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Internships in Post, Good Idea or Bad?

Do they help you enter the entertainment field, or are they just an excuse for free labor?

By Terence Curren | May 18, 2011

In episode 27 of "The Terence & Philip Show" Philip and I are joined by former intern and current Alpha Dogs' employee Isai Espinoza in a discussion about the value of Internships to both the employer and the intern. How to get the best out of an internship, and what's in it for the employer are the main subjects. In typical fashion, this quickly leads to a discussion about breaking into the business, and what it takes to make it.Click below to join our latest conversation. Read More

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Update Alert! Apple ProKit 7.0

A few fixes for FCP, Motion, Soundtrack and Logic

By Scott Simmons | May 18, 2011

Yesterday Apple pushed out a Pro Applications update in the form of ProKit 7.0 for Snow Leopard 10.6.6 and later. It doesn't look to be anything more than some minor issues with FCP, Motion, Soundtrack Pro and the Logic apps. This one: "Fixes leaks and improves stability for the color picker and timecode interface in Final Cut Pro and Motion" intrigues me a bit. I installed yesterday and so far all seems well. It's available from the above link or via Software Update. Read More

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Native Format Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

The promise; the reality; how to do it.

By Colin Brougham | May 15, 2011

In the past few years, a barrage of new video acquisition formats and recording methodologies have sprouted like mushrooms after the rain. The major shift has come in the form of tapeless, file-based acquisition that uses equipment that has its roots in the information technology industry. As video post-production has scrambled to keep up, editors have been left with little choice than to become ersatz compression specialists and computer technologists. We all wear a few extra hats these days, but there are times when you just want to do what you do without a lot of additional work.Adobe Systems has heard the cries of editors everywhere, and kicked open the door on a completely different way of working with tapeless, file-based media. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, which is available standalone or as the anchor application of the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium bundle for both PC and Mac, is the company's latest gambit in the evolution of non-linear editing and post-production. If you tried and dismissed Premiere sometime in the past before the software received a ground-up rewrite and gained the "Pro" suffix, it's time for a second look. In this article, I will review both the general theory of the tapeless native file format workflow, and also give specific instructions (including video demonstrations) on how to get up and running quickly.Disclaimer: Yes, I am an unabashed fan of this workflow, and can't help sounding like a kid in a candy store about some of it - but read on and you'll soon understand why. Read More

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NVIDIA’s Quadro 4000 for Mac, more affordable speed for the right application

Cheaper and smaller than the Quadro FX 4800, the 4000 can greatly compliment the right application.

By Scott Simmons | May 11, 2011

It's been several months since NVIDIA released their newest graphics card for the Macintosh. The Quadro 4000 for Mac uses their newest GPU architecture called Fermi. This card packs a whopping 256 cores onto a card that is half the physical size of the older Quadro FX 4800 (it had only 192 CUDA cores, the slacker). The other bit of news is that the 4000 has a smaller price than the FX 4800 had, coming in at just over $700 (street price) from an Amazon search. On top of all that there's quite a few applications out there that are taking advantage of NVIDIA's CUDA technology that lets apps harness all this GPU power. Read on for a look at several post-production tools and how they work with the 4000. Read More

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Update Alert! Magic Bullet Grinder

A free update to version 1.5 adds some nice features

By Scott Simmons | May 05, 2011

I really like good, focused, affordable post-production tools. Magic Bullet Grinder, one of the most focused tools of all, was updated today to take it from 1.0 to 1.5. That's $49 for the Canon DSLR transcoding tool to buy it new but the 1.5 update is free. What's new in 1.5? Best of all is more ProRes codecs and timecode support. Read More

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NAB 2011: Adobe’s Al Mooney Gives Us the Upside of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

NAB 2011: Adobe's Al Mooney Gives Us the Upside of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

By Clint Milby | May 05, 2011

On Monday at NAB, the amazing people at Adobe arranged for me to meet with the project manager for Premiere CS5.5, Al Mooney, who very graciously took some time to enlighten me on what people can expect from this upgrade. I was a bit skeptical going into the interview, as many times software upgrades that involve decimal points are repackaged versions of the previous one, but I have to say I was totally taken back by just how many new and improved features Adobe is offering in Premiere CS5.5.According to Al, Adobe has been taking advantage of their very healthy community of users and bringing some of the top editors who use different platforms such as FCP or Avid to watch and see what these guys found challenging. Read More

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Is Cloud Based Editing In Your Future?

Avid showed it last year at NAB. Is Apple about to open a new data center just in time for FCP X?

