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The case of the white t-shirt

The case of the white t-shirt

An assortment of analogies to help understand the video production business

By ChrisZwar | November 24, 2014

In an earlier article I said that when I began my career, I found business issues more difficult to understand than any software or hardware matters.  This article elaborates on some of those issues, and presents several different analogies to help you think about you and your business... Read More

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Sony PXW-X180 Camera Review

1080 60p, Variable ND, and a load of great features found in this versatile hand-held camera.

By Brian Hallett | November 23, 2014

Just when you thought 1/3 inch cameras were on the way out, Sony goes ahead and makes a versatile hand-held camera with quite a few surprisingly good features.  From professional codecs, great slow-motion capabilities and a ND filter upgrade that really needs to be included in all of Sony's cameras. 

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Reformatting your Footage

This lesson will help you format your 4x3 footage correctly, inside your 16x9 timeline!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 20, 2014

We're heading back to the mailbag to answer another viewer question, and it's one that throws people for a loop a lot of the time, and that is getting your SD footage to look correct in your HD 16x timeline.

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Moving “Tracks” in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 19, 2014

How do you select all "tracks" in Final Cut Pro X, and do you even need to?

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training helps us understand how approaching Final Cut Pro X from the perspective of legacy editing applications can hinder our ability to get... Read More

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Want to see 4K editing in Media Composer before its release?

Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and wants everyone to see it!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 14, 2014

And no, I’m not breaking any embargoes, NDA’s or anything like that.  Avid is very excited about the impending release of the next version of Media Composer, and officially wants everyone to see it, and get excited about it as well.

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Cinema 4D and After Effects Interaction: Exploring Cineware

Cinema 4D and After Effects Interaction: Exploring Cineware

Cineware and Other 3D Renders In After Effects

By Dorian Heller | November 14, 2014

My name is Dorian Heller and I’m Seattle-based motion designer and visual fx artist. I’ve done work for Microsoft and several other companies with deadline driven deliverables. Therefore, it’s imperative for my work to look professional and also be efficient. This can mean... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - Roundtripping to After Effects

Getting your MC timeline to AE is easy. Getting it back requires a little more thought!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 13, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he sidesteps from the basic training to cover an advanced lesson, based on an e-mail from a viewer, and some online confusion.

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Back-timing and Retiming in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 11, 2014

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us a very useful trick when retiming clips in Final Cut Pro X.

The retiming features in Final Cut are extensive and rather intuitive. To get started, you can press Command-R while the playhead is over a... Read More

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5 Ways Creating Documentaries Helped Me Improve My Storytelling

By Bobby Marko | November 06, 2014

Back in 2008 I had a discussion with my wife about how I wanted to do something more with my talent and skill as a filmmaker. I loved the pay check I earned for what I was doing at the time (corporate, wedding and web video content) but it wasn’t enough. I felt like there was something... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 4 - Composer Overview & Intro to Bins

This lesson will teach you that organization is the key to a smooth edit!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | November 05, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he gives you a general overview of Media Composers interface, and starts his talk about bins, and why organization is the key to getting your edits done to time, and on time!

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Mastering the Keyboard in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 04, 2014

Can you edit without a mouse or trackpad?

That's the challenge our guest Sam Mestman tackles this week with Ripple Training host Steve Martin.

Executing commands with the keyboard is almost always faster than using a mouse or trackpad input device, so the more... Read More

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SMPTE Time Code - Virtually Unchanged After Almost 50 Years

SMPTE Time Code - Virtually Unchanged After Almost 50 Years

How this tool came to be and how it has withstood the test of time

By Richard Wirth | November 03, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  So goes the old proverb.

SMPTE Time Code is like that.  While the entire production and post world around it has changed radically, time code has remained virtually the same.

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Automating Your Creative Business

The best part about this stuff? Most of it is absolutely free!

By Dan Carr | October 31, 2014

In the first couple of posts in this series we took a look at some useful services to help creative professionals with accounting, and then we took an introductory look at using email marketing to promote your services.  This month I want to show you... Read More

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Wringing the Life Out of an Old Mac Pro Tower

Like a good automobile it just keeps chugging along. And it is paid for.

By Scott Simmons | October 30, 2014

There’s a whole lot of us who still have a big, old aluminum Mac Pro tower sitting around doing a lot of work. We haven’t moved to 5K iMacs, Macbook Pros (or PCs) just yet. We also haven’t spent the money on a new Mac Pro. A conversation early at NAB 2014 got me thinking about all the stuff one could add to an old Mac Pro to help extend its life. NAB was the perfect place to talk to vendors who make those products you can stuff inside, or attach to, an old Mac Pro. A bunch of emails, phone calls and boxes later I’ve tried most all the gear mentioned below with my machine. I think of this current tower like a good, reliable, paid for car: I'm going to drive this thing until the wheels fall off.

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Media Composer 101 - Lesson 3 - Project Selection/Creation

The Project Selection window in-depth!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | October 30, 2014

In the next lesson of Kevin P McAuliffe's "Media Composer 101" tutorial series, he takes a look at the Project Selection window, and why you really need to think about what you're doing, before choosing that project preset.

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Blackmagic Studio Camera Review

Blackmagic steps into the Live Broadcast Market

By Brian Hallett | October 29, 2014

Without a doubt, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is a niche camera with a dominating monitor and Super 16mm sized sensor. This camera is designed for the world of multicam operations, and in Blackmagic's special way, they take the usually expensive arena of broadcast and make it a whole lot less expensive and available to the masses.  

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Rating and Filtering in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | October 28, 2014

Guest Bill Davis takes us back to the basics this week.

One of the foundational building blocks for working in Final Cut Pro X is a firm grasp of  rating and filtering clips. This process utilizes Final Cut's underlying database model and its ability to leverage... Read More

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Cineform in Creative Cloud: render quality settings + more

By Rich Young | October 28, 2014

GoPro Cineform, aka the SMPTE ST 2073 VC-5 video compression standard, is a cross platform codec that in Creative Cloud piggybacks onto QuickTime (warts and all). The codec is available in Adobe video apps in CC 2014.1, and plays system-wide if you download the free player or free GoPro Studio app. GoPro Cineform is a wavelet-based codec that holds up well even after multiple encodes, and features full support for alpha and large frame sizes of 4K and beyond. One important takeaway is that the higher quality options seem to produce smaller files than the lower quality option.

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HitFilm 3 Pro for free if you own HitFilm Plug-ins

new version announced for late November 2014

By Rich Young | October 27, 2014

FXHOME has announced HitFilm 3 Pro, now available for pre-order for release in late November 2014 for just $299. Hitfilm, available for Mac and Windows, supports modern filmmaking workflows that require you to be an editor, VFX artist, and colorist at the same time.

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Lookout Movi You’re Not the Only Kid In Town

My 2 Days with the Defy G5

By Bobby Marko | October 23, 2014

For the last two years the largest innovation in camera support and movement has to be the motorized gimbal. These devices have taken the filmmaking and video industry by storm. It’s hard to find one industry blog or magazine who isn’t talking about these devices. From handheld... Read More

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