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The Power of the Timeline Index in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 15, 2014

The Timeline Index is one of the hidden jewels of Final Cut Pro X. Have you been using it to its full potential?

The Timeline Index is essentially a database window into your timeline. Since FCP X is in some ways a big database, all the items in your timeline: video clips,... Read More

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Red Giant talks Universe, BulletProof, PluralEyes and more

There's even some subscription and Instant 4K talk as well

By Scott Simmons | April 14, 2014

I couldn’t go to NAB without stopping by and visiting the folks at Red Giant Software. Their big news was the launch of Red Giant Universe and I talked with Sean from Red Giant about just that. But I didn’t want to let the other stuff go by unmentioned either so a talk with Randon gets us some info on Bulletproof, PluralEyes and the new Instant 4K.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Talking CION workflow with AJA

As well as discussing some of their other NAB products

By Scott Simmons | April 13, 2014

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While all the biggest news and coverage out of AJA came around their surprise CION camera I took my turn interviewing Bryce Button of AJA about a few things beyond the CION. I wanted to chat about another interesting surprise from AJA called the LUT-box. This unassuming $695 interface sits just outside of your viewing monitor in the signal chain and is designed to transform that signal with a 3D LUT. Yes some monitors can support a LUT so you wouldn’t need the device in those situations but there are many places where the LUT-box will be a great addition. Plus it’s the only box of this type designed for such a specific task.

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PVC at NAB 2014 - Talking GPUs with NVIDIA

As well as how NVIDIA might help extend the life of an old Mac Pro

By Scott Simmons | April 13, 2014

We all know NVIDIA as a very important makers of GPUs for our post-production computers. But NVIDIA also makes a lot more stuff including the Shield portable and some serious rendering technology. But I didn’t talk to them about that stuff instead concentrating on those GPUs that apply to those of us in post-production … specifically how we might be able to use some of that NVIDIA technology to extend the life of an old Mac Pro. We talk Open CL, CUDA, Adobe CUDA specific acceleration and using multiple GPUs.

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PVC NAB 2014: LaCie

Medium drives, HUGE drives, and fast to boot.

By Bruce A Johnson | April 10, 2014

The folks at LaCie are leading the charge into Thunderbolt 2 technology, and creating some enormously huge drive arrays with wicked transfer speeds.  Have a look.

 

 

PVC NAB 2014 LaCie from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

 

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Keyframe Improvements in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 08, 2014

The 10.1 update to Final Cut Pro X included several improvements for manipulating keyframes. For example, it's now possible to select multiple keyframes, and to copy and paste keyframes.

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Sunday at NAB. Nice, quiet, productive.

Even with pre-NAB announcements it's one of the best NAB days

By Scott Simmons | April 06, 2014

Sunday at NAB can be an interesting time. The show floor hasn’t opened yet so you’re not constantly bombarded with new product announcements (though today seems to be an exception), people aren’t moving around like maniacs and the hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center halls aren’t madhouses. As one of the speakers at Post|Production World I took advantage of my favorite perk: being able to sit in on some other classes and learn.

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Adobe to reveal next wave of innovation in pro video apps at NAB 2014

Creative Cloud delivers the complete filmmaker’s toolkit

By Eric Philpott | April 04, 2014

Editing and video content creation workflows are about to get easier and more exciting, with major updates coming soon to Creative Cloud, bringing more Adobe magic, expanded support for cutting edge technologies, and an even more connected creative experience.  At NAB 2014 Adobe will... Read More

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HitFilm is bringing a plugin package to your NLE ... and After Effects of course

Here's a quick look at what to expect when this capable little package ships

By Scott Simmons | April 04, 2014

Most everyone in the post-production business has heard of HitFilm, the interesting little alternative non-linear editor and effects package from FX Home. In 2013 they completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring HitFilm to the Mac. Now they are making plug-ins for that NLE you might already be using that will cost you $499. And NAB 2014 is the perfect place to launch it.

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The Making of ‘Adobe and the Frog’

By Rich Young | April 03, 2014

Film Riot and Adobe have a slick little web ad for the new Creative Cloud NAB 2014 reveal. It was edited in Premiere CC, with the CG character rendered in After Effects CC using Element 3D, and color graded using Magic Bullet Looks.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC NAB preview

This next version of PPro adds some big flashy new features and lots of little things editors will love

By Scott Simmons | April 01, 2014

It comes as no surprise that Adobe has a big video tools reveal in store for NAB 2014. All the video apps in the Creative Cloud get updated as the slow and steady advance of their video tools continue. It’s no surprise that Adobe Premiere Pro CC gets my main focus as the NLE keeps getting better. Check out detail on After Effects and the other CC apps as well. While there are signature new features that will get most of the press there’s a lot of utilitarian things that hardcore storytellers will appreciate. No word on exactly when this will ship but keep an eye toward the Creative Cloud.

