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Diffusion Confusion

What you need to know about glass filters in the digital age

By Art Adams | June 16, 2009

Digital filters are awesome for post image manipulation if you have enough bits to throw away. Glass filters, though, work at the highest resolution possible, in the camera head itself, and you'll never have a better image to tweak than that. Read More


Web video: The Top-Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Final Cut Pro…Ten Years Ago.

Great video full of good tips for the new Final Cut Pro user

By Scott Simmons | June 15, 2009

I don't know how I missed this video when it was posted back in March at the great editing blog Suite Take ... but I'm glad I found it now! The Top-Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Final Cut Pro…Ten Years Ago Read More


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Using the ND .90 Filter as a Preproduction Tool

Spot problem fabrics with an ND filter and a flashlight!

By Art Adams | June 11, 2009

During my last round of far red filter testing with the Sony F35/EX1/EX3, director of photography and testing cohort Lenny Levy discovered that far red contamination could be seen by eye under tungsten light simply by viewing fabrics through an ND .90 filter. Read More


3 tools for panning and zooming in Final Cut Pro

3 tools for panning and zooming in Final Cut Pro

The Ken Burns effect isn't just for iMovie

By Scott Simmons | June 11, 2009

Today a friend asked me what's the best option for creating the Ken Burns style effect for panning and zooming around a still image in Final Cut Pro. Of course iMovie actually has the Ken Burns effect that can be applied but in FCP you need a third party plug-in to do this properly. Sure you can import a still image and use the built-in Scaling via the Motion tab but if you've ever tried to have nice smooth ramps into and out of moves then you know it's a pain. There are alternatives. Here's 3 of varying price and complexity.

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Online Video Delivery with Kyte

Online Video Delivery with Kyte

Producing Video Podcasts host Rich Harrington Interviews Kyte about their video hosting network and features

By Richard Harrington | June 04, 2009

Author and video podcaster Richard Harrington discusses online video distribution with Cody Smith from at NAB 2009. Read More


Petition:  Apple, give us Blu-ray support in DVD Studio Pro!

Petition:  Apple, give us Blu-ray support in DVD Studio Pro!

It probably won't happen but at least we can sign a petition and try

By Scott Simmons | June 02, 2009

Apple's opinions on Blu-ray have been well documented and even their general thoughts on regular DVDs isn't all that strong these days. But no matter what Steve Jobs believes, out in the real world DVDs are still very popular and a lot of people do want Blu-ray options on their Macintosh and Blu-ray authoring in DVD Studio Pro. Adobe has added affordable Blu-ray support in Encore but that's not as affordable as it being added into something you already own - DVD Studio Pro.A Tweet began circulating this morning to sign an online petition called Apple, give us Blu-ray support in DVD Studio Pro! Who knows if Apple will listen but it doesn't cost anything to sign. When you do sign the petition it asks for you to set up an account or sign in with Twitter. I didn't do either, just supplied my name and my junk email, and it took my signature, creating a new account for me. The goal is 10,000 and it's only at 24 at the time of this writing so please sign up and send the message to Apple that we want Blu-ray in DVD Studio Pro ... and by that we would get Blu-ray support on the Mac OS as well an upgrade to DVD Studio Pro! Read More


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After Effects Tips 5: Going for a Scroll

Techniques to easily create scrolling banners, ticker tapes, and other graphics.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | May 30, 2009

It seems such a simple idea: a banner scrolls across the top or bottom of your comp, repeating the same few words over and over, and doing so seamlessly for as long as you need. Here's how to create such an animated banner in After Effects, using either the Offset (or Motion Tile) effect or the Autoscroll animation preset. If you have After Effects CS4 and would like to follow along, download the CS4 project file: Read More


Have You Ever Screwed up a Live Feed?

Have You Ever Screwed up a Live Feed?

Boy I have...

By Scott Gentry | May 27, 2009

I've made a few errors in my day, and when you're working with a live feed, you can be in for a world of hurt, embarrassment or both.Back in the day, I used to work at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. I did myriad of jobs including camera for the Giants, Jets, horse racing, special events and more. Over time, I took a regular position inside from the cold an managed the live simulcast of the horse racing from the Meadowlands. Not super glamorous mind you, but it was evening work, and it left my days free to pursue freelance and other such things.As you may know, the Canon lenses on the Ikegami's used there are incredible in their focal adjustments. From New Jersey, you could zoom in real tight to the Empire State building and as a man, whatever pretty young woman that might happen within view was ultimately a target (boy are men pigs or what?). With all men on camera and in the control room, except for one brave woman, the imagery and the communication over the headsets can get rather...interesting. Read More


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Why Does Blue Hurt So Much?

The 80A filter eats up more than twice the light of an 85. What gives?

By Art Adams | May 22, 2009

I never thought I'd worry about when to use an 80A filter. Designed to allow daylight film use under tungsten light, it eats up an incredible amount of light. Why would I ever do such a thing?I wouldn't... in film. Digital, however... if you shoot with a RED under tungsten light, the 80-series is a filter family you need to know intimately. Read More


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Tiffen tests new no-ND IR filter for EX1/EX3/F35

Crisp clean blacks, and only a half-stop light loss, make this new filter a winner

By Art Adams | May 19, 2009

The broadband dyes used in the Sony F35, EX1 and EX3 sensors work wonderfully well in most regards. They allow us to capture subtle hues of color that electronic cameras have not been able to capture in the past. Unfortunately this comes at a price: the red dye passes a little too much light at the edge of the visible spectrum, so the cameras see red in some places where our eyes don't. Read More


Canon 5D MKII Cut / Color / Compress Tutorial

How to cut in FCP, grade your sequence in Color, and Compress it for the web

By Matthew Jeppsen | May 18, 2009

Final Cut Prose Episode 4 - Cut Color Compress 5dmarkii footage from Peter Salvia on Vimeo.

