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Everyone Looks Sexy at 1000fps

I recently shot high speed tests on the RED and Phantom cameras. Come see which one makes me look most like a bionic dancer.

By Art Adams | April 01, 2010

One of my favorite clients recently pitched a project that requires shooting high-speed footage at 1000fps. To help them sell the concept I shot some tests comparing the RED ONE at 120 and 100fps to the Phantom HD Gold at 1000fps. Read More

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What Do You Love More…

What Do You Love More…

Your TV Or Your Smartphone?

By Bruce A Johnson | March 24, 2010

It isn't much of a secret that I work in broadcast television. I think I'm unique among the writers at PVC in that. So I pay a lot of attention to the Federal Communications Commission and whatever they are up to at any particular time.You have probably heard a bit about the FCC's new idea to expand broadband Internet access across the US - to make it happen, it wants to Kill Off Broadcast Television!Ooops, forgive me - I was reading from the playbook of the National Association of Broadcasters. Yeah, the same folks that have sat on enormous swaths of bandwidth since the dawn of the Radio Age and never paid a cent for the privilege to the owners - you and I, the American Public. The NAB sees it a little differently, of course - they will tell you endlessly about how much public service they deliver, through all that local programming they do! You know, like newscasts! And all that other...umm...wait, there isn't anything else but newscasts anymore, is there? (Newscasts that happen to be their biggest profit centers as well.) And a lot of independent (e.g., non-network affiliated, or many Fox) stations don't do news of their own at all, often buying newscasts from their in-market "competitors." Yeah, that's the intersection of journalism and capitalism at it's best, huh?Sounds like I'm mightily pissed-off at broadcasters, right? Well, hang on, because I'm just getting started. Do the Wayne's-World-finger-wipe in front of your eyes (go ahead, I'll wait...there, that'll do) and go back about four years, when the Digital TV Transition (fanfare goes here) was in full swing. Broadcasters had no better friend than the Consumer Electronics Association, who hyped the new HDTV technology like it was the Second Coming. Of course, as of last June, the DTV Transition (fanfare goes here) is over, and a fairly large number of Americans have already replaced their old TVs with HDTVs. So what does the CEA think of this?Headline from TWICE, the CEA's own news source:CEA Backs FCC Broadband PlanCEA says Time to evict TV stations from the airwaves! Gotta sell the next gimmick! (How can they split their attention between this and 3D-TV?) "Fickle" is a vast understatement for the friendship of the CEA, and if they want to sell a gadget by replacing whatever it is you do, watch your back - AND your wallet.And the FCC isn't blameless in this either. Again, less than a year after finishing the job of ripping up the foundation of television broadcasting, they announce they are going to rip it up AGAIN? These guys have the attention span of a gnat. The lawyer/consultants for my station sent out a synopsis of how the FCC Broadband Plan might affect TV stations. Here are a few excerpts:"...The FCC may seek early on to "repack" TV station allocations to free up Channels 46 - 51 for wireless broadband services. Stations on those channels would either go off the air or move down the band...The effect on all stations would likely be increased interference and smaller service areas.""Ultimately, the FCC wants 120 MHz (or 20 channels), suggesting an eventual repack down to Channel 30 or so. That seems impossible to accomplish without significant numbers of stations simply going off the air."Well, that certainly puts a different light on the NAB's paranoia. So why does any of this matter? If this is so important to the future of the US, why didn't we do this in concert with the DTV transition? For one, ten years ago few people could actually envision what "broadband" meant. But here we are in 2010, and one in five of us has in our pocket what would literally be considered a "supercomputer" only a decade ago, and it breathes that bandwidth that the FCC wants to "repack." So, I ask you...what do you value more?Your TV or your smartphone?Sounds like a stark choice, right? Well, it is. What do YOU think? Read More

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NewTek encores NAB TriCaster upgrade guarantee for NAB 2010

