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Now Shipping: Veydra Mini Primes for Micro Four Thirds

Kickstarter-funded MFT cine primes are being delivered. They look good.

By Adam Wilt | March 02, 2015

[Update 12:05pm PST: 12mm prototype to arrive in April]

The first four Veydra Mini Primes for micro four-thirds cameras, announced on Kickstarter last November and previewed here in December, started shipping last Monday to Kickstarter backers, resellers Hot Rod Cameras and Duclos... Read More

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Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

More XAVC Long GOP compatibility reports are now coming out of the woodwork.

By Allan Tépper | February 28, 2015

I recently published an article about the breakthrough pro XAVC Long GOP códec/format from Sony, which is the third group of XAVC born in 2012. In the first article, I covered the status of third party software that support professional XAVC Long GOP. Since then, more compatibility reports are coming out of the woodwork. Ahead is a compatibility update, and even a video from a Canadian reader.

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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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Codex Multi-Camera Recorder

Alexa Mini partner

By Dan Carr | February 27, 2015

 

Alongside the launch of the exciting looking ARRI ALEXA Mini a few days ago, long-time ARRI partner Codex, revealed a new multi-camera recorder.  The recorder features 8 HD-SDI inputs meaning that up to 4 simulatneous ARRIRAW streams can be recorded with a total... Read More

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Miller Air Carbon Fiber Tripod System Review

Lightweight, affordable DSLR focused support

By Dan Carr | February 27, 2015

The Air Tripod System Range is comprised of the Air Alloy and Air Carbon Fiber and both feature the same Air Fluid Head.  The Air Tripod System is billed as a lightweight and affordable option for DSLR users, though a Canon C100 MKII or similar would... Read More

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Studio Binder - Call Sheets Simplified

By Dan Carr | February 26, 2015

 

Studio Binder is a new cloud-based production tool that's looking to simplify the call time process for cast and crew.  The service lets you store projects and cast/crew information in the cloud, delivering a simple interface to schedule call times to all... Read More

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Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

The third category of Sony’s XAVC is the most enticing for me.

By Allan Tépper | February 25, 2015

Back in 2012, Sony deployed the first version of XAVC, one that can offer color depths of 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit and chroma subsampling of 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4. That first version is i-frame and found on very high-end cameras. Then Sony released the consumer version, XAVS S, which is Long GOP up to 4:2:0 and 8-bit and is found in such cameras as the A7S. But the most enticing version (for me) is the professional XAVC Long GOP, which offers up to 4:2:2 10-bit in cameras like the PXW-X70 at up to 50 megabit/second. More ahead…

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Creating a Night Sky in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 24, 2015

Because the night...belongs to us!

I couldn't say it better than Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen but this week on MacBreak Studio, I do try to show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to "take back the night" by creating a night sky scene from scratch in Motion, using... Read More

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7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working

By Bobby Marko | February 23, 2015

The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Even though I often self produce my own films, I’m like everyone else who relies on actual... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Final Thoughts

What just happened? Plus, Mark's fiendish quizzes

By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2015

[Updated 10:53 PST 18 Feb: Quiz 5 winner]

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering of some of the sharpest minds in post, production, broadcast, and distribution – and the 2015 Retreat is now over. As Leon Silverman and Jerry Pierce like to ask, what just... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 3: DaVinci Resolve Roundtripping

Let's take a look at how easy it is to have DaVinci Resolve team up with Media Composer to get your 4K projects looking awesome!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 17, 2015

In the last of our 3 part introductory look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at taking your Media Composer timeline, sending it via AAF to DaVinci Resolve, have Resolve open your DNxHR media, and then send it back to Media Composer for final client approval!

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Managing Sound Effects in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 17, 2015

How do you preview sound effects in Final Cut Pro X?

If you've been using the Sound and Effects Browser, Steve Martin from Ripple Training has a great tip for you today. In this week's edition of Mac Break Studio, he shows us a method for storing, filtering, and... Read More

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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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Calling Mr. Blue Sky

Secondary Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X

By Mark Spencer | February 16, 2015

In this Under 5 episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training demonstrates how to boost the color in the sky using Final Cut Pro X's Color Mask and Color Board.

 

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Davinci Resolve: Roundtripping with Final Cut Pro X

A workflow overview in under 5 minutes

By Mark Spencer | February 16, 2015

In this Under 5 episode, Alexis Van Hurkman from Ripple Training shows you how to export a project out of Final Cut Pro X as an XML, import it into DaVinci Resolve while maintaining the effects and assets of the Final Cut Project, and then send the final result back to Final Cut Pro... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Day 4

SMPTE, AXF, MPEG-H, lightfield capture, QC, analysis, optimization, and more... even a half-day is chock-full.

By Adam Wilt | February 13, 2015

From SMPTE updates to the speed of future Ethernet and a really-big announcement from Belden's Steve Lampen, plus the post-retreat treat, which – unusually – is not a Mark Schubin confection.

[Updated 13:35 PST: Final]

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Day 3

Acquisition, creative intent, the cloud, not your mama's post, and more

By Adam Wilt | February 12, 2015

At the Tech retreat today: technical aspects of 4K capture, grading colorspaces, ACES 1.0, and... wait for it... drones for dummies!

[Update 19:15 PST: Final again (save for any additional corrections); added missing Josh Pines preso and "Snowflakes to Standards" panel; added closing... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Day 2

Year in Review; Washington Update; UHD; CES; Broadcasters, and more

By Adam Wilt | February 11, 2015

 

From Mark Schubin's Intro and Year in Review, through Pete Putman's CES Review, it's day 2 of the Tech Retreat. Plus, we get to debate integer vs. fractional frame rates again, a topic that will never die.

[Updated 18:58 PST: Final except for fixups.]

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HPA Tech Retreat 2015 - Day 1

Supersession: Shift Happens – Not Your Father's Post – What’s going on here?

By Adam Wilt | February 10, 2015

Leon Silverman, Michael Cioni, and Mark Schubin start off the discussion of how post is – yet again – evolving.

[Updated 21:25 PST: Some typos fixed (including links to Mark's video clips). Final, except for various typo fixes and other corrections.]

The HPA... Read More

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Interweaving in 3D space in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 10, 2015

Can you wrap a light streak around text in Motion?

That's the question on this week's MacBreak Studio with Steve Martin from Ripple Training that I attempt to answer, using an example from an earlier episode on creating light streaks.

In that episode I... Read More

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