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Entry Level Action Cams for Christmas

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Video is becoming part of many people’s lives and small cameras help to capture unique moments of daily life.

By Jose Antunes | December 10, 2014

The passion for video making starts, many times, at an early age.  Although Smartphones offer video capture, a small camera may be the best option for many situations. The cameras suggested here may be good Christmas gifts for young people avid to try their hand at creating their first stories. Adults will love them too!

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Holiday gift lists for digital video creators

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with a quick look back at 2014 in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 10, 2014

Best of 2014 and holiday gift lists are mushrooming, but there aren't so many lists for digital video creators at this point, and it seems that most of them are on PVC (with more coming). We'll link in a few extra lists, and look back the year in After Effects for more ideas.

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Quick Tour of mocha AE CC 2014

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free video from the After Effects CC Updates course

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 09, 2014

We recently added several movies to our After Effects CC Updates course on lynda.com, covering the new user interface design, CINEWARE v2 and CINEMA 4D Lite R16, mocha AE CC 2014, Dynamic Link color management changes, and the embedded Adobe Color Themes panel (formerly known as Adobe Kuler). We selected the movie on mocha to be the freebie for this round, as not only does it cover the user interface and feature updates for this new version, it also gives a very quick tutorial of performing a simple track or stabilization inside mocha AE:

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Asus 4K Monitor for Prosumers and Gamers

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Asus has a new monitor conceived both for gamers and professional users. It’s the PB279Q, a 27-inch 4K/UHD monitor for $799.

By Jose Antunes | December 09, 2014

Prices for 4K monitors are coming down fast, as more and more monitors from different brands enter the market. Just in time for Christmas, although only Taiwan, Asia Pacific, and Europe will receive it this month, the new Asus PB279Q is one more example of how fast the market is moving.

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An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

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Even though it may be unfair, I have logical justifications to make this mic comparison/shootout.

By Allan Tépper | December 09, 2014

I have covered the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid microphone (analog XLR + digital USB) in past articles and ebooks, and it has been my chosen studio microphone for my recent podcasts. On the other hand, I recently reviewed the Plantronics .Audio 326 headset microphone with outstanding results. Now, even though it might be considered unfair, I am doing a direct shootout. Ahead are my justifications and test results, including simultaneous recordings through each mic.

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7 Ways To Help Prep for an International Doc Style Project

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By Bobby Marko | December 09, 2014

I recently returned from my sixth trip to Guatemala, capturing footage in support of Athentikos' I AM ART intiative. It never fails, I learn something new each time I travel internationally for video production. But this time I decided to write some things down to share with you in the... Read More

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Stocking Stuffers for Shooters and Cinematographers

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Production gifts that are useful

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 09, 2014

With Christmas fast approaching, here are ten stocking stuffer gift ideas for the filmmaker. These are all tools I own, love, or use on a daily basis. 

1. Bongo Ties

$6 at Amazon

With a thousand uses for these handy rubber band ties, I try to... Read More

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Find Out What It Means to Create Cinematic VR Content for the Oculus Rift

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UPDATE: 12/8/14

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 08, 2014

Greg Downing, CTO of Santa Monica based VR studio xRez, is a pioneer in the cinematic virtual reality (VR) space. His company specializes in image-based 3D technologies that have been applied on various projects at xRez for the last seven years. He’s working to change the way... Read More

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A List of DSLR eBook Guides for Christmas

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Christmas gifts can also include guides that help DSLR users to get the most of their cameras. Here is a list of such guides.

By Jose Antunes | December 08, 2014

Although conceived for photography, Full Stop eBook guides also offer an introduction to the video functions present in modern DSLRs. They’re essential to know a camera. Multiple guides for Canon and Nikon make this a good choice if you're looking for a guide that goes beyond the manual received with your camera.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2014 Edition

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Products, services and lots of other goodies

By Scott Simmons | December 07, 2014

There’s only a couple of weeks left until Christmas 2014 so shopping is in full force. As always there are a lot of gadgets and gizmos that an editor could use both in and out of the edit suite so here’s our annual list of Christmas Gifts for the Editor. The Editblog's editor gift list was the first and is still the best but if you don’t see what you want here check out the 2010 edition, the 2011 edition, the 2012 edition and the 2013 edition. There’s lots of great ideas in there as well.

