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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 2

Create z-depth maps in Particular and composite multiple layers together

By ChrisZwar | September 01, 2014

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What it doesn’t have, however, is an obvious way to render out its own z-depth map - but by manually adjusting... Read More

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Z-Depth compositing with Particular - Part 1

Create z-depth maps in Particular and composite multiple layers together

By ChrisZwar | September 01, 2014

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What it doesn’t have, however, is an obvious way to render out its own z-depth map - but by manually adjusting... Read More

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Cosmetic fixes, digital beauty treatments, and skin retouching in post-production

By Rich Young | August 30, 2014

Digital beauty treatments and cosmetic fixes in post production involve isolating skin tones with tracking and mattes for color correct and matching, skin smoothing, and blemish removal. Even skin matching isn't so easy, but there's some help along the way in basic and advanced tutorials on the wide variety of tools available.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #09

By Rich Young | August 30, 2014

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro.

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A Bunch of Random Hard Drive Speed Tests

As drives come into the edit suite I've been noting their read/write speeds for no other reason than because I can

By Scott Simmons | August 28, 2014

As a freelance editor I get a lot of hard drives sent to me with footage to edit. Usually all of that media is transferred off of those hard drives and onto a RAID for editing. Occasionally I might have a quick turnaround or just fixes on a project and I’ll cut right off the hard drive sent to me. The faster the drive the better for both of these tasks. I’ve been keeping a running log of hard drive speeds for the last few months and with the help of Blackmagic’s Disk Speed test I offer up this cornucopia of various drive speed tests and their connections. Little commentary is provided here but if you have a production asking why you’re questioning their use of a cheap little black Seagate drive from Target then send them to this blog post to see exactly what slow speeds that cheap drive will mean and how that will add time to editorial because of file transfers alone.

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SmartSound Plug-ins For Soundtrack Creation With Adobe Video Apps

Use SmartSound Plug-ins with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CC For Round-Trip Music Soundtrack Creation and Editing

By Jeff Foster | August 27, 2014

SmartSound has made some great advancements in their software plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects since I did my last how-to tutorial two years ago and posted here on ProVideo Coalition. I just recreated two new short video tutorials and wanted to share them with you here, to show you just how easy this NEW round-trip method is to create/edit music soundtracks for your video/animation projects starting inside your video production apps.

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Subroles in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 26, 2014

There are no tracks in Final Cut Pro X.

This fact really throws folks at first because it seems that tracks would be required for some very basic editing, compositing, organizing, and exporting functions. However, Final Cut's magnetic timeline, connected clips, and use of... Read More

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Cinemagraphs in FCP X and Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 19, 2014

Final Cut Pro X or Motion?

Both FCP X and Motion allow you to perform compositing and animation. How do you decide which to use? This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to approach the same task in both applications.

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Mike Russell Makes Audio Awesome with Adobe Audition

Making radio promos, jingles, voiceovers and podcasts with Adobe's audio app

By Eric Philpott | August 13, 2014

Hailing from England’s southeast, Mike Russell is a digital audio expert, voice over artist, and popular instructor. He is also an enthusiastic proponent of Adobe Audition, which he uses for all his audio - along with many other Creative Cloud applications for other parts of his work.... Read More

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Have a copy of my Final Cut Pro X Menu / Keyboard Shortcut Cheat-sheet

I made this a long time ago but have recently updated it

By Scott Simmons | August 12, 2014

I’m currently deep into the biggest Final Cut Pro X edit that I’ve done to date. Back when FCPX was new I did a webinar where I gave out a document I had made of some of the FCPX menus to help learn the keyboard shortcuts. I thought it was a good time to update that menu... Read More

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New Features in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 12, 2014

New features in Motion?

That's right - they aren't earth-shattering, but there were a few new features added to the Motion 5.1.1 update that came out the same time as the Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 update a few weeks ago.

In truth, there has been a lot of work... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - The Expurgated Version

Log C in After Effects in 3 minutes...

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

OK so you've got some Arri Alexa footage in Log C format, and it looks funny in After Effects.  You don't have time to sit through my 2-part, 40 minute video on the best way to deal with Alexa footage in After Effects, you just want to know the basic details NOW!

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 2

Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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After Effects and Alexa - Part 1

Working with Arri Log C footage in After Effects

By ChrisZwar | August 08, 2014

The Arri Alexa is a hugely popular digital camera, but it records footage in a proprietary Arri colourspace called Log C.  While there are many ways of working with Log C footage in After Effects, none of them are immediately obvious – and if you’re new to log colourspaces then... Read More

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Boris Red 5.5 for Media Composer Editors

This webinar replay will give you a new look at a classic AVX plug-in/app with a major update!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

More and more these days, Media Composer editors find themselves trying to stay in their timeline to get simple tasks done.  Boris Red 5.5 is the successor to Avid FX, and it will let you do some common tasks super quick, and keep you out of the time vampire of importing and exporting! Read More

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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at BCC Colorize and Lens Flare 3D, now let's check out BCC Scanlines & Swish Pan

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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A Tale of Two Thunderbolt Drives

The AKiTio Neutrino Thunder Duo and the Other World Computing ThunderBay IV

By Scott Simmons | August 05, 2014

If you’re lucky enough to have Thunderbolt in your workflow then you know the joys of its ease of use and insanely fast transfer speeds. Whether that’s moving multiple gigabytes of data in a few seconds or getting well over 700 megaBYTES a second transfer speeds while editing, Thunderbolt is a massive step up from Firewire and eSATA. This is a story of two very nice, very fast Thunderbolt RAIDs: the AKiTio Neutrino Thunder Duo and the Other World Computing ThunderBay IV . Have both of these in your arsenal and you’re all set for a variety of editing tasks.

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The Improved Voiceover Tool in FCP X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 05, 2014

Can you record a voiceover track directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Yes, and you've been able to do it since the very first version of Final Cut Pro X was released. However, in the recent 10.1.2 update, Apple added several new features which make this tool more useful than... Read More

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Premiere Pro News Notes #08

Catching up on the latest news

By Rich Young | July 31, 2014

A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. And there's more to come. Read More

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Relatively Speaking, Absolutely!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 31, 2014

 

Absolute or Relative?

It's up to you, as you'll discover in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, in which Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the feature enhancements in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X.

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