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FCP:  an annoying delete, duplicate bug found while I was remapping the FCP keyboard

If it's not a bug then it needs to be documented in the user manual

By Scott Simmons | November 22, 2009

When I'm working I'm always in a constant state of awareness about how I can change my keyboard mapping to make my workflow faster and more efficient. The keyboard manifesto argues that changing Final Cut Pro's default keyboard mappings can make your editing faster and more efficient. But it's also important to be aware of changes that you might make. I never would have expected a couple of keyboard changes to cause me an hour of confusion and rebuilding a timeline but that's what this FCP bug did. Read More

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Anatomy of a Spot: Commonwealth Club

RED brings a quality boost to a low-budget quickly-shot spot.

By Art Adams | November 16, 2009

In this economy one has to stretch every production dollar as far as it can go. This doesn't mean compromising on quality, though: keeping things simple can yield huge dividends. This includes knowing when it's okay to shoot with available light, and when natural light needs a little help. Read More

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Automagic part 2: mocha for Final Cut

If you need to gather tracking data to pass to FCP then this is the app for you

By Scott Simmons | November 13, 2009

I am not a VFX artist. I think that if I could plug a data pipe straight into my brain and download an entire profession right into the gray matter ala The Matrix it might be some level of visual effects expertise. It's amazing what you can do with affordable desktop software but even something as accessible as Adobe After Effects can take a whole career to master. It's also amazing at the level of quality that one can achieve with all of the other desktop applications that are out in the world today. I received a copy of Imagineer Systems' mocha for Final Cut a while back but I hadn't had the time or the need to really use it. But at a recent automotive shoot for The Garage Blog we were looking at footage and someone commented that we should have put our own logo license plate on the cars before we drove them (never mind the fact that such a license plate doesn't exist). Idea! I can do that in post and mocha for Final Cut will be the perfect tool. Read More

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Digital Rebellion’s Footage Calculator adds more codecs

I think that's pretty much all of them now

By Scott Simmons | November 11, 2009

A while I back I posted a round-up of various footage calculators around the Internet. The one from Digital Rebellion had the most supported codecs but was lacking some new ones like ProRes Proxy and ProRes 4444. Well Digital Rebellion has updated the Footage Calculator with ... well, pretty much all of them. Read More

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World’s Only “Death Oompah” Band Gets Virtual Reality Music Video

The Tiger Lillies sail to a virtual arctic wasteland for their new album "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

By Art Adams | November 11, 2009

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An accordion-playing lead singer; a drummer who occasionally uses a doll instead of drumsticks; and a song based on the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Just another day on set with one of the most macabre bands in existence: the Tiger Lillies. Read More

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Review: After Effects Camera Training

Rob Birnholz helps you master the AE camera in this new tutorial from the Toolfarm Expert Training Series.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | November 03, 2009

Motion graphics artists used to animating in 2D in After Effects will find that working in 3D space takes a lot more patience. You need to consider how to set up the 3D views, move layers in 3D, and animate cameras and lights. Rob Birnholz' training series tackles the camera portion of the equation (watch a free sample and the Table of Contents here). (If you've already purchased this training series, don't go just yet; I promise to share some personal tips and advice as I go...) Read More

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So You Want to Work with Cameras

Time-tested and mostly true advice for getting your first gigs in the film industry.

By Art Adams | October 31, 2009

I get a lot of e-mail from film and video students asking how they can break into the film or television industries. I can't afford the luxury of answering everyone's questions individually so I decided to put my advice in writing. I hope it's helpful. Read More

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Increase your Canon 7D or 5D dynamic range

Modifying Picture Styles to increase DSLR Video Latitude

By Matthew Jeppsen | October 30, 2009

Stockholm-based Canon 7D shooter Luka has posted a wonderful tutorial on Vimeo on maximizing the dynamic range of your DSLR video. As he states in the video, the tutorial is not aimed at making pretty pictures directly from the camera...it is intended to give you more information to work with later in post and color correction. It's a very well done tutorial, and applies equally well to Canon 5D MKII Picture Styles. It's also rather funny. Check it out below. Read More

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Newsletter Preview & Review

Newsletter Preview & Review

Keep an eye out for the fourth PVC Pipeline | Production newsletter in November!

By Scott Gentry | October 29, 2009

A few weeks ago, we published our ninth electronic newsletter: PVC Pipeline | Distribution, which included tutorials on the workflow from Final Cut Pro to burning a Blu-ray disc plus how to quickly get your video up on the web, as well as an interview with David Dudas of Sorenson including a review of Sorenson 360 video server service. These articles are now available for all PVC visitors to view; a list of them is included below.Our next PVC Pipeline newsletter will return to the theme of Production. In it, Adam Wilt will give an in-depth review of the new Sony PMW-350 XDCAM EX camcorder, Steve Hullfish will provide a tutorial review of the AJA KiPro, and Richard Harrington will moderate a shootout between the Canon 5D mkII, Canon 7D, and Nikon D300s DSLRs that also shoot HD video. To receive exclusive access to these articles before everyone else, click here for your free subscription! Read More

