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New Adobe Creative Cloud Applications Now Available

New Adobe Creative Cloud Applications Now Available

Significant upgrades to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and other pro video tools

By Eric Philpott | June 17, 2013

The wait is over: the new Creative Cloud applications are now available. Creative Cloud members can download all the latest Creative Cloud video tools including After Effects CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, SpeedGrade CC, and Adobe Story CC Plus. Creative Cloud... Read More

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The Punk Rocker Who Became a Filmmaker

The Punk Rocker Who Became a Filmmaker

Richard Jobson uses all Adobe pipeline on Wayland’s Song

By Eric Philpott | May 31, 2013

We really pushed the boundaries of what you can do with the Creative Cloud software. For me, it's almost like being in a punk band again with Adobe: SpeedGrade and After Effects are my drummer and my bass player and Premiere Pro is my guitarist, who’s been getting much better. I have my... Read More

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NAB 2013: Version 11 of Pro Tools finally cures its Achilles’ heel

NAB 2013: Version 11 of Pro Tools finally cures its Achilles’ heel

Finally Pro Tools will be able to “bounce” and export quickly, instead of in real time.

By Allan Tépper | April 11, 2013

Forget about its brand-new engine, 64-bit architecture, and expanded metering. The most important improvement I see in the palindromic version 11 of Pro Tools is that with this update, the renowned audio editing tool from Avid will finally cure its Achilles’ heel. I am talking... Read More

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NAB 2013: Tascam DR-60D DSLR Audio Recorder

Much better than recording on the camera...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

Most DSLRs have dismal audio sections.  Tascam has a cost-effective solution to this issue.

 

 

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NAB 2013:  What’s New From Porta-Brace?

New bags, both soft and hard...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 08, 2013

It's always fun to check in with our friends from Vermont.

 

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REVIEW:  Blackmagic Designs Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

A lot of potential in a slab of aluminum

By Bruce A Johnson | March 12, 2013

(Music cue:  Also Sprach Zarathustra) (Lights come up on a monolith, perfectly rectangular and black as death)

OK, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic.   However, it is hard to have a first look at the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle and not instantly... Read More

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WooWave - the automated syncing software with the funny name

While affordable and simple to use, my syncing results weren't very encouraging

By Scott Simmons | March 11, 2013

I’ve made no secret of my love for PluralEyes, the auto-syncing tool that came to market a few years ago. It has saved me countless hours in the edit suite doing that most menial of tasks: syncing. A competitor popped up a while back (not counting Final Cut Pro X’s built-in option) called WooWave. It’s certainly a quirky name that fits this quirky tool. But the most important question is this: how well does WooWave sync? I put it through my usual battery of syncing tests to find out. The results weren’t so great.

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Why did Apple drop Castilian video subtitles and soundtracks in iTunes 11.02?

Why did Apple drop Castilian video subtitles and soundtracks in iTunes 11.02?

Open Letter to Apple AT2013.c, for the iTunes development team

By Allan Tépper | March 01, 2013

When I published two separate Open Letters to Apple less than two weeks ago (links ahead), I didn’t expect to be publishing a third to the same company so soon. With the “update” to iTunes 11.02, Apple has just downgraded a function in the iTunes which I have... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat Day 2

ATSC 3.0, the Olympics in 8K, and more...

By Adam Wilt | February 20, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference (plus Monday bonus session) for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. Day 2 covered design considerations for HDR displays, ATSC 3.0 and the future of TV, broadcasters' concerns, mobile DTV, 8K UHDTV, and... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat Day 1: Super-sized Session: More, Bigger, but Better?

Looking at HFR, HDR, high-res, immersive sound, and more...

By Adam Wilt | February 19, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference (plus Monday bonus session) for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. The program for this year's show is online at http://www.hpaonline.com/2013-program and the opening "Super-sized Session" was on "More,... Read More

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Exporting Audio Components and Roles in Final Cut Pro X

On this week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 05, 2013

 

On this week's MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks about exporting roles and individual audio components from Final Cut Pro X.   Since there are no "tracks" in Final Cut Pro X, audio is assigned to "roles" as a form of metadata. The audio from... Read More

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Vimeo quietly embraces 48 kHz audio; documents non-integer framerates

Vimeo quietly embraces 48 kHz audio; documents non-integer framerates

Unexpectedly and without any press release, Vimeo has resolved two of my few criticisms.

By Allan Tépper | January 11, 2013

Since I published the article 11 things I love about Vimeo Pro (Pro Video Coalition, November 2012), I have had at least two pending articles about Vimeo’s general service and their upcoming Pay-Per-Vew service, about which I wrote briefly in December. It has taken a while, but... Read More

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Review: iRig Pre XLR mic preamp for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Review: iRig Pre XLR mic preamp for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Now there is a better way to connect your pro XLR mic to your iPhone.

By Allan Tépper | December 18, 2012

Back in 2009, I published an article called How to connect your pro XLR microphone to your iPhone. At that time, it required a special cable adapter that I had to order from the Netherlands and shipped to the USA, and that was a passive device which depended entirely upon the iPhone’s own internal preamp. At that time, it cost €30.28 (about US$39.74) including freight to Miami. Now a new solution has arrived, and it is called the iRig Pre. For approximately the same price, the iRig Pre pre-amplifies the mic signal for better performance, and also offers optional phantom power in case you want to use a condenser microphone.

