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Rating and Filtering in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 28, 2014

Guest Bill Davis takes us back to the basics this week.

One of the foundational building blocks for working in Final Cut Pro X is a firm grasp of  rating and filtering clips. This process utilizes Final Cut's underlying database model and its ability to leverage... Read More

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Cineform in Creative Cloud: render quality settings + more

By Rich Young | October 28, 2014

GoPro Cineform, aka the SMPTE ST 2073 VC-5 video compression standard, is a cross platform codec that in Creative Cloud piggybacks onto QuickTime (warts and all). The codec is available in Adobe video apps in CC 2014.1, and plays system-wide if you download the free player or free GoPro Studio app. GoPro Cineform is a wavelet-based codec that holds up well even after multiple encodes, and features full support for alpha and large frame sizes of 4K and beyond.

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Optical Kerning preference in After Effects

Edit the preference file for always on auto-kerning

By Rich Young | August 27, 2014

Optical kerning is a newer feature in Adobe apps. If you have a tendency to forget about kerning, be sure to enable Optical kerning, even it means occasionally overriding a font's built-in kern tables.

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Inventing the non-linear edit suite

How five different products were created from five different philosophies

By ChrisZwar | July 15, 2014

If you're developing a groundbreaking new product, where do you start?  The desktop video revolution was driven by the emergence of non-linear editing systems running on home computers, but adapting them for video production was a gradual process.  The products that were being... Read More

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Nebula construction in After Effects

By Rich Young | May 17, 2014

Nebulas can be created several ways in After Effects: with "cards in space" of real images, or generated by Fractal Noise or 3D particle systems, commonly fractal-displaced particle arrays like Trapcode Mir, Form, Hitfilm Atomic Particle, and other particle systems.

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The Art and Science of “THE BIG BANG THEORY”

The Art and Science of “THE BIG BANG THEORY”

Editor Peter Chakos and Assistant Todd Morris discuss their very funny workflow

By Steve Hullfish | March 31, 2014

One of the most popular shows on TV is “The Big Bang Theory.”

I spoke to the editor, Peter Chakos, and his assistant, Todd Morris about how they cut the show.

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The Art of the Cut: “12 Years a Slave” Editor, Joe Walker

The Art of the Cut: “12 Years a Slave” Editor, Joe Walker

An interview that turned into a must-read master class in editing

By Steve Hullfish | March 17, 2014

It’s not often that Hollywood’s stars publicly recognize the great stewardship that an editor of a film has of their performance. But it’s a long journey between what an actor emotes in front of a camera and the reception of that performance by an audience. The director certainly has a strong influence on that performance, but the editor (with the director’s guidance) is the final gatekeeper of the performance the audience sees and the context in which it’s seen.

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The Post Podcast Episode 9

The Post Podcast Episode 9

This week we talk to Jena Rappolt-Noyes, Product Manager Software for Tiffen DFX!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 25, 2013

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending Nov 24th, 2013, and we talk to Jena Rappolt-Noyes, Product Manager Software for Tiffen DFX!

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An NLE companion app is what I really wanted out of Avid Studio for iPad

Maybe we'll get something similar. Maybe from Avid, maybe from Apple, maybe from Adobe

By Scott Simmons | September 04, 2012

If you’ve been a user of the Avid Studio for iPad editing app then it’s worth noting that last week the new owners of the app, Corel, introduced the rebranded app as Pinnacle Studio 2.0. It’s a bit confusing as Avid sold the product (and a number of other assets) to Corel, Corel rebranded the iPad app to Pinnacle, there doesn’t seem to be a mention of it on Corel’s website, and while there is info on the Pinnacle site it still has an Avid banner at the top. Yes it’s confusing. Pinnacle Studio is free for now so go grab it if you have an iPad 2 or later. While it’s good to hear that Avid is recommitting itself to its professional users (hence selling consumer video products to Corel) I can’t help but lament the loss of the iPad app as there was some potential professional promise in that app that was never realized.

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F3 Act II

S-Log, 4:4:4 output and more as standard equipment.

By The Sony Tech Guy | August 10, 2012

It looks like the F3, but it's the F3/RGB.

Sony has refreshed the PMW-F3 Super 35mm camcorder, reconfiguring it as the PMW-F3/RGB. The last three letters signify that 10-bit 4:4:4 RGB output and 10-bit S-Log gamma-previously extra-cost options-are now standard equipment. In addition, we've introduced a free firmware upgrade-version 1.40, created an accessory LCD monitor hood, and launched two lenses: a PL mount zoom and an interesting FZ mount servo zoom. Read More

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Blackmagic’s camera - The dark art of digital cinematography (part4)

An exclusive four-part video interview with John Brawley, the professional cinematographer who's been helping Blackmagic Design with their upcoming 'Blackmagic Cinema Camera'. In the 4th and final part, John talks about post-production with the camera, and the implications of working with 12 bit RAW images.

