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Studio Binder - Call Sheets Simplified

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By Dan Carr | February 26, 2015

 

Studio Binder is a new cloud-based production tool that's looking to simplify the call time process for cast and crew.  The service lets you store projects and cast/crew information in the cloud, delivering a simple interface to schedule call times to all... Read More

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NAS: New Solutions for Creative Professionals

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After the MyBook series and some initial My Cloud NAS, Western Digital is in full swing with new NAS solutions: 4 of them now.

By Jose Antunes | February 26, 2015

Western Digital has expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses.

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Blackmagic URSA Used On Television Mini Series “Gallipoli”

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Creating a stunning opening sequence

By Brian Hallett | February 25, 2015

"Gallipoli" is one of Australia's most anticipated television series inspired by the book "Gallipoli" by Les Carlyon.  The series follows the lives of World War I solders from the initial military landings to the troop withdrawals from the shores of Turkey in one of the most devastating battles of World War I.  

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From Kubrick to Anderson: One-Point Perspective

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Besides a passion for making films, Kubrick and Anderson share an obsession for symmetry, not always for the same purposes.

By Jose Antunes | February 25, 2015

The recent film "The Great Budapest Hotel" is an example of symmetry in the work of Wes Anderson, a signature similar to the one in Stanley Kubrick's films.

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David Levy explores new worlds with “PLUG”

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Famed Hollywood concept artist directs/produces sci-fi short using Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | February 25, 2015

David Levy is an acclaimed art director and concept artist to the videogame and film industry. His credits include Avatar 2, Tron: Legacy, Ender’s Game, Prometheus, and Tomorrowland. He has now debuted his own short film, PLUG, which introduces the concept for a TV series he hopes to get... Read More

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Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

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The third category of Sony’s XAVC is the most enticing for me.

By Allan Tépper | February 25, 2015

Back in 2012, Sony deployed the first version of XAVC, one that can offer color depths of 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit and chroma subsampling of 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4. That first version is i-frame and found on very high-end cameras. Then Sony released the consumer version, XAVS S, which is Long GOP up to 4:2:0 and 8-bit and is found in such cameras as the A7S. But the most enticing version (for me) is the professional XAVC Long GOP, which offers up to 4:2:2 10-bit in cameras like the PXW-X70 at up to 50 megabit/second. More ahead…

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Day 26 #28daysofquicktips - Make an Audio-only Dissolve in Final Cut Pro X

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Download Alex4D's Sound only dissolve and be a happier FCPX user

By Scott Simmons | February 25, 2015

For some reason, unbeknownst to us mortal editors, Final Cut Pro X doesn’t allow you do make an audio dissolve right out of the Transitions browser. Editors know how essential a 4, 5, 6 frame dissolve can be to smooth out a frankenbite or just how handy that can be when mixing audio in general. But such an audio-only dissolve is possible with this free plug-in from Alex4D (aka Alex Gollner). This might be the most useful thing you’ll download for FCPX this week.

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Day 25 #28daysofquicktips - Consolidate Media Outside (Externally) of a Final Cut Pro X Library

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It took me awhile to understand this but I'm glad I got it figured out.

By Scott Simmons | February 25, 2015

Final Cut Pro X has some rather intricate media management capabilities built into its Library functionality. The Library concept itself is loved by some, hated by others. I think if you understand how you can move media in and out of a Library it might embrace one the concept (thought you still might choose to always leave media outside of a Library). I finally understand it a little bit better but it wasn’t without some study.

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Creating a Night Sky in Motion

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 24, 2015

Because the night...belongs to us!

I couldn't say it better than Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen but this week on MacBreak Studio, I do try to show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to "take back the night" by creating a night sky scene from scratch in Motion, using... Read More

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Exploring The Wonder List with Philip Bloom

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We talk with him about his CNN series dealing with the places and people that have to be seen before they might disappear

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 24, 2015

Philip Bloom is a world-renowned filmmaker who needs no introduction. He has worked for all the major UK broadcasters as well as many others around the world. His freelance projects are too numerous to list, and all of that is in addition to his work on his site, which is an... Read More

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Day 24 #28daysofquicktips - Nesting Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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This workaround can get you an audio nest with the drag of a mouse.

By Scott Simmons | February 24, 2015

Here we go with a reader Quicktip from Jack Bibbo that is for Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s a tip for nesting audio. I do very little nesting of video or audio so this is a good reminder of how PPro nesting works. Jack even made a video to go along with it. Couple this with the tip about making an audio-only multicam sequence and you’ve got some good Premiere tips here. Take it away Jack.

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Rockstar energizes its brand with dynamic videos

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In-house video team brings fans closer to the action than ever using Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | February 23, 2015

From athletes to rock stars, Rockstar Energy Drink is made for people who live active lifestyles. Available in more than 30 countries, Rockstar has sold billions of cans worldwide. Like its name suggests, Rockstar is a brand built on excitement and action, and the company reaches its audience... Read More

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ARRI Announces Compact and Lightweight ALEXA Mini

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By PVC News Staff | February 23, 2015

ARRI announces the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile additional tool in the ARRI ALEXA camera range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry. Designed for specialized... Read More

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Edelkrone: New PocketRig2 Optimized for DSLRs

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Presented as the World’s lightest and most portable DSLR rig, the PocketRig 2 is a “swiss army knife” for videographers.

By Jose Antunes | February 23, 2015

The recent clearance sale from edelkrone, suggesting the end of their PocketSeries, was presented with a note stating that “every ending is a new beginning”. Well, the PocketRig 2 is that beginning, a multiple solution for DSLR videographers – and others too.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working

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By Bobby Marko | February 23, 2015

The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Even though I often self produce my own films, I’m like everyone else who relies on actual... Read More

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Day 23 #28daysofquicktips - Use Special Characters for a Star Rating System

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This tip probably works best with Final Cut Pro X's Keywording but you could use it on other apps too

By Scott Simmons | February 23, 2015

This reader Quicktip was sent to us by John Flanagen and it borrows the idea of a star-rating system on the Macintosh as a way to rate footage in your NLE. John uses this in Final Cut Pro X but you could utilize it in most any application that supports Special Characters.

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Top 20 Awards That Accurately Depict Filmmaking

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Oscar Awards That Filmmakers Deserve

By Matthew Jeppsen | February 22, 2015

Today marks the 87th Academy Awards, where filmmakers are honored by peers for their finished work. Which got my colleague Kendal Miller thinking...last night he tweeted "What are your ideas for Oscar categories that more accurately depict the actual filmmaking process?" Here are the top twenty picks from the #RealWorldOscars hashtag.

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Day 22 #28daysofquicktips - Add a Specific Track Number in your Avid Media Composer Timeline

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You don't have to add just the next track number when creating new timeline tracks

By Scott Simmons | February 22, 2015

This reader submitted Quicktip actually came from two different editors out there and it is a shortcut that I wasn’t aware of: a way to add a specific Media Composer track number beyond the next sequential number.

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