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iOS 7 expands digital USB audio use with iPhone/iPod Touch

iOS 7 expands digital USB audio use with iPhone/iPod Touch

The iPhone and iPod Touch now work with many more USB audio devices than ever before.

By Allan Tépper | January 07, 2014

Although Apple apparently didn’t announce it as an official new feature of iOS 7, the recent update fortunately expanded the use of many more USB audio devices (i.e. USB microphones and audio USB interfaces) with the iPhone and iPod Touch, which was a privilege previously reserved only for the iPad and desktop/laptop computers, for many devices. Fortunately, this now means that devices like the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid dynamic microphone can now be used digitally with updated iPhones/iPod Touches, thus bypassing their own (lower quality) preamp and A-to-D converter and improving audio quality exponentially. Ahead I’ll cover the details.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 4

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson - Effects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 06, 2014

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part four of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Adding Handle to Sound Bites

Adding Handle to Sound Bites

using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 06, 2014

Whether you’re working on documentaries, reality television, corporate videos, or any of a number of situations where you have talent being interviewed on-camera, you’ve probably run into this scenario: The talent is giving a long speech, perhaps unrehearsed. In the middle of that speech is a really good sound bite you’d like to pull out and use in isolation. However, the talent didn’t pause enough frames before and/or after that sound bite to cleanly edit it into your program - and the director on set didn’t catch it and make them say the line over.

There are a couple of time-honored “solutions” to this problem, including muting the audio before and after the desired sound bite, freezing the video to extend the handle, or performing a split edit - cutting the video separately from the audio. However, all of these compromises can look distracting, taking the viewer out of the flow of the program.

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 3: with GH3

Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 3: with GH3

Part 3: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera.

By Allan Tépper | January 06, 2014

For part 3 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I visited Luna Studio in Miami Lakes, Florida, to test audio with his Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip done with his camera and the AT2005USB from Audio Technica, currently my favorite handheld hybrid dynamic microphone.

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Rumbling Under the Radar

Rumbling Under the Radar

Our audio chain has been compromised because we took a common switch for granted.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 05, 2014

Last year we revamped our voiceover recording chain, replacing a microphone and “voice channel” (a microphone preamp with additional signal processing) that were both dying. Both replacements - a KEL Song Sparrow large-diaphragm condenser microphone and Presonus VXP voice channel - are excellent tools in isolation. However, we overlooked something in their combination that has come back to bite us. Please learn from our mistakes...

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Moving on Up to the Creative Cloud, the State of the VFX Industry and NLE Updates Galore

Moving on Up to the Creative Cloud, the State of the VFX Industry and NLE Updates Galore

The Year in Review on ProVideo Coalition: 2013

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 05, 2014

2013 saw a number of announcements and updates from the biggest names in the industry, but really that’s the case every year. Specifically, NLE systems saw a huge amount of love as the big three (Adobe, Avid and Apple) all updated their software while Adobe completely changed... Read More

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After Effects 12.2 Audio Bug…

After Effects 12.2 Audio Bug…

...and a simple workaround (whew)

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 04, 2014

There’s been a bit of a panic among some After Effects users about a bug introduced in the December 2013 update to After Effects CC (also known as AE 12.2). Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround until Adobe gets a bug fix issued.

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Part 2: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

By Allan Tépper | December 31, 2013

For part 2 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I got together with Ríchard Izarra in one of his extremely brief visits to Miami to test audio with his new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip.

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 3

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, Editing, Audio Mixing and Title Creation.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 27, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part three of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 2

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, acquiring your footage!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 20, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part two of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 1

Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 1

Want to get a jump on learning Avid Media Composer? You've come to the right place!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 17, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part one of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 1: with Canon 7D

BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 1: with Canon 7D

In part 1, we review design, a unique feature, specs, and performance with a Canon 7D.

By Allan Tépper | December 05, 2013

I was happily surprised when BeachTek recently contacted me regarding their DXA-SLR PRO audio interface. Ahead you’ll see part 1 of my review, including design, a unique feature, specs, and preamp performance with a Canon 7D camera, thanks to Acquest Multimedia. Upcoming articles will cover its use with other types of cameras, including both the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and traditional video cameras.

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Spotting (and Solving) Sync Issues

Spotting (and Solving) Sync Issues

Not all cameras that shoot video record the audio in sync. And no, your auto-sync software isn't going to fix it for you.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 03, 2013

Short Version: If you haven’t already heard, not all cameras that shoot video (for example, DSLRs like the Canon 5D mkII) record their own audio in sync with the video. This causes problems whether you’re using camera audio, dual system audio, or have a multi-camera shoot. Therefore, it’s essential to test your camera (particularly if it’s not primarily a “real” video camera) and to compensate for this potential issue. If this is news to you (or if you’ve been ignoring it), read on.

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All the 2013 Black Friday Deals in one place

All the 2013 Black Friday Deals in one place

Is the software you want on sale? I'll be updating this list up until the weekend!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 26, 2013

I'll be updating this list up until Black Friday, to keep everyone up to date on the great sales happening around the "post" web!

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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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Don’t Just Get The Shot

Capture Additional Audio On-Set

By Woody Woodhall | November 20, 2013

Filmmakers often ask what they can do to make their projects sound better.  They are all looking for that one great tip and expecting an awe-inspiring “aha!” insight.  However, recording, editing and mixing sound is no different than any other part of the... Read More

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The Post Podcast Episode 8

The Post Podcast Episode 8

After Effects Legend Brian Maffitt discusses AE's start, being a Guru, Total Training, and what improvements AE needs today!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 18, 2013

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending Nov 17th, 2013. Kevin talks about some people he thinks you should be following on Twitter & we talk to Brian Maffitt, After Effects Legend & CEO of Total Training.

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Will Read: An Integrated Approach to Filmmaking

By Eric Philpott | November 14, 2013

“Better tools are allowing films and videos to be finished by fewer people who have greater control, resulting in better programmes with a clearer creative voice. ”

- Will Read

London-based filmmaker Will Read is part of the new generation of digital... Read More

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Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

A year ago, Manuela Santana migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but unusual circumstances made her return to FCP.

By Allan Tépper | November 12, 2013

A year ago, professional editor Manuela Santana abandoned FCP X and migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but has just returned to FCP. This article will explain why an unusual discovery about footage shot with FiLMiC Pro made Manuela go back to FCP.

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Creative Uses of the Range Tool in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 12, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores the Range tool in Final Cut Pro X.

The Range tool - found in the Tools menu or invoked with the keyboard shortcut "R" - has a surprisingly large number of uses throughout the editing of a... Read More

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