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Dynamic Range & Blackmagic’s 4K Production Camera

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How much over/under can one shoot?

By Brian Hallett | June 17, 2014

Blackmagic Design lists the dynamic range of the 4K Blackmagic Production Camera at 12 stops.  What does this mean in real-world situation?  How much range is in the 4K ProRes file?  For me, I wanted to see what I can over/under expose and still get a great image out of the footage

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Examining Kevin Smith’s Red State Self-Distribution Gamble

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One man's attempt to change the face of film distribution

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 17, 2014

In January of 2011, Kevin Smith premiered Red State at the Sundance Film Festival. As with practically every film that’s screened at Sundance, filmmakers were there to show off their work in the hopes that one of the assembled distributors would purchase the film for a... Read More

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Final Cut Pro X Live Roundtable

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Thursday 6pm Pacific

By Mark Spencer | June 17, 2014

Join us this Thursday at 6pm Pacific for a roundtable discussion and Q&A on Final Cut Pro X. 

At the table will be editors Michael Garber and Sam Mestman, as well as the MacBreak Studio guys Steve Martin and Mark Spencer.

It should be a fun evening.

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mObject for Motion and Final Cut Pro X

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 17, 2014

3D objects in Motion and Final Cut Pro?

Well yes, it is possible, thanks to a new plugin from MotionVFX.com called mObject.

With mObject, you can create or import 3D objects, add lighting and textures, and then manipulate them directly inside either Final Cut Pro X... Read More

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Dolby Gives Us Improvements to Visual and Audio Experiences That Make a Difference

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An interview with Roland Vlaicu from Dolby Laboratories

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 17, 2014

Dolby Laboratories creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. They’ve already made several big announcements this year, and we wanted to learn more about these initiatives. We... Read More

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Transform Your Videos into HDR Images

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HDRInstant transforms a series of video images in a full HDR photo. Try it now!

By Jose Antunes | June 17, 2014

HDRinstant is, according to its creators, the HDRlog company, a program which enables professional and amateur photographers to take video clips of moving scenes shot under high-contrast lighting and turn them into amazing HDR photos.

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Soldier and storyteller

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EMMY-winning U.S. Army videographer uses Adobe Creative Cloud to create powerful portraits of soldiers’ lives

By Meagan Keane | June 16, 2014

Robert Ham is passionate about filmmaking; he takes a video camera and tripod whenever he travels and capturing people’s stories. From 2007 to 2013, he served as an Army Combat Correspondent stationed in Afghanistan and the Pacific, where he focused on interviewing soldiers and... Read More

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HEXO+: Your Autonomous Aerial Camera

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Funded in one hour in Kickstarter, HEXO+ aims to offer easy aerial filming for everyone.

By Jose Antunes | June 16, 2014

When the creators of HEXO+ decided to go ahead with their project, they knew their goal: create a system that would make aerial filming possible in the most remote places: on mountains, in the snow, and in all sorts of unpredictable situations that were quite a pain to deal with when trying to sync a drone pilot, a cameraman and a rider. The result is HEXO+ – an intelligent aerial follow camera: no pilot, no cameraman, no headache.

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Hollywood Gimbal Arrives in June

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The AeriCam Hollywood will be available by the end of June, five months after the crowdfunding of the project started.

By Jose Antunes | June 16, 2014

Can a handheld camera gimbal blow away traditional steadicams? The creators of AeriCam Hollywood believe so. Presented as a revolutionary 3 axis camera stabilization system with a line of attachments providing full house production capabilities in one package, the AeriCam Hollywood  will be available on the 31st of June 2014.

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Fold and unfold layers in After Effects

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Scripts, some tutorials, and plug-ins

By Rich Young | June 16, 2014

Folder or unfolding layers has become popular in After Effects and other apps in the last several years, and tutorials, scripts, and even animated typefaces have popped up to help spread the meme. All we need now is an origami plug-in.

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Blackmagic finally removes (part of) the Band-Aid!

