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Busy Person’s Guide to Color Correcting the Canon 5D

Busy Person’s Guide to Color Correcting the Canon 5D

In which I take some pretty footage and make it a lot prettier

By Art Adams | August 06, 2009

The 5D is fast and portable, but it's not a professional camera--so know going in that you're going to have to color correct whatever you shoot. Read More

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Abel Cine offers New Mattebox System for Canon 5D Mark II

Not just for cops anymore, custom donuts are mandatory for the Canon 5D

By Art Adams | August 05, 2009

On a recent shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II I lamented the lack of properly-sized donuts. Now, thanks to Abel Cine, I lament no more. Read More

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My First Shoot with the Canon 5D

For a still camera it shoots pretty nice HD

By Art Adams | August 04, 2009

The Canon 5D is a cinematic nightmare. In movie mode it's hard to see focus, difficult to set exposure, and it doesn't show you exactly what you're getting. It records to heavily compressed 8-bit H.264, and the only frame rate available is 30fps. Not 29.97--exactly 30p. It's a complete pain to use.And I love it. Read More

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After FCP7/FCS3… we still need DVKitchen!

After FCP7/FCS3… we still need DVKitchen!

FCP7 brings many welcome exporting/sharing features, but we still need DVKitchen for the following reasons

By Allan Tépper | August 02, 2009

Final Cut Pro 7 fortunately now offers many inboard "sharing" features which were very weak or non-existent before. Now FCP7 allows us to export to multiple formats and destinations in a single job (called "Back-End Batch Capability" in my DVKitchen review of March 2009). FCP7 even allows us to export "in the background", so we can keep on editing if we'd like. Thanks to FCP7's improved integration with Apple's Compressor, some of the encoded formats can be published directly to web destinations, whether they be MobileMe, YouTube, or even your own FTP server (after you've previously made a preset destination for it in Compressor). These are all welcome improvements, which are directly accessible from FCP7. However, DVKitchen is still a vital tool (especially if you're encoding for MobileMe, your own web server... or your client's web server), because it includes the following unique and must-have features not included in FCP7/FCS3. Read More

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Newsletter News

Keep an eye out for the third PVC Pipeline | Production newsletter in August!

By Scott Gentry | July 31, 2009

A few weeks ago, we published our sixth electronic newsletter: PVC Pipeline | Distribution, which included an overview of the mobile media scene, exploring new media production as a way of expanding your business, using Apple TV as a client review tool, using Adobe Encore to create quick web sites with embedded video, and a review of Sorenson Squeeze 5.1. Subscribers had exclusive access to these articles for the past few weeks. These articles are now available for all PVC visitors to view; a list of them is included below.We are about to publish our seventh newsletter, which will be the third edition of our PVC Pipeline | Production publication. It will include a review of the Sony HXR-MC1 camera by Adam Wilt, an "in the trenches" article by Richard Harrington on using waveform and vectorscope monitoring in the field, and more. To receive exclusive access to these articles before everyone else, click here for your free subscription! Read More

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Mobile Video: Distribution to the Fourth Screen

Mobile Video: Distribution to the Fourth Screen

An overview of the players in this complex game.

By Dan Warvi & Izzy Abbass | July 31, 2009

There is a lot of buzz these days about video distribution to cell phones. The idea of uploading an independent film, TV series pilot or even your demo reel to a place where anyone with an iPhone can see it sounds like "the next big thing." Unfortunately, the ease of distributing to mobile devices is not nearly as easy as uploading a video to YouTube - at least not yet.Over the next few articles, we'll look at some of the complexities and strategies for delivering video to mobile devices. We'll also look at how some trends will have an impact on production and distribution of video content. To begin with, let's look at one straightforward question - why mobile and how are we going to view video on mobile devices? Read More

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Sorenson Squeeze 5.1 Review

Sorenson Squeeze 5.1 Review

New Publishing presets deliver great workflow

By Steve Hullfish | July 31, 2009

PVC Reviews - The BackstoryThere's been some back-room discussion amongst the PVC writers about reviews. The general consensus being that since all of the PVC writers are actually folks just like you who are actually making a living as video professionals, instead of as "bloggers," we don't have the time or patience to review a bunch of crappy products that we'd never use in the course of trying to make a living. And since we wouldn't use bad products for projects involving real clients, and since we're too busy to do anything else, the reviews of products by PVC writers will tend to be fairly positive, more often than not. That doesn't mean they're not honest, it just means that they're well-informed purchases to begin with. That's certainly the case for this review. As background information, I've been using a number of compression products for several years: Squeeze has always been part of the arsenal; Apple Compression, of course; Adobe Media Encoder CS4, the Elgato Turbo-264 USB device; and my oldest compression product, ProCoder, which I haven't upgraded since 2002, I think. Read More

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RED+FCP: 3-channel Audio NG in STP

Yet another example of why you want to validate a new workflow on a small project!