Editor Peter Salvia has been posting a series of video tutorials on editing with Final Cut Studio. The following is an all-in-one tutorial on cutting Canon 5D MKII footage, color correcting and grading it in Apple Color, and exporting for the web with Compressor. If you are just getting started with Color, this tutorial should get you up and running quickly. It's a good, quick overview of common functions and workarounds you'll run into. Check out the video tutorial below. Read More


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Optically White Balance the RED with Schneider CTB Filters

Get the red out--and put some blue back in!

By Art Adams | May 12, 2009

The RED can capture some pretty amazing images in 5600k daylight, but it stumbles a bit when shooting in 3200k tungsten light. The Schneider CTB's help it get back on its feet. Read More


HBO’s Alzheimer’s documentary

HBO’s Alzheimer’s documentary

Upcoming documentary series looks to be a unique multimedia event

By Scott Simmons | May 06, 2009

Starting this Sunday, May 10, HBO Documentary Films is going to begin air a 4 part documentary series on Alzheimer's disease called The Alzheimer's Project. Normally I probably wouldn't promote or post about an HBO film but this series looks to be a bit more important than most. Alzheimer's disease is a cruel brain disease that affects over half of all Americans and has an indirect cost estimated at more than $148 billion annually. Any disease with that kind of broad reaching impact deserves a special event like this that HBO is producing. I've personally been affected by the disease as my mother suffers from Alzheimer's and I've seen the toll it can take on both the victims and their friends and family so I've been encouraging all that I can to watch this series. Read More


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Tiffen DFX 2 Digital Filters

Take your footage to the next level with this simple post option

By Art Adams | April 30, 2009

Tweaking footage for your reel is a huge advantage. Here's how to take your footage to the next level without taking on a second full-time job as a colorist. Read More


Tip: Force an After Effects Render not to Fail

Tip: Force an After Effects Render not to Fail

Had it with Out of Memory errors? Here's a hack to help in CS3 and CS4.

By Mark Christiansen | April 29, 2009

If you've ever tried rendering a composition made up of one or more large images - say, a single huge matte painting or several layers of 4k footage - you have probably encountered the dreaded Out of Memory error causing your render to fail. What to do about this? Read More


Convert RED Camera R3D Footage Losslessly, Painlessly, Confidently

Do it the way Autodesk recommends and don't fret about lost data

By Mark Christiansen | April 28, 2009

If you're a regular at this site you may recall 5 Tips to Maintain Sanity in RED Post.. The key point of that article was to assert that since you cannot write an R3D file, you must convert and it is best to do so early in order to save many wasted cycles processing full 4K (when the output is actually HD or less). Today's tip tells how to convert an R3D losslessly to either 10-bit Cineon or 16-bit TIFF, and it's backed up by a whitepaper from Autodesk. Read More


NAB 2009 Video - Adobe Flash and Story

Flash for settops and concept software for production

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 28, 2009

Adobe's big announcement at NAB seemed to be centered around the integration of Flash into settop boxes, bringing it into the livingroom. They also were showing a concept software product called Adobe Story, which helps round out their complete integration from initial creative concepts all the way through post-production. We stopped by for a demo of both announcements. Read More


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Tip: Use More than One Processor with Apple Compressor

If you're rendering with the defaults, you're doing it the slow way.

By Mark Christiansen | April 27, 2009

Today's tip is prompted by a tweet that appeared last evening from Jim Geduldick of and AENY, the NYC After Effects user group, reminding the owner of a new 8-core Mac that Compressor works best when using fewer than all 8 cores. The thing about that tip is, by default, Compressor only uses a single core to render regardless of how many are on your computer, so first you must understand how to get past that limitation. Read More


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Tip: Browse After Effects Scripts as if Looking for Plug-ins makes it easy to find what you need.

By Mark Christiansen | April 26, 2009

The point of scripts in After Effects is to reduce tedious tasks, although the best of them effectively add functionality because what they allow you to do would never be worth the trouble to do manually. Therefore if you find yourself faced with a tedious task, it's not a bad idea to try and find a script that will help. Some sites do this better than others, and today I'm highlighting Jeff Almasol's Redefinery as a site you can go visit right now and find the solution to one or many problems you've faced in the past, and are likely to re-encounter. Read More


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Tip: Play Anything - YouTube included - in QuickTime Mac with Perian

Open-source tool makes QuickTime playback nearly universal - but only on a Mac.

By Mark Christiansen | April 25, 2009

The QuickTime file format can be the cause of trouble in a production pipeline, with its moving-target gamma and all-or-nothing file integrity (if there's one corrupted frame in an .mov, forget about opening it and recovering the rest). QuickTime Player Pro, however, has many great features missing from other standalone players (including the fantastic VLC); it just requires that anything it opens be readable as a QuickTime movie. Although it seems at times to support other formats, they will often tend to open blank. Wouldn't it be great to just be able to double click any moving image file and open it in QuickTime? Read More