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After several years + 241 electronic signatures, some DreamColor Monitor users can rejoice and sell their Band-Aid, but not all

By Allan Tépper | June 15, 2014

A few days ago, I received a cryptic message from an Australian reader (a countryman of Blackmagic, but apparently not a Blackmagic Design employee). It said: “Looks like Blackmagic have removed the Band-Aid. Latest software supports RGB 10bit on HDMI!”. I immediately downloaded the ReadMe for the latest update to Blackmagic’s Desktop Video Software, which also automatically updates firmware when appropriate. I had a couple of questions and contacted Blackmagic PR. Ahead are the critical details you need to know.

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Adobe to hold special online event on June 18

Everything new is new again in Creative Cloud

By Eric Philpott | June 12, 2014

On June 18, Adobe will host a worldwide event from New York City on what's coming next in Creative Cloud. The presentation will start at 1:00 pm ET (10 am PT) and anyone can register to watch live.

At NAB this year, Adobe revealed new versions of all of the Creative Cloud... Read More

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Hands-On Review: Manfrotto X-PRO 3-Way Head

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Can a tripod head made for photographers survive in the video capturing world?

By Jose Antunes | June 11, 2014

Photographers starting to try using video may discover, sooner than they would like to, that their tripod head may not be suitable for video. Specially if, like me, they use essentially ball-head systems, even if sturdy ones, they will discover they need a video tripod or at least a fluid tripod head for tilts & pans.

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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 3

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How desktop technology revolutionised video production - 2013

By ChrisZwar | June 10, 2014

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called "the desktop video revolution".  As desktop computers evolved to become faster and cheaper, they gradually displaced the traditionally expensive "black boxes" that had governed... Read More

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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 2

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How desktop technology revolutionised video production - 1997

By ChrisZwar | June 10, 2014

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called "the desktop video revolution".  As desktop computers evolved to become faster and cheaper, they gradually displaced the traditionally expensive "black boxes" that had governed... Read More

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The Desktop Video Revolution - Part 1

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How desktop technology revolutionised video production

By ChrisZwar | June 10, 2014

The video production industry has radically changed over the past 20 years, a period of time that can be called "the desktop video revolution".  As desktop computers evolved to become faster and cheaper, they gradually displaced the traditionally expensive "black boxes" that had governed... Read More

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Video framerates and the Tower of Babel: a translation guide

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Until manufacturers start speaking the same language, we need a cheat sheet.

By Allan Tépper | June 10, 2014

What does “24p” or “30p” mean when a manufacturer states it? How can we tell if —and when— they really mean 23.976p, 24.000p, 29.97p, or even the non-standard 30.000p? Unfortunately, each manufacturer has its own policy about this, which reminds me of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel: At the end of the story, all of the workers were speaking a different language and couldn’t understand each other. Ahead is a translation guide, including Adobe, AJA, Apple, Avid, Blackmagic, Canon, Corel/Pinnacle Systems, Datavideo, GoPro, JVC, FiLMiC Pro, NewTek/TriCaster, Panasonic, and Sony, plus an FAQ.

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Pinnacle Studio for iPad adds 25p + more improvements

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Fortunately, Pinnacle Studio for iPad added several improvements, but several simple ones remain desperately missing.

By Allan Tépper | June 10, 2014

Pinnacle Studio for iPad (previously known as Avid Studio for iPad) has thankfully added missing framerates including 24 + 25, plus other improvements. In my articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine, I have covered the application since its birth from Avid, when it changed its name and owner, and when it became the first iOS video editing app to support translucent alpha channels. Ahead I’ll cover the improvements in detail, what’s critically missing, and what is simply wrong and must be fixed.

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The VFX Business in 2014: an interview with Scott Ross, Part Two

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As the last major VFX studio in Los Angeles leaves town, we look what could change current trends

By Mark Christiansen | June 10, 2014

At the close of last week, Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) announced it would be moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver. While inevitable to many visual effects industry observers who understand the role of subsidies in moving VFX work away from California and the U.S., this... Read More

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Strategic Through-Edits

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This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | June 10, 2014

When is an edit not an edit - and why should you care?

Steve Martin from Ripple Training tackles this deep philosophical question on this week's MacBreak Studio.

We are of course referring to a "through-edit": something Steve defines as "an edit with continuous... Read More

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