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DJI Ronin Field Test

Putting the 3-axis gimbal through the paces

By Brian Hallett | August 24, 2014

It is the 3-axis brushless gimbal that has placed itself in direct competition with Freefly's Movi. It is less expensive and claims to handle heavier cameras, but what is the real story. In this review I turn a blind eye to all the marketing spin and focus on whether or not this is the 3-axis gimbal to buy. 

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How Much do Videographers Earn?

"How much can I earn?" and "how much should I charge?" are essential questions videographers ask. Here are some answers.

By Jose Antunes | August 22, 2014

People new to the video industry tend to ask "how much does a videographer earn?". Although it is difficult to answer in a way that satisfies the different expectations and adapts to different levels of experience, there is a place to find some clues, if you're in the United States of America: the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 4

Part 4: Types of Lighting Tools

By Bobby Marko | August 22, 2014

Lighting is an evolving art form. Not only does technique change and advance but so does the technology of how light is produced and generated. Even a decade ago the landscape of production lighting was much different from what it is today. Just like with the cameras that are coming out today,... Read More


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Discounts on After Effects World and Adobe MAX

We’re speaking at both events; here’s ways to save a little when you register

By Chris and Trish Meyer | August 21, 2014

In addition to the free Moviola webinar on creativity Chris is presenting next week, we’re both speaking at the upcoming After Effects World and Adobe MAX conferences:

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MaskTracker+: quick planar tracking inside After Effects

new from Mamoworld

By Rich Young | August 19, 2014

MaskTracker+, a new AE script from Mamoworld, expands the Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects, opening up planar tracking capabilities that allow you to do much more than just moving masks.

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Cinemagraphs in FCP X and Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 19, 2014

Final Cut Pro X or Motion?

Both FCP X and Motion allow you to perform compositing and animation. How do you decide which to use? This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to approach the same task in both applications.

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7 Reasons to Stop Working on That Script

Long-term success depends on delivering a steady stream of work, not on writing one script

By Arthur Vincie | August 17, 2014

Folks, I'm here to tell you: it's time to put that script down, unless you can afford to make it with your own money without declaring bankruptcy. 

I've been there.  You pour your heart and soul into a script, and it just doesn't go anywhere.  You're... Read More


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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 3

Part 3: Single Source Method

By Bobby Marko | August 15, 2014

Here we are in Part III of our series, Lighting Tips for Cinematographers. To recap, in part 1 I discussed the topic of lighting for foreground and background exposure. I wrote about how to achieve the standard look of exposing your foreground 1 stop above your background as a framework to begin. Then I showed some examples of how you can break that rule. In part 2 I talked about the checkerboard pattern and how this method will create depth and direct the viewers attention to certain aspects of the scene. As a storyteller this always increases your ability to effectively tell your story and guide the viewer on the journey you have laid out for them.

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New Features in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 12, 2014

New features in Motion?

That's right - they aren't earth-shattering, but there were a few new features added to the Motion 5.1.1 update that came out the same time as the Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 update a few weeks ago.

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Boris Red 5.5 for Media Composer Editors

This webinar replay will give you a new look at a classic AVX plug-in/app with a major update!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

More and more these days, Media Composer editors find themselves trying to stay in their timeline to get simple tasks done.  Boris Red 5.5 is the successor to Avid FX, and it will let you do some common tasks super quick, and keep you out of the time vampire of importing and exporting! Read More


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Getting Started with BCC Lite for Media Composer Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at BCC Colorize and Lens Flare 3D, now let's check out BCC Scanlines & Swish Pan

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | August 07, 2014

As most Media Composer editors are now aware, BCC is no longer included in your Media Composer Symphony upgrade.  That's because with your monthly subscription, you are now getting Symphony included.  But, that doesn't mean that you're without some awesome BCC effects to get you moving in the right direction.

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting Part 2

Part 2: The Checker Board Pattern Method

By Bobby Marko | August 07, 2014

The last post we talked about how to get a proper initial setting when lighting your subject/foreground and background. If you missed it, check out Part I: Foreground and Background Exposure. For this post I wanted to take that initial step and move a little more in depth and talk about lighting scenes with the checkerboard pattern.

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The Improved Voiceover Tool in FCP X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | August 05, 2014

Can you record a voiceover track directly into Final Cut Pro X?

Yes, and you've been able to do it since the very first version of Final Cut Pro X was released. However, in the recent 10.1.2 update, Apple added several new features which make this tool more useful than... Read More


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Theatrical Television

Large screen projection was a gleam in television’s eye long before today’s digital systems

By Richard Wirth | August 04, 2014

Television has been trying to grow up and be a projection medium since its inception.  With the advent of digital, the little box of light and shadows has finally gotten its big boy pants and even whipped its big brother, film, to take over supremacy in the theatrical world.

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting

Part I: Foreground and Background Exposure

By Bobby Marko | July 31, 2014

I spent the 1st half of this year releasing two films, a feature length documentary and a short film narrative (Becoming Fools and Fruitcake respectively). Through this process I've attended screenings and festivals of our own films and for others. I've also sat through several Q&A's with independent filmmakers and although I love hearing how other creatives move through the process of producing their work I sometimes get increasingly frustrated with the fact that camera gear takes such a center stage while lighting, composition, sound design and production design take a distant back seat.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #08

Catching up on the latest news

By Rich Young | July 31, 2014

A series of as-they-come notes on news of assorted Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, tips, and related tools continues. And there's more to come. Read More


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Relatively Speaking, Absolutely!

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | July 31, 2014


Absolute or Relative?

It's up to you, as you'll discover in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, in which Steve and Mark from Ripple Training continue their exploration of the feature enhancements in the 10.1.2 update to Final Cut Pro X.

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More Sources of FREE Music and Sounds

There are multiple sources of FREE music and sounds on the web. I've compiled a list to get you started. Legally!

By Jose Antunes | July 25, 2014

When I recently wrote here at PVC an article entitled "Assure all Your Audio is Legal", I really meant that as authors we should not only offer others a work that we know is legal in all aspects, we should also promise ourselves to follow the path of legality. In audio and other aspects.

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Blackmagic Production Camera Gets A New “Heads Up Display”

Audio Meters, Time Remaining & Histogram

By Brian Hallett | July 24, 2014

Blackmagic release firmware 1.9 with a new "heads up display." To say the new features found in firmware 1.9 is good news is a massive understatement.  If you own or shoot with a Blackmagic Production Camera download this firmware as quickly as possible, because these features will only make capturing great footage and sound easier.

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Assure ALL Your Audio is Legal

While audio in video is not only music, music is an important part for new videographers. Be sure to use only legal music!

By Jose Antunes | July 23, 2014

The note "Disputed third party matched content" will be the first sign that YouTube considers you audio to be used without permission

When starting in videography with a DSLR, the main problem a newcomer has is with sound. DSLR's excel at image but are absolute crap when it comes to sound, either monaural or stereo. So, the first option for someone starting on this path is to skip the sound recording at the source and think of some background music or sounds to add to the video afterwards. Choose your music widely.

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