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Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Academy Award®-winning editor uses Adobe Premiere Pro CC to edit hit Hollywood feature

By Meagan Keane | November 07, 2014

Kirk Baxter was attracted to cinema from a young age by films such as E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars. These “popcorn accessible” movies drew him in and fueled his aspirations. He started working for an Australian production company at age 17 and quickly recognized his... Read More

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The Changing Face of Film and TV Distribution

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

What does HBO's announcement about their OTT service mean for filmmakers and content creators?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | November 07, 2014

Distribution is often the last thing filmmakers and content creators think about, but HBO's recent annoucement could be an indication that it should be among the first. Knowing where and how an audience is going to find your content is a critical consideration these days, and with so many... Read More

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5 Ways Creating Documentaries Helped Me Improve My Storytelling

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

By Bobby Marko | November 06, 2014

Back in 2008 I had a discussion with my wife about how I wanted to do something more with my talent and skill as a filmmaker. I loved the pay check I earned for what I was doing at the time (corporate, wedding and web video content) but it wasn’t enough. I felt like there was something... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 4 - Composer Overview & Intro to Bins

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

This lesson will teach you that organization is the key to a smooth edit!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 05, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he gives you a general overview of Media Composers interface, and starts his talk about bins, and why organization is the key to getting your edits done to time, and on time!

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Does that Preferred Video Editing Software survey really mean anything?

It's probably just more noise in an otherwise useful article

By Scott Simmons | November 05, 2014

I let myself get sucked into a click-bait blog article the other day and it got me thinking about what I had done. It was click bait for a number of reasons but the actual content of the majority of the article was a decent summary of the non-linear editing tools we have available. With a title like What’s the Best NLE Software for Professional Movie Editing? you know it might likely do downhill from the first click.

The article came from a learning resource called Lights Online Film School and since it was a resource I had never heard of I guess the article achieved its purpose of getting their name and their website out there. I used the term click bait above and that’s, for the most part, a derogatory term and I think that might be a little harsh for the Lights Film School Filmmakers Blog overall as they have quite a few good articles there that aren’t click baity at all and don’t have sensationalist headlines.

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How the “Gone Girl” post-production team helped us deliver better features in Premiere Pro CC

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

By Al Mooney | November 05, 2014

I’ve been the product manager for Adobe Premiere Pro for four years and have never been more excited to work with our product teams and customers as I am now. Most of you know by now that Premiere Pro CC was used as the exclusive NLE for David Fincher’s Gone Girl, the first... Read More

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Video Bookmarks Give Creators a New Way to Highlight Relevant Info for Their Audiences

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Bookmarks allow audiences to choose what additional info they want to see and when they see it

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | November 05, 2014

While saying that television shows and football games are just what you see between commercials might be oversimplifying how the broadcast model works, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s more or less accurate. Advertisers want and need an opportunity to get their message... Read More

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ProDAD Respeedr

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Software to speed you up or slow you down...

By Bruce A Johnson | November 04, 2014

ProDAD is a company that really, really aims to please.  Over the last few years they have come out with software that addressed the realms of transitions (Vitascene), video stabilization (Mercalli) and action-video optimization (ProDRENALIN) in clever, albeit unique, ways.  Respeedr... Read More

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Review: A Pocket NAS from Western Digital

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

The My Passport Wireless is like having your own Cloud always at hand while travelling: the 2TB model can hold 32 64GB cards.

By Jose Antunes | November 04, 2014

Launched to celebrate Western Digital’s 10 years of the My Passport brand, the new My Passport Wireless may not be the fastest or cheapest external drive around, but having a SD card slot makes all the difference for those on the move. There’s a lot of space for your files on this hard drive, which works a bit like a pocketable NAS or Network-Attached Storage. Or your own Cloud on wheels.

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Mastering the Keyboard in Final Cut Pro X

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 04, 2014

Can you edit without a mouse or trackpad?

That's the challenge our guest Sam Mestman tackles this week with Ripple Training host Steve Martin.

Executing commands with the keyboard is almost always faster than using a mouse or trackpad input device, so the more... Read More

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SMPTE Time Code - Virtually Unchanged After Almost 50 Years

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

How this tool came to be and how it has withstood the test of time

By Richard Wirth | November 03, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  So goes the old proverb.