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Red Giant BulletProof adds some significant, needed features

MXF, the ability to ADD and not COPY are chief among them. Oh, and PluralEyes integration.

By Scott Simmons | April 01, 2014

Red Giant software has announced quite a few new things just in time for NAB 2014. There’s a new Magic Bullet Looks reborn, and PluralEyes 3.5 with the ability to correct for sync drift. But what I wanted to point out is a couple of significant new features in BulletProof 1.2.

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Multicam Audio Editing in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | April 01, 2014

Multicam in Final Cut Pro X has gotten even better.

The multicam implementation in Final Cut Pro X was exceptional from the time it was first introduced. The flexibility of the different options for syncing angles, including a very fast and accurate automatic sync feature... Read More

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Media Composer - You Ask, I Answer! - Lesson 3

A viewer wants to do a simple split screen in Media Composer? Let's see how it's done!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | March 31, 2014

In this tutorial, exclusive to PVC, I'm going to answer a question about creating simple split screens inside of Media Composer 7.  3D Warp tool, or Avid FX, which one will you choose?

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The Secret - or not so secret - world of Templates

The Secret - or not so secret - world of Templates

How to be an After Effects imposter for less than $20

By Steve Hullfish | March 31, 2014

Writing about anything on a forum with users as widely varied in their experience as provideocoalition is  a trick. Half the people will say “I never heard of that” and the other half will say – like the Geiko Insurance ads – “Duh! Everybody knows... Read More

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The Art and Science of “THE BIG BANG THEORY”

The Art and Science of “THE BIG BANG THEORY”

Editor Peter Chakos and Assistant Todd Morris discuss their very funny workflow

By Steve Hullfish | March 31, 2014

One of the most popular shows on TV is “The Big Bang Theory.”

I spoke to the editor, Peter Chakos, and his assistant, Todd Morris about how they cut the show.

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Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs

Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs

You can get a significant speed boost using a variety of hardware solutions

By Chris and Trish Meyer | March 28, 2014

Apple’s inclusion of dual GPUs in every model of their new Mac Pro has caused a bit of a stir (and confusion) among video editors wondering if their NLE of choice can take advantage of them. Applications don’t automatically detect and use multiple GPUs; the drivers must support them, and the software must be written to exploit them. It’s expected that Apple’s own Final Cut Pro can; many seem to assume that Adobe’s Premiere Pro can’t – but that’s not the case.

While working with Adobe to update their Hardware Performance White Paper (which contains tips for non-geeks to optimize their hardware based on the different needs of Adobe’s video software), we learned that not only can Premiere Pro take advantage of both GPUs in the new Mac Pro, you can also install multiple GPUs in an older generation Mac Pro as well as Windows workstations to get similar or even greater performance gains. We’d like to share that information with you here, hopefully boiling the raw numbers down to a few takeaways for you to consider when choosing or configuring a system.

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Product Review: Areca ARC-8050T2 8-drive RAID with Thunderbolt 2

Add your own drives to this very fast, robust, affordable RAID

By Helmut Kobler | March 28, 2014

Areca’s new ARC-8050T2 is a industrial-strength 8 bay RAID that has a few unique things going for it. For starters, it uses a new Thunderbolt 2 connection, so it’s blazing fast when connected to a Thunderbolt 2-equipped Mac or PC. In fact, it’s the fastest 8 bay RAID I’ve ever tested, reaching about 1 GB/s read and writes in a RAID 5 configuration. Secondly, it’s the only big Thunderbolt RAID I’m aware of that you can buy without drives (street price is as low as $1,799 for the empty chassis), so you can buy your own drives without a markup, saving hundreds of dollars or more. I had a chance to set up and then run an 8050T2 on a number of projects for three weeks, and came away very impressed. If you’ve got even a mild do-it-yourself spirit, this is probably the RAID for you.

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Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Read about the production details, and listen to the two high-end, 30-second spots.

By Allan Tépper | March 26, 2014

I just produced two 30-second audio spots for playback on over-the-air radio, as well as podcasts. Although I wrote and produced them, my voice and studio were not used at all in this production. Instead, one female and three male local voice talent were used, as well as the highest grade audio production equipment I’ve ever seen. Listen to the spots, and learn the who, the how and the why, ahead…

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VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

Miami-based voiceover studio has just upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, with video upgrades from Blackmagic and Sony.

By Allan Tépper | March 25, 2014

VoiceOverMart is a Miami (Coral Gables), Florida based professional voiceover studio, equipped with ISDN & standard phone patch, and is owned and directed by Víctor Martorella, a renowned voice talent for the Hispanic market. VoiceOverMart recently upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, together with video upgrades. These upgrades facilitate their audio spot production and ADR (audio dialogue replacement). Ahead are details of the upgrade via an interview.

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