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Rampant Design Tools introduces NEW Rampant Drives

Save Big and take your effects library with you.

By Jeff Foster | December 17, 2013

The most affordable and accessible way to get several Rampant Design Tools real camera effects, backgrounds, transitions and more - loaded on an ultra-fast portable drive you can take with you to clients or on-location with your laptop.

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Burning DVDs from Final Cut Pro X-without FCP X!

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 17, 2013

On this episode of MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a great trick for burning DVDs from projects created in Final Cut Pro X.

Now some of you may be saying "what's a DVD?" - but DVDs are still a widely-used offline distribution medium so a... Read More

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NLE Review: Adobe Premiere Pro CC

How do you begin to thoroughly review an NLE as deep and feature rich as something like PPro?

By Scott Simmons | December 10, 2013

If you follow what has been going on in the world of non-linear editing tools for the past few years you know that Adobe has been working very hard to make Premiere Pro a viable option for every aspect of editorial and post-production. The Adobe Premiere Pro team has been asking questions, listening to editors and improving their product with release after release pretty much ever since CS4 came along. I’m happy to report that with Adobe Premiere Pro CC the tool really has arrived.

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Using Shape Masks in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 10, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to use shape masks to isolate color corrections in Final Cut Pro X.

As opposed to a color mask, which limits a color correction to a selected range of luminance and hue values (for example, the... Read More

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor - 2013 Edition

Forward this post to the loved one shopping for the hard-to-buy-for editor

By Scott Simmons | December 06, 2013

It’s time once again for the the annual Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor. This is a list of a few things that an editor might find useful either in the edit suite or in life. Some of these items may be for work, others may be for fun. With the rather short Thanksgiving to Christmas season here in the United States this edition of Christmas Gift Ideas for the Editor will also be a bit short as we’ve all got work to do. You can always check out the 2010, 2011 and 2012 edition for some other gift ideas as well (though they may not all be relevant in 2013).

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Spotting (and Solving) Sync Issues

Spotting (and Solving) Sync Issues

Not all cameras that shoot video record the audio in sync. And no, your auto-sync software isn't going to fix it for you.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 03, 2013

Short Version: If you haven’t already heard, not all cameras that shoot video (for example, DSLRs like the Canon 5D mkII) record their own audio in sync with the video. This causes problems whether you’re using camera audio, dual system audio, or have a multi-camera shoot. Therefore, it’s essential to test your camera (particularly if it’s not primarily a “real” video camera) and to compensate for this potential issue. If this is news to you (or if you’ve been ignoring it), read on.

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Dancing to the Beat

Animating Text to Music in Motion

By Mark Spencer | December 03, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how animate text to "dance to the beat" of a song.

The audio parameter behavior is one of the unsung heroes of Motion. It's so easy to use, yet so powerful at the same time. You can use it to animate... Read More

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All the 2013 Black Friday Deals in one place

All the 2013 Black Friday Deals in one place

Is the software you want on sale? I'll be updating this list up until the weekend!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 26, 2013

I'll be updating this list up until Black Friday, to keep everyone up to date on the great sales happening around the "post" web!

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Wrapping Text in Motion

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 26, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how wrap text around an object and animate it.

There are five different Layout Methods for text layers in Motion. The default is "Type" and it's the one you'll likely use most often. The Paragraph... Read More

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Improving POV Cam Footage with a few Tricks in Adobe CC

Stabilizing, Lens Correction, Camera Filters and more...

By Jeff Foster | November 25, 2013

Whether you've strapped your GoPro to a car, motorcycle, boat, plane, snowboard, skateboard or a UAV, chances are you will need to stabilize that shaky footage, do some quick color correcting or do some lens correction to eliminate the wide FOV inherent with these POV cams. I'll share with you some tips on "fixing" your footage and images, including links to additional online video tutorials from my colleagues at Adobe.

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The Post Podcast Episode 9

The Post Podcast Episode 9

This week we talk to Jena Rappolt-Noyes, Product Manager Software for Tiffen DFX!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 25, 2013

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending Nov 24th, 2013, and we talk to Jena Rappolt-Noyes, Product Manager Software for Tiffen DFX!

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Marshall Electronics QVW-2710 Quad-Viewer Monitor

Get Your 4K In 4 Channels

By Clint Milby | November 20, 2013

Whether you like it or not, 4K seems to be here to stay.  Fortunately, some manufacturers are coming to the table prepared with a cost effective monitoring solution. Marshall's QVW-2710 Quad-Viewer monitor, not only gets you an HD, 2K, or 4K compatible monitor, but also... Read More

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Let’s Learn Media Composer - Lesson 94

Let’s Learn Media Composer - Lesson 94

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewer's question about offlining in Media Composer and finishing in Premiere Pro CC

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 19, 2013

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe answers a viewers question about offlining a show in Media Composer and finishing in Premiere Pro CC. What was once a very painful process is now done very easily, whether you're going to online on the same machine, or half way across the world.

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Entertainment Technology Expo 2013: Wrap Up

Expo Was Wellspring of New Product Debuts and Upgrade Announcements

By Clint Milby | November 19, 2013

The Entertainment Technology Expo of 2013 was filled with a variety of training opportunities, including time lapse tutorials as well as formal discussions of the 4K revolution.  It was also home to some surprising new announcements from the likes of Canon and Blackmagic Design.  If... Read More

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Fare-thee-well Magic Bullet Grinder

My favorite tool for DSLR transcoding has gone gently into that good night

By Scott Simmons | November 19, 2013

While prepping for my recent Useful Tools for Editors (as well as the HDSLR Post Production) seminar I clicked over to the Red Giant website to grab a link for one of my favorite little quickie DSLR tools: Magic Bullet Grinder. Grinder has always been a fast, one-stop-shop to prep and... Read More

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The Post Podcast Episode 8

The Post Podcast Episode 8

After Effects Legend Brian Maffitt discusses AE's start, being a Guru, Total Training, and what improvements AE needs today!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 18, 2013

In this weeks show, we look at news & views from the week ending Nov 17th, 2013. Kevin talks about some people he thinks you should be following on Twitter & we talk to Brian Maffitt, After Effects Legend & CEO of Total Training.

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Will Read: An Integrated Approach to Filmmaking

By Eric Philpott | November 14, 2013

“Better tools are allowing films and videos to be finished by fewer people who have greater control, resulting in better programmes with a clearer creative voice. ”

- Will Read

London-based filmmaker Will Read is part of the new generation of digital... Read More

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Useful Tools for Editors - After ETE Edition

But this isn't the Useful Tools list from the ETE Useful Tools session. Later.

By Scott Simmons | November 13, 2013

I came across a few cool things at the Entertainment Technology Expo last week. While this entry isn’t a full rundown of all the Useful Tools for Editors that I discussed in my session at the event (that is coming later, I promise) these are a few things I came across while either at the event or browsing the web on the flight back.

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Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

A year ago, Manuela Santana migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but unusual circumstances made her return to FCP.

By Allan Tépper | November 12, 2013

A year ago, professional editor Manuela Santana abandoned FCP X and migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but has just returned to FCP. This article will explain why an unusual discovery about footage shot with FiLMiC Pro made Manuela go back to FCP.

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Creative Uses of the Range Tool in Final Cut Pro X

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 12, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores the Range tool in Final Cut Pro X.

The Range tool - found in the Tools menu or invoked with the keyboard shortcut "R" - has a surprisingly large number of uses throughout the editing of a... Read More

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