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Sorenson 360 video server service

Getting Video to the masses

By Steve Hullfish | October 29, 2009

Sorenson - known widely for its compression software, Squeeze, has recently launched a video publishing server service that integrates with Squeeze, but can also be used with nothing more than a web browser to encode files. The new service is called Sorenson 360.Most magazines or blogs prefer to separate interviews from tutorials from reviews, but this article will be a unique hybrid offering a little of all three. To start, we'll learn a little about the service from my interview with Sorenson Media's VP of Product Development, David Dudas. Read More

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Blu-ray and Final Cut Studio

How to author Blu-ray discs with the new Final Cut Studio

By Richard Harrington | October 29, 2009

There's a good chance that HD has become a major player (or even the only format) in your work. With the latest incarnation of Final Cut Studio, Apple offers several ways to deliver HD. You can of course go back to tape or create downloadable and streaming H.264 files. Most requested though, is the ability to create Blu-ray discs. Read More

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ADHD Guide to Flash Video for the Web

How to get Flash video on the web, fast

By Art Adams | October 29, 2009

I hate reading manuals. They don't tell me what I want to know in the order I want to know it. I'd rather figure things out on my own, or if that learning curve is too steep, have someone show me in the basic concepts. I can usually figure out the rest later. For example, when I first sat down to learn DVD Studio Pro, the manual drove me insane. An editor explained the basic concepts to me in five minutes or less, after which building a DVD became intuitive and easy. I sought out the same information for encoding and using Flash for the web, and Adobe was kind enough to school me in the basics. Now I get it. I know exactly what I need to do, no more and no less, to create Flash video for the web. Let me share with you what I learned: Read More

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Rough Guide to Flicker-Free HD Shooting

Shoot safely at 23.98p with these few simple, but crucial, tips

By Art Adams | October 26, 2009

The most common HD frame rate is a 50-year-old byproduct of the invention of color TV. And it's not a flicker-free safe speed.Watch the video clip below to see why you should care... Read More

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What is the role of a Camera Operator?

Gerard Sava on what it means to Camera Operate

By Matthew Jeppsen | October 22, 2009

In this fantastic short video clip, professional cam op Gerard Sava talks about what it takes to efficiently and successfully perform the role of a camera operator on a production set. Watch below. Read More

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MacMediaTech podcast premiere episode

An hour of filmmaking discussion with yours truly as a guest

By Matthew Jeppsen | October 21, 2009

MacMediaTech podcast premiered the other day, and I'm one of the guests in the premiere episode. I like the format of this podcast, and really enjoyed the discussion with fellow filmmakers Paul Del Vecchio, Paul Zadie, and Kenn Bell. Give this one a shot if you're into podcasts. Read More

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Baseline is a very visual and very clever way to manage disk space

But it's still a bit buggy. Here's hoping for continued updates.

By Scott Simmons | October 04, 2009

As editors and media content creators we can often accumulate tons of large video and audio files as well as hundreds of thousands of tiny little (and sometimes not so tiny and little) supporting files. Be they QuickTime movies, graphics, audio files, render files, edit project files, autosaves ... the list is pretty much endless. What if there was a way to visually look at all of the files on a hard disk and get a big picture overview of all those files on the disk. There is, it's called Baseline. And while it's far from perfect it's a nice start. Read More

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What You Need to Know about Green, Blue and RED

I hope you like blue in your greens under tungsten light...

By Art Adams | September 23, 2009

In a recent article I surmised that RED was mixing green into the blue channel to eliminate blue noise under tungsten light. I had a theory but no proof of what was going on. Now I have proof. Read More

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From Wired magazine: The Good Enough Revolution

From Wired magazine: The Good Enough Revolution

The idea of a production being Good Enough is happening in professional media production today

By Scott Simmons | September 20, 2009

Continuing with the links to other good articles that are great reads for our particular industry comes a link to a Wired article called The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine. That kinds of sums up a lot of what is going on in film and video production today wouldn't you say? That Flip camera footage that comprises a large part of your program would have been flat out rejected on broadcast television at one point in the past but today ... it is good enough. Read More

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Tiffen Goes Into Production on T1 Far Red Filter

If you own an EX1, EX3 or F35 then this is the filter you've been waiting for

By Art Adams | September 18, 2009

As you may have noticed from previous articles, I've done a lot of research on which cameras allow infrared or far red to contaminate dark fabrics and change their color. There hasn't been a satisfactory solution for the Sony EX1, EX3 and F35 cameras--until now. Read More

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Surviving in Post, Another Tool to Add to the Arsenal

By Terence Curren | September 15, 2009

Take a rapidly changing market, throw in new "low to no cost" distribution methods, add two lumps of recession and you have our current business environment. And it isn't pretty. Surviving in post has always been a challenge, but now it is a nightmare. Fortunately Philip Hodgetts' new book "The New Now: Grow your production or postproduction business in a changed and changing world" has come along to help navigate these tumultuous times. In spite of the lengthy title, this is an excellent guide full of helpful tips that I would recommend to anyone in our industry. Read More

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