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Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Discover how you can take an idea for a movie and turn it into an actual film

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 04, 2014

Ever since I was a little kid I had always wondered why producers had their names at the beginning of a movie or TV show. I knew why the actors and people like the music supervisors were up there, but what exactly does a producer do? Even after having worked in production and post production... Read More

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After Effects 12.2 Audio Bug…

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

...and a simple workaround (whew)

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 04, 2014

There’s been a bit of a panic among some After Effects users about a bug introduced in the December 2013 update to After Effects CC (also known as AE 12.2). Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround until Adobe gets a bug fix issued.

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After Effects 2013: features & requests

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

and the AE team's thoughts on the future

By Rich Young | December 31, 2013

With 3 actual updates to After Effects in 2013, it's become difficult for many users to keep track of all the new features. So reading through top After Effects feature requests of 2013, plus a peek at what we’re thinking about for the near future, today's post by Todd Kopriva, is... Read More

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Circles in After Effects

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

By Rich Young | December 31, 2013

Making circles in After Effects seems like a trivial exercise, but there are a ton of approaches to their various forms in design. Circles come in movement and repetition, from expressions & scripts, as Shapes, masks, particle effects like Particle World, Bubbles, Ball Action, from the Circle effect, CC Sphere, Polar Coordinates, Wave World, Radio Waves, halftone effects (roundup), lens flare elements (roundup), and so on. Here are few circle-related tutorials and resources for After Effects.

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Product Review: Lowel GL-1 Power LED Flood/Spot Light

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Dimmable and Focusable Portable Light for Shooting Photo & Video On-Location

By Jeff Foster | December 31, 2013

The Lowel GL-1 Power LED is a compact handheld portable light source that is ideal for any type of event or location photography. It's dimmable and with the adjustable Fresnel lens, it has an 8:1 focus range from full flood to a tight spot and works either handheld or mountable to any tripod.

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

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Part 2: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

By Allan Tépper | December 31, 2013

For part 2 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I got together with Ríchard Izarra in one of his extremely brief visits to Miami to test audio with his new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip.

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Understanding Libraries in Final Cut Pro 10.1

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 31, 2013

Welcome to our first MacBreak Studio on the brand new Final Cut Pro 10.1!

In this episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I discuss the fundamental structural change in this very significant update: the move to a unified library model. While there are many workflow... Read More

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Spirographs in After Effects

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By Rich Young | December 30, 2013

Spirographs in After Effects had it's 15-minutes of fame years ago and were lost in the mists of time (around here anyway), except for a few tutorial/project posts. Revisiting the topic reveals a variety of approaches and directions.

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An Optical Printer’s Movie Magic

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A Conversation with Bill Conner at Deluxe Labs

By Vince Gonzales (Via PPC - Pro Photo Coalition) | December 30, 2013

I got a chance to chat with optical printer magician, Bill Conner working at Deluxe Labs in Los Angeles.  Bill gave me the insider tour of the optical lab he runs and the skinny on his prized toy, the Producers Service Model 102.  This is a film tool that has helped restore some of... Read More

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Spirals in After Effects

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

A roundup

By Rich Young | December 29, 2013

Spirals are used as design guides and elements or paths for text, shapes, particles, and layers. Here's a few resources for using and creating spirals in After Effects and other Adobe applications.

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Using Mini Quads as Training Tools: Hubsan X4 H107D FPV Quadcopter

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Inexpensive RC Quadcopter with Live Video FPV Helps Hone Flying Skills

By Jeff Foster | December 29, 2013

Go ahead and call these mini RC quadcopters "toys", but they won't be insulted, because they're serious flying machines that have many of the same features that the big boys have! But learning to control and pilot these relatively inexpensive quadcopters may help you manage and fly your more expensive DJI quadcopter with greater ease and precision, and build your skills and confidence.

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The Ray-traced 3D renderer in After Effects

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Advice from Todd Kopriva, Roland Kahlenberg, and others

By Rich Young | December 28, 2013

A big addition to After Effects CS6 was the introduction of a Ray-traced 3D composition renderer that handles reflections, transparency, index of refraction, environment maps, in addition to the existing material options. Today in Creative Cloud CC, the chief limitation is still render time, but there's set-up advice for those willing to overcome the obstacles to get the lovely renders.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 3

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Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, Editing, Audio Mixing and Title Creation.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 27, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part three of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Final Cut Pro X 10.1 now speaks Castilian (aka “Spanish”)

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Version 10.1 of FCP X can finally display its menus in Castilian, the most widely used Spanish language.

By Allan Tépper | December 25, 2013

After upgrading Final Cut Pro X to version 10.1, I was delighted to see that it was addressing me —quite unexpectedly— in the language of Cervantes. With other updates of Final Cut Pro X, I have always read the release notes, but for some reason this time I didn’t.... Read More

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Vans uses TriCaster and 3Play to catch “Off the Wall” action

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By videoguys.com | December 24, 2013

All the young dudes were out in force one sunny August weekend, when the Vans Downtown Showdown skateboard event rolled into Paris.

With €50,000 prize money at stake for the twelve teams in competition, the event promised to be serious fun. The live streaming specialists, 3XScreen... Read More

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Product Review: iOgrapher for iPad/iPad Mini

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Shoot Video, Timelapse and Photos with your iPad/iPad Mini with this Simple & Affordable Rig

By Jeff Foster | December 21, 2013

The iOgrapher Mobile Media Case for the iPad Mini and the full-sized iPad are made from injection-molded polycarbonate - making them flexible and durable and able to withstand a lot of abuse. With several cold-shoe attachments, a tripod mount and a threaded 37mm lens mount for wide angle and telephoto lenses, large easy-grip handles and an amazingly inexpensive price, make this a must-have accessory for your iPad.

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New Blackmagic Production Camera Footage

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Beautiful New Zealand in 4K

By Brian Hallett | December 21, 2013

The other day we saw the first footage out of the Blackmagic Design's 4K Production Camera shot by Grant Petty.  Now we have more!  This time shot by Captain Hook, a cinematographer out of New Zealand.  Many of you may remember Captain Hook as the one who made his Blackmagic... Read More

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Kicking the Tires on Final Cut Pro X 10.1

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

The update is new, big, fast and free. Still missing stuff.

By Scott Simmons | December 20, 2013

Thursday was the big day that Apple Final Cut Pro X users have been waiting for for quite a while as FCPX 10.1 was released into the world … for free. I had been waiting for it to so after a rather painless update process, first to OSX Mavericks then to FCPX 10.1, I was up and rolling the morning of the release for a couple of days of editing. I wouldn’t call this update Earth-shaking, though there are some very welcome changes. But I wouldn’t call it inconsequential either because if you’re working with FCPX you going to want to be on 10.1 … without a doubt.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 2

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, acquiring your footage!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 20, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part two of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Final Cut Pro 10.1

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

A Detailed First Look by Steve Martin and Mark Spencer

By Mark Spencer | December 19, 2013

Final Cut Pro 10.1 is the next major step forward for Apple’s professional editing software Final Cut Pro X. Not since its initial release over 2 years ago has there been a more significant update with regard to performance and workflow. The most visible improvement in FCP X is the new... Read More

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