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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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NAB 2014 Wrap-up. Winners, Losers, Storage and Software

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The single biggest thing I saw in the south hall: storage

By Scott Simmons | April 28, 2014

Once again NAB 2014 was a very busy NAB. And once again I didn’t seem to venture very far out of the post-production-centric South Hall other than to head to the North Hall for teaching at Post|Production World. There was one visit to the GoPro booth but other than that the camera and acquisition-centric Central Hall was just a tunnel to the north. In addition to the winner and losers (which I’ll cover in just a bit) there were a few interesting things I noticed down south.

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Finally…The Ability to Stream Live with the Quality of a Multi-Camera Network Production Studio

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An interview with the folks who’ve made the TriCaster a lot more versatile

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 28, 2014

News about Mushroom Networks entering the NewTek Developer Network was announced at NAB 2014, but digesting the significance of this solution was difficult during such a busy time period. Although there are multiple facets to this integration, the bottom line is that it will allow for live... Read More

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Blackmagic 4K Production Camera & IRND

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How To Keep Out Infrared Pollution In Your Blacks

By Brian Hallett | April 27, 2014

That wide-open aperture... in full sun-light... I love it.  F/2.8, and lower, gives us the feeling of intimacy and helps us achieve the "film" look.  How much Neutral Density does it take to reach that look?  More importantly, how much Neutral Density can one use before Infrared pollution changes the color of your blacks?

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PVC at NAB 2014 - FCPWORKS and their demo suite

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Final Cut Pro X integration was the name of the game at this off-site NAB demo

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

If you were watching PVC during the Monday of NAB 2014 you probably saw a series of videos posted about our visit to the FCPWORKS suite that was setup outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We were one of the first to take a tour of this suite dedicated to Final Cut Pro X workflows. It was an impressive collection of technology that revolved around FCPX.

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AJA converts PsF-to-progressive with new Hi5-Plus converter

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Despite popular confusion, 23.976PsF is not the same as 23.976p-over–59.94i.

By Allan Tépper | April 25, 2014

At its press conference at NAB, AJA launched its new US$395 Hi5-Plus converter which —in addition to converting from SDI to HDMI— can also convert PsF to true progressive, which I love. Frequent readers know that I am extremely intrigued by this topic. I am the same guy who —so far— has published 10 chapters in the PsF missing workflow series, and has reviewed products from Átomos, NewTek, and SoundDevices that convert PsF signals to true progressive and remove nasty pulldown on the fly. Let’s see what these devices have in common, what differs, and when each “fits” in a particular situation.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - G-Technology

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New drives solution to match your new Mac Pro are just one of the G-Tech options

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2014

I couldn’t go to NAB without stopping by G-Technology and see what’s new in their storage options. These guys will always hold a special place in my heart as there were some of the first firewire drives that I ever owned. Firewire is long in the past and Thunderbolt is their thing now. The new STUDIO SERIES was their big showcase but they had other stuff as well.

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Advice and Insight Around Cinematic & Dramatic Lighting from August Bradley

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Plus info around his upcoming Big League CineSummit presentation

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 25, 2014

August Bradley creates distinctive portraits, conceptual images, TV commercials and short films with an artistic feel and a sense of drama and mystery. As such, he's someone who knows a thing or two about achieving dramatic lighting, and those insights are relevant to professionals no... Read More

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The Foundry launches MODO 801

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New release introduces new, innovative and significantly enhanced 3D content creation workflows

By PVC News Staff | April 25, 2014

Leading software developer The Foundry has announced the release of a brand new version of its popular 3D content creation application, MODO.   In MODO 801, nearly every element of the end-to-end 3D workflow has been improved upon and tweaked in response to extensive customer feedback... Read More

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World’s First 3-Axis Hand-Held Sub-Pixel Stabilizer for Smartphones!

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DSLRPros 3-Axis Smartphone Stabilizer

By Jeff Foster | April 24, 2014

The world's first 3-Axis smartphone hand-held stabilizer has arrived!  This is NOT just another Kickstarter campaign for a hopeful product - this is a real device designed and in production now from DSLRPros.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - The Highly Adaptable Gratical HD, from Zacuto

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Check out their latest EVF design concept

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Jens Bogehegn talks to us about what Zacuto was showcasing at NAB 2014, which centered on the Gratical HD, as well as their Gratical LT. The Gratical is an EVF that uses an extremely powerful FPGA dual core processor and the latest micro-OLED displays, giving a hugely expanded contrast range... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Perform at Your Peak with the D4S from Nikon

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Enhancements through the entire workflow

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Steve Heiner talks to us about Nikon's D4S camera which is a brand new pro camera for still and multimedia photographers. It has a full compliment of HD video setting for videographers as well though. The D4S builds on the success of D4 with 30% faster image processing and substantial... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - FreeFly Systems Gives Us New and Interesting Ways to Move the Camera

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Bring big-budget camera moves to your productions

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Woody Woodhall talks with Tabb Firchau from FreeFly Systems about the various products they had to show off to attendees of NAB 2014. He shows us the MōVI M5 which draws on the advanced stabilization technology developed for the MōVI M10 allowing for amazingly smooth footage in even... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - NewBlue FX and Titler Pro 3.0

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Among other improvements to Titler Pro think TEMPLATES!

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2014

While in the plug-in pavilion at NAB 2014 I dropped by the NewBlue FX booth to take a look at Titler Pro 3.0. This is a big update to their popular Titler Pro product that includes one very nice, very helpful thing: templates.

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The Black Diamond run for filmmakers

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Warren Miller Entertainment keeps on thrilling audiences with breathtaking athletics, brilliant production, and Adobe video apps

By Meagan Keane | April 24, 2014

Many winter sports enthusiasts recall sitting in high school auditoriums or theaters on the edge of their chairs watching content from Warren Miller, a legendary American ski and snowboarding filmmaker. Miller produced, directed, and narrated his films until 1988. His talented staff continues... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Details Around the Hilio T12 and D12 from Litepanels

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Plus some info around their new LED Fresnels

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Alan Ipakchian from Litepanels talks to us about the HILIO T12 and D12 which were both being showcased at the Litepanels booth during NAB 2014. The Hilio D12/T12 fixtures were designed by Litepanels to augment the lighting requirements of broadcast studios, as well as motion picture, episodic... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Digital Rapids Showcases Exciting Changes and Products

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Find out the details around a big acquisition and their file-to-file media transformation solutions

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 24, 2014

Mike Nann from Digital Rapids talked to us about the big news that was just announced at NAB, which was around Imagine Communications acquisition of Digital Rapids. He talks through how the vision of both companies line up well, and also tells us about their file-to-file media transformation... Read More

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