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Breaking The First Rule Of Non-Linear Editing, Part One

Breaking The First Rule Of Non-Linear Editing, Part One

Update? Are you nuts?

By Bruce A Johnson | January 27, 2010

When last we spoke, I had announced my intention to break The First Rule Of Editing - to actually upgrade my editor in the middle of several ongoing productions. My reasons were threefold:* Against all odds, I had the money;* My 4-year-old dual-Pentium Dell XPS600, which had been rock-steady, had suddenly become pretty flaky, with USB ports disappearing and reappearing at unpredictable times - and when your keyboard, mouse and ShuttlePro are all USB devices, that can be a bad thing;* And as a Adobe Creative Suite CS4 user, the demo of the upcoming Abobe Mercury engine in combination with new-technology CUDA video cards and a hot Windows machine is quite impressive. Check it out.For the last ten years, I have made something of a specialty out of taking inexpensive, low-to-midrange computers and making DV editors out of them. Back in the days of the Canopus DVRaptor, I could take the puniest machine, add RAM and a hard drive for media, and build a pretty functional editor (by the standards of the early 2000's) for less than $700. I built more than 50 editors like this over several years, but times have changed. The budget this time was going to be a whole different beast. Read More

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On lynda.com & Cineversity: CINEMA 4D + After Effects

We finally released a comprehensive video course on integrating the two.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 26, 2010

Maxon's CINEMA 4D is our 3D application of choice because it integrates so well with our main tool, Adobe After Effects. Although we've written about it and demonstrated it in sessions and classes, we never got around to creating a comprehensive course on the subject - until now. We've released an hour and a half course through both lynda.com and Cineversity. In addition to the traditional techniques of transferring camera and light information and creating hold-out mattes, we also discuss at length how to better blend new graphics created in After Effects into your already-rendered 3D world from CINEMA, including lighting effects and shadows. We also take a side trip into the wonders of multipass rendering, including the ability to alter 3D lighting, shadows, and reflections after the fact. Along the way, we also discuss other important issue such as frame rates and pixel aspect ratios. The course comes with exercise files (premium subscribers only at lynda.com; for Cineversity members, the files are connected to the second movie in the series).If you're not a member of either Cineversity or lynda.com and want to check it out, you can get a free 7-day all-access pass to lynda.com by clicking here. A few of the movies are also available there for free preview.The content contained in our books, videos, blogs, and articles for other sites are all copyright Crish Design, except where otherwise attributed. Read More

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Avid Media Composer 101 courseware translated/localized for Latin America/Spain

Avid Media Composer 101 courseware translated/localized for Latin America/Spain

Avid contracted the translation/localization to Rub©n Abruña and Allan T©pper.

By Allan Tépper | January 22, 2010

After many months of teamwork, the Avid Media Composer 101 courseware is now available in a translated and localized version for Latin America & Spain. As a result, many Avid MC101 students in those areas can now benefit from having this courseware in their own language. My friend Rub©n Abruña of iLevel and I had the honor of receiving this contract from Avid in 2009. The first draft of our translation/localization was initially used in September 2009 at an Avid training event in Santiago, Chile, South America, both to teach a group of new students, as well as to generate feedback from certified Avid instructors from the region. In this article, you'll see the behind the scenes of this project, which combined our knowledge of the techie video terms in each language, as well as that of the regionalisms and political debates that surround this type of a project. Read More

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Masters of Visual Effects - Online

Matt Silverman has posted this timeless training series online for free.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 20, 2010

Matt Silverman, Creative Director of Bonfire Labs, is a certifiable After Effects old-timer (although he also has experience in many different systems), particularly known "back in the day" as being a roto expert in addition to an all-around top-shelf motion graphics and visual effects artist. Several years ago, he took it upon himself to enlist some of the best users in the field to construct a set of timeless, concept-based, software-agnostic visual effects training videos. These VHS tapes are long out of print, so Matt has started to digitize them and place them online. The links for Series 2 (covering compositing, keying, tracking, paint, and rotoscoping presented by Ron Brinkmann, Stu Maschwitz, and Scott Stewart) are below; watch them while you can: Read More

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Low-Budget PSA’s, Shot on RED, Prove that Budget is Not a Barrier to Excellence

Fast, cheap and good--normally you can pick any two. For these PSA's we got all three.

By Art Adams | January 20, 2010

"Dad has a barn and mom can sew--let's put on a show!" Production budgets aren't what they used to be, but that doesn't excuse sloppiness. There's almost always a way to do good work as long as your creativity extends beyond lighting and framing into the realm of "making do." Read More

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RED Day

RED shows off their new sensor and new "color science" at their new studios.

By Adam Wilt | January 18, 2010

RED Leader Jim Jannard at Ren-Mar RED Studios on Saturday.

