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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.

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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!

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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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A Guide to Picture Profiles in DSLR Video

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There are multiple picture profiles for DSLRs, to satisfy different tastes. Because the "correct profile" does not exist!

By Jose Antunes | August 07, 2014

Too much choice can be confusing, and that is what happens with picture profiles for video. Everybody seems to have one that is "the best". Sometimes, in fact, the best is to not follow the trend and do things in a simple way. Starting by understanding what profiles are and what they do.

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Key Code Media Presents: Professional Editing With The Apple Mac Pro

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Key Code Media invites you to an exclusive look at Non-Linear Editing on the Mac Pro on August 14th

By PVC News Staff | August 07, 2014

Come see industry experts from Avid and Adobe demonstrate the power of editing on the Mac Pro. Whether cutting on Avid Media Composer | Software or Adobe Premiere Pro, the dual workstation-class GPUs in Mac Pro accelerate effects, optical flow analysis, video export — and virtually... Read More

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Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 11 is Now Shipping

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Major update adds professional nonlinear online editing features, new ColorMatch, on set media management and plenty more

By PVC News Staff | August 06, 2014

Blackmagic Design today announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 11, available now for download free of charge for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers. DaVinci Resolve 11 is a major upgrade with over 100 new editing and color grading features. This new update includes professional nonlinear... Read More

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UPDATE - PVC Experts & Answers Webinar: UAV’s, Green Screens and Post

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Watch the archived presentation and read through some answers to the questions we weren't able to take

By PVC News Staff | August 05, 2014

The ability for folks of all different production experiences and skill levels to be creative has never been more powerful. UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles) allow anyone from a major motion picture director to a realtor grab footage that showcases their content in an amazing new light.... Read More

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A Tale of Two Thunderbolt Drives

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The AKiTio Neutrino Thunder Duo and the Other World Computing ThunderBay IV

By Scott Simmons | August 05, 2014

If you’re lucky enough to have Thunderbolt in your workflow then you know the joys of its ease of use and insanely fast transfer speeds. Whether that’s moving multiple gigabytes of data in a few seconds or getting well over 700 megaBYTES a second transfer speeds while editing, Thunderbolt is a massive step up from Firewire and eSATA. This is a story of two very nice, very fast Thunderbolt RAIDs: the AKiTio Neutrino Thunder Duo and the Other World Computing ThunderBay IV . Have both of these in your arsenal and you’re all set for a variety of editing tasks.

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Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

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iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital mic from IK Multimedia

By Allan Tépper | August 05, 2014

I am honored to be one of a few tech journalists who have received the iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia for initial review. The iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital-exclusive mic, made for use with iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Mac and Windows and produces rich and full bodied sound recordings (and this is not a shampoo commercial). I have a lot to say about the iRig Mic HD, so let’s get started.

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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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