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Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Book Review: Preparing for Takeoff – Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Discover how you can take an idea for a movie and turn it into an actual film

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | January 04, 2014

Ever since I was a little kid I had always wondered why producers had their names at the beginning of a movie or TV show. I knew why the actors and people like the music supervisors were up there, but what exactly does a producer do? Even after having worked in production and post production... Read More

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Circles in After Effects

By Rich Young | December 31, 2013

Making circles in After Effects seems like a trivial exercise, but there are a ton of approaches to their various forms in design. Circles come in movement and repetition, from expressions & scripts, as Shapes, masks, particle effects like Particle World, Bubbles, Ball Action, from the Circle effect, CC Sphere, Polar Coordinates, Wave World, Radio Waves, halftone effects (roundup), lens flare elements (roundup), and so on. Here are few circle-related tutorials and resources for After Effects.

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Understanding Libraries in Final Cut Pro 10.1

On This Week's MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | December 31, 2013

Welcome to our first MacBreak Studio on the brand new Final Cut Pro 10.1!

In this episode, Steve Martin from Ripple Training and I discuss the fundamental structural change in this very significant update: the move to a unified library model. While there are many workflow... Read More

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 3

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, Editing, Audio Mixing and Title Creation.

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 27, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part three of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 2

Let's continue to Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7 - In this lesson, acquiring your footage!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 20, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part two of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 1

Get Started Fast with Avid Media Composer 7: Lesson 1

Want to get a jump on learning Avid Media Composer? You've come to the right place!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | December 17, 2013

If you've been thinking that Media Composer is a little to daunting to get started with, than part one of this five part series will get you up and running lightning quick!

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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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Blocking Before Coffee

A movie is greater than the sum of its shots.

By Don Starnes | December 15, 2013

Feature film: first day. The crew and I start to run out of things to prepare; the director is 45 minutes late, despite the nervous producer's assurances that he is on his way. Finally, the first-time director shows up: harried, stubbly, preoccupied and exhausted.

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PVC Experts & Answers Webinars: Inside the Mind and Gear Bag of DP Matthew Jeppsen

Watch the archived version of the live event

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 10, 2013

DP Matthew Jeppsen talks through the kind of problems and solutions he runs into as a DP on a daily basis whil traveling domestically and internationally. Matt covers a wide range of topics but focuses primarily on docu-style shooting, with a lot of discussion about travel/destination shooting.... Read More

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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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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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Cable Television

It all began on a wooden power pole

By Richard Wirth | December 02, 2013

As cable television’s customer base shrinks due to the rise in Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) delivery and driven by the use of mobile devices, it’s appropriate to look back at cable’s beginning.  Before there was HBO, Showtime, Superstations or CSpan, there was Community Antenna Television.

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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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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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Monitors and Filmmaking

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wires

By Don Starnes | November 24, 2013

The difference between making a movie and making a video is that a movie is created in the filmmakers’ minds and a video is created on a monitor.

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One Ring to Rule Them All - Random Text Animation in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | November 20, 2013

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to create a random text animation in Motion.

Motion's text styling and animating capabilities are superb - especially when it comes to animating text with behaviors. And while there are many great... 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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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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Daily Inspiration - Small Feet “Rivers”

Flames and slow-motion heli work. Simple, beautiful.

By Matthew Jeppsen | November 12, 2013

Sometimes it's the simple ideas that are most beautiful. This music video seems almost too simplistic; it's just a man on fire, an RC octocopter, and a FS700 shooting slowmo. And yet it is executed beautifully. Watch below...

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