On Saturday 16 January, RED hosted three open-house sessions in Hollywood, for CML (cinematography mailing list) members, ASC (American Society of Cinematography) members, and for RED ONE owners. I attended the CML session, and here's a quick writeup on what we learned. [updated 10:15pm PST: M-X performance details] Read More

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A Tale of Forbidden Love, Shot on RED

"Independent film" implies independence from money, but not from quality

By Art Adams | January 15, 2010

A short schedule, minimal crew, no budget, a RED with an untried software build, and a trained dog in nearly every shot. What could go wrong? Read More

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Using Dropbox for quick and easy client screeners

It's fast, easy and free

By Scott Simmons | January 08, 2010

Dropbox is an unbelievably handy online file syncing, file sharing and backup service that performs a lot of amazing tasks at a free or affordable price. I have been a .Mac/Mobile Me user for several years now so I hadn't used Dropbox until recently but now that I am using it I'm very impressed by the service. Check out the Useful Service for Editors: Dropbox article I recently posted on Studio Daily for more specific information on Dropbox. This article is about how to use Dropbox to make fast and easy QuickTimes for client screeners. Read More

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My 2010 New Years Resolutions

My 2010 New Years Resolutions

At least these are my "professional" ones

By Scott Simmons | January 05, 2010

With 2010 now firmly established on my calendar and (kinda) in my mind it's time to turn my attention to the venerable concept of New Year's Resolutions. As one who makes resolutions annually and actually gives it a valiant effort to keep them all some of them, I wanted to outline a few professional resolutions that I have made to add to my personal ones. And since resolutions are really just goals I've always found my goals much more attainable when I write them down. So what better place to write them down than here on the Editblog. I hope someone holds me to them. Read More

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Today begins Backup Day

Let's all pledge to do a better job of backing up this year

By Scott Simmons | January 02, 2010

I think it's time I face the honest truth in that I don't do as good a job of backing up important files, projects and media on the computers in and around my life as I should. There's a couple of floating firewire drives that I shuttle from computer to computer and then SuperDuper a clone or a disk image to that drive. And since a backup is only as good as the ability to get to it and restore it I try to send certain important documents offsite into the cloud. But it's not with much regularity so I've decided to make myself a reminder to declare some point early in the month Backup Day! Read More

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More Avid Media Composer for the Final Cut Pro Editor

Looking at more of the Avid functions and tools

By Scott Simmons | December 26, 2009

Continuing on an article in the last Pro Video Coalition newsletter, The Basics of Avid Media Composer for a Final Cut Pro Editor, this article will look at a number of other functions and how they differ from Final Cut Pro to Media Composer. One of the main reasons why I'm writing these articles is that Avid offers a free, full-featured demo of Avid Media Composer 4 available for download. When I wrote the first piece that demo was only for 14 days. They have since upped the time for this trial to 30 days. That's great as it brings this demo in line with most free demos and even affords enough time to try to learn the in's and out's of the application a little bit better any maybe even use it on a real job. Read More

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Apple + Tablet = New Video Distribution Outlet?

Rumors of an Apple tablet device are getting too loud to ignore. What do they mean for us?

By Chris and Trish Meyer | December 24, 2009

As a long-time Apple user (and - full disclosure - Apple stockholder), I've learned long ago to take Apple rumors with a grain of salt. However, combine Read More

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SFTP: An open letter to all software developers with FTP-only support

SFTP: An open letter to all software developers with FTP-only support

Regular FTP is quite dangerous; SFTP is much safer.

By Allan Tépper | December 15, 2009

You know who you are: Adobe, Apple, DVcreators, elGato, Telestream, and others. Even though we would love to have a utopian world -and a utopian Internet-, we are certainly not there yet. There are bad guys out there, and we can't afford to make it easy for them. That's why there are secure websites (https) and secure e-mail encryption (SSL). Fortunately, there are many good software programs that already support SFTP, including CoreFTP, Cyberduck, Fetch, Transmit, and Übercaster. And from Apple, even iWeb (starting with the '09 version) supports SFTP. So why don't Adobe Media Encoder, Compressor, DVKitchen, Turbo.264HD, and EpisodePro support SFTP too? All of these are professional tools, but for some unknown reason, they alarmingly all lack SFTP support as of the publication date of this article. Read More

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Canon 7D DSLR Operation 101

Basic how-to tutorial to quickly get you up and shooting on the 7D

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 15, 2009

Everyone's favorite video DSLR advocate, Tyler Ginter, has produced another video tutorial similar to his last (that one concentrated on the 5D MKII). This new tutorial focuses on the basics of how to set up and how to shoot video on the Canon 7D. In this tutorial, Tyler takes all the pain and suffering out of the menu and settings configuration process. If you want to get the fast track on how to shoot with the 7D, watch the video below... Read More

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How many Verizon FIOS users are in violation of new AUP?

Let's keep those comments on-topic, mmkay...

