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Samurai Blade Keeps DP’s Happy in the Studio and on Location

My DP and other camera operators were instantly blown away at the quality and clarity of the new IPS screen

By Faryl Kagan | August 15, 2014

I’ve been using Atomos recorders on various jobs over the last 2 years on about 15 productions but a recent corporate video project was the first time I’d worked with the Samurai Blade. I have been following the screen technology market closely and was extremely excited... Read More

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 3

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Part 3: Single Source Method

By Bobby Marko | August 15, 2014

Here we are in Part III of our series, Lighting Tips for Cinematographers. To recap, in part 1 I discussed the topic of lighting for foreground and background exposure. I wrote about how to achieve the standard look of exposing your foreground 1 stop above your background as a framework to begin. Then I showed some examples of how you can break that rule. In part 2 I talked about the checkerboard pattern and how this method will create depth and direct the viewers attention to certain aspects of the scene. As a storyteller this always increases your ability to effectively tell your story and guide the viewer on the journey you have laid out for them.

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CPUG Network Announces Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet

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"Star Wars: Episode VII” Editors to appear

By PVC News Staff | August 14, 2014

The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) have announced the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet, to take place on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam. Doors open at 4:30PM (16:30) with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase" featuring 20... Read More

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Creating daily dramas for German TV

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Production company standardizes on an Adobe Creative Cloud workflow to efficiently deliver up to 28 TV episodes per week

By Meagan Keane | August 14, 2014

For more than 20 years, UFA SERIAL DRAMA has produced some of the most popular serial dramas in Germany. Classic shows such as Good Times, Bad Times (Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten) and Among Us (Unter Uns) have been on the air for more than 4,000 episodes each. UFA SERIAL DRAMA currently runs... Read More

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Press Release: “Disney Demos Automated Multicamera Editing”

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Say what?

By Bruce A Johnson | August 13, 2014

So I'm reading one of the various trade publications that comes through my email on a daily basis, and I see this:

"Disney Demos Automated Multicamera Editing"

Seeing as I do multicamera editing for a living on a daily basis, you could say this caught my eye.... Read More

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Mike Russell Makes Audio Awesome with Adobe Audition

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Making radio promos, jingles, voiceovers and podcasts with Adobe's audio app

By Eric Philpott | August 13, 2014

Hailing from England’s southeast, Mike Russell is a digital audio expert, voice over artist, and popular instructor. He is also an enthusiastic proponent of Adobe Audition, which he uses for all his audio - along with many other Creative Cloud applications for other parts of his work.... Read More

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First Footage From Blackmagic’s URSA Camera

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The $6,000 Camera's Spectacular Sunrise Footage

By Brian Hallett | August 13, 2014

Australian John Brawley Director of Photography, known for testing Blackmagic Cameras before they are released, shows off the first footage from Blackmagic's new URSA Camera.  In predictable Brawley fashion; it is spectacular.

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Have a copy of my Final Cut Pro X Menu / Keyboard Shortcut Cheat-sheet

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I made this a long time ago but have recently updated it

By Scott Simmons | August 12, 2014

I’m currently deep into the biggest Final Cut Pro X edit that I’ve done to date. Back when FCPX was new I did a webinar where I gave out a document I had made of some of the FCPX menus to help learn the keyboard shortcuts. I thought it was a good time to update that menu... Read More

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New Features in Motion

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 12, 2014

New features in Motion?

That's right - they aren't earth-shattering, but there were a few new features added to the Motion 5.1.1 update that came out the same time as the Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 update a few weeks ago.

In truth, there has been a lot of work... Read More

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Color Correction for Photo and Video

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Conceived for photographers and videographers on the go, the new SpyderCHECKR 24 is a portable color management system.

By Jose Antunes | August 11, 2014

Recently announced, the SpyderCHECKR 24 from Datacolor is a new addition to their product line, which includes the flagship 48 patch SpyderCHECKR. This new tool for photographers and videographers is a precise and versatile camera color calibration and white balance target for both photo and video color control.

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Microsoft Says No to Shaky Videos

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Modern video cameras like the GoPro let you capture intense action but hardly offer stabilized video. Microsoft has a solution!

By Jose Antunes | August 11, 2014

From smartphones to DSLRs, all modern equipments seems to offer video capture as an option. It's only natural that people capture videos of all the things around them, many times in what can be called a first-person perspective, as those videos are captured from helmet, chest mounted or hanheld cameras, that offer extreme portability but little or none form of stabilization able to suppress the shaky results usually seen in the final movie.

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Here are My Rules of Thumb When Choosing a Codec

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I know just enough to be dangerous and keep myself out of trouble

By Art Adams | August 10, 2014

Olympic codec rankings. AVCHD is the most accurate... pic.twitter.com/ncRykgBznq

— Shane Ross (@comebackshane) July 16, 2014

 

Everything I know about codecs could fit on the head of a dime. That's after compression, of course. Prior to compression I... Read More

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Making Project Management Simple and Efficient

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CEO Fredrik Limsäter tells us how ftrack can help creators keep their project on track

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | August 10, 2014

Project management is an issue that industry professionals of all sizes and types deal with. Keeping track of shots, figuring out how to collaborate with someone who’s on the other side of the world and trying to organize budgeting and scheduling logistics are just a few of the issues... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - The Expurgated Version

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Log C in After Effects in 3 minutes...

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

OK so you've got some Arri Alexa footage in Log C format, and it looks funny in After Effects.  You don't have time to sit through my 2-part, 40 minute video on the best way to deal with Alexa footage in After Effects, you just want to know the basic details NOW!

So... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 2

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Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 1

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Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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Boris Red 5.5 for Media Composer Editors

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This webinar replay will give you a new look at a classic AVX plug-in/app with a major update!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

More and more these days, Media Composer editors find themselves trying to stay in their timeline to get simple tasks done.  Boris Red 5.5 is the successor to Avid FX, and it will let you do some common tasks super quick, and keep you out of the time vampire of importing and exporting! Read More

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 2

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In Part 1 we looked at BCC Colorize and Lens Flare 3D, now let's check out BCC Scanlines & Swish Pan

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 2

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Part 2: The Checker Board Pattern Method

By Bobby Marko | August 07, 2014

The last post we talked about how to get a proper initial setting when lighting your subject/foreground and background. If you missed it, check out Part I: Foreground and Background Exposure. For this post I wanted to take that initial step and move a little more in depth and talk about lighting scenes with the checkerboard pattern.

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From under the sea to outer space

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Award-winning host of underwater documentary series tackles the world’s first live-action planetarium film using Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | August 07, 2014

Cinematographer Jonathan Bird is one of the lucky ones. He’s successfully combined his love for scuba diving and photography into an award-winning career. After more than a decade of delivering underwater photography and video to National Geographic and Discovery Channel, Bird started his... Read More

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