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A Sober Look at the Past, Present, and Future of Final Cut Pro

It will be painful, but no matter what you do...it will work out.

By Alex Lindsay | July 06, 2011

So it's been about a week and many are calling Apple's new Final Cut Pro X a failure. Is this premature? Let's take a look.To begin, it seems like everyone covering this needs to qualify how they use Final Cut Pro to explain their angle. Here's mine... Read More

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NAB Live From Pixel Corps

NAB Live From Pixel Corps

Stay tuned...9am-6pm Vegas time.

By Alex Lindsay | April 11, 2011

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If we programed this right....and things could go wrong...check in here for live from the show floor, press announcements and more...Let's just say that if this doesn't work as planned..."what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas". Read More

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“Will Apple Release a New Final Cut Pro Studio and What Will Be New?”

As we near NAB, it's one of the top questions I am asked...

By Alex Lindsay | February 28, 2011

Here's my uneducated guess (meaning, I've been careful NOT to ask Apple about it). All is based on what Apple has done the near past and what I think makes sense for them to do. It is NOT my opinion of what would be good for the industry, the user or even myself... Just what I think might happen. In order of likeliness... Read More

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Datavideo HS-2000 Review

By Alex Lindsay | September 03, 2010

Pixel Corps' John Riley and HS-2000 in action at a Fashion Show in Sonoma, California. While it's effective in many venues, this is the kind of stuff it was built for (you're seeing a reflection of corrugated steel in the monitor, by the way).

The Datavideo HS-2000 is an all-in-one HD-SDI mixer that includes audio, video, intercom for 6, and monitor... all in a simple briefcase like form factor. It's designed for remote mixing of HD (720p or 1080i) venues. It should be noted, that this is not a review of a loaner product. We purchased an HS-2000 a few months ago and use it nearly every week and have used it now on 3 continents, indoors... and outdoors. Read More

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Tablet Madness

Tablet Madness

With connections but no keyboard, the coming tablet devices promise a historic spike in video production

By Alex Lindsay | October 05, 2009

Whether or not the mythical Apple "iPad" will ever grace our presence, the idea of tablet device seems to be cresting the point of critical mass. While many have tried and failed in this area, the environment for tablets is dramatically different than only a year or two ago. Here's why...

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Greenscreen Primer Part 2

When a camera throws away color data, it is throwing away exactly what we need to do our work.

By Alex Lindsay | October 02, 2009

In the first installment, we looked at the basic set up for shooting Greenscreen. Most of what I covered is exactly what we see people skip everyday. What I'm going to talk about next is what everyone else ignores at their peril. We're talking about capture systems and codecs. Read More

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It…

...and I feel fine. (The iPhone 3G S and the next video revolution.)

By Alex Lindsay | June 22, 2009

I posted a fun little video about creating a shoulder mount rig for the iPhone 3G S on Friday. You can see it here.While done in a tongue and cheek way, the most important thing for Pros watching the video is actually the first minute. I was dead serious there. The new iPhone is a game changer... make no mistake about it. Read More

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NAB 2009 Impressions

NAB 2009 Impressions

The trends and the products that stood out at NAB 2009.

By Alex Lindsay | May 01, 2009

2009 was almost the first NAB's I've missed in a decade. In the fall, I looked at my schedule and declining conventions and wasn't sure if I was even going to go. Interestingly enough, this year's show actually turned out to be one of the most useful and interesting years in recent memory. For me, it was not about big news items but, rather, many small revolutions that, as an aggregate, were very exciting. In this article, I will cover the trends that seemed to emerge and the products that caught my eye. Read More

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Podcasting Design

Podcasting Design

Podcasting is more than just getting video onto an iPod. Learn how to structure and plan your online web video.

By Alex Lindsay | April 01, 2009

Podcasting has become an over-used term for "Video and Audio Production for Online Sources" (VAPOS) but...until the masses adopt VAPOS as a replacement (something I very much doubt), we'll be calling this new fangled market Podcasting. Whatever it's called, I will venture to say...this is the future of television, radio and much of what we think of as "entertainment." Maybe not today, or in it's current form, but video and audio online is where cars were in 1904, radio was in 1922, television was in 1952, print publishing was in 1988 and the world wide web was in 1994. If you are in the business of video production, you simply have to pay attention to this market or you will not survive long term and you will give up valuable opportunities.In this article, I'm going to talk about designing and structuring a podcast along with some of the technical issues that should be considered when producing a podcast. The Pixel Corps produces about 80 episodes of web content a month in 6-8 different structural formats. Much of what I will share is a culmination of many painful lessons we've learned over the last 8 years of producing online video. Read More

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Greenscreen Primer Part 1

Greenscreen Primer Part 1

With Greenscreen, 80 percent of your post budget is lost on the set...learn how to get it back!

By Alex Lindsay | March 01, 2009

I pulled my first Greenscreen in 1996 working on "Star Wars: Episode 1" pre-viz. The footage was rough (pre-vis handycam footage) and the After Effects Color Difference Key was a complete mystery. Now, the Pixel Corps, we shoot an average of two hours of greenscreen footage a day, mostly 4:4:4 uncompressed. While the tools have progressed significantly, the process itself, and the rules, have changed surprisingly little.In this article, I'll cover the major issues you need to solve when shooting greenscreen footage. There will be future installments to discuss theory and keying technique. I will argue about 90% of the professionals out there do not use most of the information I will lay out here... and it makes their process much more difficult. I will say, everything we do in the Pixel Corps is designed to lower costs and accelerate delivery speed while constantly improving quality. We're not particular to be particular. We do everything because it shaves time or improves quality. Read More

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Red releases Details on “Scarlet”, “Epic” and more

Red releases Details on “Scarlet”, “Epic” and more

Red shows off new sensors and a whole new design.

By Alex Lindsay | November 13, 2008

Red has, at least on paper, turned the entire imaging world upside down. While "When and Whether" this comes to fruition is still up in the air, the stats are pretty impressive.I'm not going to regurgitate the stats. You can see the details on Red's web site.Here is the ADD upshot...Modular - You buy a body and then accessorize. This is the ultimate erector set of cameras. Add lenses, handles, batteries and interface as you like. Set it up as the still camera that shoots Video or a video camera that shoots stills. You can upgrade and interchange as you go. You can often trade accessories from the Scarlet to the Epic. It's the just the guts that set them apart.Scarlet at $2500...from 3k to 6k. From fixed to Canon/Nikon to Pro lenses. Get this...there's a controller on the Scarlet that you can pull off and operate the camera from up to 100ft...wirelessly. I wish I could do that with my F-950. I can see these cameras becoming the core of Industrial, small film, Pro-web video, TV and "hazardous" shooting.Epic starts more expensive but goes up to...261 Megapixel...at 50 fps...yea, crazy. 65 Megapixel was really enough for me. I'm clear we're looking at the end of the film...by 2010, digital will simply be passing the resolution and color depth of film. Especially looking at plates from films and videos...at 1080p here...I would never think about shooting film again.Red Code 225 and 500...we're talking CRAZY bandwidth (I don't think Red even knows how to do it).One of the most exciting things I saw at the Red Presentation was actually Apple's unveiling of a Red Transfer plug-in (developed by Red) that wraps the Redcode into a Quicktime wrapper (with Metadata). What does that mean? No transcoding, no proxies, AND you can open Color and work with the 4K source footage. This is a big big deal. I changes the whole pipeline (which has been fine but a little cumbersome). Adobe will also be releasing a dot release that supports Redcode directly. The pipeline is starting to form.Great stuff...more observations in the coming days and weeks. Read More

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