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In third grade, Richard Wirth was already reading anything he could find about television while dreaming of becoming a professional in the world of television and film production. Stops on the life timeline at American Forces Television, the Motion Picture Association, several mid-western pr...

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Remember your Ps and Qs: Performance and Quality Top Priority for Consumers Watching On-Demand

Remember your Ps and Qs: Performance and Quality Top Priority for Consumers Watching On-Demand

Consumer trends guiding the industry

By John Riske | October 22, 2014

With BBC iPlayer announcing that viewers will be able to watch their favourite shows on-demand for 30 days, rather than the previous maximum of seven, the question on everyone’s mind is what’s next for VOD?

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Mastering a Craft

Mastering a Craft

How does a person know when he or she has become a master at something?

By Misha Tenenbaum | October 05, 2014

Editors at every level, from students to established professionals, question their creative abilities.  From one day to the next, their feelings can go from total confidence to utter hopelessness.  One reason for this emotional fluctuation is that editors lack a concrete method of measuring their progress.  Their feelings are usually based on isolated events (e.g., screenings) that can go well or go poorly depending on a variety of factors — some of which they may not be able to control. 

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Reimagining the Way Content is Created

Reimagining the Way Content is Created

Eliminating limitation while enabling collaboration

By George Olver | October 05, 2014

How many times have you been working on a project and found yourself running into logistical or physical limitations? How many times have you known exactly what sort of shot you needed, only it was of a location that was halfway around the world? How many times have you had an... Read More

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Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

Professional Platforms for Sales and Marketing Videos

Choosing the right video platform for video marketing, sales, and corporate communications.

By Chris Potter | August 27, 2014

Clients ask you to wear many hats. In addition to producing & editing video, you may be seen as the expert in online video distribution.

Using YouTube or Vimeo Pro to host and embed videos is a pretty safe choice. Both platforms provide great video playback and instant access to large communities that can expose your content to a broad audience.  However, they may not always be the best choice for you or your clients.

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Samurai Blade Keeps DP’s Happy in the Studio and on Location

Samurai Blade Keeps DP’s Happy in the Studio and on Location

My DP and other camera operators were instantly blown away at the quality and clarity of the new IPS screen

By Faryl Kagan | August 15, 2014

I’ve been using Atomos recorders on various jobs over the last 2 years on about 15 productions but a recent corporate video project was the first time I’d worked with the Samurai Blade. I have been following the screen technology market closely and was extremely excited... Read More

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Hands on with the Atomos Samurai Blade and Connect Converter/TSG

Hands on with the Atomos Samurai Blade and Connect Converter/TSG

The First High-Definition HD-SDI Test Set That Fits in Your Hand

By Kevin Owen | June 26, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Samurai Blade from Atomos and was really impressed with all of the features they managed to pack into such a small package.

I stumbled onto the product almost by accident - I had just purchased one of their Connect signal... Read More

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Send Better Video Project Pitches Faster

Proposal software and templates can help you prepare proposals faster, track whether they've been viewed, and win business.

By Chris Potter | June 04, 2014

Before I started work building our video review and approval platform I worked in the consulting business. A big part of the job involved preparing client pitches and proposals.

The process was pretty tedious. Proposals were built based off of templates we had prepared. More often... Read More

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I Will Provide Professional Editing Services For $5

I Will Provide Professional Editing Services For $5

Yes, you can hire an editor on Fiverr

By Misha Tenenbaum | April 28, 2014

About a month ago, I stumbled across a website called Fiverr (pronounced 5’er).  Fiverr is a platform where people offer to perform all kinds of tasks for the tiny fee of five dollars. Need a logo designed?  A jingle? Five hundred likes on Facebook? These are all services... Read More

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How to Create Realistic Jet Scenes Inside Adobe After Effects

How to Create Realistic Jet Scenes Inside Adobe After Effects

By Scott Newman | April 15, 2014

Videocopilot.net have released some stellar plugins in the past and their Jet Strike pack for the Element 3D plugin is no exception.  

For those not in the know, Element 3D is a Videocopilot plugin for Adobe After Effects that allows the import, animation and rendering of 3D... Read More

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An Introvert’s Guide To NAB

An Introvert’s Guide To NAB

These tips will help you meet new people and have some great conversations at NAB.

By Chris Potter | April 04, 2014

Do you shudder at the thought of networking in a crowd of nearly 100,000 people. If so, take a deep breath. I’ve got some tips that should help you meet some new people and have some great conversations at NAB.

You see, I’m a textbook introvert. When I attend events like NAB, I have to make a very conscious effort to get out and speak with new people. I make the effort because it’s worth it for my business and for my personal development.