NewTek encores NAB TriCaster upgrade guarantee for NAB 2010

By Allan Tépper | March 08, 2010

NewTek, manufacturer of TriCaster portable live production systems and 3D software animation products, has just announced the NAB TriCaster Upgrade Guarantee Program. This renewed program means that NewTek customers can trade in any TriCaster purchased between January 15 and April 12, 2010 for full purchase price credit towards any new TriCaster product introduced at the 2010 NAB show, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from April 12 to 15. This is very reassuring for anyone who may have been holding back a purchase of a TriCaster until NAB. Read More

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NewTek encores NAB TriCaster upgrade guarantee for NAB 2010

NewTek encores NAB TriCaster upgrade guarantee for NAB 2010

By Allan Tépper | March 08, 2010

NewTek, manufacturer of TriCaster portable live production systems and 3D software animation products, has just announced the NAB TriCaster Upgrade Guarantee Program. This renewed program means that NewTek customers can trade in any TriCaster purchased between January 15 and April 12, 2010 for full purchase price credit towards any new TriCaster product introduced at the 2010 NAB show, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from April 12 to 15. This is very reassuring for anyone who may have been holding back a purchase of a TriCaster until NAB.Click here to read the rest of Allan's thoughts on the NewTek TriCaster upgrade plan. Read More

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When using YouTube jeopardizes your own content rights, leverage, and bargaining power

When using YouTube jeopardizes your own content rights, leverage, and bargaining power

By Allan Tépper | March 01, 2010

YouTube can be an attractive place to host your video work, especially since YouTube doesn't charge you any money. Some content producers -who don't (yet) have their own contracted unlimited web server- choose to use YouTube in order to avoid excessive bandwidth surcharges from their current web host, and then embed that video in their own website. Other producers use the YouTube service as a public gallery, hoping to get interest in their products or services. Many of those producers are oblivious to the fact that when uploading content on YouTube's servers, they are granting YouTube a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works, display, and perform the content. You may imagine that there are cases where this can jeopardize your copyright, leverage, and bargaining power in any subsequent transaction with a potential purchase of the material or concept. In this article, I'll explore the details, and discuss when I believe it makes sense to use YouTube, and when it makes more sense to use your own contracted unlimited web hosting service. Read More

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Random Tips from a Professional Camera Operator

Hopefully useful advice to smooth and finesse your moves and tune your viewfinder eye

By Art Adams | February 26, 2010

Teaching the craft of camera operating is extremely difficult to do well, so I'm going to do it half-assed and give you some random tips that may help you along in your career. Read More

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Two New Sharp-Looking Charts from DSC Labs

Focus on the important things with the Fiddlehead and CineZone charts

By Art Adams | February 25, 2010

The first time I used a DSC Chart for color analysis I was completely blown away by the thought and cleverness that went into designing the Chroma Du Monde. Now they've done it again, but this time for focus. Read More

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Final Cut Pro’s achilles heel or how I hate the reconnection dance

From the Editblog archives: October 08

By Scott Simmons | February 24, 2010

When you talk about media management in Final Cut Pro it's often not a big issue to many as you digitize a few tapes or import some P2 media, add graphics, music and you're done. FCP's bad media management never rears its ugly head. But when you start working with many different clips across a lot of hard drives then the frustration can grow. And let's not even talk about multiple editors working on the same job in different locations. Say you are cutting for a director that has an exact copy of your media on his computer and all he wants to do is open the project file, watch the edit, make notes and then send it back… you must both go through the reconnection dance each time you open the modified project. It's a pain and a waste of time. Read More

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NewTek’s TriCaster TCXD300 ignites 3rd multicam revolution, now in HD

Standalone, portable HD studio mixer, character generator, recorder, streamer...

