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Pinnacle Studio for iPad adds 25p + more improvements

Pinnacle Studio for iPad adds 25p + more improvements

Fortunately, Pinnacle Studio for iPad added several improvements, but several simple ones remain desperately missing.

By Allan Tépper | June 10, 2014

Pinnacle Studio for iPad (previously known as Avid Studio for iPad) has thankfully added missing framerates including 24 + 25, plus other improvements. In my articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine, I have covered the application since its birth from Avid, when it changed its name and owner, and when it became the first iOS video editing app to support translucent alpha channels. Ahead I’ll cover the improvements in detail, what’s critically missing, and what is simply wrong and must be fixed.

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The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

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As the last major VFX studio in Los Angeles leaves town, we look what could change current trends

By Mark Christiansen | June 10, 2014

At the close of last week, Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) announced it would be moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver. While inevitable to many visual effects industry observers who understand the role of subsidies in moving VFX work away from California and the U.S., this... Read More

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Strategic Through-Edits

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 10, 2014

When is an edit not an edit - and why should you care?

Steve Martin from Ripple Training tackles this deep philosophical question on this week's MacBreak Studio.

We are of course referring to a "through-edit": something Steve defines as "an edit with continuous... Read More

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Under the Radar at Cine Gear 2014

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A few cool new products you may have missed

By Helmut Kobler | June 10, 2014

This year's Cine Gear had its share of well-known vendors and their wares (Arri, Litepanels, Dolby, Kessler, SmallHD, etc.) but I like the show because it's a great opportunity to find lesser-known gear that you might not otherwise discover, or have a chance to try hands-on. Here's... Read More

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PowerDirector For Android & Windows 8 Tablets

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The PC video editor Power Director, from Cyberlink, is now available as a mobile app. For free.

By Jose Antunes | June 09, 2014

Having already been recognized as a leader in the prosumer video editing market by several respected PC publications, Android and Windows 8 tablet users can now experience the professional-grade video editing capabilities of PowerDirector—such as a timeline workspace, and drag-and-drop for more accurate editing. The app is available for free in both the Google Play and Windows app stores.

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Fixing soft edges & number counters with automatic rounding

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Using the Math.round expression in After Effects

By Rich Young | June 09, 2014

A few years ago, Stu Maschwitz noted the utility of the Math.round method, which rounds a number to the nearest integer. If you're repositioning or animating an object in AE, you'll often run into AE's subpixel positioning in Best Quality, which as noted long before expressions were a feature by Trish Meyer as the source of bad renders with lossy formats. But you can use an expression to force rounding on scale/position to whole numbers, in order to avoid softening on anti-aliased text or other layers. It's much easier to use that than to adjust entries by hand, and its utility goes further.

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The Sights and Sounds of Cine Gear 2014 – Part II

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Copters, LEDs, PVC writers and more

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 08, 2014

Cine Gear is held on the first Friday and Saturday of every June on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, but you could actually get a sense of what companies and products were featured if you just spent a single day at the event. That’s really not enough time to take in everything... Read More

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Video in DSLRs: The Speed Limit

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When photographers move into video, they learn something very puzzling: there is a speed limit! Time to get a special filter.

By Jose Antunes | June 07, 2014

Photographers control exposure with a triangle comprised of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It's so common that no one thinks about it... until they turn the button on their DSLRs to video mode and discover, after some initial tests, that their videos are all jumpy. The solution is simple, but it is not always clearly explained. I could say it involves leaving the triangle behind and going for a square. It's something that asks for a new way of thinking. Let me explain.

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The Sights and Sounds of Cine Gear 2014 – Part I

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It's not NAB...but that's part of the appeal

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 06, 2014

Matt Jeppsen said it best in his Cine Gear 2013 Wrap Up… the reason folks like Cine Gear is because unlike NAB, it’s smaller, more intimate, and a lot more cine-focused. It’s a much different show, and the size of the event allows you to get a better handle on the... Read More

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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

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Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.

By Allan Tépper | June 06, 2014

Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and promises to offer quite a punch for its relatively low —and even palindromic— price of US$979. Here’s a first look.