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ScreenLight Review and Approval For Video Pros Comes to PVC

ScreenLight Review and Approval For Video Pros Comes to PVC

By Chris Potter | March 18, 2014

Think back to the last project where you shared media for a production with your team, clients, or other stakeholders. If you are like most people, it was probably a pretty fragmented process.

Project media tends to get distributed among a wide variety of different tools. Scripts,... Read More

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PVC meet EditStock, EditStock meet PVC

PVC meet EditStock, EditStock meet PVC

By Misha Tenenbaum | March 05, 2014

Hello ProVideo Coalition! I’m looking forward to regularly contributing to this community. My name is Misha, I’m an assistant editor, and editor, who lives in LA.  I’ve worked 4,700 hours of Editor’s Guild work over the last three years on films and television shows... Read More

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Filming Non-Actors

Filming Non-Actors

By Jonathan Baty | February 09, 2014

If it hasn’t happened already, there will likely come a time that you will shoot an interview, a commercial, or public-service announcement with non-actors. People who are unfamiliar with being in front of a camera.  Your saying “just act natural” will be of no comfort or... Read More

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Flight…A Filmmaker’s Plight

Flight…A Filmmaker’s Plight

By Jonathan Baty | February 05, 2014

Booked a gig at a distant location? Great news! Well, in part. The unfortunate part of that event is the air travel with photographic gear. Solutions aren’t ideal, but herein are a few aggregated tips from travel veterans to help you weather the turbulence of air maneuver. Information... Read More

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Autodesk Smoke 2013 is Coming to a Desktop Near You

It's a very powerful application that now has a much more approachable front end.

By Scott Simmons | June 05, 2012

The editing and post-production world is very close to what will be an exciting day for many who have dedicated their careers to all things post-production. Autodesk is going to release their public beta of Smoke 2013 for Mac out into the world (you can sign up for the free trial here). It has been delayed a bit but expect it sooner rather than later. Many editors have spent their entire careers hearing and reading about this mythical tool that could do unbelievable things, often above and beyond Adobe After Effects. Some may have even sat in an online suite and watched a Smoke artist wield their Wacom pen like a magic wand as they made broadcast ready effects happen in record time. But this Autodesk tool was always out of reach for many … until now.

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Editing and Effects Together in One Editor Part 2

The NLE revolution isn't over… Enter Autodesk Smoke for Mac

By Brian Mulligan | May 15, 2012

Editing & Effects All-In-One Autodesk has always been known for the strength of their effects and image processing tools. The tools in Smoke have been used in everything from major Hollywood blockbusters, to national commercials for major corporations, to finishing shows airing on premium cable and broadcast networks. Personally, knowing that I am using these same tools for my local broadcast promos… gets me where my geek lives. Smoke has some very powerful tools. Who wouldn't want to use those same tools on their own projects? {C} Read More

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Editing and Effects Together in One Editor Part 1

The NLE revolution isn't over… Enter Autodesk Smoke for Mac.

By Brian Mulligan | May 15, 2012

Post NAB 2012 Adobe has released the CS6 suite, Avid is pushing Symphony, and you may think that the editing revolution is over... but you would be wrong. Autodesk announced Smoke 2013 for the Mac platform for $3495. There has been quite a buzz about Smoke since NAB. Read More

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The Top Smoke 2013 Questions from NAB Part 2

From a Demo Artist's point of view.

By Brian Mulligan | April 26, 2012

5. So does this mean I don't need plugins? Smoke and the ConnectFX workflow has a lot of built in effects and effects tools built right in. So no, you may not need plugins depending on your needs. Smoke contains one of the best chroma keyers in any software, the Master Keyer, and even has a node based keyer for more advanced keying. Effects like Blurs, Glows, Depth of Field, Stylize Pen/Ink/Sketch looks, Recursive & Timewarp tools, Customizable 3D lens flares with occlusion and 3D text, and a host of other tools are built right in. {C} Read More

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The Top Smoke 2013 Questions from NAB Part 1

From a Demo Artist's point of view.

By Brian Mulligan | April 26, 2012

NAB 2012 just ended but it feels like a lifetime ago. I had the pleasure of being one of the Smoke Experts demonstrating the New Smoke 2013 on Mac to the show public. I talked to people from Utah to Singapore to India, and content creators from one system editorial boutiques to large universities to multi-system, large scale post facilities. They were all interested in Smoke 2013 and here are the top things I was asked to explain. Read More

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Autodesk Smoke is Changing. Everything.

Big Changes… Big News at NAB 2012

By Brian Mulligan | April 10, 2012

The annual National Association of Broadcasters or NAB is just a few days away. Rumors have been spreading across the internet like wildfire. The first was the Supermeet.com and CPUG announcement that showed Marc-Andre Ferguson was going to show a "super secret" presentation at the Supermeet. This was later titled "Smoke is changing. Everything." The rest of the description said we could be the first to see "new technology that connects effects and editing like never before." Read More

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