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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.

As editors, we often spend countless hours combing... Read More

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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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Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?

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It is understandable not to record 720p internally, but what about 720p over the live SDI output?

By Allan Tépper | May 02, 2014

Both AJA and Blackmagic showed cameras at NAB 2014, as I covered in other articles. All of these new cameras offer some type of SDI connector for studio use, and all can shoot the matching framerates for 720p (50p & 59.94p), but none of these cameras (even those specifically marketed for studio use) includes 720p in any of their specs. Could have AJA and Blackmagic forgotten about 39+ US networks that use 720p? Or what…?

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UPDATE: PVC Experts & Answers Webinars: NAB 2014 Wrap-up

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Watch the On-Demand version now!

By PVC News Staff | May 02, 2014

ProVideo Coalition writers Scott Simmons and Matthew Jeppsen talked through what they saw and what they didn't see at NAB this year during a live webinar. The guys told us what technology and tools they saw at the event and discussed what these things mean to individuals and to the industry... Read More

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Using Google Earth and Helios For Location Scouting

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By Kendal Miller | May 01, 2014

It has been said that 90% of good cinematography is pointing the camera at something that looks good, and for me a large part of that equation means shooting the right time of day for the right location. I have used Helios for a while to help determine when and where I should be for the best light, but on a recent project I was able to push this technology to a whole new level. Cultivate Studios recently received a call from a client. They wanted to be shooting on location in Turkey in ten days and I had no budget for a scout to work remotely and I had never been to the country. It was time to do some homework.

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Fiilex Releases the Q500 Specular LED Light

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750W Equivalent Output with Tunable Color & Hue Control, DMX Control and more.

By Jeff Foster | April 30, 2014

Fiilex introduced the new Q500 (AC) at NAB 2014 this year and I got a chance to try it out at the show. Since then, I got a review unit to shoot with in the studio and am very pleased with the results!

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Tidbit: YouTube buffering mysteries

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By Rich Young | April 30, 2014

Last November we did a quick exploration of 'How YouTube Works', which even with an update (on the "secret" algorithm) still left questions about caching unanswered. But explanations become apparent with a simple search word change to "buffering".

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Tracking in Final Cut Pro X with SliceX

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 29, 2014

How can you track an object in Final Cut Pro X - and why would you want to?

In this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin answers the second question to provide context and motivation for the first.

In a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's movie Notorious, Steve wants... Read More

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NAB 2014: My Experience

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What's it like for someone to work AND play at NAB 2014? Here's my experience!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | April 28, 2014

I have to admit.  This year’s NAB was like my Oscars.  Normal people (like you and me) would go to the Academy Awards to do some “Stargazing”, as the expression goes.  That’s what I feel that I spent almost a week doing.  Star gazing.  Yes, I was there for work, and work I did, but as we all know, NAB is much more than that. 

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PVC Video Production Podcast Roundup - April 2014

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Experiencing and recovering from NAB 2014

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 28, 2014

NAB is still the bullseye on the calendar of so many people across the industry, and 2014 was no different. digitalCINEMAcafe produced shows before and during NAB that talk through the people and technology that were all over the event, while The Cutting Room streamed interviews with... Read More

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I Will Provide Professional Editing Services For $5

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Yes, you can hire an editor on Fiverr

By Misha Tenenbaum | April 28, 2014

About a month ago, I stumbled across a website called Fiverr (pronounced 5’er).  Fiverr is a platform where people offer to perform all kinds of tasks for the tiny fee of five dollars. Need a logo designed?  A jingle? Five hundred likes on Facebook? These are all services... Read More

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