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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

This lesson will help you format your 4x3 footage correctly, inside your 16x9 timeline!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 20, 2014

We're heading back to the mailbag to answer another viewer question, and it's one that throws people for a loop a lot of the time, and that is getting your SD footage to look correct in your HD 16x timeline.

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PowerDirector 13 Supports XAVC-S and H.265

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

The new version of Cyberlink's PowerDirector video editor reaches the age of 13 and offers new features.

By Jose Antunes | November 20, 2014

The support for XAVC-S, the latest open standard for 4K and HD videos is on top on the list of features present in the new PowerDirector 13 (it was only available for PowerDirector 12 through an update). For those aiming to import XAVC-S videos and produce MP4 videos up to 3840x2160/60p, this is a viable option for a cost under $100. In fact, the version Ultra, which costs $ 74.99, already offers support for XAVC-S. So, if you’re buying, do not go for the cheapest version, Deluxe, which does not offer this new feature.

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Blackmagic URSA Gets 80fps

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

Firmware Update 1.9.9

By Brian Hallett | November 20, 2014

Blackmagic updates the URSA to firmware 1.9.9 giving the camera quite a few more options and making it a more user friendly camera for shooters.  

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Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

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How I used several Mac audio apps to produce the latest episode of CapicúaFM

By Allan Tépper | November 19, 2014

Previously, I described how to produce a podcast live-to-drive using BossJock Studio with an automatic mixer (article links ahead). However, that isn’t practical when you’re interviewing a Spaniard singer/songwriter like Sole Giménez (ex-Presuntos Implicados) about her latest album via an international phone call, and also want to intertwine pieces of her own music based upon her sometimes unexpected responses. Ahead is the workflow and the final recording I used with CapicúaFM’s latest episode, including many of the audio apps used.

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Moving “Tracks” in Final Cut Pro X

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 19, 2014

How do you select all "tracks" in Final Cut Pro X, and do you even need to?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training helps us understand how approaching Final Cut Pro X from the perspective of legacy editing applications can hinder our ability to get... Read More

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Ask an Expert: OS Upgrade Issues, Retiming Animations within Titles and Camera/TV Combos

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This month in the ProVideo Coalition Mailbag

By The ProVideo Coalition | November 18, 2014

In our November 2014 Mailbag, readers asked questions about how to solve their OS upgrade issues, retiming animations within titles, what might be a good camera/TV combo and plenty more. Mark Spencer and Jose Antunes offered their insights and get specific about how readers can solve these... Read More

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AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera

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Now Accepting Orders from Worldwide Reseller Channel

By PVC News Staff | November 18, 2014

 AJA Video Systems today announced that the company has started accepting orders for the new CION production camera, with an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity, and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD... Read More

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Showcasing breathtaking mountains and raw athleticism

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Epic freeskiing and snowboarding tour improves video workflow and productivity with Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | November 18, 2014

The Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT) is the top big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world. FWT doesn’t deal with artificial jumps and groomed slopes. Athletes use the entire slope, including overhangs and cliff-faces, choosing their own path down the... Read More

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Jeff Brue engineers production pipeline for “Gone Girl”

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Post-production engineer combines hardware and software to bring VFX closer to editorial

By Meagan Keane | November 17, 2014

Jeff Brue founded Open Drives four years ago to design storage solutions for the media and entertainment industry. Working with top filmmakers in Hollywood provided a great test base and enabled the company to push its storage technology to new heights. Having previously worked with David... Read More

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The Last Patrol: Filmed with a Canon EOS C300

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The Last Patrol, the third installment of a trilogy of war documentaries, was shot with Canon EOS C300.

By Jose Antunes | November 17, 2014

The Last Patrol, which premiered on HBO on November 10, 2014, is the third installment of Academy Award-Nominated director Sebastian Junger and cinematographer Rudy Valdez trilogy of war documentaries, which includes Restrepo and Korengal. The filmakers relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera to capture The Last Patrol.

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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

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A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster | November 16, 2014

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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Last Chance to Register for the 6K Post-Production Workflow Webinar

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Join us on Monday for a free webinar presented by HP and Intel

By PVC News Staff | November 15, 2014

David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl, employed the first 6K real-time review pipeline in any feature film production. It was the first feature film to be cut on Adobe Premiere and needed to employ an incredibly advanced technical workflow to handle huge amounts of data. Various people with... Read More

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Want to see 4K editing in Media Composer before its release?

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Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and wants everyone to see it!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 14, 2014

And no, I’m not breaking any embargoes, NDA’s or anything like that.  Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and officially wants everyone to see it, and get excited about it as well.

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Cinema 4D and After Effects Interaction: Exploring Cineware

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Cineware and Other 3D Renders In After Effects

By Dorian Heller | November 14, 2014

My name is Dorian Heller and I’m Seattle-based motion designer and visual fx artist. I’ve done work for Microsoft and several other companies with deadline driven deliverables. Therefore, it’s imperative for my work to look professional and also be efficient. This can mean... Read More

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Peter Mavromates helps orchestrate new workflow for Fincher’s “Gone Girl”

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Post-production supervisor pushes quality and guides integration using Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | November 13, 2014

In the past decade, Peter Mavromates has worked on more than a dozen feature films, as well as a few TV series, generally serving as post-production supervisor. One thing that many of his projects have in common is the director: David Fincher. Mavromates knows that working with Fincher means... Read More

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Popular Science Gives Award to 4K Monitor

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If there was any doubt that 4K is becoming popular, the 2014 Best of What’s New Award given to Acer’s 4K monitor says it all.

By Jose Antunes | November 13, 2014

Acer’s new monitor, XB280HK, is, no doubt, conceived for gaming, but the fact that it was selected as a breakthrough product among thousands of others in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year, which are being highlighted in Popular Science’s December issue, suggests we will be seeing more 4K monitors in the next months. And not just for gaming. They’re just becoming... popular, meaning prices will come down, and we will see more models coming to the market, for different uses.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Roundtripping to After Effects

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

Getting your MC timeline to AE is easy. Getting it back requires a little more thought!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 13, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he sidesteps from the basic training to cover an advanced lesson, based on an e-mail from a viewer, and some online confusion.

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Review: MyCloud EX4, a NAS for Dummies

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

The top level for the MyCloud series from Western Digital is the EX4, offering up to 24TB of NAS capacity that is easy to use.

By Jose Antunes | November 12, 2014

Designed for users needing more space than the regular MyCloud systems from Western Digital offer, the MyCloud EX4 is a four bay NAS or Network Attached Storage that offers photographers and videographers a single place to organize all their files. It's a starting point on the way to create your own cloud at home.

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