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2012

Blackmagic Design attracted a huge amount of attention with their plans to release a digital camera. John Brawley, an Australian cinematographer, has been helping Blackmagic with the development by using the camera in real-world production environments to give them professional feedback. In our final part, John talk about post-production with the camera and the benefits of a RAW workflow. Read More

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Blackmagic’s camera - The dark art of digital cinematography (part3)

An exclusive four-part video interview with John Brawley, the professional cinematographer who's been helping Blackmagic Design with their upcoming 'Blackmagic Cinema Camera'. In part 3, John talks specifically about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, covering everything you've ever wanted to know.

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2012

Blackmagic Design attracted a huge amount of attention with their plans to release a digital camera. John Brawley, an Australian cinematographer, has been helping Blackmagic with the development by using the camera in real-world production environments to give them professional feedback. In this four-part video interview, we chat about the art of cinematography, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and answer all your questions. Read More

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Blackmagic’s camera - The dark art of digital cinematography (part2)

An exclusive four-part video interview with John Brawley, the professional cinematographer who's been helping Blackmagic Design with their upcoming 'Blackmagic Cinema Camera'. In part 2, John talks about digital cinematography and his experience with digital cameras in general.

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2012

Blackmagic Design attracted a huge amount of attention with their plans to release a digital camera. John Brawley, an Australian cinematographer, has been helping Blackmagic with the development by using the camera in real-world production environments to give them professional feedback. In part 2 of this four-part video interview, John talks about his experience with digital cameras and digital production. Read More

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Blackmagic’s camera - The dark art of digital cinematography (part1)

An exclusive four-part video interview with John Brawley, the professional cinematographer who's been helping Blackmagic Design with their upcoming 'Blackmagic Cinema Camera'. In part 1, John talks about the art of cinematography.

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2012

Blackmagic Design attracted a huge amount of attention with their plans to release a digital camera. John Brawley, an Australian cinematographer, has been helping Blackmagic with the development by using the camera in real-world production environments to give them professional feedback. In this four-part video interview, we chat about the art of cinematography, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and answer all your questions. Read More

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Blackmagic’s camera - The dark art of digital cinematography (part1)

An exclusive four-part video interview with John Brawley, the professional cinematographer who's been helping Blackmagic Design with their upcoming 'Blackmagic Cinema Camera'.

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2012

Blackmagic Design attracted a huge amount of attention with their plans to release a digital camera. John Brawley, an Australian cinematographer, has been helping Blackmagic with the development by using the camera in real-world production environments to give them professional feedback. In this four-part video interview, we chat about the art of cinematography, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and answer all your questions. Read More

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Making the Switch from FCP7 to Avid MC6

FCP to MC6 Thesaurus

By Steve Hullfish | July 07, 2012

With so many people looking for an NLE to replace FCP7, it's natural that people are turning to Avid.

I've moved between editing systems often, and I can relate to the apprehension and frustration of moving to a new NLE. I often describe this process like learning a new language: you already know how to communicate, but now you need to do it with new words and new grammar.

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Isis: Enabling a Pro Collaborative Workflow

Isis: Enabling a Pro Collaborative Workflow

By Steve Hullfish | June 28, 2012

The ability to work well in a shared, creative community is a key requisite for any professional editing solution used in producing today's feature films and prime time TV shows. As the hands-down leader in the development of integrated media environments for the post production industry, Avid understands this better than most. Read More

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The ?ARRI M40? Outshines the Competition at NAB 2012

See why this light is in such high demand

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 25, 2012

We asked John Gresch, ARRI Vice President of Lighting Products, to tell us more about the products ARRI had to show at NAB 2012 and he gave us some details about the ARRI M40. It offers more light than what you'd get from a traditional power lamp and features the ARRIMAX reflector. Read More

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See the Reach of Libec’s SWIFT JIB50 Telescopic Arm Jib

The SWIFT JIB50 was on display at NAB 2012

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 24, 2012

We talked with Jose Larios, Sales and Marketing for Libec of America, to learn more about their SWIFT JIB50. The product is equipped with a telescopic arm that can be easily adjusted by simply turning the arm's lock levers. In addition, the jib can be retracted at both ends. Read More

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Schneider Optics Puts Their 50mm Tilt-Shift Lenses on the C300

See how the lens fits onto and works with the camera

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | May 24, 2012

Niki Mustain from Schneider Optics took the time to tell us about the Tilt/Shift Lenses they were showing off at NAB. The high-resolution optics are combined with a precise zero-play mechanism in a lens housing ensuring long-term stability required for professional photography. Read More

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