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Come See Adam Wilt and I at CineGear

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By Art Adams | June 05, 2014

Mark your calendar: Saturday, June 7th, at 2:45pm, in the Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount. Adam Wilt and I will spend an hour discussing "The Sony F55: Swiss Army Knife of Cameras."

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Art Adams and Adam Wilt on the F55 at Cine Gear Expo

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Two PVC contributors talk about Sony's do-almost-anything cine cam

By Adam Wilt | June 05, 2014

In Los Angeles for Cine Gear Expo this weekend? Art Adams and I will be giving an hour-long presentation on the Sony PMW-F55 at the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount lot, Saturday 7 June, from 2:45 - 3:45 in the afternoon. 

I'll go over the camera's versatility: with... Read More

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Send Better Video Project Pitches Faster

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Proposal software and templates can help you prepare proposals faster, track whether they've been viewed, and win business.

By Chris Potter | June 04, 2014

Before I started work building our video review and approval platform I worked in the consulting business. A big part of the job involved preparing client pitches and proposals.

The process was pretty tedious. Proposals were built based off of templates we had prepared. More often... Read More

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Answering the Essential Color Correction Question: Am I Doing This Right?

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Patrick Inhofer talks to us about his experience as a professional colorist and his latest Home Study Course

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 04, 2014

While Patrick Inhofer is no stranger to ProVideo Coalition, much of his energy and output over the past few years has been on his site, the Tao of Color Grading. His focus there is around color grading & finishing, but he admits that is one part technology, one part art, and ten parts... Read More

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Replace/Relink in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 03, 2014

When to replace and when to relink?

This is the question Mark and Steve from Ripple Training tackle on this week's MacBreak Studio.

If you need to replace a video clip, graphic, or audio file in your Final Cut Pro X project, one way is to use the aptly-named... Read More

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MovieType For Element 3D: new for After Effects

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Animation & camera presets, materials, bevels, and more

By Rich Young | June 03, 2014

Motionworks has released MovieType For Element 3D. The package includes over 200 time-saving type animation presets, 60 camera animation presets, 450 materials, 150 bevel presets, 3D backgrounds, a camera and light rig, 6 tutorials, and associated AE project files. Also included is MoBacks, an After Effects backgrounds kit with over 55 AEPs and HD renders of grunge, starbursts, lighting effects, techno, smoke, ink, cellular, metal, paper, stone, plastic, leather, liquid, etc.

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Directing Motion with Vincent Laforet

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An interview with the man on a 10 week, 32 city tour of the country

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 03, 2014

Vincent Laforet is a man with no shortage of accolades. A three-time winner at the prestigious 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Laforet has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography.” He was also awarded with a Gold, Silver, and a Bronze... Read More

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Bring It, a Challenge for Starting Videographers

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Telling better stories with video and photography is the aim of Canon's new campaign: Bring It.

By Jose Antunes | June 03, 2014

Canon USA announced recently their new campaign, "Bring It", designed to enlighten consumers to a new perspective of telling better stories with higher quality images and video. The campaign, scheduled to roll out this month, features Canon's line of EOS digital SLR cameras and lenses with a rallying cry for everyone to bring their best images and videos to be shared on the Canon "Bring It" microsite.

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Product Review: Hexolux D7 LED Fresnel Light

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An LED light with good color precision, power and control.

By Helmut Kobler | June 02, 2014

The Hexolux D7 LED light ($2400) is one of those lights that breaks ground because it can take the place of many conventional lights you’ve been using for years without the compromises that have typically characterized LEDs.

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Canon Presents EF-S 10-18mm for Wide-Angle Video

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Canon announced a new lens for photographers and videographers: the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. For APS-C.

By Jose Antunes | June 02, 2014

The new lens, ideal to shoot creative video (and photos) at tight indoor locations such as a cozy corner table in a restaurant or unique vacation photos where the subject is close up, is an extreme wide-angle (a 16-28mm if we consider the "crop" factor of 1.6x) that will offer enthusiasts all the coverage they need, when used together with the currently available EF-S 18-55mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm IS STM zoom lenses.

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