By Allan Tépper | February 22, 2010

Any video professional with a couple of decades of experience under her/his belt will remember the original Video Toaster, which was a card that ran in a Commodore Amiga computer, and (among many others) included the infamous Kiki wipe. Despite very minor defects, the original Video Toaster -in its era- represented a revolution for multi-camera live (or live-on-tape) productions. Now NewTek has given birth to the HD-capable version of the 3rd-generation product. The TriCaster TCXD300 is an amazing standalone box that works in either SD or HD, and can record internally or externally, in addition to encoding live webcasts in HD. It has a high quality character generator and includes virtual sets. After attending an intense, multiple-hour demonstration in Miami, conducting a radio interview for both of TecnoTur's audio channels (the current Castilian channel, and the upcoming English channel) with two TriCaster team members, and a followup e-mail interaction with NewTek's executive VP of engineering, I now know that there is no exaggeration in stating that the TriCaster TCXD300 is indeed the 3rd multicam revolution for HD live-to-disk, HD live-to-air, or HD live-to-web production. Experience many of the details in this article. Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2010 - Day 3

HDR imaging, animation restoration, collaborative networking, and more...

By Adam Wilt | February 19, 2010

The Tech Retreat's third day covered regulatory issues, HDR imaging, using a plasma for reference monitoring, SOA, networking, file-based workflows... and Mo Henry. Read More

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Avid to Apple Color - The Video

More info on this cool workflow

By Scott Simmons | February 18, 2010

Late last year I posted a link and a step by step workflow to moving your RED edit from Avid Media Composer to Apple Color. You would think these applications, from two mortal enemies, wouldn't really work well together. But apparently with this workflow they can. While the step-by-step form reduser.net was nice,this video from Avid Screencast (#15 Red Workflow iV - Conform from Avid to Apple's Color) shows the process in a nice, concise 6 minute tutorial. See the embedded video after the jump. Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2010 - Day 2

Panels and papers at the Tech Retreat

By Adam Wilt | February 18, 2010

The 16th Annual Tech Retreat was officially opened by HPS President Leon Silverman today. (As with yesterday's coverage, this'll be stream-of-consciousness coverage.) Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2010 - Day 1

3D in the home, 3D and more in the Demo Room.

By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2010

Mark Schubin's unique bifocal 3D glasses.

The Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat is a gathering of postproduction, broadcast, TV, and cinema folks in Palm Springs every February. This year, 3D is a big topic, and Tuesday's Super Session was "3D in the Home", chaired by Jerry Pierce & Peter Fannon. Read More

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Podcasting has gone way beyond the Pod

Podcasting has gone way beyond the Pod

Podcasts directly on your tabletop radio, car radio, HDTV, or Blu-ray player: No computer required!

By Allan Tépper | February 14, 2010

The medium that most of us call podcasting has gone way beyond the Pod. When I say that, I am referring to both known etymologies of the term podcast: 1) The first, which refers specifically to Apple's iPod devices. 2) The second, which states that the letters P-O-D in podcasting are actually an acronym for the words Portable On Demand. Of course, almost everyone knows that the programs which are popularly called podcasts can now be played on computers and multiple portable mobile devices, including iPads, iPods, iPhones, Blackberries and a handful of other portable audio players and other smart mobile telephones. But beyond that, some people are not yet aware that the market is now being flooded with many other devices that can receive and play these "podcast" programs directly, without any computer in the loop, including some HDTV sets, and even an in-dash car radio which connects to the Internet wirelessly. In this article, you'll discover those, plus Internet table radios and inexpensive set top boxes which tune podcasts directly, without a computer. You'll also get to reason with me about whether we should still be calling this medium podcasting, and keep calling the programs podcasts… and what this all means, both for content producers and for listeners/viewers. Read More

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The Making of an Epic Media Project

A RED ONE, a small but agile crew, and a 2k 60'-wide screening in an Omnimax theater. This, truly, is a modern day epic.

