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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 2

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 2 - Common Tasks

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 30, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than the second lesson in this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors : Lesson 1

Let's Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors - In Lesson 1 - Sequences

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 29, 2014

If you've just made the switch from FCP7 to Media Composer 7, than this five part tutorial series will help you make the transition as smooth as possible!

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 5

Let's wrap up our look at how to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson - Delivering Your Finished Project

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 29, 2014

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

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Tips for Maintaining Gainful Employment

Common Sense Workplace Etiquette

By Woody Woodhall | January 26, 2014

In the spirit of the New Year and of making the most out of the potential of another circle around the sun, I wanted to take a closer look at the ethics and attitudes of those people in our business who work and seem to work all the time. Some employees just have a sense about not only doing... Read More

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Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Mission: Connect two balanced XLR mics to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, bypassing the iDevice’s inferior preamp and A>D converter

By Allan Tépper | January 11, 2014

In prior articles, we have established that the best audio quality on iOS devices is achieved when connecting digitally, thus bypassing their inferior preamp and internal A>D converters. We have also discovered that starting with iOS 7, iPhones and iPod Touches can now join the digital party, together with iPads. It’s easy to connect a single (compatible) USB mic to your iDevice, but what about connecting two mics digitally? In this article, I’ll compare devices from ART, Avid, Roland, SoundDevices, and Tascam, between US$79 and US$899, from specs/features to actual recording samples.

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RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

Many improvements have been added to the RØDE Rec audio app since the last time we saw it with a different name.

By Allan Tépper | January 08, 2014

RØDE Rec is the new name of an extremely powerful —yet inexpensive— audio app for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch I have covered previously, in several articles and ebooks back in 2012, by its original name. The renowned Australian microphone manufacturer (RØDE) actually took the core of the original app and invested a year of custom development to improve it. Ahead we’ll cover the improvements, and point out the only missing details that I’d really like them to add.

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Avid Quick Tip Tuesday - Tip 1

Finding Old Audio Effects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 07, 2014

In the first of a new tutorial series exclusive to PVC, Kevin P McAuliffe shows all you Avid Editors out there, how to get back old audio effects that you thought were lost! Read More

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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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