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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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Under the Radar at Cine Gear 2014

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A few cool new products you may have missed

By Helmut Kobler | June 10, 2014

This year's Cine Gear had its share of well-known vendors and their wares (Arri, Litepanels, Dolby, Kessler, SmallHD, etc.) but I like the show because it's a great opportunity to find lesser-known gear that you might not otherwise discover, or have a chance to try hands-on. Here's... Read More

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PowerDirector For Android & Windows 8 Tablets

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The PC video editor Power Director, from Cyberlink, is now available as a mobile app. For free.

By Jose Antunes | June 09, 2014

Having already been recognized as a leader in the prosumer video editing market by several respected PC publications, Android and Windows 8 tablet users can now experience the professional-grade video editing capabilities of PowerDirector—such as a timeline workspace, and drag-and-drop for more accurate editing. The app is available for free in both the Google Play and Windows app stores.

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Fixing soft edges & number counters with automatic rounding

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Using the Math.round expression in After Effects

By Rich Young | June 09, 2014

A few years ago, Stu Maschwitz noted the utility of the Math.round method, which rounds a number to the nearest integer. If you're repositioning or animating an object in AE, you'll often run into AE's subpixel positioning in Best Quality, which as noted long before expressions were a feature by Trish Meyer as the source of bad renders with lossy formats. But you can use an expression to force rounding on scale/position to whole numbers, in order to avoid softening on anti-aliased text or other layers. It's much easier to use that than to adjust entries by hand, and its utility goes further.

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The Sights and Sounds of Cine Gear 2014 – Part II

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Copters, LEDs, PVC writers and more

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 08, 2014

Cine Gear is held on the first Friday and Saturday of every June on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, but you could actually get a sense of what companies and products were featured if you just spent a single day at the event. That’s really not enough time to take in everything... Read More

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Video in DSLRs: The Speed Limit

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When photographers move into video, they learn something very puzzling: there is a speed limit! Time to get a special filter.

By Jose Antunes | June 07, 2014

Photographers control exposure with a triangle comprised of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It's so common that no one thinks about it... until they turn the button on their DSLRs to video mode and discover, after some initial tests, that their videos are all jumpy. The solution is simple, but it is not always clearly explained. I could say it involves leaving the triangle behind and going for a square. It's something that asks for a new way of thinking. Let me explain.

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The Sights and Sounds of Cine Gear 2014 – Part I

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It's not NAB...but that's part of the appeal

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | June 06, 2014

Matt Jeppsen said it best in his Cine Gear 2013 Wrap Up… the reason folks like Cine Gear is because unlike NAB, it’s smaller, more intimate, and a lot more cine-focused. It’s a much different show, and the size of the event allows you to get a better handle on the... Read More

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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

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Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.

By Allan Tépper | June 06, 2014

Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and promises to offer quite a punch for its relatively low —and even palindromic— price of US$979. Here’s a first look.

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