By Terence Curren | May 05, 2011

Is the cloud the future of editing: with a facility cloud or a remote cloud? How will the tape shortage change delivery into the cloud? How does cloud editing work? Will the cloud be suitable for archive? Will the cloud lead to outsourcing?Check out the latest Terence & Philip Show by clicking below to join the conversation on the future of editing. Read More

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Blackmagic Design at NAB 2011 Part 2

Have A Look At Hyperdeck

By Bruce A Johnson | May 04, 2011

Blackmagicdesign Hyperdeck Products from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

The extended death of tape continues. Blackmagic Designs gives us a look at the Hyperdeck line. Again, the audio is pretty rough, but the info is good enough to share. Read More

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Blackmagic Design at NAB2011 Part 1

A quick look at Davinci Resolve 8

By Bruce A Johnson | May 04, 2011

Blackmagicdesign from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Here's a quick look at Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 8, including discussion of its new XML capabilities to ease the workflow with Final Cut Pro. A combination of a loud room and a hoarse throat doesn't help the audio, but the info is good enough to share anyway. Enjoy! Read More

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New version of the Canon FCP Log & Transfer plug-in

Biggest change seems to be addressing folders structure issues

By Scott Simmons | April 26, 2011

There's a new version of the Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro Log and Transfer plug-in that came online 4-05-2011. This is a maintenance update but it appears to address a few features in regards to the rigid folder structure that the plug-in has required (though it seems to have broken importing for a bunch of my 7D backups). Plus it's free. Read More

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NAB 2011 - FilmLight

The film scanner / color management / grading system company's NAB offerings.

By Adam Wilt | April 24, 2011

FilmLight's Blackboard 2 softkey control surface.

UK company FilmLight is packaging their high-end color-grading system Baselight as an "under US$1000" plugin for Final Cut Pro. They've also announced the new Blackboard 2 soft-key control surface, and they're now the non-US distributor for Visionary Archive. Read More

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AJA KiPro Mini review + commentary

By Allan Tépper | April 21, 2011

Like a miniature version of the original KiPro from AJA (which I reviewed in October 2009), the KiPro Mini performs many of the same functions (although not all of them) in a fraction of the space -and at a fraction of the cost- and is designed to dock onto the back of many professional camcorders, while it makes a higher quality recording than that is possible internally with most of them. With a flood of other 4:2:2 dockable recorders reaching the market (and one that existed previously which recorded MPEG2 8-bit), this article will attempt to point out the KiPro Mini's unique virtues, so you'll have a better idea why it may -or may not- be the best one for you. Read More

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Adobe CS 5.5 Video Walk Through

Karl Soule provides a great overview of what's new in 5.5

By Scott Gentry | April 20, 2011

Adobe CS 5.5 Walk Through from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

As Karl completed giving a presentation to a large audience at NAB, I asked him if he'd provide a similar walk through for PVC online. It's a long video (15 minutes) but very worth watching in my opinion. Read More

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Autodesk Booth at NAB

A brief introduction to what's happening with Autodesk.

By Scott Gentry | April 19, 2011

Autodesk from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

Maurice Patel provides a brief stand up of NAB booth happenings. Read More

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Adobe Premiere Pro On ThunderBolt by Dave Helmly

Blazing fast speeds with Premiere Pro and Thunderbolt!

By Scott Gentry | April 18, 2011

Adobe CS 5.5 and Thunderbolt Tech from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

(updated with extensive Comments at the end from Dave Helmly of Adobe on 4k, multicam, and hardware - it's a second article in itself)We're all waiting for Thunderbolt peripherals, but Adobe's booth had some to play with, and was able to demonstrate the speed at which Premiere Pro can really fly. This is cool. Watching the demo, really made me want to edit these videos this way. Read More

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Here we are nearly a week after the Final Cut Pro X sneak preview

I'm more excited about trying FCP X now than I was then but it's still very iMovie-looking.

By Scott Simmons | April 18, 2011

The most interesting tid-bit to come out of the whole Final Cut Pro X preview at Tuesday night's SuperMeet came not during the hour long on-stage demo but rather it was during the time after as I walked around the SuperMeet expo and talked to a number of developers and fellow editors to get their reaction to FCP X. The reaction was mostly cautiously optimistic. I also happened into a conversation with someone who works for Apple and had been (or maybe still is) on the FCP team. And then when I got home I dug back into iMovie and darn if they really don't look a lot alike. Read More

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PVC NAB 2011: Topaz Labs

A Pretty Incredible Demo

By Bruce A Johnson | April 16, 2011

PVC NAB 2011: Topaz Labs from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

You know how hard you laughed when you watched "CSI" or any other cop show and the detective told the computer kid to "zoom in on that photo...and...enhance"? This demo might just give you pause. Great looking software, too. Read More

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FCP X, Game Changer or iMovie Pro?

Is this just a case of "fanboys" going overboard, or is this the next big thing in post?

By Terence Curren | April 16, 2011

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Pomfort Silverstack SET, workflow solution for on-set use

This iPhone video from the NAB show floor is an offload, back-up and transfer option.

By Scott Simmons | April 14, 2011

One interesting tool that I wanted to get a look at before leaving NAB 2011 was Silverstack SET from Pomfort. It's an "All-in-one workflow solution for the set" hence the name Silverstack SET. I had seen an early demo a year or so ago and I really liked the interface and design of the application but since it was more geared toward on-set use I didn't follow up on it until this year. Read More

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A bit more about Baselight for FCP via iPhone video

Plus Filmlight announced the Baselight plug-in is coming soon for Nuke as well

By Scott Simmons | April 14, 2011

I stopped back by the Filmlight tent on the last day of NAB to grab a quick iPhone video demo of Baeslight for FCP at work. After I posted the piece about this plug-in on Monday Filmlight announced that they were developing Baselight for Nuke which continues in that idea of Baselight everywhere. At least everywhere in the post-production pipeline. Baselight for Nuke will be a next step. Read More

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