SMPTE Time Code is like that.  While the entire production and post world around it has changed radically, time code has remained virtually the same.

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Attend a Panel Discussion About the Merging of Production and Post at the Atlanta Creative Ball

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Join us on Saturday, November 8th for a presentation by the Atlanta Cutters

By PVC News Staff | November 03, 2014

The evolution of digital production has brought about a cosmic shift in the “traditional roles” of Production and Post.  No longer separated by time and distance, now many aspects of Post are done almost simultaneously to production and very often right on... Read More

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LG Shows Digital Cinema 4K Monitor

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

LG is also in the race for the cheapest 4K monitors: their 31 inch IPS 4K monitor costs $1,399.

By Jose Antunes | November 03, 2014

Presented at PhotoExpo, in New York, the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor from LG Electronics is, according to the company, “a professional-grade yet affordable desktop display that delivers the intense detail and color accuracy demanded by today’s photo, video and graphic design professionals.”

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Automating Your Creative Business

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

The best part about this stuff? Most of it is absolutely free!

By Dan Carr | October 31, 2014

In the first couple of posts in this series we took a look at some useful services to help creative professionals with accounting, and then we took an introductory look at using email marketing to promote your services.  This month I want to show you... Read More

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PVC at AES 2014 - Details About the New Upgrades to Ozone from iZotope

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Mixing and Mastering Audio with Ozone 6

By Woody Woodhall | October 31, 2014

iZotope was previewing their updated version of Ozone at AES 2014 in Los Angeles and I had a chance to catch up with Evan Allen, Product Specalist at iZotope, who took us through a tour of the redesigned interface and all of the enhancements that have been added to this latest iteration of the... Read More

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ProRes 4444 XQ in Creative Cloud

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

the highest-quality ProRes codec

By Rich Young | October 30, 2014

Apple released a new codec this summer with updates to its video apps, Apple ProRes 4444 XQ. Arri decided to include ProRes 4444 XQ as a recording option in the ALEXA XT & XR. The codec isn't available in Adobe and most other QuickTime-aware apps, but you can manually install it for general use with or without installing Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2.

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Wringing the Life Out of an Old Mac Pro Tower

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Like a good automobile it just keeps chugging along. And it is paid for.

By Scott Simmons | October 30, 2014

There’s a whole lot of us who still have a big, old aluminum Mac Pro tower sitting around doing a lot of work. We haven’t moved to 5K iMacs, Macbook Pros (or PCs) just yet. We also haven’t spent the money on a new Mac Pro. A conversation early at NAB 2014 got me thinking about all the stuff one could add to an old Mac Pro to help extend its life. NAB was the perfect place to talk to vendors who make those products you can stuff inside, or attach to, an old Mac Pro. A bunch of emails, phone calls and boxes later I’ve tried most all the gear mentioned below with my machine. I think of this current tower like a good, reliable, paid for car: I'm going to drive this thing until the wheels fall off.

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First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

Its 1" sensor, 4:2:2/10-bit internal recording, and 4K UHD upgradability make the PXW-X70 unique in its price class.

By Allan Tépper | October 30, 2014

I am quite intrigued with Sony’s new under US$2600 PXW-X70 camcorder. It has been a while since I used that term, but there is a good reason, since the “—corder” part of the X70 is at least as important as the “cam—” part in this compound word. The “cam—” part employs a 1-inch 4K UHD sensor, while the “—corder” part features up to 50 megabit/second 4:2:2 10-bit recording. So I decided to publish a first look before doing a full review later.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Kirk Baxter, ACE, leads edit of “Gone Girl,” latest box office hit for David Fincher

“Is that a 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorder in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”…

By Allan Tépper | October 29, 2014

Over the past several years, I have reviewed several 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorders, but the Ninja Star that Átomos sent me to review is certainly the tiniest: It weighs only 230 grams (8.1 ounces) including battery and media, which qualifies for many low-capacity drones. As you’ll see ahead, Ninja Star fortunately does not sacrifice any audio/video quality for its size. Its two secrets? It has no built-in video monitor, and it records onto the breakthrough new CFast format I recently covered, which is also used by other pioneers like Arri and Blackmagic.

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