By Adam Wilt | July 21, 2009

Just a quick note: I took a short piece shot on RED and sent the FCP edit into Soundtrack Pro. I found to my dismay that I was unable to apply almost any processing to most of the clips: no noise reduction, no add-on processing (as shown in the image). A bit of investigation followed: Read More

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Netflix vs Redbox rivalry shaping up

Extensive Selection vs Instant Gratification

By Matthew Jeppsen | July 08, 2009

Have you seen those red kiosks at Walmart and McDonalds locations across the US? If not, you probably will soon enough. With about 15,000 existing locations in operation, Redbox is currently rolling their $1 DVD rental kiosks out at a rate of one per hour. Cinematech's Scott Kirsner has a post about Redbox and their competitor, Netflix. Both offer DVD rentals, but using distinctly different approaches. Netflix's DVD title selection is extensive, with over 100,000 titles to choose from. In contrast, a Redbox kiosk carries around 200 titles at a given time. The difference is instant gratification...Redbox is an impulse purchase, made at a location you are likely shopping or frequenting. While Netflix does offer instant internet streaming options, it's not always the same for folks who don't have a computer hooked up to their entertainment system. I've used both services before, and while I wish the instant selection of Redbox was more extensive, there is no denying the price point and convenience. They also allow you to order a DVD online in advance (ala Netflix), for later pickup at your local kiosk. I honestly did not see Redbox as that useful when I first used the service, but am finding that we use it more and more. Regardless of which you personally use, I think there is one thing we can all agree on...the good 'ole fashioned Video Store is all but dead. Read More

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Please label tapes and disks: An open letter to DPs, camera ops, DITs

Please label tapes and disks: An open letter to DPs, camera ops, DITs

Just a simple label of format and frame rate will tell the editor a lot about what is on the tape or disk

By Scott Simmons | June 26, 2009

Man, there are a lot of high definition formats out in the world today. Just to spell them out would be a dizzying array of letters and numbers. 720p, 1080i, 23.98, 30p ... this list could literally go on and on so I won't even attempt a partial list other that what I have above. Just take a look at this HD format chart. That's a lot of different formats and it doesn't even take into account the different flavors of a particular format that camera manufacturers often come up with on their own.With that in mind this PVC post is an open letter to all DPs, ACs, camera ops, DITs, anyone and everyone associated with the camera department to please label their tapes and hard drives with the usable, relevant information of shooting format and frame rates, codecs and cameras so post-production will at least have an idea of what is being handed to them. Read More

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Black Glimmerglass and Hollywood Black Magic Filter Tests

Black Glimmerglass and Hollywood Black Magic Filter Tests

A camera assistant extraordinaire puts two new lines of diffusion filters through their paces

By Art Adams | June 23, 2009

World-class camera assistant Mako Koiwai recently shot a camera test with two new sets of diffusion filters: Black Glimmerglass from Tiffen and Hollywood Black Magic from Schneider Optics. He compared them to diffusion filter sets that he has in his own collection, which includes Tiffen Soft Effects and Schneider Classic Soft filters. Read More

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It…

...and I feel fine. (The iPhone 3G S and the next video revolution.)

By Alex Lindsay | June 22, 2009

I posted a fun little video about creating a shoulder mount rig for the iPhone 3G S on Friday. You can see it here.While done in a tongue and cheek way, the most important thing for Pros watching the video is actually the first minute. I was dead serious there. The new iPhone is a game changer... make no mistake about it. Read More

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The Case of the Two Licenses

"Royalty-free" music may still require a performance license.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | June 18, 2009

A question came up recently about what sort of licenses are required when marrying music to motion graphics (or any imagery edited or animated in time with music). It so happens there are two, which you may or may not need to worry about: Read More

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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

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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

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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 kyte.com at NAB 2009. Read More

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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: AE-Tips-5_scrolling_CS4.zip Read More

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