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The Improved Voiceover Tool in FCP X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 05, 2014

Can you record a voiceover track directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Yes, and you've been able to do it since the very first version of Final Cut Pro X was released. However, in the recent 10.1.2 update, Apple added several new features which make this tool more useful than... Read More

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RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

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Using a technique virtually unused in the US, networks like RT and DirecTV Sports are getting better branding on their mics.

By Allan Tépper | August 04, 2014

Most people who produce sports or news for TV know that branding is important, both on location (with signs and mic branding) and on screen (via electronic graphics). That is nothing new. However, I have recently seen how two TV networks from outside of the US are taking advantage of a device —and a technique— that grants them better branding by going beyond conventional mic flags.

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Handheld vocal microphones: a trend towards condenser electret?

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Have an open mind to condenser electret when considering new handheld interview microphones, together with traditional dynamics.

By Allan Tépper | August 04, 2014

With new handheld vocal microphones I am currently testing for reviews, there is a new trend toward condenser electret, which challenges the long established thinking. In traditional ENG (Electronic News Gathering), for decades there has been a preference for dynamic handheld interview mics. One of the reasons for that is because dynamics are generally much more durable. However, several factors are changing, so we must have an open mind when evaluating.

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Theatrical Television

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Large screen projection was a gleam in television’s eye long before today’s digital systems

By Richard Wirth | August 04, 2014

Television has been trying to grow up and be a projection medium since its inception.  With the advent of digital, the little box of light and shadows has finally gotten its big boy pants and even whipped its big brother, film, to take over supremacy in the theatrical world.

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Essential Kit for DSLR Videography

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Buying your first equipment to create video with your DSLR camera? Then you should read this guide!

By Jose Antunes | August 01, 2014

You've got your DSLR with video capabilities and just decided you want to try them out. Imagine you had $500 to spend on accessories. What should you buy?

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting

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Part I: Foreground and Background Exposure

By Bobby Marko | July 31, 2014

I spent the 1st half of this year releasing two films, a feature length documentary and a short film narrative (Becoming Fools and Fruitcake respectively). Through this process I've attended screenings and festivals of our own films and for others. I've also sat through several Q&A's with independent filmmakers and although I love hearing how other creatives move through the process of producing their work I sometimes get increasingly frustrated with the fact that camera gear takes such a center stage while lighting, composition, sound design and production design take a distant back seat.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #08

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Catching up on the latest news

By Rich Young | July 31, 2014

A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. And there's more to come. Read More

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The dawn of CFast video recording

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A tiny CFast chip now rivals HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs US$50k +

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2014

The first CFast devices were shown at CES in 2009, but NAB 2014 was the first time I saw professional video products using it. CFast is a derivative format of CompactFlash which offers the very high bit rates required by virtually lossless intraframe 10-bit 4:2:2 códecs like ProRes 422 and DNxHD for HD, and even for 4K. The pioneers I saw using it were Átomos and Blackmagic. A tiny CFast chip now rivals an HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs well over US$50k. Ahead are the details.

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Relatively Speaking, Absolutely!

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 31, 2014

 

Absolute or Relative?

It's up to you, as you'll discover in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, in which Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the feature enhancements in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X.

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Your 4K Questions Answered

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Participants of the live webinar answer all of the questions that came in during the event

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 30, 2014

During the live "The Benefits of Using 4K Now" webinar, presenters James Fox, Geoff Peck and Scott Hamilton presented info that content creators need to consider in the present and future when it comes to 4K. As the CEO and VP of Technology at Dawnrunner, respectively, James and Geoff discussed... Read More

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Sharknado 2 and Vashi’s Premiere Pro Editorial Workflow

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You can use Adobe Premiere Pro CC to edit feature films. Sharknado 2's editor tells us how.

By Scott Simmons | July 29, 2014

Sharks and tornados go together so well that Syfy is on their second round of Sharknado movies with Sharknado 2: The Second One. This second coming of sharks and tornados was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CC by Vashi Nedomansky (IMDB) as he shoehorned PPro into what has traditionally been a Final Cut Pro Classic workflow. I was curious as to how the process went (and feature film editing in general on tools other than the standards) so I sent over a list of questions that Vashi was kind enough to answer. Watch the mayhem on July 30 at 9/8c on Syfy.