By Art Adams | February 11, 2010

Rambus is a company of big ideas, and they wanted their 20th anniversary celebration to include a theatrical production that accurately reflected who they are and where they came from. The resulting short film--shown in an Omnimax dome at the San Jose Tech Museum--moved Rambus founders and employees to tears. Read More

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Adobe Community Leaders Summit

A chance to get inside Adobe's head.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 05, 2010

Last week, Adobe invited a variety of well-known people in the industry to come get a closer look at what they've been working on, and to provide feedback on their direction. To Adobe's credit, this was no "preaching to the choir" session; many of those invited were FCP and Avid editors, and several current users gave Adobe personnel an earful both publicly and privately. It was also made clear to us that no specific product versions or release dates were being discussed, and that we couldn't repeat anything that had not already been mentioned publicly (reminds us of the old Zen Buddhist saying "Those who know don't say; those who say don't know"). However, this event gives us an excuse to aggregate into one place a number of emerging technologies Adobe has already murmured about, for those who haven't had the chance to keep up... Read More

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Vimeo finally goes mobile + adds 1080p and HTML5 (ßeta)

Vimeo finally goes mobile + adds 1080p and HTML5 (ßeta)

By adding mobile compatibility, Vimeo loses one of its few remaining Achilles' heels.

By Allan Tépper | February 04, 2010

Vimeo, a leading video hosting/gallery site offering both paid and free models, has finally added mobile capability for its paying clients. This capability finally allows Vimeo Plus members to make their videos compatible with mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, Palm Pre, and Google/Android devices like the Nexus One. Vimeo Plus members can also now have the option to have web-based 1080p videos (although the wisdom of that today is debatable). Finally, all videos on Vimeo -whether from Plus members or standard members- will now have the option to be viewed either with the new HTML5 (ßeta) player (browser dependent), or the pre-existing Flash player (device dependent). This article will cover these three new features in more detail, and discuss their ramifications, both for content creators and content viewers. Read More

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Quicktip: Identify FCP filter in the timeline

Quicktip: Identify FCP filter in the timeline

From the Editblog archives: December 07

By Scott Simmons | February 02, 2010

One question I hear often is asking if there is a way to tell what filters are applied to a clip by looking at the clip in the Final Cut Pro timeline. The answer is yes. You must first turn on the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the lower right corner of the timeline, or use the keyboard shortcut Option + T: Read More

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Breaking The First Rule Of Non-Linear Editing, Part Two

Breaking The First Rule Of Non-Linear Editing, Part Two

It just gets weirder and weirder.

By Bruce A Johnson | January 29, 2010

Our story so far: Our intrepid editor and geek just spent about $7000 on a new editing computer. To try and save money, he bought the HP Z800 without a DVD drive or video card. When he finally tries to install the BluRay burner...)"bump."Whaaaat? Read More

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Breaking The First Rule Of Non-Linear Editing, Part One

Breaking The First Rule Of Non-Linear Editing, Part One

Update? Are you nuts?

By Bruce A Johnson | January 27, 2010

When last we spoke, I had announced my intention to break The First Rule Of Editing - to actually upgrade my editor in the middle of several ongoing productions. My reasons were threefold:* Against all odds, I had the money;* My 4-year-old dual-Pentium Dell XPS600, which had been rock-steady, had suddenly become pretty flaky, with USB ports disappearing and reappearing at unpredictable times - and when your keyboard, mouse and ShuttlePro are all USB devices, that can be a bad thing;* And as a Adobe Creative Suite CS4 user, the demo of the upcoming Abobe Mercury engine in combination with new-technology CUDA video cards and a hot Windows machine is quite impressive. Check it out.For the last ten years, I have made something of a specialty out of taking inexpensive, low-to-midrange computers and making DV editors out of them. Back in the days of the Canopus DVRaptor, I could take the puniest machine, add RAM and a hard drive for media, and build a pretty functional editor (by the standards of the early 2000's) for less than $700. I built more than 50 editors like this over several years, but times have changed. The budget this time was going to be a whole different beast. Read More

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