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How I tripled my podcast listenership after Apple iTunes censorship

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Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast in October 2014. Now I have more than 3x more listeners than before, and they still increase

By Allan Tépper | December 06, 2014

Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast at the end of October 2014. There was no notification or explanation. They just removed CapcúaFM from iTunes, while leaving my older TecnoTur podcasts (two different language versions) untouched in iTunes. CapicúaFM was first published in June 2014. Between June and October, CapicúaFM had then earned over 4000 listeners. Now it has over 13,000 listeners according to Podtrac Inc., and continues to increase steadily each week. Ahead are the details.

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“Stan Lee’s Superhumans” searches for real-life superheroes

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Production company creates third season of hit series with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Meagan Keane | December 05, 2014

Established in 1994, Off the Fence is an award-winning integrated content company headquartered in Amsterdam. The company creates high-quality non-fiction and independent films for international co- production partners including National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Voom, NHK, France... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 6 - Bins part 2

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Let's continue our look at bins with some great "hidden" features you'll definitely want to know about.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 04, 2014

In the second of our two part look at bins, we'll take a look at some tucked away features of Media Composer that will really help you get organized, and stay organized right from import to delivery.

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Enhanced Storyboarding in Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 04, 2014

Do you still need a reason to use Motion?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training picks up from the prior week's discussion about using the Placeholder generator in Final Cut Pro X to pre-visualize a shoot by building a storyboard. If you... Read More

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Review: Luxi For All Incident-Metering Photosphere for iOS and Android

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The 2nd-generation Luxi fits any iOS or 'droid device up to 1 cm / .4” thick

By Adam Wilt | December 03, 2014

Luxi For All (US$30) from Extrasensory Devices is a small, translucent white hemisphere with a spring clip. It’s designed to clamp over the front-facing camera of a smartphone, transforming it into an incident-reading light meter.

Luxi For All on an iPhone running Cine... Read More

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Videoguys.com and G-Technology Announce a “TECH TALK” on Storage at Manhattan Edit Workshop

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By videoguys.com | December 03, 2014

Videoguys.com and G-Technology Strorage Announce a "TECH TALK" on Storage at Manhattan Edit Workshop December 8th

Manhattan Edit Workshop is Hosting TECH TALKS. Come join us for an evening of talking tech; learning... Read More

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Christmas Gifts for DSLR Videographers

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Christmas buying lists are mandatory this time of the year. Here is a list of suggestions for DSLR owners that do video.

By Jose Antunes | December 03, 2014

A Christmas gift list can be either for personal use or to suggest someone the things we would like to have. Here is our list of suggestions, which wants to be a starting point for you to create your own.

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KAMKOP Action JIB: a Crane for Action Cameras

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With a weight of 1.3Kg and extending up to 5 meters, the KAMKOP Action JIB will be available in 2015. Crowdfunding just started

By Jose Antunes | December 03, 2014

Since action cameras have become very popular, action fans as well as professional film producers want to capture spectacular and unforgettable shots. And this is where KAMKOP Systems and their brand-new KAMKOP Action JIB come into play.

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MXF Support in Final Cut Pro 10.1.4

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On This Week's Under 5

By Mark Spencer | December 02, 2014

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.4 is out today. In the above Final Cut Pro in Under 5 Minutes video, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores one specific new feature: how to import and export MXF files. 

Before getting into the workflow, it’s important to define... Read More

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes To Space

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Meteorological ballon carries camera to new heights

By Brian Hallett | December 02, 2014

A Japanese scientist takes the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to new heights capturing footage of the stratosphere and eventually space.  See how the Pocket Camera survived its flight

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