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Creative Cloud offers pros performance and compatibility with the latest technologies

By Eric Philpott | December 16, 2014

Adobe release updates today for its pro video applications including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe Story CC Plus, and Adobe Prelude CC. The 2014.2 release offers feature enhancements and updates, including YouTube... Read More

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Ten Commandments of Making

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Sage advice from maker Adam Savage

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 15, 2014

At the 2014 Maker Faire, mythbuster and creative Adam Savage spent some time talking about what it takes to be a Maker. He kicked off his talk by defining what he calls his Ten Commandments of Making. Maker Faire tends to have a craftsperson appeal, but what struck me was how well Adam's ten principles translated to the film & video industry. Here are Adam's Ten Commandments, paraphrased and expanded for creatives in production.

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Let It Snow!

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Creating Snow Effects in Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014

 

Motion Magic is a weekly series of short tips from Ripple Training for how to do something useful in Apple Motion. This week, I show you how to add snow to a scene by starting with a preset particle emitter and then modifying it to make it come to life. Particle emitters are one... Read More

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Template Greeting Cards in Final Cut Pro X

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This week's 5-minute Final Cut Tip

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014

Final Cut Pro X in under 5 minutes is a weekly series of short tutorials from Ripple Training designed to show you how to do something specific and useful in Final Cut Pro X from start to finish.

This week's episode shows you where you can get a holiday template that was... Read More

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Tascam DR–60DmkII audio recorder: enticing for US$199

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With the new DR–60DmkII, Tascam boosted the preamps to+64dB, and lowered the price to US$199.

By Allan Tépper | December 15, 2014

Many readers are familiar with the original Tascam DR–60D recorder, which was less capable with a higher price tag than the new DR–60DmkII. Woody Woodhall of ProVideo Coalition first announced the improved DR–60DmkII in October 2014, which fortunately offers up to 64dB of gain on its microphone preamps. I have already made several recordings with it, from both dynamic and condenser mics, and have plenty to report. Ahead you’ll see what I like, and what I would improve.

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Editing the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference

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On-site Multicamera editing with Final Cut Pro X on a Mac Pro

By Mark Spencer | December 15, 2014

Editing the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference

In October 2014, the Bioneers (http://www.bioneers.org) held their 25th anniversary conference in San Rafael, California. Bioneers is a non-profit educational organization that explores innovative solutions to planetary issues. The... Read More

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First Look: Veydra Mini Primes for Micro Four Thirds

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I test four new cine lenses for GH4s, BMPCCs, and other MFT cameras.

By Adam Wilt | December 15, 2014

I’ve had some time to play with four prototype Veydra MFT Cine Lenses: the 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm. Here’s what I’ve seen. [UPDATE #4 6:00pm PST 17 Dec: Kickstarter project funded at over 5.4x the goal.]

Four prototype Veydra Mini Primes and a GH4

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How Will an HP Z Workstation Impact Your Production?

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Explore the logistics around the many ways an HP Z Workstation can change your approach to a project

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 15, 2014

The Mac vs PC debate feels like it’s been going on forever in media & entertainment. It’s a debate that has passionate defenders and opinions on both sides, but the unfortunate reality is that those same people often don’t realize what the other side has to offer. With... Read More

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Cameras in the Sky

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From kites to helicopters, how we view our world from above

By Richard Wirth | December 14, 2014

"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." — Socrates

If Socrates were alive today, he would probably own a drone.

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Product Review: Red Giant’s Offload 1.0

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A safer, easier way to copy media cards to your hard drive(s)

By Helmut Kobler | December 13, 2014

Red Giant’s Offload ($49) is a new, affordable utility for the Mac and Windows that makes it easier and more secure to offload your video cards to a hard drive — or two drives in case you want to make a simultaneous backup.

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(Alternative) Christmas Gift Ideas for the Video Professional – 2014 Edition

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For anyone who wants to think about giving gifts for industry professionals in a different light

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 12, 2014

It’s December, which means Christmas gift item lists are everywhere. You don’t even need to look all that far to find some great ones on PVC, as Jose Antunes put together his Christmas Gifts for DSLR Videographers, Scott Simmons published his annual Christmas Gift Ideas... Read More

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proDAD Unveils Mercalli® V4 SAL+ Video Stabilizer and Automatic CMOS Distortion Correction

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Delivers Perfect One-Two Punch to Dramatically Improve Bumpy, Jumpy Videos

By PVC News Staff | December 12, 2014

proDAD today announced the immediate availability of its new Mercalli V4 SAL+ stand-alone video stabilization and automatic CMOS sensor distortion correction application for Windows users. Under development for more than two years, the new automatic CMOS correction technology automatically... Read More

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Video Hardware: Crowdfunding Supports Projects

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Many of the projects we see today in the video industry, from hardware to films, are only possible through a word: crowdfunding.

By Jose Antunes | December 12, 2014

Crowdfunding opened the doors to the appearance of another model for funding projects, many of which would not see the light of day any other way. Crowdfunding became a common word not long ago, but its fruits are all around us, in different areas of life. Almost anyone can start a crowdfunding project, to achieve a specific goal. That’s something creators should think about when looking for money for their projects.

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REVIEW: proDAD Mercalli V4 SAL+

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Let's clean up some video, shall we?

By Bruce A Johnson | December 11, 2014

Whether attached to a car, a bicycle, a motorcycle,  a quadcopter, a rocket or a pair of skis, we have all become addicted to the unusual perspectives the GoPro family and all their action-cam brethren can give us.  However, it doesn’t take too much experimentation with these... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Avid Pan and Zoom

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Creating the Ken Burns effect inside of Media Composer is simple, AND included in your MC Subscription

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 11, 2014

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, we're going to look at an effect that is used in just about every documentary, and that is the Ken Burns Effect, or a Pan and Zoom effect.  The effect comes standard inside of Media Composer, and is quite simple to use!

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RocketJump practices and teaches next-generation filmmaking

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Makers of "Video Game High School" tackle 4K and connect with aspiring filmmakers with help from Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | December 11, 2014

Millions of subscribers to the web show Video Game High School are a testament to the idea that if you produce it, they will come. In 2010, University of Southern California graduate Freddie Wong began making the kinds of videos he wanted to watch and posting them on YouTube. More than one... Read More

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Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

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A General Guide for Aerial Photo/Video Gear Currently Available

By Jeff Foster | December 10, 2014

2014 has been an amazing year for aerial/drone photography and video, and I've compiled a list of great products that will appeal to fliers and shooters for all levels!

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

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Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 12/10/2014)

By Jeff Foster | December 10, 2014

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past week, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 12/10/14)

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Helping Video Professionals Reach New Audiences for their Customers

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Wowza showcases the direct channel from producer to consumer that’s now available to everyone

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 10, 2014

We were introduced to the folks at Wowza during IBC 2014, where the big news centered on JVC joining their partner program.  But that was just part of the story they had to share with attendees, and we wanted to learn more about the company that helps organizations harness the power of... Read More

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Audio-only Cross-fades in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 10, 2014

 

  How do you cross-fade just the audio portion of an edit point?

That's the question we tackle on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio.

I start by showing Steve Martin from Ripple Training a simple storyline of clips, where I want to audio... Read More

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