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After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Spotting Dialog

After Effects Apprentice Free Video: Spotting Dialog

...including creating layer markers with duration indicators.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 14, 2012

As we mentioned recently, we've been updating our After Effects Apprentice video courses to reflect changes in the third edition of the book. One shortcoming of previous editions of the book that we corrected with this version is to give audio better coverage, including a new exercise on mixing music and dialog together. In this movie, we demonstrate spotting individual phrases in dialog that we might want to highlight or base our animation around, and mark them including noting their duration (in contrast to spotting music, where we tend to mark just percussive instances in time). 

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FiLMiC Pro 2 can finally record correct 48 kHz audio!

After a very long wait, FiLMIC Pro 2 for certain iOS devices can finally record correct 48 kHz audio!

By Allan Tépper | November 23, 2012

After a very long wait and multiple requests of the developer, version 1.2 of FiLMiC Pro 2 for certain iOS devices can finally record correct 48 kHz audio! For those unfamiliar, FiLMiC Pro 2 is the relatively new incarnation of the original iOS app called FiLMiC Pro, and is offered separately for US$4.99 (or a similar amount in your region). Unlike the original version, FiLMiC Pro 2 is only compatible with later iOS devices which feature a faster processor. Ahead in this article you’ll see which exact models iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches are compatible, and some changes I’d still like made in the audio portion of the app.

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Audio Technica BPHS1 broadcast headset with dynamic mic: review + comparison

In this article I review the BPHS1’s construction, specs, and applications, and include comparative recordings with another microphone.

By Allan Tépper | November 18, 2012

Head mounted microphones have specific virtues, including isolation, consistent distance between mouth and element, elimination of the cost & complexity of mounting gear, and -in some cases- built-in listening devices. I have been anxious to compare the BPHS1 broadcast headset with the AT2005USB hybrid mic, which I’ve already covered in three articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine, and in one ebook which is available in two languages. Thankfully, Audio Technica obliged my request and sent me a review unit of the BPHS1, so ahead you’ll find my comments on its construction, specs, applications, and cost analysis, followed by recordings, subjective analysis, and conclusions.

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Review: Blue Mikey Digital

Review: Blue Mikey Digital

A $99 digital stereo microphone and line-in adapter for recent-model Apple iDevices.

By Adam Wilt | November 01, 2012

Mikey Digital on an iPhone 4S running Voice Memo.

Blue Microphones recently started shipping the Mikey Digital, an add-on stereo mike for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPod touch 4G (iOS 6 only), and Blue offered to lend me one for review. I'd been intrigued by earlier, analog Blue Mikeys at trade shows, so I jumped at the chance to look at—and listen to—this digital descendant. Read More

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You can hear T©pper on NosillaCast episode 384

Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast asked Allan T©pper to help with a listener's question about microphones and how to isolate background sound from a waterfall.

By Allan Tépper | September 17, 2012

Last week I was happily surprised when Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast invited me to participate in her episode 384. The tagline of the NosillaCast describes the program as being: “a tech geek podcast with an ever so slight Macintosh bias”. Allison asked me to help her answer a question from one of her listeners about microphones, specifically a situation where it is necessary to isolate from some strong background noise. Allison remembered that this is one of several points I covered in my most recent book, Hybrid USB/XLR microphones: the missing workflow for independent voice talent and podcasters. If you’re not already subscribed to the NosillaCast, listen to episode 384 at the following link.

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JuicedLink takes our dynamic mic challenge even further, to a full range of audio tests

JuicedLink now does dynamic mic test comparisons with equipment from Beachtek, Edirol, Sound Devices, Tascam, and Zoom.

By Allan Tépper | September 07, 2012

Back in July, I published JuicedLink video illustrates audio quality with DSLRs via RiggyAssist versus an H4n recorder. After that, I asked Robert Rozak from JuicedLink to repeat his test using a dynamic microphone, since that way both preamps (the one in the H4n and the one in the Riggy-Assist from JuicedLink would need to work harder, since they’d receive a lower level from their respective mic. Fortunately, he did, and in August I published JuicedLink accepts our dynamic microphone challenge; re-does comparison test. Now Robert has taken our request even further, to a full range of tests, which include comparisons with equipment from Beachtek, Edirol, Sound Devices, Tascam, and Zoom.

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Using Premiere Pro & After Effects CS6 SmartSound Plug-Ins

A quick and easy round-trip workflow for creating and editing your music soundtrack!

By Jeff Foster | August 24, 2012

SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 is not only amazing soundtrack scoring software, but also a collection of royalty-free music clips that are fully customizable, with features like Mood Mapping and Timing Control. You can easily pull out select instruments and "write" a complete score of any length you wish. With the Sonicfire Pro 5 software and the Premiere Pro or After Effects plug-ins (CS5 and above), you can streamline this workflow with simple export functions and double-clicking the audio files right inside your timeline. Read More

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