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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating Animated Background Beds

A job normally reserved for After Effects can easily be done in your Media Composer timeline.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 27, 2015

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to create a background bed for your text, right in your Media Composer timeline.  Using Timewarp, BCC Colorize (which comes with your MC subscription plan), the built in MC Blur effect, and a simple title, you can add some style, and save yourself all the time it takes to export your footage to a program like After Effects.

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48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

GarageBand’s lack of 48 kHz sampling rate even limits audio producers from making soundtracks for video

By Allan Tépper | February 17, 2015

The market is full of capable digital audio editing applications. I am familiar with many of them and have covered several. Many are capable of recording —and all are capable of editing and delivering — a final product of 44.1 or 48 kHz (or more) with a single glaring exception: GarageBand from Apple. That makes GarageBand kryptonite for video producers, and even for audio producers who either want to shoot themselves on video or ever produce a soundtrack for a video producer. Ahead we’ll review what this all means, including what audio sampling rate is, and best practices for a producing a music video.

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Accelerated File Uploads for Production & Post

Using UDP-based transfer protocols to speed file delivery.

By Chris Potter | February 15, 2015

As production and post workflows become increasingly distributed, the ability to send large source files quickly and reliably is becoming more important.

Unfortunately, upload speeds can be a huge bottleneck for people that want to move source files from one place to another over the Internet. Upload speeds aren’t increasing nearly as fast as file sizes. What may possible with HD source files is not possible when you move to a 4K workflow.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #12

with tidbits on related apps

By Rich Young | February 10, 2015

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. There's a bit more about audio lately, though AEP is still playing catchup on Premiere news.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 2: RED 4K Offline/Online in v8.3

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 08, 2015

In the second part of our look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at a RED offline/online scenario working totally in 4K, with a little help from REDCINE-X PRO.

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A roundup of 70+ After Effects roundups

AEP topic roundups, including Premiere Pro

By Rich Young | February 03, 2015

Here's a roundup (ok, list) of AE Portal topic roundups on PVC. Many of them have been updated since their initial release. Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 1: HD Projects

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 01, 2015

In this first of a two part look at working in 4K in Media Composer, we look at the scenario of a client shooting 4K material, for a project that will only ever see the light of day in HD.

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Media Composer Quick Bite 1

"Working with Photoshop Guides" for Media Composer editors

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 31, 2015

Media Compser editors know that our Title safe and Picture safe guides are an essential part of our titling workflow.  Working in Photoshop is no different, but sometimes I see editors run into problems with their guides in Photoshop, and just need a little push in the right direction. Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 3

Let's wrap up our look at creating DVD's by building them in our favorite DVD creation applications

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 24, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, I'm going to show you four different DVD burning applications, and how simple they are to use, when creating your screening DVD's!

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Review - Wipster

Can something so simple and free be any good? Yes, yes it can!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 21, 2015

There have been a couple of great articles here on PVC in the last little while about Review and Approval.  Scott Simmons had an article that focused on the Review and Approval options for you out there, and Dorian Heller had posted his look at Wipster.  Well, with this review, I hope to take Dorian’s great review, and expand on it with my own take on Wipster, and look at not only the product itself, but the man behind it, Rollo Wenlock, Wipster's CEO, and his vision for the company. Read More

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Audio Splits, Stems & Elemental Tracks

Additional Mixes for The Longevity of Your Project

By Woody Woodhall | January 19, 2015

A post sound mixer's main task is to create an awe inspiring mix that enhances and elevates the story being told.  But, post mixers' responsibilities are far more than just creating a great soundtrack. Using sophisticated digital tools, the mixer must be sure to meet and exceed all... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 2

Let's compress our files with an application you might already have at your disposal.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 15, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you that no matter what compression application you have, whether it Sorenson Squeeze, Adobe's Media Encoder or even Apple's Compressor, with a little forethought, you will be creating your M2V and AC3 files, lightning quick!

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Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

From January 26–29, Allan Tépper will give seminars in México City.

By Allan Tépper | January 15, 2015

From January 26–29, I’ll be giving four tech seminars in México City. Actually, three of the four will be tech (audio/video/podcast production/post/distribution), while the first presentation will be free, and will be about language issues. All four presentations will take place in México City, and will be presented in Castilian/castellano (aka “Spanish”). Details ahead.

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First look: Cinema FV–5 for Android, similar to FiLMiC Pro for iOS

First look: Cinema FV–5 for Android, similar to FiLMiC Pro for iOS

With USB audio coming to Android, I began to explore Cinema FV–5 and initiated talks with the developer.

By Allan Tépper | January 15, 2015

I recently covered how proper digital USB audio is coming to Android (link ahead), which means that iOS devices like iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch will now face some healthy competition for audio/video production. That’s why I purchased and began conversing with the developer of an Android app called Cinema FV–5, which is similar to FiLMiC Pro on iOS. Initially, I’ll be using Cinema FV–5 with the Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor (f/2.0 aperture, 13MP, 4K DCI and UHD) in the OnePlus One phablet/phone. Ahead you’ll see features, a demo, and the developer’s response to my first comments and questions.

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Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 13, 2015

Why would you want a separate app to sync audio and video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Sam Mestman from FCPworks.com returns to make the case for Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X.

As he explains to Steve Martin of Ripple Training, Sync-N-Link X not only... Read More

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IK Multimedia: Android will finally receive proper USB audio support

IK Multimedia: Android will finally receive proper USB audio support

Thanks to IK Multimedia, many Android devices should receive proper USB audio support soon.

By Allan Tépper | January 10, 2015

For the past few years, I have been covering many third-party USB audio devices for iOS phones and tablets in ProVideo Coalition magazine, including digital microphones and audio interfaces with built-in A>D conversion. Even though I am a Mac user who prefers Android for my mobile phone, I have so far emphasized iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) since there has been such weak support for digital USB audio with Android. This was supposed to change with Android 5 (Lollipop). However, there have still been latency issues. IK Multimedia promises to be the hero to resolve this soon for certain Android phones and tablets. Details ahead.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 1

Creating DVD screeners is trickier than it seems in Media Composer, unless you think things through first!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 01, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you how to create SD screening DVD's from HD, 2K, 4K and UHD projects.  If you don't think through what you're doing, you could run into trouble quicker than you think.

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Master the Art of 4K Editing in Avid Media Composer

Lesson 1: Setting Up 4K Projects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 31, 2014

4K is all the rage now, whether you're actually editing projects in 4K or not, is another question, but having the tools at your disposal is essential, so when you get that call from your client, you're all set to go!

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REVIEW - Genarts Sapphire 8

One of the leaders in effects is back, but is version 8 worth your time and money?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 30, 2014

I know a lot of people in the industry, both users and developers alike.  I know almost the entire teams at Boris FX, Coremelt, Digital Anarchy, Rampant Design Tools, Imagineer Systems, and many others, but I’ll be honest.  I’ve always found Genarts to be a glass ceiling... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 8 - What’s new in v 8.3

Let's take a look at the new features in the new Media Composer 8.3 update

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 20, 2014

The newest update to Avid Media Composer gives us access to higher than HD resolution(s), a new codec (DNxHR), and a few other bells and whistles that you'll definitely want to check out!

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