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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 2: RED 4K Offline/Online in v8.3

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 08, 2015

In the second part of our look at 4K workflows inside of Media Composer Subscription, we take a look at a RED offline/online scenario working totally in 4K, with a little help from REDCINE-X PRO.

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Day 8 #28daysofquicktips - Use a Trackpad for Better Navigation

This reader Quicktip comes to us from Alex Gollner

By Scott Simmons | February 08, 2015

Continuing in yesterday’s vein of using an external input device today’s Quicktip comes to us from Alex Gollner (that’s @Alex4D to many) and it is all about using a trackpad on your Mac for better navigation. That’s a trackpad on your laptop or an external trackpad.

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Sweeping Up in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | February 03, 2015

This week on MacBreak Studio Steve Martin from Ripple Training (check out the brand new completely updated website) and I dive into Motion in order to respond to a viewer's question, who wanted to know how he could fly a camera by an object, while having the camera continue to... Read More

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Motion Graphics for Business - Part 2: Beyond Hollywood

The videos that influenced videos

By ChrisZwar | February 02, 2015

As the interest in motion graphics rapidly expanded following the release of Seven, Hollywood embraced innovative title design, and many Hollywood title sequences helped define the look of motion graphics for years to come.  As I noted in Part 1, the early books on motion graphics design... Read More

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Day 2 #28daysofquicktips - G for Storyline mode in Final Cut Pro X

This tip saves a ton of time when creating Secondary Storylines

By Scott Simmons | February 02, 2015

While looking to remap some of my Final Cut Pro X keyboard I noticed the G key and realized I never really used it. Checking the command editor says G is to toggle Storyline Mode. The description says this:Toggle the ability to build Storylines when dragging clips in the timeline.

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Product Review: ikan PD1 Remote Air One Remote Follow Focus

An affordable remote follow focus for the rest of us...

By Helmut Kobler | February 01, 2015

Ikan’s Remote Air One (also known as the PD Movie) is a wireless remote follow focus that’s easily the most affordable I’ve seen. You can get a single-channel kit at B&H Photo these days for $1599, including a hard case, a handheld transmitter, receiver, single .8... Read More

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Media Composer 101 - Advanced - 4K Workflows Part 1: HD Projects

Navigate the Ins and Outs of shooting in 4K and finishing in HD in Avid Media Composer

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | February 01, 2015

In this first of a two part look at working in 4K in Media Composer, we look at the scenario of a client shooting 4K material, for a project that will only ever see the light of day in HD.

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Day 1 #28daysofquicktips - Minimize Interview Roles in FCPX

This tip saves me a lot of time watching FCPX redraw filmstrip thumbnails

By Scott Simmons | February 01, 2015

For some reason most all of my Final Cut Pro X job seem to revolved around talking head interviews. This is fine and we can tell some good stories from interviews but I’ve found that the redrawing of thumbnails in the FCPX timeline can take up a lot of time throughout the day. I’ve sped that up with this tip.

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Premiere Pro News Notes #11

By Rich Young | January 31, 2015

Here's another collection of news on tutorials, tips, and related tools assorted with Adobe Premiere Pro. Things have continued apace, though perhaps with rehashing, even behind the paywalls.

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Media Composer Quick Bite 1

"Working with Photoshop Guides" for Media Composer editors

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 31, 2015

Media Compser editors know that our Title safe and Picture safe guides are an essential part of our titling workflow.  Working in Photoshop is no different, but sometimes I see editors run into problems with their guides in Photoshop, and just need a little push in the right direction. Read More

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28 Days of Quicktips 2015 -  #28daysofquicktips

28 Days of Quicktips 2015 -  #28daysofquicktips

A tip a day for 28 days. Send your own and maybe win a prize!

By Scott Simmons | January 31, 2015

Way, way back in the year 2009 when I started this channel on PVC I published the 28 Days of Quicktips. And then we did it again in 2011 and included reader quicktips. It was exactly what the title says, one Quicktip a day for the entire month of February that somehow related to post-production. We’re going to do it again for 2015. Like we did in 2011, this year we're also looking for user submitted Quicktips. Just send us your favorite short Quicktip and an accompanying image or two that helps illustrate the tip and we'll try to publish those as well. And as an incentive to send us your own Quicktips I will choose what I personally judge to be the best submission and send them a free copy of the Color Correction Handbook. Details below.

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AE + C4D: Some Minor Assembly Required

AE + C4D: Some Minor Assembly Required

Properly setting up your AE and C4D Lite projects to best work together

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 29, 2015

We’re fans of the Live 3D Pipeline workflow between After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite. And Adobe has automated a large portion of the process to get the two to work together: In After Effects, create a New > Layer > MAXON CINEMA 4D File, and not only is a layer created in AE with the CINEWARE plug-in applied (where all the magic happens), C4D Lite is also opened with a new project linked to that particular instance of the plug-in for live rendering. However: At least as of AE CC 2014.2, not all of the necessary information about the AE composition is passed onto the C4D project, and neither is the AE project configured to match some assumptions C4D is making. Therefore, it’s up to you to fill in or correct the necessary parameters.

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Dynamic Trimming in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | January 27, 2015

What is dynamic trimming, anyway?

There has been a lot of discussion on this topic lately, and today Steve Martin from Ripple Training jumps in with his take on what the term meant when applied to legacy Final Cut Pro and what it means today in Final Cut Pro X.

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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:

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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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Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X

Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X

Benjamín Fernández of Digital Sprockets has 6 reasons why he prefers to edit video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X.

By Allan Tépper | January 24, 2015

Benjamín Fernández is the director of Digital Sprockets in México City, where since 1994 he has offered post-production, telecine (film-to-tape) and film restoration services. While I’m in México City doing seminars, I visited Digital Sprockets and heard all 6 interesting reasons why Benjamín prefers editing video with DaVinci Resolve than with Final Cut Pro X.

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Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Adventure-Ready and Totally Portable P2 Aerial Photography/Videography System

By Jeff Foster | January 21, 2015

Taking the popular and durable design of the DJI Phantom 2, DSLRPros has created a truly portable kit for the extended-travel road warrior, camper, hiker or outdoor explorer, with the DSLRPros Expedition Series PD Aerial Kit. I live with this kit for a couple of months and take it with me out in the country, down the coast and even on the job of a major sky rise construction site downtown. Durability and dependability... we'll see how it holds up to the task!

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Review - Wipster

Can something so simple and free be any good? Yes, yes it can!

By Kevin P. McAuliffe | January 21, 2015

There have been a couple of great articles here on PVC in the last little while about Review and Approval.  Scott Simmons had an article that focused on the Review and Approval options for you out there, and Dorian Heller had posted his look at Wipster.  Well, with this review, I hope to take Dorian’s great review, and expand on it with my own take on Wipster, and look at not only the product itself, but the man behind it, Rollo Wenlock, Wipster's CEO, and his vision for the company. Read More

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The Public Domain Project

The Public Domain Project

Pond5 just saved you countless hours. And probably some money, too.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | January 21, 2015

We all need footage - but there’s not always the budget to license or shoot it. We can try to hide behind the illusion of “Fair Use” - but in reality it’s hard to qualify for the exemption. In theory, if we know where to look (such as the Archive.org, or anything funded by the US government - as long as you’re a US citizen), we may be able to dig up some public domain assets that are suitable - but that would take hours upon hours of searching and browsing, and the quality may not be great. Until now.

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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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