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I am a Bird

Experiencing the Inspire 1

By Mark Spencer | January 26, 2015

This weekend my friend Gary Yost took out his new DJI Inspire 1 for some test flights. The footage is so pretty I thought it was worth sharing.

Though overall he loves the Inspire 1, he does have some criticisms. In his words:

The great news is that this craft is so... Read More

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4K Studios Uses Blackmagic UHD to deliver old Kung Fu Movies in 4K

Kung Fu never looked better

By Brian Hallett | January 25, 2015

San Francisco based 4K Studios are using Blackmagic Design gear to scan old 35mm Film prints to bring old Kung-Fu movies to the world's first all 4K Ultra HD streaming network. Roundhouse kicks, mis-matched dialogue dubs, and Kung-Fu style snap zooms straight out of the 70s never looked so good.

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 3

Let's wrap up our look at creating DVD's by building them in our favorite DVD creation applications

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 24, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, I'm going to show you four different DVD burning applications, and how simple they are to use, when creating your screening DVD's!

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Blackmagic’s 2.0 Firmware Update Released

Adds 444 ProRes 4K & HD To The URSA

By Brian Hallett | January 24, 2015

Blackmagic releases Camera Firmware 2.0 adding new recording features to the URSA. The Studio Camera 4K, Studio Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Cinema Camera all get minor improvements or bug fixes.

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Easy Flying Logos with AE + C4D Lite (+ Illustrator)

Easy Flying Logos with AE + C4D Lite (+ Illustrator)

Your Creative Cloud subscription has all the tools needed for this common motion graphics task

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 22, 2015

One of the most common, bread-and-butter motion graphics jobs you’re going to get is to take your client’s flat, two-dimensional print logo, turn it into a 3D object, and animate it onto the screen for an endless variety of video destinations (trade shows, press events, training videos, web & social media, etc.). This used to mean having to buy and learn a 3D program in addition to After Effects and/or your NLE of choice, rendering it out of one, and bringing it into the other to potentially integrate over additional footage. Now that CINEMA 4D Lite is bundled with After Effects, and there is a direct render path between the two, this task is now a bit easier.

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The Compound Clip Conundrum

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 21, 2015

Handles? We don't need no stinkin' handles!

That's what a compound clip in Final Cut Pro X might say when you try to ripple, roll, or extend an edit point or add a transition between a compound clip and another clip. You'll find there is no extra media... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 2

Let's compress our files with an application you might already have at your disposal.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 15, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you that no matter what compression application you have, whether it Sorenson Squeeze, Adobe's Media Encoder or even Apple's Compressor, with a little forethought, you will be creating your M2V and AC3 files, lightning quick!

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Blackmagic’s “Slow-Motion” Feature

Making 30 fps work for you

By Brian Hallett | January 14, 2015

Right now, the only two Blackmagic cameras that shoot high frame-rates are the URSA and the Studio Cameras.  Until Blackmagic fixes this we are left with wild speculations for NAB 2015 and 30p as our highest frame rate.  I'll do my best to show how I have been able to create slow looking footage out of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  

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Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 13, 2015

Why would you want a separate app to sync audio and video clips?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Sam Mestman from FCPworks.com returns to make the case for Sync-N-Link X for Final Cut Pro X.

As he explains to Steve Martin of Ripple Training, Sync-N-Link X not only... Read More

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Tuesday Deal: Senal SMH-1000 Headphones

Expires January 13

By Rich Young | January 13, 2015

B & H had a special today on Senal SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor headphones, which seem to be knockoffs of the SONY 7506. The advantage is that they're cheaper today and have two detachable cords of different lengths, which makes it easier to store while protecting against cord failure.

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Cinematography of Inglourious Basterds

Analyzing the work of Robert Richardson

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 12, 2015

A week or so ago I posted a cinematography breakdown of Roger Deakins work in Prisoners. This week I'm sharing another one of Matt Scott's breakdowns, this one from the Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds.

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Surviving Your First Film Market

Surviving Your First Film Market

Dear Filmmaker: you really need to start learning about this end of the business.

By Arthur Vincie | January 11, 2015

In November I went to my very first American Film Market.  If you're a filmmaker or any kind of "content creator," you really need to start learning about this end of the business.  I'm still a neophyte, so this is less a definitive guide and more of a set of observations and tips that I picked up while there.

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A Little (Big) Avid Media Composer & Final Cut Pro X Trimming Demonstration

This is my contribution to a recent Twitter discussion about the joys of Dynamic Trimming

By Scott Simmons | January 09, 2015

Ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X there’s been a lot of discussion around FCPX’s trimming capabilities. They are quite strong with a very fluid way of trimming edits using the mouse, looping playback as well as some keyboard shortcuts. Users of Avid Media Composer have... Read More

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The Magic of Hard Links

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 06, 2015

What exactly are "hard links" anyway?

A better question might be "why are they useful?" - which is exactly what Sam Mestman shows Steve Martin from Ripple Training on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio.

Hard links allow the Finder to represent files on a... Read More

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Grading with Resolve

Side-by-Side Comparison Video

By Mark Spencer | January 05, 2015

My friend Gary Yost has been enjoying learning Resolve. He recently graded a short project I directed, shot, and edited for the Delfina Restaurant Group in San Francisco. Then, he made this great comparision video that shows the original shots next to the graded shots. I thought you... Read More

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Motion Graphics for Business - Part 1: Inspirational Films

20 years of films that have inspired motion graphics for the corporate market

By ChrisZwar | January 03, 2015

The New Year is traditionally a time for lists, and as many of the articles I published during 2014 reflected on the last 20 years of desktop video, I thought I’d wrap up the year with a list of films that have made a significant impact on motion... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Creating SD DVD’s from HD, 2K & 4K Projects part 1

Creating DVD screeners is trickier than it seems in Media Composer, unless you think things through first!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 01, 2015

In this week's Media Composer 101 tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe will show you how to create SD screening DVD's from HD, 2K, 4K and UHD projects.  If you don't think through what you're doing, you could run into trouble quicker than you think.

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The Cinematography of Prisoners

Analyzing Deakins masterful frames

By Matthew Jeppsen | January 01, 2015

Prisoners was a tense, dramatic movie. I remember being almost exhausted after watching the film for the first time. But as I mulled it over in the following days, I was struck by how subtly powerful the cinematography was. Never did it call attention to itself, but almost every frame was polished and cleanly executed. Roger Deakins is a master at naturalistic lighting, and his skill really shows in this film. 

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Master the Art of 4K Editing in Avid Media Composer

Lesson 1: Setting Up 4K Projects

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 31, 2014

4K is all the rage now, whether you're actually editing projects in 4K or not, is another question, but having the tools at your disposal is essential, so when you get that call from your client, you're all set to go!

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REVIEW - Genarts Sapphire 8

One of the leaders in effects is back, but is version 8 worth your time and money?

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 30, 2014

I know a lot of people in the industry, both users and developers alike.  I know almost the entire teams at Boris FX, Coremelt, Digital Anarchy, Rampant Design Tools, Imagineer Systems, and many others, but I’ll be honest.  I’ve always found Genarts to be a glass ceiling... Read More

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