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ProMAX Delivers a New Experience for Users Across Media & Entertainment

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An interview with ProMAX CEO Jess Hartman about how acquisition of Cache-A affects their present and future

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 29, 2014

Big news was announced on July 22nd, as ProMAX went public with their acquisition of Cache-A, a leading supplier of network-attached video archive appliances. The move will allow ProMAX to integrate Cache-A’s archival technology into the multi-functional capabilities of Platform storage... Read More

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Saving Time and Money in Audio Post

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Preparation is Key

By Woody Woodhall | July 27, 2014

Some picture editors say “I don’t do sound.”  Other picture editors storm into the bay and insist that as much of their edits, effects and automation as possible from the AAF remain so that their “audio doesn’t get [screwed] up.”  I am much more... Read More

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Review: SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 anamorphic adapter

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Make your camera a mean, clean, widescreen machine with this affordable anamorphic adapter

By Adam Wilt | July 27, 2014

SLR Magic's ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 is an affordable anamorphic adapter lens (US$899; $1099 with two diopters) letting you shoot 2:37:1 widescreen on a 16x9 camera, or, if you're in a retro mood, 16x9 widescreen on a 4x3 standard-def camera. It works on lenses with a clear front aperture of... Read More

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More Sources of FREE Music and Sounds

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There are multiple sources of FREE music and sounds on the web. I've compiled a list to get you started. Legally!

By Jose Antunes | July 25, 2014

When I recently wrote here at PVC an article entitled "Assure all Your Audio is Legal", I really meant that as authors we should not only offer others a work that we know is legal in all aspects, we should also promise ourselves to follow the path of legality. In audio and other aspects.

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ProAm USA Aims to Bring its CarryOn Jib to Market Through a New Kickstarter Campaign

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A new trend for filmmaking tools manufacturers to get products to market

By Jeff Foster | July 24, 2014

Filmmaker Jonathan Baty of ProAm USA taps into the Kickstarter filmmaking community to help launch the CarryOn Jib, the most compact, lightest camera crane of its kind.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.0.1 - the biggest little update you’ll see today

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Minor in number but a few major enhancements for offline to online delivery

By Scott Simmons | July 24, 2014

It seems like only yesterday that Adobe updated Premiere Pro CC to the 2014 version. Well check your updaters because now we have version 2014.0.1. The nomenclature is minor but there’s a couple of big editing enhancements that those who have been wanting them will be thrilled with.

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Radiant Images Creates Simple and Effective Solutions for Filmmakers of Every Size

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An interview with Sinclair Fleming , Director of Engineering at Radiant Images

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 24, 2014

Radiant Images is solution-oriented rental house singularly focused on advancing cinematography. At Cine Gear they showcased their Novo action camera accessories and a wide selection of custom camera stabilizers for attendees.  Their focus on simplicity in design and operation and ease of... Read More

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Blackmagic Production Camera Gets A New “Heads Up Display”

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Audio Meters, Time Remaining & Histogram

By Brian Hallett | July 24, 2014

Blackmagic release firmware 1.9 with a new "heads up display." To say the new features found in firmware 1.9 is good news is a massive understatement.  If you own or shoot with a Blackmagic Production Camera download this firmware as quickly as possible, because these features will only make capturing great footage and sound easier.

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Assure ALL Your Audio is Legal

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While audio in video is not only music, music is an important part for new videographers. Be sure to use only legal music!

By Jose Antunes | July 23, 2014

The note "Disputed third party matched content" will be the first sign that YouTube considers you audio to be used without permission

When starting in videography with a DSLR, the main problem a newcomer has is with sound. DSLR's excel at image but are absolute crap when it comes to sound, either monaural or stereo. So, the first option for someone starting on this path is to skip the sound recording at the source and think of some background music or sounds to add to the video afterwards. Choose your music widely.

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