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First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

The mini X 1080p camera can seamlessly intercut with a C300; partially complies with Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

By Allan Tépper | February 19, 2014

Canon’s latest tiny yet ferocious 1080p cameras, the VIXIA mini (US$299) and VIXIA mini X (US$399) —together with their 25p cousins, the LEGRIA mini and LEGRIA mini X, boast irresistible features while taking positive steps towards the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. This first look article will focus on the more capable (and quite intriguing) mini X, including videos, specs, potential applications, and my few criticisms.

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Graham Elliott puts creativity in motion

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Fearless filmmaker and innovator explores the world of creativity with help from Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | February 19, 2014

Growing up, Graham Elliott desperately wanted to become a pilot and devoted himself to learning about flight. At 17 he received a scholarship to the RAF in London and within a week he was flying solo. Although Elliott ultimately decided he didn’t want to be in the Air Force, he took away... Read More

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Useful Tools for Editors - Winter’s End Edition

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Lots of FCPX stuff in this list. And a $150 iPad app

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2014

It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at some Useful Tools for Editors so with this new batch of utilities that have popped up recently let’s have a look. We’ve got quite a few for Final Cut Pro X, a color correction app for those with deep pockets and one that might help with tricky file format conversions.

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Final Cut Pro X and Mac Pro Performance

First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 18, 2014

How many streams of 4K can you play on a new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training answer that question and more.

To be fair, a more accurate way to phrase the question would be: how many streams of UHD RAW,... Read More

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Pre-Production Audio For Post Production Sound

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Make a Plan to Capture Great Sound

By Woody Woodhall | February 14, 2014

Pre-production is a busy time for a filmmaker.  Meeting and hiring cast and crew, securing locations, making budgets, contracts and deals, writing final script tweaks and a thousand other things will occupy all of the available time.  One of the main things that typically falls by the... Read More

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Swiss Radio and Television produces stunning Sochi opener

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Broadcaster uses Adobe Creative Cloud workflow to create opener promoting the winter games

By Meagan Keane | February 14, 2014

The Winter Games are a chance for us to witness magic moments of incredibly artistry and athleticism performed by the amazing athletes competing there. But in order for us to do so, broadcasters around the world spent months preparing for that short period of intense coverage. For Swiss Radio... Read More

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iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

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Now you can edit video on your iPad and include translucent logo overlays via alpha channel.

By Allan Tépper | February 14, 2014

Back in 2012, I wrote about many editors’ frustration about iPad video editing apps that (back then) unfortunately did not respect alpha channel in logos they imported, to allow for translucency. Most producer/editors I know who edit 1080p video capsules for the web demand this capability, especially for their lower thirds. For many, this issue has been the only reason they have continued to use a laptop to edit video. This has now changed. For those editors and organizations, this change represents a quantum leap! Details ahead!

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cameras were “The Only Choice“

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We all have choices. What will yours be?

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 14, 2014

“The Only Choice” was written and directed by Christopher Califano.  A short film that was shot in three days, it tells the story of a woman who seems to have only one choice left with her boyfriend, and details how she comes to that decision.

Califano shot with the... Read More

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Media Composer - You Ask, I Answer! - Lesson 2

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Need a quick scratch VO for the project you're working on? Not a problem with this handy tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 13, 2014

In this tutorial, exclusive to PVC, I'm going to answer a question about recording scratch VO's for your projects.  It's quick, simple, and will have you cutting your edits to time, in no time flat!

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Charting a course for the filmmaking future

Prolific young filmmaker adopts Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud

By Meagan Keane | February 13, 2014

Blake Simon is a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University studying Film Production and he’s already making his mark on the filmmaking world. So far, he has written, directed, and edited 11 short films on his own, and ultimately plans to direct features. His short western, Delarosa, won... Read More

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The New Face and Mobile Capabilities of globaledit

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An interview with the team behind one of the industry’s most powerful workflow tools

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | February 13, 2014

This week Industrial Color Brands rolled out the release of its software division’s new website and branding, along with the industry’s most advanced mobile application. It’s a big change and will allow... Read More

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Product Review: Fiilex P360 and P180E Full-Spectrum Color LED Studio Lights

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ENG Portability and Professional, Tunable, Light-Shaping Unmatched with LED Panel Lighting

By Jeff Foster | February 12, 2014

Designed for portability for the independent videographer shooting interviews, quick setup talking head studio shots or even portable green screen, Fiilex P-series LED lights provide a wide range of flexibility to match ambient lighting or provide enough light to give a decent single-subject studio shot on their own. With their proprietary Dense Matrix cluster LED design, and full-spectrum color tuning in a quality built fixture, I test a kit with two P360 lights and two P180E lights with all their accessories in different scenarios and see how they compare to standard multi-element LED lighting.

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Media Composer - You Ask, I Answer! - Lesson 1

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Have you ever moved media from one drive to another, only to have it go offline? Let's "fix" that pesky problem!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 11, 2014

In this tutorial, exclusive to PVC, I'm going to answer a question about AMA Re-linking to.  Once you see how easy it is to move your media around, and keep organized in MC, the next time you need to move media, you won't hesitate!

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Using Reversible Stabilization in Warp Stabilizer VFX for Screen Replacement

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There’s more than one way to peel an onion...

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 11, 2014

Short version:

Below is a video that shows how to use the Reversible Stabilization feature of Warp Stabilizer VFX in After Effects CC to track a new data screen over an existing one. 

Long version:

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 3

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Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 3 - Media Management

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 11, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than the third lesson in this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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“Red Obsession” weaves intoxicating story

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Freelance video pro relies on Adobe video workflow to edit documentary about Bordeaux wine

By Meagan Keane | February 11, 2014

Paul Murphy studied writing in school, but his first job was with a publishing house overseeing the production of promotional videos for new books. He was instantly intrigued so he bought a copy of Adobe Premiere Pro and started creating the videos himself. Eventually he left publishing to... Read More

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Performance Testing Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 11, 2014

So how fast is Final Cut Pro X on the new Mac Pro?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer from Ripple Training continue their 4-part series exploring the ultimate 4K Final Cut Pro X editing system built around the Mac Pro.

In this third episode,... Read More

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Entering Production: SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50

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SLR Magic’s anamorphic adapter is available for pre-orders until 14 February

By Adam Wilt | February 10, 2014

I’ve just received a “test sample” of the SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 adapter built with final parts, so it’s pretty much as it will be delivered. I’ll have a proper review in a few weeks, but as the window for pre-orders is short, I thought I should post this... Read More

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Blackmagic 4K Production Camera Now Shipping

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With A New Low Price

By Brian Hallett | February 10, 2014

Blackmagic Design surprises everyone by dropping the price on the 4K Production camera as they announce the camera is shipping world-wide.  Will this new lower price affect those who have pre-ordered the camera? 

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Filming Non-Actors

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By Jonathan Baty | February 09, 2014

If it hasn’t happened already, there will likely come a time that you will shoot an interview, a commercial, or public-service announcement with non-actors. People who are unfamiliar with being in front of a camera.  Your saying “just act natural” will be of no comfort or... Read More

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