to Get Started with Avid Media Comp

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By videoguys.com | February 25, 2014

Are you still editing on FCP7? Are you still wasting hours upon hours logging & transferring or MPEG Stream clipping your file based HD footage into HD before you can even start editing? Still making due with clunky work-arounds that allow you to struggle through your projects, without any... Read More

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Optimizing performance in Premiere & After Effects

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By Rich Young | February 25, 2014

Adobe offered a free webinar, Optimizing your system for peak performance with After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro, on February 27, 2014. Presented by Todd Kopriva (After Effects QA) and Steve Hoeg (Premiere Pro engineering manager), the session covers how CPU, graphics cards, and RAM affect performance, as well as platform-specific considerations, including the new Mac Pro.

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It’s a calibrated 709 field monitor! No, a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder! It’s Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade!

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It’s a bird!? It’s a plane!? No, it’s a calibrated 709 monitor + a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder!

By Allan Tépper | February 25, 2014

It isn’t easy to decide whether to call Átomos’s Samurai Blade or new Ninja Blade (just released this morning at BVE in London, England, UK) a calibrated 709 monitor which happens to have a built-in 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder, or to call it a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder which happens to have a built-in calibrated 709 monitor. Some people might use it primarily as a monitor, and as a backup recording from higher end cameras that already record high end signals internally, while others might buy it as their primary recorder, when the internal camera one is at 8-bit 4:2:0 or to record the output of a video mixer. Either way, one comes with the other. Ahead are some details and comparative test recordings.

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To 4K or Not to 4K - A PVC Roundtable Discussion

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ProVideo Coalition writers weigh in on 4K questions, concerns and logistics

By The ProVideo Coalition | February 23, 2014

John Bourbonais says it all in the title of his recent article, Why 4K is Wrong. In it, Bourbonais looks at the issues 4K presents around quality, post, delivery and future-proofing while laying out why 4K doesn't add anything to the process or the product. He doesn't delve to... Read More

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Book Review: Between the Scenes

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By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 23, 2014

The transitions that take you from one scene to another in a movie or TV show aren’t the sort of things audiences typically consider. Unless the transition piece is something designed as a glorified gag (think Austin Powers) or done with a genuine purpose (think 24), audiences don't... Read More

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Product Review: Genus Mini Jib

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Truly Compact and Portable Jib for DSLRs and HD Camcorders

By Jeff Foster | February 22, 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 two different camera configurations and push it to the limits.

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Hey Adobe, how about that video focused Production Premium CC bundle?

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Even if it only saved us $60 a year, that's something

By Scott Simmons | February 22, 2014

When Adobe ditched the “boxed software” model of pay one price get the product forever and moved to a monthly subscription model the outcry was loud. Some loved it. Many hated it. There were more level headed critiques. Most of use were more like: whatever … how much and is this software good? From the video production perspective it is good, even great, software tools that Adobe is creating these days. But while installing CC on a new laptop the other day I couldn’t help but wish we still had some type of video focused Production Premium CC option. Like our cable subscriptions, many of us are paying for things we’ll never, ever use.

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