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 08, 2009

This is a bit off the normal video topics, but deserves some attention as we have the whole comment thing here for each article. Being a bit off-topic, it's actually rather ironic, considering what follows...I'll explain. It seems that Verizon has changed the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for FiOS users. And oddly, a good percentage of FiOS users are probably already in violation of the new AUP. Read on... Read More

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DSLR Video and Aliasing Artifacts

V-DSLRs, OLPF, and hoity-toity French words

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 04, 2009

If you are shooting video with one of the hot new DSLRs, you are probably aware of the aliasing issues found in some of your footage. If not yet, you will at some point. Just keep shooting, it will show up. Fine detail aliasing has always been an issue for any camera system, but it's particularly prevalent in DSLRs as they lack an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) that is specifically tuned for video. In the case of the 5D & 7D, engineers at Canon have also chosen to sample a limited number of lines from the image sensor to downsample to 1080p. This is quick solution, but not the highest quality way of doing things; it creates aliasing image artifacts, and reportedly limits the resolution of the cameras at around 720p. It's almost as if these tools were primarily designed as still cameras! How strange. At any rate, I've learned to warn my clients before interview shoots not to wear shirts with fine detail patterns, as they will moir© faster than you can say "how the hell do you pronounce that word?" Read More

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Release the Hidden Graphics Processing Power in your Macbook Pro

Why you might not be getting max performance from your MBP, and how to fix it!

By Matthew Jeppsen | December 02, 2009

Since sometime in late 2008, Apple's 17" and select 15" Macbook Pro models have included not one but two graphics processors, the nVidia 9400M and 9600M GT. It is my understanding that by default the laptop uses the integrated lower-wattage 9400M, which includes 256MB RAM and helps extend battery life. It will run the main laptop display and push an external display as well. The additional nVidia 9600M GT graphics option is actually a discrete internal PCI-E card featuring 512MB of RAM and offers significantly faster Motion GPU rendering performance. You can see both of these cards listed separately in your System Profiler. So how do you tell which card you are using, and how do you switch between the two cards? I'm glad you asked, grasshopper. Read on and I'll tell you how... Read More

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Ripple Training Releases New Final Cut Pro and Motion Tutorials

Comprehensive World-Class Training for Flagship Final Cut Studio Applications

By Mark Spencer | December 01, 2009

Final Cut Pro 7 Core Training: This 5 hour + tutorial is the culmination of our 10 years delivering Final Cut Pro training in both the classroom and on video. The result is Final Cut Pro 7 - Core Training which encapsulates our mission to provide no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point explanations that won't waste your time, yet provide a thorough real-world context for understanding the big picture.Motion 4 Fast Forward: The title of our tutorial is also our mission: to get you up to speed in Motion 4 faster than you thought possible, while empowering you with the skills and techniques necessary to confidently approach any motion graphics projects you or your clients can dream up. This tutorial has a 4 hour running time and includes over 80 project files. Motion 4 Fast Forward is available in DVD or iTunes Editions.See a detailed table of contents and watch movie excerpts at Ripple Training. Read More

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Don’t Work for Peanuts

Don’t Work for Peanuts

Beware of Bottom-Fishing Producers

By Mark Spencer | December 01, 2009

Here's the text of an ad I saw on craigslist just last night:"I need someone to create 10 original Motion 3 templates in broadcast quality 1080i60. Each template must be between 20 to 30 seconds in length and use a 3D effect of some sort. Pay is $200. Perfect work if you are talented and fast. Please have samples of your work available for me to see. In your response please let me know what your turnaround time for the templates would be. You should be able to send me a quicktime version for approval, before we exchange final payment and sending the of the files. Again, this must be an original template. This will probably turn into a regular monthly or bi-weekly task for the right person."Really? 10 original broadcast-quality templates for $200? I've been working with motion graphics for years and have created what I would call broadcast-quality templates, and each one took me a few days to create. I understand that there are plenty of folks looking to break into this (or any) industry who are willing to work for cheap or for free in order to get a foot in the door - I did it myself back in the day - but I would never advise anyone to take a job like this. If the producer is really looking for original, quality work, then they should pay for it - and no one who is capable of providing original, quality work should be giving it away for free.One more point to my little rant. Notice how the ad promises that it will "probably turn into a regular task" - well, I'll tell you from personal experience (and I've heard many other folks say the same thing): once you do a job for someone, you have locked in your price. Doing that first job at a discount in order to get more work at full price just doesn't pan out that way. If you are a newbie looking for experience, you may have to work cheap or work for free for to get experience and make connections. If you are good at what you do, then charge what your time is worth! Send these types of producers the message that they can't rip off artists that spend years learning their craft. Read More

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11 Excellent FCP Tips & Tricks

Settings & Best Practices that can limit your weeping & gnashing of teeth

By Matthew Jeppsen | November 29, 2009

Editor/Colorist Oliver Peters has posted a really nice collection of Final Cut Pro tips that are bound to save you time and effort. His suggestions are not "how to use", but more about Preferences, Settings, and project setup options that can help you avoid the gotchas of editing with FCP. There are great tips here for novices and seasoned editors alike. Check it out. Read More

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